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Change the Equation

We’re sharing a bit of good news. As you know, Girlstart is the only organization in the nation with two programs to independently gain Change the Equation’s ‘STEMWorks’ designation, which involved an intensive, external review process by WestEd to determine what organizations or programs are effectively solving the nation’s STEM gaps. (In total, STEMWorks features fewer than 40 programs.) Change the Equation (CTEq) is a national advocacy organization formed by the leaders of top CEOs that seek to promote STEM on a national level and identify best practices that might have national impact. After the ‘STEMWorks’ initial launch, CTEq was asked to further review programs that are not just good, but really good, and ready to scale on a national level. So we went through another rigorous WestEd evaluation.

I’m honored to share that Girlstart Summer Camp was selected as one of only 4 “exemplary” and “highly scalable” programs in America. Click here to read the release.

We are thankful to all of you who support our work, who send girls to Summer Camp, and who help share the word about Girlstart. We hope to share this good news widely! And be sure: we’re already looking forward to another amazing summer of STEM fun in 2014. After, of course, our fall and spring of STEM fun! Join us!

Tamara and all of us at Girlstart


Hands-On Wednesday

Snake Bubbles

Do you love bubbles? Ask your parents for help and try out this experiment to create colorful bubble snakes from your own homemade bubble blower.


Posted in STEM Hands On


After School Week 1

Pop Fly Challenge

Girlstart After School made its return to schools this week and we are serving more girls than ever! Girlstart After School will be meeting at 36 schools across 7 districts in central Texas this fall and even more with our 'to Go' programs. 

This week, girls met for their first week, getting to know new friends and club leaders. They were introduced to the engineering design process and talked about brainstorming, testing and redesigning projects. Getting their first challenge, to design and build a catapult, girls worked as structural engineers to launch their ping pong ball as far as possible. 

Posted in After School Blog


Connect With Weather

Know the Elements, Make a Plan

The Weather Channel and Time Warner Cable are excited to present their Connect with Weather event to the Austin community hosted at the Girlstart STEM Center. Everyone is invited to join us Wednesday, October 9th from 6:00pm-7:30pm for an interactive, free safety and preparedness program!

Don't miss this opportunity to...
Meet The Weather Channel meteorologist Kelly Cass! 

Learn how our Austin community responds to emergencies.
Create your own family emergency preparedness plan.
Get life-saving severe weather information.

The entire family is welcome to explore hands-on activities provided by local community organizations, including Girlstart's popular WeatherFest activities.

To share this event with friends and neighbors, click here.

Click here to RSVP!

Posted in Girlstart

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