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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

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

SXSW.edu panel on STEM Education for Girls

As part of the new SXSWedu program – a two-day series of panels on education
and technology hosted by the Texas Education Agency and South by Southwest
– Girlstart Executive Director Tamara Hudgins will participate in a panel
specifically geared to addressing issues around STEM (science, technology,
engineering and math) education for girls.

The panel, “Collaborating and Communicating to Engage More Girls in STEM,”
was organized by Tricia Berry of the Texas Girls Collaborative Project, and in
addition to Hudgins, will include representatives from UTeachEngineering and
the Austin Children’s Museum. Hudgins will not only elaborate on innovative
ways in which Girlstart has developed STEM education for girls, but also plans to
address the importance of furthering STEM education for girls.

WHEN:
Wednesday, March 9, 4:15 p.m.

WHERE:
AT&T Executive Education & Conference Center, 1900 University Avenue
Classroom 107

ON-SITE CONTACT:
Phil West, 512.769.3838 (cell/text)

March 9, 2011 at 9:35 am Leave a comment

Girls In STEM Keynote- Roxanne Wilson

Girlstart is pleased to announce our Girls In STEM 2011 Conference Keynote speaker- Roxanne Wilson!

Roxanne  is Austin’s Girl-On-The-Go. If you’ve lived in Austin, you’ve probably heard her on the radio, seen her emcee a charity event, read her blog, or taken her Jazzercise class. Roxanne came to Austin as a budding young attorney to clerk for the Texas Supreme Court before heading to Dallas to continue her legal career. Seven years later she no longer practices law, has been fired by Donald Trump himself on NBC’s The Apprentice and can’t imagine living anywhere else but Austin.  Most recently, Roxanne was an on-air personality on 105.9 The River’s morning show. She recently joined The Liquidation Channel, a national jewelry home shopping network based in Austin, as a freelance host. A perfect day for Roxanne would consist of hosting a radio show, hosting a television show, blogging, and eating some Diablo queso at Maudies.

Roxanne will be talking to 4th through 8th grade girls at our Girls In STEM Conference on Saturday, March 26th about the importance of STEM and how to achieve their dreams and goals.

Register a 4th-8th Grade Girl Today!

 

January 7, 2011 at 7:46 pm Leave a comment

Summer Camp 2011- Registration Open

CLICK TO REGISTER!
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

Girls In STEM Conference 2011- Registration Open!

Saturday, March 26, 2011
9:30am-3:30pm

The cost is $35 which includes lunch and t-shirt, and girls can attend with their friends!

REGISTER HERE

Uncover your passions by trying new things! Sample diverse and exciting careers and dream about the endless possibilities that await you.

Girls In STEM, part of the Expanding Your Horizons Network, is a one-day workshop created especially for girls in the 4th through 8th grades.

At Girls In STEM, girls attend three unique hands-on workshop-they can even register to attend with their friends! Workshops are lead by professional women who are excited about sharing their science, technology, engineering and math careers with participants!

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Schedule
9:30-10:15am- Check-In
10:30-11am- Opening Session
11:10-12:10pm- Workshop I
12:15-12:45pm- Lunch
12:50-1:50pm- Workshop II
2:00-3:00pm- Workshop III
3:10-3:30pm- Closing Session

Attend with your friends!

Your daughter may now attend Girls In STEM with up to 3 friends. Please call Girlstart at 512-916-4775 by Friday, March 11th to guarantee your request. All parties must be registered by March 11th to guarantee group registration.

Cancellation Policy
Girls In STEM fees include a $10 non-refundable administration fee. Refunds are given in the event of cancellation no later than March 11, 2011.

Please call Girlstart at 512-916-4775 ext. 21 or email us at: camps@girlstart.org if you have any questions.

January 3, 2011 at 7:32 pm Leave a comment

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