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02July

Girlstart Summer Camp 'to Go'

Hays CISD, Texas

Pfluger Elementary Group Hemphill Elementary Group

Girlstart had the opportunity to host our Under the Sea summer camp at our two Hays CISD after school locations; Hemphill and Pfluger Elementary. During the last two weeks of June, girls studied marine biology, explored the electromagnetic spectrum, discovered ways to clean up an oil spill, engineered protective coverings  for turtle eggs, dissected starfish, programmed their own computer game and more!

Hemphill received a special visit from the Austin American Statesmen. Check out the article!

Posted in Summer Camp

26June

Hands-On Wednesday

Monster Mallows

What do you think happens to a marshmallow in a microwave? Try out this experiment and see how the marshmallow changes!

 

Posted in STEM Hands On

25June

Girlstart Summer Camp 'to Go'

Sunnyvale, CA

This summer marks the third year Girlstart has provided our popular summer program to the Sunnyvale, CA area. Over 30 4th & 5th grade girls participated in our Under the Sea Summer Camp. The girls studied marine biology, explored the electromagnetic spectrum, discovered ways to clean up an oil spill, engineered protection for baby turtles, dissected starfish, programmed their own computer game and more!

Posted in Summer Camp

21June

Under the Sea Guest Speakers

Thank you Carol and Alison from JOIDES Resolution!

Alison Mote: Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders, Austin, Texas (Left)
Carol Larson: National Aquarium of New Zealand (Right)

Over the last three weeks, our 4th and 5th grade girls in our Under the Sea Summer Camp had the pleasure of Skyping with Carol and Alison of JOIDES Resolution. Currently, they are working on a 426 foot long ship with 123 crew members in the middle of the Gulf of Alaska. On this ship, there are all different types of scientists from countries all over the world. As a team, the scientists collect samples at the bottom of the ocean by sending a drill to collect the sand and rocks that lay deep in the ocean floor. This ship will travel all over the Gulf of Alaska taking samples until July. Currently, they are taking samples in a part of the ocean where the water is over 12,000 feet deep! Once the samples are taken, each scientist analyses the samples to find out more about what the world was like in the past, what it will be like in the future, and how humans are impacting the world now. Madison (not pictured), a paleontologist on the ship, was looking at microscopic fossils called amoebas and diatoms. She can find close to 1000 fossils in just one day! These creatures will help Madison determine what this ocean might have looked like millions of years ago.

Besides taking samples and doing research, the ship's crew spends their free time watching movies at the onboard movie theater, eating from the large supply of food in the galley, and watching whales from the deck of the boat. In fact, a whale popped up for a quick hello to the Girlstart girls during the presentation!

Posted in Summer Camp

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