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After School Fall 2015: Week 2

Air Mail Challenge

Last week the girls were Manufacturing engineers! They made guesses on which material would be the best for transporting a fragile object using 2 Styrofoam cups, 2 plastic cups, 2 paper cups, duct tape and 3 Pringles. Girls then created three different shipping containers to transport the pringle! Girls dropped their containers on the ground to observe how well their pringle was protected from the impact of the fall.  

Posted in After School Blog


Hands-On Wednesday

Rainbow Paper

Learn the science of light with a simple and beautiful experiment in which you can make a rainbow right in your own home. White light, like sunlight, is made up of all the colors of the rainbow combined. When that light enters a raindrop in the sky, or the nail polish in this experiment, the different colors separate out to form the rainbow pattern that you see. Can you find all the colors of the rainbow in your nail polish paper?

Posted in STEM Hands On


After School Fall 2015: Week 1

Pop Fly Challenge

Girlstart After School is back and ready for more STEM fun this year at all of our partner schools! This fall, girls will be participating in Girlstart After School at 35 schools in 7 districts across Central Texas, getting excited about STEM and exploring the careers that use the same topics.


Posted in After School Blog


Women in STEM 2015: Runi Duvall

Runi Duvall participated in the inaugural Girlstart program in 1997 and went on to earn a Bachelors Degree in Civil Engineering and a Masters degree in Construction Engineering and Project Management from The University of Texas at Austin. She has since spent nine years working in the construction industry and co-authored five journal articles promoting knowledge sharing and effective management practices on construction sites. Runi is a Senior Construction Manager for Hanger, Inc., the nation's leading provider of orthotic and prosthetic patient care and rehabilitative solutions.

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