Posts tagged ‘engineering’

Dr. Sally Ride to Speak at Girlstart Annual Luncheon

Tickets on sale now! Support Girlstart and hear Dr. Sally Ride, Former NASA Astronaut and first American woman in space, talk about the importance of science education for girls.

August 2, 2010 at 3:12 pm Leave a comment

Ada Lovelace Day

Ada Lovelace Day is an international day of blogging to celebrate the achievements of women in technology and science.

Ada Lovelace

Ada Lovelace was one of the world’s first computer programmers, and one of the first people to see computers as more than just a machine for doing sums. She wrote programs for Charles Babbage’s Analytical Engine, a general-purpose computing machine, despite the fact that it was never built. She also wrote the very first description of a computer and of software.

To learn more about Ada Lovelace click here or Wikipedia!

Register your daughter TODAY for Expanding Your Horizons to give her the opportunity to learn from successful female science and technology professionals!

March 24, 2010 at 9:31 pm Leave a comment

Elizabeth Avellán at Expanding Your Horizons

Want to know how Emily Osment used her pigtails as propellers to fly on Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams? Come learn about the technology behind your favorite movies from the award-winning producer of the Spy Kids movies, Elizabeth Avellán! Avellán attended Rice University and later moved to Austin to continue her studies in film and art.  She also produced the popular family films, The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3-D and Shorts: The Adventures of the Wishing Rock.  Avellán is eager to join in the EYH workshop series and teach girls about the technology behind the film industry.

Registration is now open for Girlstart’s Expanding Your Horizons Girls Conference!

March 9, 2010 at 8:38 pm Leave a comment

Happy International Women’s Day

Women from BMC Software volunteering at Expanding Your Horizons

March 8th is recognized around the world as “International Women’s Day” and celebrates the wonderful achievements of women. At Girlstart we believe that empowered girls grow up to be empowered women. Take some time to empower the girl in your life today and celebrate the many scientific achievements of women all over the world.

March 8, 2010 at 9:01 pm Leave a comment

Let’s Go Fly a Kite

This Sunday, March 14th, is the 82nd Annual Kite Festival at Zilker Park from 10am-5pm. The Kite Festival is FREE and is a great opportunity to view amazing kites.

Here is a fun kite design you can make with your kids.

Diamond Kite

* Twine or string
* Tape
* Large Garbage Bag
* 2 straight wooden sticks or dowels 90cm and 102cm
* Scissors
* Small Hand Saw or Sharp Knife

How to:

1. Make a cross with the two sticks, the shorter (90cm) stick placed horizontally across the longer (102cm) stick

2. Tie the two sticks together with the string or twine. Try to keep the sticks at right angles to each other.

3. Cut or saw a notch (deep enough for string to fit in to) at each end of both sticks.

4. Cut a piece of string long enough to stretch around the kite frame.

5. Make a small loop with the string in the top notch and fasten it by wrapping the sting around the stick. Stretch the string through the cross-piece notch (fasten with tape if needed), and make another loop at the bottom notch (fastening the same way). Stretch the string up the other side back to the top. Finish by wrapping the string around the top.

* The string should be taut but not so tight as to bend the sticks.

6. Lay the sail material (garbage bag) flat and place the frame on top. Cut around the frame, leaving about 1 in for a margin. Fold edges over the string frame and tape so the bag is tight.

Back View

Front View

7. Cut a piece of string about 122cm long and tie ends to each loop (the string will NOT be tight).

8. Tie a loop just above the cross intersection in the string you just attached. (This loop will be were you attach the flying line)

9. Add a tail!!! Tie ribbon about every 10cm along length of string. Experiment with the tail length. Stability of your kite can be improved by the use of bows and a flexible tail.

10. Decorate!

* Purchase kite string at a local store; Target, Walmart, HEB.

March 3, 2010 at 9:55 pm Leave a comment

Girl Day!

Rockin Roller Coasters

Girlstart recently hosted an activity at WEP’s Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day 2010! With the help of UT engineering students Girlstart’s Rockin Roller Coasters were a HUGE success. Thank you WEP for continually including Girlstart.

Congratulations Women in Engineering Program at The University of Texas for a fabulous event!

Girl Day hosted 1,590 1st-8th graders with over 440 volunteers.  Other highlights include:

  • 41 activities including a Science in the Movies show about the science and engineering behind movie stunts concluding the event
  • 8 community organizations participating
  • 3 universities and colleges in addition to UT Austin participating
  • Volunteers and/or activities from 14 companies

Save the Date

Girl Day 2011 is scheduled for February 26, 2011

See you next year!!!!!!!

~ Katelyn

March 2, 2010 at 6:24 pm Leave a comment

Engineering 101

As National Engineering Week comes to an end, I hope you have enjoyed discovering new and exciting things about engineers and their many professions.Here are a few fabulous resources to help continue your knowledge about engineering and information on how to best communicate this wonderful career opportunity to your children.

Engineer Girl
Engineer Your Life
Design Squad

Check back next week for more activity ideas!


February 20, 2010 at 10:30 am Leave a comment

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