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Hands-On Wednesday

Straw Boats

 The weather is heating up here in Austin, and we’re excited to get outside and play with water. This experiment allows us to do just that as we work as engineers to design a boat using just a few materials. Our challenge is to see just how many pennies our boat can support. Try this one outside on a sunny day!

Posted in STEM Hands On


After School 'to Go' Spring 2017: Week 10

Girlstart Clipboards

As the semester comes to a close, Girlstart To-Go students are planning for their future! During this clipboard activity, each student thought critically about their dreams and set stepwise goals to shoot for throughout their academic and professional careers.

STEM Crew leaders engaged their students in a discussion about their dreams and passions. Crew leaders asked girls about their favorite school subjects, where they envisioned themselves after college, and what topics made them feel excited. Groups talked about the steps that each individual person would need to take in order to reach their goals, as well as the obstacles that could stand in the way.

Posted in After School Blog


After School Spring 2017: Week 10

Dream Boxes

As the year is coming to a close the girls spent their second to last Girlstart meeting talking and writing about their future! 


The club leaders began by asking the girls what they wanted to accomplish the next school year, then in middle school, high school, college and finally what their dream job is. For middle school and high school the girls’ goals ranged from joining band to playing soccer and getting good grades. When it came to dream jobs many wanted to be veterinarians, surgeons and teachers. While others said singers, engineers, scientists and one girl even said she wanted to become so smart she would be famous. 

Posted in After School Blog


Hands-On Wednesday

Paper Challenge

How strong is a piece of paper? In this investigation you will discover just how strong it can be, and the answer may just surprise you. Play around with different shapes to see if one supports more weight than the others, and count just how many books you can stack!

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