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The Multimedia Classroom- tips for engaging students

Girlstart teamed up with the PBS show SciGirls for a presentation on the Multimedia Classroom at the National Science Teacher’s Association Annual Conference in San Francisco. Both Girlstart and SciGirls are developing online STEM modules for educators to use in their classrooms, camps and after school programs. Girlstart’s online module will be available this summer on our new website.

Here are some of the tips from our presentation:

  • Engage students in the creation of multimedia- have them present their group findings/projects using interactive slides
  • Don’t be afraid of the technology- embrace it! You can be guaranteed that technology will not always work 100% of the time. It’s your reaction and problem solving skills that your students will remember the most.
  • Ask your students about the latest technology- kids are usually eager to show you what they know!
  • Plan for change. Technology is changing at a rapid rate and tomorrow there will be a new/better/improved version. Embrace the fact that change is part of the multimedia classroom, and the way your multimedia works today will probably be a little different next school year.

Engaging students in multimedia will enhance your classroom and your student’s enjoyment doing STEM. Stay tuned for some great resources from Girlstart and SciGirls coming this summer.

March 24, 2011 at 3:12 pm Leave a comment

Girlstart Featured on CNN.com

Austin, Texas (CNN) — “Historically, the tech industry has not been especially hospitable to women. In 2009, the U.S. Department of Labor released a list of the 20 leading occupations of employed women. None of them was in the technical field. That same year, only 3% of the CEOs of Fortune 500 companies were women, according to the National Center for Women & Information Technology.”

Read what Tamara Hudgins our Executive Director has to say in the full article here!

March 21, 2011 at 3:00 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

Water Works Informal Educators Training

I’m excited that Girlstart is offering another Water Works Camp this summer for entering 9th-10th grade girls! Last week, Didey, the Outreach and Recruitment Coordinator for the Women in Engineering Program from The University of Texas, Laura, the Program Coordinator for the National Girls Collaborative Project, and I had the pleasure of training 31 Informal Educators from across Texas in the Water Works curriculum. This summer Informal Camps from El Paso to Amarillo to Austin to Laredo and cities in-between will host week-long camps showcasing how creative engineering can be. Visit the WaterBotics You Tube page to see what the underwater robotics can do!

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The Texas Girls Collaborative Project helped recruit two representatives from museums, higher education institutes, high schools and informal organizations who spent 5 information filled days discovering the Water Works curriculum and the resources to implement a meaningful summer camp experience.

The Water Works curriculum is based on WaterBoticsTM (NSF Award #0929574) in collaboration with the Texas Girls Collaborative Project.

February 2, 2011 at 4:50 pm Leave a comment

Girlstart Alumna- Emma’s Story

November 30, 2010 at 9:58 pm Leave a comment

Girlstart Goes To Washington

In October, Katelyn and I had the privilege of attending the first National Girls Collaborative Project (NGCP) Conference in Washington, DC. The conference provided an opportunity for organizations that provide STEM programs for girls to come together, share ideas and collaborate.

We saw old friends from SciGirls, NGCP, the National Science Foundation, Ingenuity Center, and  Women in Engineering Program at UT Austin. We also met new friends at The After School Corporation, AAUW, Cisco, Michigan Tech, and more!


One of the highlights of our trip was meeting with the White House staff! We sat down with the Council for Women and Girls and talked about the importance of reaching more girls in STEM, women in STEM careers mentoring girls and career preparation for girls. It was wonderful to share our research and results with the White House and have a seat at the national table for future STEM initiatives.

~Julie

 

November 2, 2010 at 4:31 pm Leave a comment

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