Thank you Liz Ruchte of Pump Studios!

on Wednesday, 27 May 2015.

Thank you, Liz Ruchte of Pump Studios, for sharing your career as a Mechanical Design Engineer at Girls in STEM 2015! After participating in your workshop, 95% of the girls have a better understanding about what it takes to have this career!

Thank you Melissa Martinez of SAS Institute!

on Tuesday, 26 May 2015.

Thank you, Melissa Martinez of SAS Institute, for volunteering your Saturday to help girls experience what it’s like to be a programmer at this year’s Girls in STEM! In this workshop, girls played a game using programming logic to move a robot turtle through obstacles to rescue a gem.

Thank you Electronic Arts!

on Wednesday, 20 May 2015.

Thank you to the women of Electronic Arts for showing girls what it takes to create a video game at Girls in STEM! In this workshop, girls worked in teams to design their own video games by coming up with a catch phrase, describing the look and feel of their game, and building a prototype.

Thank you to Carol Kale at Hitachi America!

on Friday, 15 May 2015.

Thank you to Carol Kale at Hitachi America for leading a workshop at this year’s Girls in STEM Conference! Carol led a workshop that taught girls about the principles of universal design as they designed remote controls that had features for people of all abilities. As a result of participating in this workshop, 92% of the girls have a better understanding about what it takes to have a career in universal design, and 73% want to learn more about this STEM field!

Thank you Girls in STEM Volunteers!

on Tuesday, 21 April 2015.

Girlstart hosted the 10th annual Girls in STEM Conference on April 11th at Travis High School in Austin, TX. Over 600 girls from all over the state (and even some from Tennessee) registered to attend this years event. 

The day was filled with hands-on workshops led by over 100 STEM professionals in various STEM fields such as: engineering, programming, medical, archeologists, architects and more. There were also 100+ volunteers on hand to ensure the day was success.

Thank you Intel!

on Monday, 13 April 2015.

This March, Girlstart brought hands-on STEM activities to thousands of parents and children at Discovery Green’s Spring Break Week, and Intel volunteers helped to make that happen! Volunteers spent an afternoon cutting cardboard and string to help us prepare for several activities. Thank you for making moon landers, kites, and parachutes possible for Houston families!

2014 Volunteer Highlights

on Friday, 16 January 2015.

2014 was a great year, and it wouldn't have been possible without the help of our supporters and volunteers! This past year, Girlstart served over 15,000 kids and families at summer camps, after school programs, and community events. Volunteers donated over 4000 hours and helped prep materials for camps, painted our building, built a shed, entered data and so much more, making it possible to reach these families and communities. Check out some of the volunteer highlights from 2014!

Spooky Extravaganza Volunteers

on Monday, 17 November 2014.

On October 24th, 85 volunteers from all over Austin helped serve over 1000 kids and families at Spooky Extravaganza at the Bullock Texas State History Museum! Volunteers led booth activities such as boo bubbles, candy blood components, skeletons and more. Kids and families came in their costumes ready to enjoy some spooky STEM fun and a great night was had by all. Thank you, volunteers, for making the day possible and fun for the Austin community!

To see more pictures click here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/40161275@N05/sets/72157649232541625/

3M Volunteer Day at Girlstart

on Thursday, 23 October 2014.

We are so grateful for all the volunteer groups that make Girlstart possible all year long! 

Last Friday (October 17th), twenty volunteers from 3M gave their whole day to help us with some big projects. Thanks to their tireless work, Girlstart now has a new backyard shed (which they build from the ground up). Volunteers also helped get our centerpieces and Mystery Boxes ready for our Annual Game Changers Luncheon, as well as other projects around our building to help make it beautiful. 

Thank you 3M!

NCL Capital of Texas

on Tuesday, 23 September 2014.

Girlstart kicked off another year of after school programming this fall! Each week Girlstart will serve close to 1000 girls per week in these after school clubs. That means we need a lot of help prepping materials for a successful year. The 2016 class of the Capital of Texas chapter of National Charity League volunteered several hours assembling STEM journals for each of our participants. Thank you ladies for volunteering your time and supporting Girlstart's mission!

NCL volunteers


on Wednesday, 03 September 2014.

This Fall, Girlstart will offer 12 after school programs outside the Central Texas area such as McAllen, San Antonio, Arlington and College Station. A group of 20 Google employees came together to assemble after school journals for each participant as well as prepping a circuit activity for girls. Thank you so much Google for your help and can't wait for the girls to use their new journals!

Google volunteers

Charity Dynamics

on Friday, 15 August 2014.

Summer camp at Girlstart has come to a wrap and our building was in need of a little TLC. Thanks to an amazing group of volunteers from Charity Dynamics, they were able to spruce up our computer lab and STEM room with a fresh coat of paint. 

Thank you June Volunteers!

on Tuesday, 01 July 2014.

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 high school volunteers.

june week 1 volunteers

Some of our high school volunteers were past Girlstart participants and others were new faces to Girlstart. We even had one volunteer join us all the way from New York City!

Thank you Dr. Owen!

on Tuesday, 24 June 2014.

The past two weeks, Dr. Pamela Owen of the Texas Memorial Museum talked to the Girlstart campers about the evolutionary history of whales and their many adaptations to living in water. She explained how we can trace their developmental history by examining fossils – based on fossil evidence we know that ancient whales lived partially on land, had legs, and had nostrils at the end of their noses (rather than blowholes on top of their heads).

Thank you Life Technologies!

on Monday, 02 June 2014.

Girlstart is forever grateful for the wonderful community of volunteers that return to help year after year. Life Technologies, a brand of Thermo Fisher Scientific, is one of our groups that willingly donates their time each year. They joined us on May 16th to help address postcards that will be sent out to the Girlstart Alumnae Board- our program for past participants. Thank you for donating your time to help keep us connected with our alumnae!
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