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10October

After School Week 3

Solubility in Packing Material

The careers of the week are Manufacturing and Environmental Engineering! The girls tested the solubility of packaging materials such as a biodegradable packing pellet, a piece of freshly popped corn, a piece of newspaper, and a styrofoam packing peanut. They used warm water as the solvent and mixed in the solutes in four individual cups.


Posted in After School Blog

03October

After School Week 2

Density Shapes

Things are building up in week two of Girlstart’s After School programs. The girls started off
guessing what foil objects would float depending on density and buoyancy. They studied a
regular coke can and a diet coke can, and concluded that, “The regular coke does not float
because it has more sugar.”

Density Shapes

Posted in After School Blog

29September

Thank you Round Rock ISD

Voigt Elementary

More than 20 fourth and fifth-grade girls are putting in extra hours to learn science in an all-girl after school program at Voigt Elementary, which aimed at boosting confidence and empowering them to pursue science careers.



Girlstart, an Austin-based organization striving to teach girls science, technology, engineering and math, hosts after school programs at Voigt, Caraway and Wells Branch elementary schools within Round Rock ISD during 10 one-hour sessions each semester.

To read the full article click here.

Posted in After School Blog

26September

After School Week 1

Parachutes

What does it take to build a parachute? A girl with STEM knowledge for sure! This
week, Girlstart’s After School girls learned how to incorporate the engineering design
process through building an effective coffee filter parachute. They identified the problem
and asked a question, brainstormed solutions, built a prototype in pairs, and finally tested
and revised their parachute.

Parachute Engineers

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