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16July

Boutique Detective

Analyzing Evidence and Engineering Solutions

During the last two weeks, mysterious events have been taking place each night and Girlstart’s campers have been working hard to get to the bottom of it all!

Campers collected fiber and hair samples to analyze under a microscope. By comparing the evidence they were given to the structures and characteristics of their samples, the girls were able to match the culprit.



They also found a lip print at another scene. Since lip prints are as unique as fingerprints, they can be classified to match their suspects.

Girls discussed the purpose of toys as well as the different ideas behind the design of toys. They were challenged to take apart a simple machine toy, figure out how it works and return it back to working order! They also worked in groups to create a new toy prototype out of a variety of materials.

Using Google SketchUp, the campers were able to take their toy ideas and make them into a 3D prototype. They were printed to take home at the end of each week.

   

Posted in Summer Camp

12July

Girlstart Summer Camp 'to Go'

Good Samaritan Center of San Antonio, TX

San Antonio campers

Girlstart wrapped up our fifth summer camp 'to Go' this week in San Antonio, TX. At our 'to Go' locations we have served more than 120 girls and we still have three more camps to run! Rackspace, who is a generous supporter of Girlstart, not only made Summer Camp 'to Go' in San Antonio possible, they also fostered a partnership with Good Samaritan Community Services Center that made it possible for us to bring 'Under the Sea' to Windcrest Elementary. Thank you, Rackspace and Good Sam!

Posted in Summer Camp

09July

Summer Camp 2013

Thank you June Volunteers!

During the month of June, we kicked off Girlstart Summer Camp 2013! Each week a group of high school volunteers come and help make camp a huge success.  A few of our volunteers this summer were previous campers themselves and are now part of GAB.   

These ladies do everything from entering surveys, taking pictures of campers, setting up for lunch and snack, to leading games with campers.  Stay tuned this fall for Hands on Wednesday brought to you by our awesome volunteers this summer. Thank you ladies for all your hard work! 

Posted in Summer Camp

05July

The Girlstart Games

Survival skills 101

Over the last several weeks, girls created 3D inspirational pins using Google SketchUp, explored solar cooking, engineered a sturdy shelter, tasted edible plants, programmed an Android App, and more!

Slingshots Girlstart slingshots

The girls engineered their own slingshots using a wire coat hanger, fabric, and rubber bands.  To help understand the physics involved, the girls dipped a cotton ball in paint to learn the difference between accuracy and precision.

'Like Us' on Facebook to see the girls completed 3D pin creations.

Posted in Summer Camp

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