| Girlstart April Newsletter - Volume 12, Issue 4 |
|IN THIS ISSUE|
|NOTE FROM JULIE|
I started working at Girstart in 1999 because its mission resonated with me on a deeply personal level. As a middle school girl, I didn't care much for math or science. That all changed when Ms. Danielson became my teacher. Science came to life that year and for the first time ever, learning it became fun for me. Her students were always encouraged to explore their everyday world, even if it meant making a huge mess of her lab! It is because of Ms. Danielson that I fell in love with science and have been hooked ever since!
At Girlstart we bring the same spirit of fun to every math, science and technology program we do. Our staff works tirelessly to bring the best and most engaging informal (fun!) teaching methods to the special girls in your life.
Rachel Muir started Girlstart 12 years ago with the vision to empower girls and her vision is still going strong. This month we say goodbye to our Fearless Founder and we are creating a special summer camp scholarship fund in her honor. Please donate today and help us raise $5,000 by June 8th to send some very special Austin-area girls to our summer camps. Also, join us at the Belmont later this month as we wish Rachel well on her next adventure.
Goodbye Rachel, Hello Julie Happy Hour
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
The Belmont - Downstairs near the stage at Bamboo Court
305 W. 6th Street
Hope to see you there!
Interim Executive Director, Girlstart
|GIRLSTART EVENTS AND NEWS|
Expanding Your Horizons was a blast!
Girlstart hosted its 4th annual Expanding Your Horizons Girls Conference on March 28th at the University of Texas. Over 300 4th-8th graders attended hands-on workshops led by professional women with math, science, engineering, and technology careers. Girls sutured pig's feet, cooked s'mores in their home-made solar oven, dissected a fish, designed their personal chip flavoring, and more! A special thanks to all the girls who attended, Amy Simmons for sharing her Amy's Ice Cream story, our incredible presenters, and our hard-working volunteers. Expanding Your Horizons was a huge success because of everyone's contribution and hard work.
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New on Girlstart's Blog
Spring has sprung, and our Girlstart blog is here to keep you in the loop on the latest in tech news. This month, check out our recap on SXSW Interactive and Girlstart's panel "Gaming as a Gateway Drug: Getting Girls Interested in Technology; see the latest study on women in computer science programs; and view a clip of Girlstart on Fox morning news! Also, watch for our new question-of-the-month contests where you can win some fabulous Girlstart gear just by sharing your tech knowledge and great ideas with Girlstart!
Thank you, Amazing EYH Volunteers!
Special thanks to Applied Materials for making Expanding Your Horizons a huge success! This is the fourth year Applied has sponsored and volunteered to help run EYH and we could not have done it without them. They assisted with planning, logistics, set up, girl drop off and pick up (close to 350 4th-8th grade girls is a lot of traffic control!), workshops, lunch, tear down and more! Thank you for working hard to empower girls!
Another special thank you to Wendi Poole and Denise Cornell from Thompson Poole Photography for volunteering as our official photographers for EYH. Wendi has a special way of capturing moments and we're so thrilled she was able to capture our girls getting excited about science, math and technology!
Spring Scrapbook Volunteer
|DID YOU KNOW?|
|Did you know that in order to make lollipops, sugar needs to be 300° – 310° F? This summer girls will determine the ideal melting point temperature to make their own candy in Girlstart's kitchen lab! Don't miss this sweet camp and register today at: www.girlstartcamp.org.|
FOX 7 KTBC Austin   National Science Foundation
The Dell Foundation AMD Intel
Silicon Laboratories Texas State Technical College
Exxon Mobil Applied Materials IBM
Motorola Texas Pioneer Foundation
Topfer Family Foundation Google Women's Fund of Central Texas
Freescale Kodosky Foundation
YWA Foundation Strake Foundation
National Instruments BMC Software
3M Maxwell Locke & Ritter
Pape Foundation Samsung
The Junior League of Austin LCRA
Texas Gas Service
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