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In Loving Memory of Leslie Jarmon

Leslie Hope Jarmon, (October 16, 1952- November 24, 2009), was a true inspiration and pioneer of innovation. She was the first person in the world to submit her dissertation on CD-ROM, and continued many firsts with her ground breaking work in Second Life and the Educators Coop.

I had the privilege of working with Leslie and her colleague Joe Sanchez last year creating a virtual global event in Teen Second Life, educating teens about the importance of pursuing a career in technology. Her energy and passion were contagious and she will be missed by all of us here at Girlstart.


November 30, 2009 at 4:30 pm Leave a comment

Girlstart is Going Virtual!

Don’t miss Girlstart’s first virtual conference in Second Life on July 22, 2009! The Project IT Girl Showcase in Second Life will take place on the Educators Coop Island at 2pm CST (

During the conference, attendees will learn about the findings from Girlstart’s very first comprehensive program for high school girls. If that wasn’t enough, we’ll also be sharing examples of our curriculum and other resources that made the IT Girl program a success!

Please pre-register for this FREE conference by sending an email to and stay tuned to this blog for more info.

This conference is going to be wicked cool so it’s time to wake up  your SL avatar if already have one. Those new to Second Life – don’t worry. Use the links and resources below to download the FREE software and get started on your journey into Second Life.

Girlstart is a Texas CPE provider approved by the Texas Education Agency and 3 CPE hours will be given for this virtual conference.

Create your Second Life account and download software

What to expect when you login

Getting started in Second Life (or how to move around)

Showcase location


July 7, 2009 at 5:04 pm Leave a comment

Stepping Into Science

Last Friday I attended a “virtual science” event in Second Life called Stepping Into Science. From my own living room I went on several interactive field trips, exploring what other organizations are doing to bring science education to life in second life.

stepping-into-vw1_0022 Conference Keynote: Dr. Troy McLuhan- Troy McLuhan produces science exhibits and also sets up and promotes science-related events in Second Life.

Troy was very involved with the International Spaceflight Museum (ISM) from October, 2005 until September, 2007. He volunteers with the SL NASA CoLab project. He co-founded the SciLands, a continent of sims associated with science and technology organizations such as NASA, NOAA and The Tech Museum of Innovation. He maintains the Science Center Group wiki, which includes a calendar of all science-related events in SL, a database of all science-related places in SL, and more.

before-tsunami Simulated Tsunami

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has an interactive space in Second Life which includes a real time weather map, eye of a hurricane and a simulated tsunami. We were able to walk on the ocean bed and see the earthquake activity that causes a tsunami. (only in second life can you walk under water without proper gear!)

This is a picture after the tsunami earthquake under the ocean, and you can see the water line receding. 

tsunamiSimulated Tsunami Continued

After the water receded it created a huge wave that eventually covered us all (including the small town behind us). Very realistic and kind of scary!


weather_0013Real Time Weather Reporting Map

Here I am standing in Texas on a real time weather map that simulates what is currently going on in real life. You can see it was sunny in Texas, but snowing in New York and DC. This is a place I would love to take some Girlstart girls soon. It shows the whole country and is a huge walk through weather map. 

In addition to these field trips, I also had the opportunity to visit IYA2009 (International Year of Astronomy 2009), as well as participate as part of the live audience for Science Friday on NPR. Science Friday is a weekly radio show that is broadcast live from Second Life onto public radio stations across the U.S. Conference attendees will be able to participate in the show, including possibly asking questions of the show’s guests.

Special thanks to the conference staff at Stepping Into Science for giving me a scholarship to attend this virtual conference. 


February 19, 2009 at 6:16 pm Leave a comment

Do I really need another Life?

I have a hard enough time keeping up with my real life, but recently found out I needed another life to make my real life easier! It all started when our team at Girlstart developed a Summer Academy in Second Life, where high school girls created a virtual global awareness event online at Texas State Technical College

avatarHonestly, I thought that would be the first and last time for me in this virtual game. However, Texas State Technical College was offering an online certification course in Adobe Creative Suite CS3, all online, all in Second Life. I jumped at the opportunity to learn Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, and Flash in the comfort of my living room. 

Second Life has been a wonderful learning tool! Interactive multi-media presentations, guest speakers from around the globe, and communicating with my classmates and professors “face to face” has been amazing! It is also a really cheap alternative to conference travel as well as exhibits. 

My experiences have been somewhat entertaining as well! Like the time my professor held me after class and told me I needed a makeover, then took me shopping in second life. Or the time I was giving my final presentation in front of visiting professors and guests and I clicked the wrong button and lost all my clothes! Then my professor said-, “Julie, quick, let’s go upstairs and get you dressed!”.  I have never had a professor do that before! First time for everything!

Besides the high learning curve and horrible fashion (still waiting on Nordstrom to open up a store), Second Life has a lot to offer! Especially visualizing math, science, engineering, physics and technology.

January 22, 2009 at 10:02 pm Leave a comment

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