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After School Spring 2017: Week 11


In this final week of Girlstart After School, the girls had the opportunity to pick some of their favorite experiments of the semester and redo them in order to show their parents the amazing things they had learned! The week before, the girls chose the top five experiments of the semester which included Lights Out, Cookie Mining, Sedimentation Rock Cups, River Pollution, and Miner Rescue.

Posted in After School Blog


Curiosity Cube Inspires Hands-On STEM Exploration

By Tamara Hudgins

(Photo Credit: MilliporeSigma)

Be brave, creative, and curious: that’s what we say at Girlstart every day. We hope to inspire girls to make this their personal goal, because we believe that these three traits are vital to nurturing tomorrow’s STEM workforce. Everything that we do is designed to foster interest and excitement in STEM studies, majors, and careers. MilliporeSigma—a long-time partner and supporter of our programs—demonstrates this same belief through its science education efforts, aimed at inspiring curiosity in the next generation of scientists. In the past, the company helped to fund our summer camp and after-school programs, including new programs for high-need Round Rock schools.

MilliporeSigma’s newest initiative—the Curiosity Cube™—is right in line with our mission, and brings STEM exploration and innovation directly to communities around the world, particularly those that might not have such a great resource readily available. With a range of hands-on STEM activities for all ages, the Curiosity Cube—a 22x10-foot retrofitted shipping container turned mobile science lab—connects children to STEM concepts and ideas, fostering  their interest in further STEM exploration.


Hands-On Wednesday

Straw Boats

 The weather is heating up here in Austin, and we’re excited to get outside and play with water. This experiment allows us to do just that as we work as engineers to design a boat using just a few materials. Our challenge is to see just how many pennies our boat can support. Try this one outside on a sunny day!

Posted in STEM Hands On


After School 'to Go' Spring 2017: Week 10

Girlstart Clipboards

As the semester comes to a close, Girlstart To-Go students are planning for their future! During this clipboard activity, each student thought critically about their dreams and set stepwise goals to shoot for throughout their academic and professional careers.

STEM Crew leaders engaged their students in a discussion about their dreams and passions. Crew leaders asked girls about their favorite school subjects, where they envisioned themselves after college, and what topics made them feel excited. Groups talked about the steps that each individual person would need to take in order to reach their goals, as well as the obstacles that could stand in the way.

Posted in After School Blog

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