Donor Spotlight: KLA-Tencor

In today’s Donor Spotlight, Girlstart says thank you to another of our wonderful donors, KLA-Tencor. KLA-Tencor has supported Girlstart’s programs since 2011, and they are strong advocates of STEM education for girls. KLA-Tencor supports Girlstart After School, where girls learn about STEM careers like engineering. We asked KLA-Tencor why they chose to help us teach more girls about the importance of STEM, and what advice they would give girls who are interested in STEM subjects.






 KLA-Tencor and Girlstart: Nurturing the Next Generation of Women in STEM

By Lena Niccolades, ‎Vice President and General Manager at KLA-Tencor

Women make up 51 percent of the U.S. population and 47 percent of the workforce, yet only 4 percent are CEOs and 17 percent board members, according to recent research. Statistics like this are even more pronounced when you look at the science and technology industries. In 2010, for example, women received 57 percent of all undergraduate degrees, but represented only 18 percent of all computer and information sciences undergraduate degrees.

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WeatherFest 2014

Thank you to everyone that braved the rainy weather to come to WeatherFest 2014 this past weekend! Families discovered the exciting and sometimes scary world of Mother Nature at the Bullock Texas State History Museum.

Forecasting the Weather

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Girlstart Staff Picks

A few of our favorite activities

Itzel's Pick - Google Earth Scavenger Hunt

Julie's Pick - Fossil Detectives

Fossil Detectives

Katelyn's Pick - Drag Racing Cups

Drag Racing Cups 

Kristi's Pick - Freezing Point

Ice Cream in a Bag

Lauren's Pick - Around the Sun

Around the Sun

Sharlym's Pick - Lights Out

Lights Out

Tamara's Pick - National Geographic G+ Hangout

National Geographic


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National Women's History Month

Women In Aviation Week

Name: Tasha Collier
Company: Phoenix Arising Aviation Academy
Title: Co-Founder

Girlstart: Was there a person in your life that encouraged you in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) and/or to enter your specific field? If so, please tell us a little bit about how she/he encouraged you:

Tasha: I've had multiple women in my life that have inspired my interest in STEM, from a neighbor that was a scientist working to find advanced treatments for HIV and AIDS, to a friend and a sister-in-law whom both obtained graduate degrees in mathematics. All three of these women showed me that it was possible for women to be highly passionate and successful in STEM fields. I didn't know of the term STEM at the time, however each of their journeys greatly impacted my own views and determination.
Today, one of the most influential women I know of is Willa Mae Brown. This amazing African-American female was an aviator, activist, educator and the first Black officer in the Civil Air Patrol and the first black woman to hold a commercial pilot's license in the United States. Not only did she obtain her master mechanics certificate and her private pilot's license but she also trained the instructors that trained a group of men better know as the Tuskegee Airmen! Now that's inspiring.

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