YOOtheme

Thank You July Volunteers!

on Thursday, 11 August 2016.

The last half of Summer Camp at Girlstart finished smoothly thanks to the help of our July volunteers. Each week, a group of high school girls assisted in preparing lesson materials, running our photo booth, setting up snacks, creating Hands-On Wednesday blogs and more! We had new volunteers as well as returning volunteers from the beginning of the summer. Thank you all for your help!

Hermione’s Mayhem of Mazes Week 3 Guest Speaker

on Thursday, 28 July 2016.

The last week of camp began with a virtual visit from Olivia Pavco-Giaccia, CEO and founder of LabCandy, a company that aims to encourage young girls in science. Olivia shared with the campers her story of how her love for science grew thanks to an amazing teacher, how to take risks that lead to opportunities, and how a pair of sparkly lab goggles launched a movement and changed her life.

 

Through colorful and unique lab coats and goggles, a storybook, and most recently, a YouTube channel, LabCandy is working to change the stereotype of scientists from a man in a white lab coat and goggles to someone more relatable and fun. An important message Olivia told the girls was that “grades definitely don’t define you, and if you really care about something, you should just go for it!”

Hermione’s Mayhem of Mazes Week 2 Guest Speaker

on Thursday, 21 July 2016.

Priya Ramachandran from National Instruments visited the 4th-5th graders this week. Priya is an electrical engineer and spoke to the girls about circuits and what they’ve learned from the Circuit Snitch Ring activity where they solder circuits. Priya shared that at her company, electrical, mechanical, and software engineers all work together to create their products.

Priya brought the inside of a computer to show the girls and they were able to examine a PCB, or printed circuit board. The campers expressed concern about the difficulty of Priya’s job, but she said that although it’s challenging, you don’t want to do the easy puzzle — you want to do the hard puzzle because it’s more fun! 

Hermione’s Mayhem of Mazes Week 1 Guest Speakers

on Thursday, 14 July 2016.

The week started out with Amy Griffin and Hilary Keenan of the Texas Department of Public Safety Crime Lab who visited campers to explain the world of forensic science. Amy and Hilary specialize in identifying latent prints and using the AFIS fingerprint processing system. They explained the jobs of the many departments within the DPS Crime Lab and how they all work together to solve a crime. Amy and Hilary also gave the campers their own Camp Hermione ID cards to place their finger prints on, and helped the girls determine whether their print was an arch, loop, or whorl. 

Thank You June Volunteers!

on Thursday, 07 July 2016.

With the start of Girlstart Summer Camps each week came a hardworking group of high school volunteers. 

These ladies help with everything from setting up snack and eating lunch with campers to prepping materials and assisting with activities.

Under the Sea Guest Speakers

on Wednesday, 06 July 2016.

Camp Under the Sea hosted two guest speakers this week. First, campers received a visit from Erin Keenan of Texas State’s Department of Anthropology. Erin spoke about archaeology, specifically zooarchaeology and marine archaeology. The campers learned about all the various things archaeologists can learn from bones, as well as how rising water levels have left many artifacts and remains to be found in the ocean and on shores. Erin even brought a variety of bones for the campers to examine. 
Texas State Department of Anthropology

World Tour Guest Speaker

on Tuesday, 05 July 2016.

Meha Jha of Emerson Process Management took World Tour campers on her own “Lady Jha Jha” World Tour that showed the girls her journey in engineering. A lot of the campers expressed their interest in becoming engineers as well. Meha said “engineers make the world a better place by solving a variety of problems related to everyday life. Engineers make life safer, easier, faster and better.”

Meha Jha from Emerson Electric Company

Charles Schwab Volunteer Week

on Monday, 20 June 2016.

Charles Schwab hosted their annual Schwab Volunteer Week the week of May 23rd. Girlstart hosted two groups of volunteers and they were packed full of fun and productivity.



On May 24th, a group of Schwab employees volunteered their time getting materials ready for our Summer Camp to-go programs. Volunteers assembled over 400 engineering journals for girls, assembled nametags, cut out cardboard, and so much more. We are so thankful for all of their hard work getting us ready for our travel camps!

 
 

Jurassic Adventure Week 2 Guest Speakers

on Saturday, 18 June 2016.

At the beginning of the week, Jurassic Adventure campers received a visit from University of Texas paleontology graduate student Lauren English. She explained that paleontologists study not only dinosaurs, but also all prehistoric life. She shared facts about the current prehistoric crocodiles she studies. Lauren also brought a tooth from a megalodon, a prehistoric shark, which the girls examined eagerly.

 

The campers had an energetic dialogue with Lauren as they shared stories and questions. By the end, most of the girls raised their hands when Lauren asked who was interested in becoming a paleontologist.

Circus Circus Guest Speakers

on Wednesday, 15 June 2016.

This week members of DPR Construction came to our Circus Circus campers with a fun project: building their very own toolboxes! When they asked the girls if anyone in their family worked in construction, all of the responses were men. The ladies of DPR assured the campers that there are women in male-dominated construction field and encouraged them to join.

 

Camp Jurassic Adventure Week 1 Guest Speakers

on Thursday, 09 June 2016.

This week, Camp Jurassic Adventure 4th and 5th graders were treated to a visit from Lauren Bussiere and Stacy Drake from the Texas Archeological Research Lab. Lauren and Stacy spoke about the research they do as archaeologists and provided the campers with an array of fossils and artifacts to examine.

 

Lauren and Stacy explained that as archaeologists, they study humans, while paleontologists study dinosaurs. The girls were fascinated to learn that humans have only been around for about 200,000 years, while paleontologists are studying dinosaur fossils from 65 million years ago.

They told the campers about the fossilization process, as well as the different significances of each artifact and fossil they brought. The girls were able to share their knowledge they have learned this week as well as see the real-world applications and careers shared by Lauren and Stacy. 

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. 

Thank You National Instruments!

on Tuesday, 12 April 2016.

Summer is right around the corner and Girlstart is getting ready to host several weeks of camp at our facility. Thankfully a group of volunteers from National Instruments helped get our building camp-ready. Volunteers helped spread dirt for our grass and updated our computer lab with new laptops. 


Thank You AAUW!

on Friday, 08 April 2016.

Members from the Austin branch of AAUW joined us for a morning of goody bag stuffing. Volunteers helped stuff over 650 bags for girls attending our annual Girls in STEM Conference. AAUW has been a long time supporter of Girlstart and our conference and we appreciate their continued help and support. 

Thank You Stitch Fix!

on Thursday, 07 April 2016.

This year at our annual Girls in STEM Conference, the day kicked off with an engineering challenge. Girls learned a little about the Chilean Miner incident and were tasked with creating a prototype for a safe and sturdy piece of equipment to efficiently rescue a miner.

Volunteers at Stitch Fix helped assemble over 650 kits for each girl to use in her challenge. Kits included supplies such as pipe cleaners, toothpicks, rubber bands, spoons, and more. We are so thankful for their help in making this a fun and educational challenge for girls.

[12 3 4 5  >>  

Search