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Fashion Chromatography

Use a common chemistry practice to apply a custom design to fabric. Jazz up a white scarf, t-shirt, or bandana and wow your friends with your knowledge of chemical chromatography!

Click here for a DeSTEMber activity!

Posted in STEM Hands On, DeSTEMber


Balloon Bugs

Make balloon bacteria models! Explore the shapes and structures of bacteria with different types of balloons and learn about their behaviors as disease-causing organisms.

Click here for a DeSTEMber activity!

Get the Balloon Bugs presentation (download here)
Get the Balloon Bugs instruction cards (download here)
Get tags for labeling the bacteria (download here)

Posted in STEM Hands On, DeSTEMber


After School Week 9

Girlstart “Pieceing Together Our Dreams” Puzzles

Our afterschool program is coming to a close for the semester, and what better way to
end it than by “Piecing Together Our Dreams?” The girls were requested to share their
dreams through a discussion that asked them what they would want to be famous for
when they grow up. Some stated they wanted to be athletes, actresses, pharmacists, and
doctors among other various things.

Posted in After School Blog


2014 Women in STEM Honorees

Congratulations to this year's Women in STEM Honorees and our STEM Champions! We are inspired by the amazing work you are doing to promote STEM education for girls and women. 
Dr. Ellen Ochoa, Director Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, who in 1991 became the world's first Hispanic female astronaut and has logged more than 950 hours in space;

Dr. Marye Anne Fox, distinguished professor of chemistry at the University of California, San Diego and the university’s seventh chancellor, who in 2010 was presented with the National Medal of Science, the highest honor bestowed by the United States government on scientists, engineers and inventors, by President Barack Obama;
Adriana (Andi) Karaboutis, Vice President and Global Chief Information Officer for Dell Inc., who has spent over 20 years in leadership positions at Fortune 500 Companies; and
Meg Wilson, senior lecturer at the McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas at Austin and fellow at IC2, has had a leading role in shaping Austin’s culture of entrepreneurship. Meg also wrote the book, Options for Girls: A Door to the Future, that inspired Girlstart’s founding. 
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