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28October

Game Changers Highlights

Girlstart held it's 4th Annual Luncheon on Thursday, October 17th at the AT&T Conference Center on the University of Texas campus. The Game Changers Luncheon was packed with nearly 600 guests, including nearly 40 Girlstart participants, all excited to hear from Kari Byron of Discovery Channel's Mythbusters! 

 

28October

Donor Spotlight

The Georgetown Health Foundation

Girlstart's STEM programs are only possible because of the support of our generous community of corporate, foundation, government, and individual donors. Today we are highlighting a new foundation partner, the Georgetown Health Foundation, whose support helps Girlstart’s programs in Georgetown reach more than 200 girls each year.

About the Georgetown Health Foundation
Georgetown Health Foundation (GHF) supports nonprofit organizations offering a range of safety net services, from primary health care to emergency shelter. The Foundation’s work is grounded in its community’s rich health care history, established with the opening of Georgetown Community Hospital in 1924. The Foundation remains committed to honoring its health care roots by supporting community health promotion, encompassing areas of need not only in health care, but in safety net areas that impact those most vulnerable, with particular emphasis on children and youth.

Girlstart: What drove the Georgetown Health Foundation to invest in STEM education for girls?

GHF: One of GHF’s strategic priorities it to support affordable, quality, out-of-school care. With its after-school programming at nine campuses in Georgetown, Girlstart fit neatly into this category. But Girlstart’s STEM programs also resonate with GHF’s mission of community health promotion, because they invest in young Georgetown minds, and thus, are inherently beneficial to the health of our community.

What message would you tell girls who are thinking about studying STEM subjects or pursuing STEM careers?

GHF: Our society needs great problem-solvers! STEM disciplines help us learn approaches to creative problem solving, and remind us that missteps, mistakes, and even outright failure are part of the learning process.

Thank you, Georgetown Health Foundation!

The Georgetown Health Foundation supports Girlstart’s After School programs in Georgetown, Texas. 

Posted in Girlstart

25October

After School Week 4

Liquid Circuits

This week was all about circuits in Girlstart's After School programs! Our electrical engineers first assembled a closed circuit to make sure all their materials worked. They then tested a few objects and discovered the difference between conductors (items that allow electricity to flow) and insulators (items that do not allow electricity to flow). The girls concluded that many conductors are types of metals while many insulators are made of plastic and wood.

Posted in After School Blog

23October

Hands-On Wednesday

Spooky Magic Potion

Check out this experiment to see how to brew up some spooky magic potions for Halloween! You can cast some sparkly spells!

 

 

Posted in STEM Hands On

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