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Girls in STEM 2016

on Monday, 25 April 2016.

Girlstart hosted the 11th annual Girls in STEM Conference on April 16th at Travis High School in Austin, TX. A little over 650 girls registered to attend this one day conference from all over the state. It was our biggest conference yet filled with amazing stories and smiles on girls faces. 

The day consisted of hands-on workshops led by over 130 STEM professionals in various STEM fields such as: engineering, programming, medical, archeology, and more. There were also close to 100 volunteers on hand to ensure the day was success.

Volunteers and presenters joined us from all walks of life: high school students, college students, past Girlstart participants, parents, teachers, engineers, etc. Thank you all for inspiring and encouraging girls in STEM.

Check out the Girls in STEM highlights. 

International Women's Day

on Tuesday, 15 March 2016.

March 8th was International Women's Day. Girlstart celebrated the day at Visa with a panel of women in technology to discuss how to empower the next generation. Panelists included:

Arleene Porterfield - VP, Global Information Technology - National Instruments
Denise Raper - Sr. Director, Network Processing Architecture & Consulting - Visa
Janet Cinfio - SVP, Technology Operations & CIO - Acxiom
Linda Albornoz - VP, Brokerage Services (CBS) Technology - Charles Schwab
Siobhan McKenney - Senior Manger, Systems Testing Services - Charles Schwan
Stacey Zoll - VP, Corporate Business Systems - Visa


Photo: Alejandro Landaverde


Photo: Alejandro Landaverde

Thank You Acxiom!

on Tuesday, 08 December 2015.

This year Girlstart is offering after school clubs in over 30 schools in central Texas and close to 20 throughout the state serving approximately 1300 girls each week. That means we need lots of materials and help getting activities ready.
 

DeSTEMber Fest

on Monday, 07 December 2015.

Girlstart hosted our annual DeSTEMber Fest at the Bullock Texas State History Museum in Austin, TX on December 6th. Close to 500 girls and boys attended and participated in winter themed hands-on activities. We also helped the Bullock countdown to the release of Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens with an AT-AT engineering station as well as a demo on how to turn your cellphone into a 3D hologram. Thank you to the 50 volunteers that helped us kickoff the month of DeSTEMber and spread the STEM cheer!


Thank You National Instruments!

on Wednesday, 18 November 2015.

This spring, after school programs in Girlstart to-go schools are learning about earth sciences. Lessons include the use of sand, gravel, dirt, top soil, and more. Thankfully a group from National Instruments joined us for an afternoon of prepping and sorting these materials. Volunteers happily dug in, filling bags with dirt and sorting an assortment of supply. We appreciate their time and energy in getting after school programs ready for a fun and educational spring semester.


 
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Thank You Spooky Extravaganza Volunteers!

on Thursday, 05 November 2015.

Girlstart teamed up with the Bullock Texas State History Museum on October 30th to host our annual Spooky Extravaganza! The weather was a bit dreary outside but that didn't stop hundred of kids and families from partaking in spooky fun.

Volunteers who led booth activities such as boo bubbles, creepy crawly bugs, skeletons, owls and more. Thank you, volunteers, for making the day possible and fun for the Austin community!

Thank you 2015 Game Changers Volunteers!

on Wednesday, 07 October 2015.

Girlstart hosted it's annual Game Changers Luncheon on September 23rd at the JW Marriott. The event sold out and raised funds that directly benefit Girlstart's After School Programs.

Throughout the day over 20 volunteers helped set up the ballroom with centerpieces and goody bags, assisted with registration, took tickets for mystery boxes and t-shirts, and supported take down once the event ended. It was a great day and we are thankful for all the attendees and volunteers that support Girlstart.

Thank you 2015 Game Changers Luncheon Committee!

on Monday, 05 October 2015.

Special thanks to our 2015 Game Changers Luncheon Committee! This year's committee helped us raise a record number of sponsorships at our sold out Game Changers Luncheon on September 23rd at the JW Marriott. Committee members also helped with silent auction items and mystery boxes. Check out photos from this year's Game Changers Luncheon here

Please mark your calendar for next year's Game Changers Luncheon on October 26, 2016 at the JW Marriott Downtown. This luncheon directly supports our Girlstart After School programs, reaching 1,300+ girls every week with quality STEM. If you're interested in being on the 2016 Game Changers Committee, please contact Julie Shannan at julie@girlstart.org.



August Volunteer Spotlight

on Monday, 31 August 2015.

This year Girlstart is offering after school clubs in over 30 schools in central Texas and close to 20 throughout the state serving approximately 1300 girls each week. That means we need lots of materials and help getting activities ready.

Luckily we had volunteers join us throughout the month of August preparing for clubs.

A group of Google volunteers traced and cut out 800+ cardboard wheels and templates for our chariot activity this fall.

July Summer Camp Volunteers

on Tuesday, 04 August 2015.

July brought new themes of summer camps, new and returning campers, and more awesome volunteers. Throughout the summer we had 33 high school volunteers help each week with taking pictures, setting up snacks, eating lunch with campers, prepping activity materials and so much more. 


June Summer Camp Volunteers

on Tuesday, 30 June 2015.

June kicked off the start of Girlstart Summer Camps! With each new week of camp not only comes new girls but a helpful group of volunteers.

Summer camp volunteers are high school students that help each week with taking pictures, setting up snacks, eating lunch with campers, prepping activity materials and so much more. 

Thank You Thermo Fisher!

on Monday, 29 June 2015.

In preparation for summer camps this year, Girlstart hosted volunteer groups to help spruce up the Girlstart STEM Center. Thermo Fisher volunteers joined us in May for a morning of painting our Peace, Love & Girlstart bathroom, organizing shirts for our camp store, and preparing materials for lessons. We are so grateful for the help and the continued support from Thermo Fisher!


Thank you to the women of Emerson Process Management!

on Monday, 15 June 2015.

Thank you to the women of Emerson Process Management for teaching girls about the different types of engineering at this year’s Girls in STEM! In this workshop participants learned what a batch recipe is and how computers improve the production of everyday products by creating a “batch” of sugar scrub to take home.


Charles Schwab Volunteer Week

on Thursday, 11 June 2015.

Charles Schwab Volunteer Week took place the week of May 18th and was a whirlwind of fun and productivity! On May 19th, a group of Schwab employees volunteered their time at their offices to make over 400 name tags for all of our Summer Camps "To Go" across Texas and the country. Name tags are key for getting girls connected every week at camp- they help break the ice and make girls feel comfortable making new friends. They also helped prep several activity materials for our travel camps and assembled engineering journals for the girls. Thank you for laminating, cutting, hole punching and tying lots of ribbon!




Thank you to the women of Cisco Systems!

on Tuesday, 09 June 2015.

Thank you to the women of Cisco Systems for teaching girls how the internet works at Girls in STEM 2015! In this workshop, girls simulated the internet by representing the different components involved and following a board game structure to successfully reach a website to post a picture or message.

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