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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.

Thank you to Serena Hon, MD of Austin Regional Clinic!

on Tuesday, 02 June 2015.

Thank you to Serena Hon, MD of Austin Regional Clinic, for helping girls explore a career in family medicine at this year’s Girls in STEM! Because of your workshop, 83% of participants want to learn more about this career, and 100% reported having a better understanding about what it takes to have this career.

Thank you Camilla Levario and Tana Spaulding at Applied Materials!

on Monday, 01 June 2015.

Thank you, Camilla Levario and Tana Spaulding at Applied Materials, for bringing edible microchips to Girls in STEM! In this workshop, girls learned about the basic concepts of microchip technology and its uses in everyday life as they built their own microchip using cookies, frosting, and sprinkles.

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/
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