After School Blog


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.

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After School Week 1


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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Teacher Appreciation Week

Girlstart Loves Our Coordinators!

Did you know this week is Teacher Appreciation Week? The only way Girlstart successfully serves 45
After School programs across Texas is by working with 47 amazing Campus Coordinators. They are
teachers, counselors, after school site coordinators, and school faculty that dedicate time to collecting
registration forms, securing space for our girls to meet in, staying late for dismissal and communicating
with the girls on a daily basis. We are truly lucky to have such supportive Campus Coordinators partner
with us and owe them a HUGE thank you for another fantastic year!

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After School 'To Go' Week 10

Career Review and Goal Making

With the semester quickly coming to an end, Girlstart wanted to remind our After School
participants of all the interesting activities and STEM-related careers they learned about
this semester. They split into teams and put their knowledge to the test playing a review
game over the last nine weeks. Questions covered all of the careers from the semester,
different types of energy, renewable vs. nonrenewable resources, and challenged girls to
give examples of what they had learned.

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