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Coin Tower

Try to pull the bottom coin out from a stack of coins. What happens? Did your coins topple over? This is caused by friction between the coins. Try using a butter knife to overcome the friction to remove the bottom coin without making your coin tower fall over!

Posted in STEM Hands On


Girlstart Seeks Volunteers, Invites Runners to Participate in 3M Half Marathon on Jan. 25,

Raising $50,000 for STEM Education Programs



Phil West, Orange Cone Agency


Girlstart Seeks Volunteers, Invites Runners to Participate in 3M Half Marathon on Jan. 25, Raising $50,000 for STEM Education Programs

Girlstart, named the beneficiary of the upcoming 2015 3M Half Marathon taking place on Jan. 25, is inviting runners to participate in what has become one of Austin’s most popular distance races, and is also seeking volunteers to help manage the Gear Check area that day.

The 3M Half Marathon, involving up to 6500 participants in this year’s edition of the race, will contribute $50,000 to Girlstart in support of the non-profit organization’s STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) education programs for girls. Founded in 1997, Girlstart is committed to fostering STEM skills development, inspiring girls to pursue STEM education, and encouraging young women to pursue STEM careers after college. Though Girlstart has been growing steadily in recent years, Girlstart will initiate a new phase of significant expansion beginning in 2015. 

Posted in Press Releases


2015 Summer Camp Themes

"I liked all the guest speakers that came and the fact that Girlstart allows you to be yourself and try something new at the same time." - 2014 Summer Camper

Early registration (with a $50 discount) is available until Monday, February 16th. The full price is $300 per camp.

All Girlstart camps include a balance of hands-on STEM activities, relevant technology, collaborative team building and informal camp fun!

Girlstart's camps serve entering 4th-5th grade and entering 6th-8th grade girls simultaneously all summer long (regular and junior camps are held in separate activity spaces).

2015 Summer Camps Weeks:

Once Upon a Time
June 8-12, June 15-19, & June 22-26
There are no damsels in distress here! Be brave, creative and curious as you build a beanstalk to reach the clouds, engineer a crane to rescue Rapunzel from her tower, design an unforgettable LED shoe for Cinderella, and more. Girls will program their own fairy tale computer game and virtual enchanted forest maze.

Keep Girlstart Weird
June 8-12, June 15-19, & June 22-26
Live music, Congress Bridge bats, Lady Bird Lake and more! These cool and interesting things about Austin are what make our city the best place to live. Girls will recreate the 360 bridge, design a one-of-a-kind food truck, engineer an outdoor music stage, and explore the unique creatures of Austin.

Scrub In
July 6-10 & July 13-17
Put on your scrubs, pull back your hair, and get ready to scrub in! Examine what it takes to suture a cut, design a working prosthetic device and diagnose growing bacteria. Girls will uncover the mysteries of our organs, build the popular operation board game, and more. It’s the perfect prescription for fun.

Everything is Awesome
July 6-10 & July 13-17
You've got the power! Discover the engineering secrets behind different types of energy. Girls will create unique light up play dough creations, design a flashlight powered by a magnet, construct a death defying roller coaster, determine what makes a glow stick glow, and more.

Camp Hermione
4th-5th & 6th-8th
July 20-24 & July 27-31
Calling all muggles! Channel your inner Hermione Granger as you discover chemical reactions in Potions class, design a catapult in Defense Against the Dark Arts class, construct a sturdy tower to watch Quidditch, and more. Girls will program their own online TriWizard Tournament maze and program a virtual Hogwarts castle.

Posted in Summer Camp


The FUN continues...


Thank you to everyone that participated, shared, followed and/or liked deSTEMber. Your support and enthusiasm for 31 days of hands-on STEM fun is truly appreciated!

If you missed an activity, don't worry you can find everything on! Girlstart will continue to add activities, resources, fun facts and more to our Facebook , Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, Instagram, Vine communities and don't miss our Weekly Hands-on Wednesday Blog.

Just around the corner on Monday, January 12th - Summer Camp and our annual Girls In STEM Conference registrations open! Details can be found at

Posted in STEM Hands On, DeSTEMber

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