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Spring Break Camp in Killeen, Texas: Camp Hermione!!!

Killeen group!

Over Spring Break, the ladies of the Clements Boys and Girls Club in Killeen enjoyed exploring the magical world of Hogwarts with the help of Hermione Granger.  From dissecting owl pellets and learning about chromatography to diet coke explosions and more, these ladies discovered the magic of science.

Dissecting owl pellets was a huge hit with the girls.  They were each able to learn how owl pellets are formed and determined their contents with tweezers and a magnify glass.  Many of them found various bones of small rodents and were able to reconstruct the rat skeletons. Then the girls expanded their knowledge of nocturnal creatures with a lesson on bats and echolocation.

Later in the week the girls became forensic scientists and solved a mystery using chromatography.  A mysterious note at Hogwarts was found, so the girls tested the reaction of different inks with alcohol, a solvent, to determine which pen was used to write the note.

Throughout the week, these ladies also participated in discussions about the importance of attending college and the various types of STEM careers they can pursue.  To highlight these discussions the girls made achievement bead bracelets – each bead color representing goals for their future including graduating high school, attending college and graduate school, and pursuing a STEM career.

For a finale the girls learned about the process of nucleation with the legendary mixture of  Diet Coke and Mentos! First the girls experimented with one Mentos, dropping it into a small bottle of Diet Coke.  While that reaction was fun to watch, the girls were most impressed when we dropped a whole roll of Mentos in a 2 liter bottle of Diet Coke. This was well worth the mess.

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March 28, 2011 at 8:27 pm Leave a comment

Proclamation of Girlstart STEM Day by the Mayor

Mayor Lee Leffingwell declared March 26, 2011 as Girlstart STEM Day in honor of the Girls in STEM conference.

Proclamation

Be it known that

Whereas,

We’re pleased to welcome all the 4th through 8th grade girls attending today’s Girlstart Conference; and,

Whereas,

The workshops on the schedule are designed to show you the variety and excitement that careers in science, technology, engineering and math offer for women in the workforce; and,

Whereas,

We join Girlstart in encouraging young people to investigate careers in the sciences – careers that have the potential to shape our future and improve our world; and,

Whereas,

We also applaud Girlstart for putting on this conference and thank all the volunteers whose efforts are vital to its success;

Now, Therefore,

I, Lee Leffingwell, Mayor of the City of Austin, Texas, do hereby proclaim March 26, 2011 as Girlstart STEM Day in Austin.

March 26, 2011 at 5:08 pm Leave a comment

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

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

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

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