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Exploring the Effects of Oil Spills

The environmental scientists of Trinity!

This week the Trinity Girlstart Club learned about many of the devastating effects that can be caused by an oil spill! We took a look at what it is like to be an environmental scientist by exploring several methods of cleaning up oil slicks in the ocean.  We also investigated a few of the negative effects that an oil spill can have on wildlife.

Bird feathers are soft and light weight. They keep birds warm and allow them to fly.

If a bird’s feathers are covered in oil, it would be really difficult to fly!

Environmental scientists remove the oil from a bird’s feathers with dish soap. “I learned that it can take hours to clean an animal covered in oil!”

One way to remove an oil slick is through absorption. It takes a long time!

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March 18, 2011 at 3:14 pm Leave a comment

Girls In STEM

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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

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

Summer Camp 2011- Registration Open

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Register before February 7th and receive a $50 discount!

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Girlstart is hosting its thirteenth year of award-winning week-long summer day camps in science, technology, engineering and math for girls entering the 3rd through 10th grades! Girls entering the 6th-8th grades are eligible for regular camps. Junior camps are for girls entering the 4th-5th grades. Mini camps are for entering 3rd graders and the high school camp is for entering 9th-10th graders.

Regular and junior camps are one week-long, Monday through Friday, from 8:30am to 4:30pm. Parents may drop off campers at 8am and pickup is by 5pm. $350

Mini camps are half-day one week-long, Monday through Friday, from 9:00am-12:30pm. Parents may drop off at 8:30am and pick up by 1:00pm. $175

High school camp is one week-long, Monday through Friday, from 9:30am-4:45pm. Parents may drop off girls at 9:00am and pickup by 5:00pm. $350

Summer Camp 2011

Designer Girl
Regular Camp 6th-8th
(June 6-10, June 13-17)
Explore how engineering is all around us, from skyscrapers to runways. Uncover the world of high-tech fashion, solar energy, robotics and more. Campers will also construct a thrilling amusement park ride and draft a 3D design model.

Tropical Paradise
Junior Camp 4th-5th
(June 20-24, June 27-July 1)
Jaguars, manatees, gorillas, creepy crawlers and more! Over 15,000 animals and plants inhabit a bustling rainforest. Campers will journey through the colorful layers of this mystifying environment.

Water Works
High School 9th -10th
(July 11-15)
You’re the engineer as you program your robot to save the day. Discover how robotics are changing the world. Girls will work together to design the ultimate underwater vessel.

Camp Hermione
Regular Camp 6th-8th
(July 18-22, July 25-29)

Junior Camp 4th-5th
(Aug 1-5, Aug 8-12)
Calling all muggles! Channel your inner Hermione Granger as you unlock Hogwarts’ science secrets. Campers will create their own online TriWizard Tournament game and design a virtual Gryffindor dorm room.

Motion in the Ocean
Mini Camp 3rd
(July 25-29, Aug 1-5)
Dive in to uncover the wonders of the sea! Penguins, dolphins, starfish and more underwater secrets revealed. Explore the exciting world of a marine biologist and create an online game featuring your favorite sea animal.

January 3, 2011 at 8:11 pm Leave a comment

Summer Camp 2011 Sneak Peek



Girlstart is hosting its thirteenth year of award-winning week-long summer day camps in science, technology, engineering and math for girls entering the 3rd through 10th grades! Girls entering the 6th-8th grades are eligible for regular camps. Junior camps are for girls entering the 4th-5th grades. Mini camps are for entering 3rd graders and the high school camp is for entering 9th-10th graders.

Regular and junior camps are one week long, Monday through Friday, from 8:30am to 4:30pm. Parents may drop off campers at 8am and pickup is by 5pm.

Mini camps are half-day one week long, Monday through Friday, from 9:00am-12:30pm. Parents may drop off at 8:30am and pick up by 1:00pm.

High school camp is one week long, Monday through Friday, from 9:30am-4:45pm. Parents may drop off girls at 9:00am and pickup by 5:00pm.

For more information and registration details visit http://www.girlstart.org JANUARY 3rd!

Summer Camp 2011

Designer Girl
Regular Camp 6th-8th
(June 6-10, June 13-17)
Explore how engineering is all around us, from skyscrapers to runways. Uncover the world of high-tech fashion, solar energy, robotics and more. Campers will also construct a thrilling amusement park ride and draft a 3D design model.

Tropical Paradise
Junior Camp 4th-5th
(June 20-24, June 27-July 1)
Jaguars, manatees, gorillas, creepy crawlers and more! Over 15,000 animals and plants inhabit a bustling rainforest. Campers will journey through the colorful layers of this mystifying environment.

Water Works
High School 9th -10th
(July 11-15)
You’re the engineer as you program your robot to save the day. Discover how robotics are changing the world. Girls will work together to design the ultimate underwater vessel.

Camp Hermione
Regular Camp 6th-8th
(July 18-22, July 25-29)

Junior Camp 4th-5th
(Aug 1-5, Aug 8-12)
Calling all muggles! Channel your inner Hermione Granger as you unlock Hogwarts’ science secrets. Campers will create their own online TriWizard Tournament game and design a virtual Gryffindor dorm room.

Motion in the Ocean
Mini Camp 3rd
(July 25-29, Aug 1-5)
Dive in to uncover the wonders of the sea! Penguins, dolphins, starfish and more underwater secrets revealed. Explore the exciting world of a marine biologist and create an online game featuring your favorite sea animal.

December 7, 2010 at 9:41 pm Leave a comment

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