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After School Fall 2016: Week 1

Up, up, and away!

Girlstart After School launched a new school year with a fun and creative engineering project: Paper Rockets! Before building their rockets, girls discussed their expectations and hopes for the new semester. Groups reviewed the Engineering Design Process - this is the foundation of each girl’s growth at Girlstart! What does the Engineering Design Process look like?

I. Ask a question
II. Brainstorm ideas or conduct research
III. Build a prototype
IV. Test and revise

At Girlstart, each girl is encouraged to share her ideas - no idea is too “crazy” because it could inspire another idea! After girls share their ideas, they work together to turn their plans into reality, test their design, and improve it. Finally, students are reminded that the design process is cyclical. One question girls often ask each other: “How can we make this even more awesome?!”

Posted in After School Blog


Hands-On Wednesday

Tea Bag Rocket

Turn an everyday tea bag into an exciting tea bag rocket! This easy at-home activity shows how heat makes the air inside the rocket less dense than the air outside of it, creating a convection current that lifts the ash from your rocket and sends it flying towards the ceiling!

Posted in STEM Hands On


Hands-On Wednesday

Static Butterfly

We all know that static electricity can be loads of fun. In this simple DIY experiment, watch your butterfly take off as her wings flutter up and down with the power of static electricity!

Posted in STEM Hands On


Hands-On Wednesday

Square Bubble

Have you ever wondered why bubbles always form as spheres? This is because the sphere shape can hold the largest volume of gas inside the bubble with the least amount of surface area. Try making a square bubble or even a pyramid bubble to test if different shapes can still create bubbles, even if they aren't as efficient. What 3D shape would be the most difficult to create a bubble with, (i.e. what shape holds the least amount of volume with the largest amount of surface area)?

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