Out Of This World Facts

My Very Educated Mother Just Served Us Nachos! What catchy phrase do you use to remember the order of the planets? Use these fascinating facts to help your create your own unique memory device. RSVP for Starry Nights this Thursday, Feb 6th today!

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The Romans called the Sun Sol, which in English means sun. In ancient Greece, the sun was called Helios.

Mercury has no atmosphere around it to protect it from the Sun or to retain any heat when it rotates on its axis.

Venus rotates counter-clockwise.

Earth is the only planet whose English name does not derive from Greek/Roman mythology. The name derives from Old English and Germanic.

Mars’ seasons are twice as long as those on Earth because it takes Mars 687 days to orbit the sun, twice as long as Earth’s 365-day journey.

Jupiter is so big that you could fit all the other planets in the solar system inside it.

Saturn is the least dense planet in the Solar System. It has a density less than water, so it would float!

William Herschel discovered Uranus in 1781, making Uranus the first planet discovered in modern history.

Neptune was the first planet to get its existence predicted by mathematical calculations before it was actually seen by a telescope.

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5 Unique Beaks of the Bird World

To discover more about birds' beaks register today for Girlstart's Feathered Friends STEM Saturday Workshop designed specially for 1st-2nd grade girls and a parent. Click here to register!

Hyacinth Macaw
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Donor Spotlight


Today Girlstart says thank you to another amazing donor—PGi. PGi is a tech company that has pioneered cutting-edge virtual conferencing and collaboration systems, so they know how important technology is in our lives and work. PGi and PGi volunteers have supported Girlstart since 2010.

PGi helped bring Girlstart After School to 900+ girls this year by being a Gold Sponsor of Girlstart’s Annual Luncheon in October 2013. Thank you, PGi!

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Happy Thanksgiving

"I am thankful for the opportunity to make STEM cool for girls. We are creating programs that girls want to be part of and in return, they learn how fun STEM can be for them."- Julie

"I am thankful for the opportunity to empower the next generation of STEM educators and professionals."- Katelyn

"I am thankful for the opportunity to work with such a smart, kind and thoughtful group of women and to work with volunteers who are passionate about STEM education for girls."- Sharlym 

"I am thankful for the opportunity of being able to stay with Girlstart to do what I love and to work with such an amazing group of people!"- Itzel

"I am thankful for the opportunity to promote Girlstart in the community."- Brittany 

"I am thankful for the opportunity to give girls a fresh outlook on how exciting STEM can be by forming new partnerships with awesome schools, principals, and teachers through Girlstart's After School programs."- Kristi

"I am thankful for the opportunity to make a difference in ways that I can see, and ways that I cannot currently see, but I know will unfold over time."- Tamara

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