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Everything Great About Girls at GirlStart in Austin

February, 2010

Girlstart Girlstart February Newsletter - Volume 13, Issue 2

  1. Note from Tamara
  2. Girlstart Events and News
  3. Volunteer Spotlight
  4. Did You Know?


true north Dear friends:

2010 is in full swing at Girlstart and we have much to share with you. I hope you caught our colleague Katelyn on Fox 7 news, but in case you did not, here are some fun experiments that you can do at home. Check out our blog for materials and activity instructions for more family science!

The Expanding Your Horizons Girls Conference is on April 17! If you'd like to attend, or be a presenter, please check out our EYH website,

Also, we are thinking about new schools with which to partner for next year's Girlstart After School programs. If your principal is interested in learning about after school STEM programs, feel free to contact us! Also, Girlstart Summer Camps are being planned outside of our region. If you are outside of central Texas and want Girlstart Summer Camp in your area, we would love to help bring high quality STEM programming to you!

Join us at our next Open House (February 16 @ 11.30am) and learn about what we are doing to advance STEM education and careers for girls in Central Texas and beyond!!

Best wishes for the second month of a great 2010. We're off to do some science fairs and family events today and this weekend. Hope to see you around!




true north Careers Galore!
Girlstart's 5th Annual Expanding Your Horizons (EYH) will be held at the University of Texas on April 17th, 2010. 4th through 8th grade girls attend 3 unique workshops led by professional women who are excited to share their science, technology, engineering and math professions. Registration and conference details are available NOW at

true north Summer Fun 2010
Don't miss the $50 discount ONLY available until February 8th! Take advantage of this opportunity TODAY! Girlstart offers week-long summer day camps in science, technology and math just for GIRLS entering the 4th through 8th grades! This summer, girls will examine medical specialties, discovery the wonders of the sea, explore the design process and more! Payment plans and full scholarships are available based on financial need. For camp dates, registration information and more, visit

Spring Family Extravaganza
Our Fall Family Science Extravaganzas were a HUGE success. Thank you for your families' support and encouragement to promote science discovery together. Check our website next week for an early March Family Extravaganza date. We look forward to seeing you there.

National Engineers Week is celebrated the week of February 14 - 20
Check out our blog all week for engineering fun!

Girlstart at The University of Texas Engineering Girl Day
Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day is a free event for students in the 1st - 8th grades. Register today for an afternoon of engineering fun. February 20th from 2pm-5pm. For additional information or to register, click here.

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It is not too late to enhance your school's science night! Bring Girlstart's StarLab today! After participating in our StarLab program, one Taylor ISD 2nd grader told us that (StarLab) was better than recess!” Don't let your students miss out. Contact Girlstart to RESERVE StarLab today!

Open House Lunch Dates for 2010
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.

Join us for Girlstart's February Open House

Tuesday, February 16th, 2010
Tour begins at 11:30
Program begins at 11:45
Please allow 60 minutes for program and tour

Girlstart Science and Technology Center
1400 W. Anderson Lane. Austin, TX 78757
Please RSVP by Thursday, February 11, 2010 at 512-916-4775/
Group size is limited.
Click here for directions.

Future Open House Lunch Dates
Tuesday, March 16th
Tuesday, April 20th
Tuesday, May 18th
Thursday, June 3rd
Thursday, July 8th
Tuesday, August 17th
Tuesday, September 21st
Tuesday, October 19th
Tuesday, November 16th
Tuesday, December 7th

Upcoming Events Calendar
February 8th: Last day for Summer Camp $50 Discount
February 16th: February Girlstart Open House
February 20th: The University of Texas Engineering Girl Day
March Date TBD: Family Science Extravaganza
March 22nd: Last day for Summer Camp $25 Discount
April 17th: Expanding Your Horizons


true north Special thanks to Stacy Haynes who volunteers to put together our email newsletters. We appreciate her dedication and help with our monthly email newsletters.

Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) careers are needed to lead workshops at this year's Expanding Your Horizons 2010 Girls Conference on Saturday, April 17th at UT Austin. Fill out the presenter application online here or contact Alyssa for more information.

Volunteers help Girlstart with spring cleaning, organizing, technology, web design, painting, renovations and more! If you are interested in volunteering with Girlstart behind the scenes, contact Julie Shannan. We could use your talents!


Did you know that sharks do not have a single bone in their bodies? Instead they have a skeleton made up of cartilage; the same type of tough, flexible tissue that makes up human ears and noses. Join us this summer for Dive In and Motion in the Ocean Summer Camps to learn more about the creatures of the sea. Registration is now open and don't miss out on early registration discounts:

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Current Donors

Lucky Stars
  &nbsp National Science Foundation

Super Stars
The Dell Foundation   Intel

Shining Stars
Exxon Mobil   Applied Materials   
Texas Pioneer Foundation  &nbspJPMorgan Chase
Women's Fund of Central Texas   Silicon Laboratories

Rising Stars
Topfer Family Foundation
National Instruments   BMC Software
A Glimmer of Hope Foundation   AMD
Wachovia Foundation, A Wells Fargo Company  

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

In-Kind Donations
FOX 7 KTBC Austin
Paul Hornsby & Company &nbsp
Google  Ignite! Learning

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