Make Your Own Lip Gloss

Check out Katelyn on We Are Austin (Keye) at 4pm. She’ll talk about Girls In STEM Conference and make lip gloss! Here’s the recipe to make it at home:

What you will need:

  • shortening
  • honey
  • hot water
  • old lip gloss container
  • 2 small bowls
  • favorite flavor of Kool-Aid mix
  • Cake decorating glitter (optional)


Let’s get started!

  1. In a small bowl, mix 1 tbsp of shortening with 1 tsp of honey.
  2. In the other bowl, mix 1 tsp of the drink mix with 1/2 tsp of hot water. Stir until the mixture dissolves.
  3. Add 4-5 drops of the drink mixture to the first bowl. Stir well.
  4. Add cake decorating glitter for extra sparkle and shine.
  5. Pour your finished mixture into an old lip gloss container.
  6. Store in the refrigerator.
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March 7, 2011 at 6:42 pm Leave a comment

Zavala Explorers

This week the ladies of Zavala Elementary explored soil and its characteristics. 5 different types of soil were closely examined by observing and recording its texture, color, and shape. I asked each girl to share something unique they discovered throughout the experiment and collectively we created a result chart. The chart illustrated the differences found among the common sediment or as one girl interpreted, “it’s all soil from the earth but comes in different colors, like people”.

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March 2, 2011 at 6:53 pm Leave a comment

Girls In STEM

http://www.myfoxaustin.com/video/videoplayer.swf?dppversion=7885

Girls in STEM Gets Girls Interested in Science, Math: MyFoxAUSTIN.com

February 24, 2011 at 7:01 pm Leave a comment

Funnel Filters

Future scientists from McBee Elementary School!

This week the ladies of McBee Elementary learned about water pollution and ways to reverse its effects. We learned about different water pollutants in small groups, and then demonstrated some of these effects on glasses of water. Since each group was now stuck with a soiled glass of water containing dirt, soap and trash, we put our thinking skills to the test and created filter systems. What great engineers!

One of the many filters!

Working hard and having fun.

Putting their filters to the test.

February 23, 2011 at 5:52 pm Leave a comment

Just for Girls!

Girlstart’s Girls In STEM Conference, part of the Expanding Your Horizons national network, is a one-day conference created especially for girls in the 4th through 8th grades. Girls attend three unique hands-on workshops and they can even register to attend with their friends!

Read what these past Girls In STEM participants have to say about their experiences…

I got to have fun and learn at the same time.

Meeting new people with the same interests as me.

Learning how to use the computer to make a robot move.

That we don’t just sit in class and learn, Girls In STEM actually lets us have fun while learning educational and cool stuff.

DNA can be extracted from a strawberry using house-hold items.

Register your daughter TODAY for a fun-filled day of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM)!

February 18, 2011 at 5:56 pm Leave a comment

Want to be a Soil Scientist?

Wooten After School Club

This week the girls of Wooten Elementary explored soil and its properties. First the girls made observations as they placed clumps of soil into a cup of water to learn about soil composition. Then in small groups they explored the texture, color, and sediment structure of five different types of soil: silt, clay, natural dirt, sand, and garden soil. Next the girls used their observations to discuss different scientists that study soil for their work and research. Check out those soil scientists!

Yay Dirt!

This one looks like hot chocolate mix, but it feels gritty.

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February 17, 2011 at 6:04 pm Leave a comment

Sand Dunes!

After School Club at Cook Elementary

This week, girls from Cook Elementary sifted through sand as they explored sand dunes! The ladies experimented with wind patterns to create a few different types of sand dunes, and even got to create their own masterpieces by blowing pictures into the sand! Once they had a firm grasp on how sand dunes are formed, they discussed the significance of sand dunes around cities, and brainstormed the pros and cons of trying to build structures to stop a sand dune from damaging a city. Check out the awesome pictures from this week’s lesson!

Look, no hands!

Girls created different types of sand dunes by experimenting with wind direction and strength.

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February 10, 2011 at 8:32 pm Leave a comment

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