28July

GIRLSTART PARTNERS WITH TALKINGSCIENCE BLOG

Part of the Science Friday Initiative

Girlstart will share a number of its STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education-based experiments, activities, and other pieces of knowledge from its 14-year history of providing groundbreaking STEM education for girls ranging from third graders to high school students. The Girlstart blog debuted today as a contributing organization to the TalkingScience blog (http://www.talkingscience.org).

Girlstart’s initial post can be found here:
http://www.talkingscience.org/2011/07/engineering-the-earth-exploring-wind-energy/





“This is a fantastic opportunity for us to reach STEM-minded audiences through this collaboration with the Science Friday Initiative, and we’re thrilled to be a part of it,” said Julie Shannan, Deputy Director of Girlstart, overseeing the organization’s efforts to deliver weekly content to the blog. “This is particularly important to us, as we look to expand beyond our strong base in Central Texas to reach girls all over the United States.”

This year, Girlstart, through a partnership with the AMD Foundation, will be providing STEM summer camps in California, Colorado, and Washington State, the first time that the organization has hosted summer camps across the nation. Girlstart also recently, through a grant provided by NASA, designed STEM education curriculum designed for nationwide adaption.

“We’re delighted to have the opportunity to highlight the great educational resources Girlstart has created,” said Leslie Taylor, Web Editor of TalkingScience.org. “TalkingScience aims to encourage young people to get excited about science, so Girlstart, and their mission to empower and equip students for success in STEM is a great fit for us.”

The first blog post from Girlstart will share a wind energy experiment in which students outfit toy cars with turbines to test the effectiveness of wind energy.

The TalkingScience blog is part of the Science Friday Initiative’s outreach efforts. The Science Friday Initiative is the non-profit partner of the Science Friday radio show airing weekly on National Public Radio.

TalkingScience.org is intended to cultivate enthusiasm for science and a desire for scientific literacy in the general public, to encourage young people to pursue STEM subjects in school, get involved with STEM-based extracurricular activities and pursue careers in STEM fields, and to support educators (teachers and parents) in their efforts to increase scientific literacy in the next generation.

For more information on Girlstart and its programming and resources, visit Girlstart’s website at www.girlstart.org.

To see the TalkingScience blog and more on the TalkingScience initiative, visit the official website at http://www.talkingscience.org/.

MEDIA CONTACT:
Phil West, Orange Cone Agency
512.769.3838, phil.west@orangeconeagency.com

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