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27March

After School 'To Go' Week 7

Biomass: Biofuels

Now that the girls are aware that nonrenewable resources cannot be used again, their task was to come up with an alternative resource for energy. Biofuel engineers figure out ways to use animal and plant wastes as fuels. Students mixed warm water, yeast, and sugar in a bottled water as they watched the balloon expand. 

Posted in After School Blog

25March

Hands-On Wednesday

Steel Wool & Vinegar Reaction

Want to see a chemical reaction release energy in the form of heat? Soak some steel wool in vinegar for a minute and then place it in another beaker. Monitor the initial temperature and compare it to the temperature after 5 minutes in the covered container. The beaker might even begin to get foggy as the temperature increases! 

Posted in STEM Hands On

23March

After School Week 7

Engineering the Earth: Exploring the Effects of Oil Spills

Can you recall the last oil spill? The impact can be severe, but with the help of environmental scientists many animals can be saved. Students observed a clean feather and then the feather dipped in vegetable oil with cocoa powder. The girls used Dawn dishwashing liquid and water to clean the oil away from the feather. One girl said, “I took a lot to wash it off.” Imagine a washing a whole bird!

Posted in After School Blog

19March

Hanger, Inc. to Showcase Prosthetic Tail, Made Famous in 2011 Feature Film Dolphin Tale

at 2015 Girls in STEM Conference

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Hanger, Inc. to Showcase Prosthetic Tail, Made Famous in 2011 Feature Film Dolphin Tale, at 2015 Girls in STEM Conference

(AUSTIN) – Girlstart is pleased to announce that Hanger, Inc. will showcase the prosthetic tail and liner it created for Winter -- the famous dolphin from the 2011 feature film Dolphin Tale -- at this year's Girls in STEM Conference on Saturday, April 11th. 

2015 marks the tenth anniversary of Girlstart's annual Girls in STEM event, which will be held at Travis High School (1211 E. Oltorf). The conference will bring more than 450 4th-8th grade girls from throughout Central Texas together for hands-on STEM education sessions led by 80 professional women working in STEM fields at Austin-area companies.

Sessions at this year's conference will give girls the opportunity to perform DNA isolation on strawberries, create an adhesive similar to what's used in tape, and build a city out of candy, to name just three of the fun, hands-on, creative activities showing girls the range of experiences available in STEM careers. In addition, all the girls will participate in an opening session in which they will create their own prosthetic tails, modeled after the one Hanger created.

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