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Musical Straws

Straws aren't only for drinking. With just a pair of scissors, you can turn a drinking straw into a musical instrument! When you cut the straw, it forms a double reed and creates a vibration that makes a sound like an oboe. Then try cutting your musical straw to different lengths to change the pitch.

Posted in STEM Hands On


Donor Spotlight: FlowPlay

Today we are saying a special thank you to an amazing new donor, FlowPlay, Inc. This holiday season, Seattle-based gaming company FlowPlay ran a promotion that raised money to fund Girlstart’s Summer Camp in Bellevue, Washington, this summer! Their donation is making this week of Camp possible, and helping Girlstart bring great STEM programming to more girls in 2015!


Hands-On Wednesday

Straw Hoop Glider

Do you love making paper airplanes? This glider may not look like a plane, but with just a drinking straw and an index card you can make your own hoop glider fly across the room. Then make a paper airplane and test which one flies farther!

Posted in STEM Hands On


Girlstart Executive Director Tamara Hudgins Named SXSW’s 2015 Interactive Hall of Fame Inductee



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Girlstart Executive Director Tamara Hudgins Named SXSW’s 2015 Interactive Hall of Fame Inductee

(AUSTIN) – Today,SXSW has announced that Girlstart Executive Director Tamara Hudgins has been named its Interactive Hall of Fame Inductee for 2015.

Hudgins, who has been with Girlstart since 2009, is being honored for work in helping to expand and develop the Austin-based non-profit organization. Girlstart, founded in 1997, is the only community-based informal STEM education nonprofit in the nation specifically dedicated to empowering and equipping girls in STEM, through year-round programming that promotes girls’ early engagement and academic success in STEM, encourages girls' aspirations and persistence in STEM education and careers, and incubates a talented and diverse STEM workforce.

Specifically, since 2009, Girlstart’s impact has grown from reaching 1,500 girls, teachers, and family members each year to over 15,000. Additionally, the Girlstart After School has grown from 4 to 45 programs, has been recognized as the most robust program of its kind in the nation, and is now replicating regionally. Girlstart Summer Camp, the second core program, has expanded from 8 to 22 week-long programs each summer, with replication outside Austin as well as in six states nationwide. Both Girlstart After School and Girlstart Summer Camp have been recognized by Change the Equation in the STEMWorks database, with Girlstart Summer Camp further recognized as one of four “exemplary” and “highly scalable” STEM education programs in America.

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