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Girlstart July Newsletter
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July, 2009

Girlstart Girlstart July Newsletter - Volume 12, Issue 7

  1. Note from Julie
  2. Girlstart Events and News
  3. Tech Spotlight
  4. Volunteer Spotlight
  5. Job Opportunity
  6. Did You Know?


true north As I was observing our summer campers in action during Animal Clinic, one of the campers told me “I hope my eyeball doesn't roll off the table." She was dissecting a cow's eyeball, and for the first time understanding how all the parts of the eye fit together and work. I was so impressed by her curiosity and willingness to explore unknown territory, and she is only 10 years old! When I was her age I wasn't learning the structure of the eye, but it certainly would have helped me in my 10th grade anatomy class!

At Girlstart summer camps, elementary and middle school girls explore careers in veterinary science, organic chemistry, and Ornithology (which is the study of birds) at an early age. And the Girlstart method works! Last week 99% of participants reported an increased awareness of the importance of higher education as a way to broaden their career options and 97% of participants experienced increased confidence in doing science, technology and mathematics activities. Girlstart is made possible by generous donors like YOU! Please consider making a gift today to help Girlstart continue to make a difference for girls in science, math and technology!

Julie Shannan
Interim Executive Director, Girlstart



Empower*Inspire*Eat a Free Lunch
Please join us for an Open House Lunch, an intimate tour and lively discussion with our Girlstart staff and board members. Hear stories about the girls who have attended our programs. Learn about the opportunities and challenges facing Girlstart. See how our programs spark interest for girls in science, technology, engineering and math. Next open house: July 28th. Tour begins at 11:30am. For more information, directions and additional Open House Lunch Dates, visit our website.

Crazy Kitchen Chemistry
4th and 5th grade chefs wanted for Crazy Concoctions. Campers will mix it up in Girlstart's kitchen lab and explore the chemistry behind cooking and food engineering. Girls will create their own pasta flavoring, discover the different leavening ingredients, determine how cream and sugar are used at different temperatures to create treats, and more! In addition to getting their hands dirty in the Food Engineering Lab, girls will design their own interactive cookbook to share their creations. Contact for more information. true north

Best Halloween Extravaganza in Austin
Back by popular demand: Girlstart's Spooky Science Extravaganza! Join Girlstart for Halloween fun the ENTIRE family can enjoy. Families will learn about creatures of the night, explore eerie science experiments, and take part in the costume contest. FREE ADMISSION! Event information coming soon on

Vote for Girlstart!
The Austin Chronicle is accepting ballots for its annual Best of Austin poll! Please visit and VOTE for Girlstart in the Kids category for Best Summer Camp by July 21st!

Upcoming Events Calendar
July 6-10 Pet Vet Summer Camp (4th-5th grades)
July 13-17 and July 20-24 Crazy Concoctions Summer Camp (6th-8th grades)
August 3-7 Crazy Concoctions Junior Summer Camp (4th-5th grades)
August 10-14 Pet Vet Summer Camp (4th-5th grades)



Girlstart is going Virtual!
Don't miss Girlstart's first virtual conference in Second Life on Wednesday, July 22, 2009 at 2:00pm! Email Zakiyyah Kareem for more information about the Project IT Girl Showcase in Second Life. Attendees will learn about our high school curriculum and findings and experience a virtual world first hand. Girlstart is a Texas CPE provider approved by the Texas Education Agency and 3 CPE hours will be given for this virtual conference.

Girlstart Blog News
This month on our blog we explore virtual classrooms, talk to girls in our programs that want to be pilots and get a summer camp update! Check out our blog today! For updates on our programs, events and blog posts, follow us on Twitter!



Crazy Concotions Summer Camp Guest Speakers
Would you like to share your knowledge of cooking chemistry with our girls? We are looking for female guest speakers to spend less than an hour leading our summer campers in an activity that highlights your career! We are in need of professionals in the culinary field and/or any field relating to food (food engineers, molecular gastronomy, etc). This is a great opportunity to energize girls about your profession and truly make a difference in their lives! If you are interested please contact Katie Miller at

 Job Opportunity

Girlstart is looking for a P/T Admin
Girlstart is hiring a part-time Administrative Assistant, must be MS Office and Outlook pro. Searching for an extremely organized, high-powered dynamo with excellent multi-tasking abilities, communication skills, and attention to detail. 2 yrs. office experience required. Email resume and cover letter to Absolutely no phone calls.


Did you know that July is National Make a Difference for Children Month? What better way to make a difference in a girl's life than making a contribution to the Rachel Muir Scholarship Fund or visiting our wish list.

Current Sponsors

Lucky Stars
FOX 7 KTBC Austin  &nbsp National Science Foundation

Super Stars
The Dell Foundation   AMD   Intel
  Silicon Laboratories   Texas State Technical College

Shining Stars
Exxon Mobil   Applied Materials   IBM  &nbsp
Motorola    Texas Pioneer Foundation
Google  Women's Fund of Central Texas

Rising Stars
YWA Foundation  Strake Foundation Topfer Family Foundation
National Instruments   BMC Software

Shooting Stars
3M   Maxwell Locke & Ritter
Pape Foundation
The Junior League of Austin   LCRA
Texas Gas Service  Grande Communications   Freescale

Girlstart gives girls the tools they need to be leaders of their generation. Help a girl change the world. Give to Girlstart now!


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