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A note from Rachel, founder of Girlstart in Austin
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December, 2008


During the holidays we take the time to think about what we are grateful for: our family, our friends, our freedom. The generosity of our supporters.

But what about the other half of the population that doesn't have a voice in the solving the worlds problems? Or in creating the innovation that could save us? What about another generation of girls falling behind in math, science and technology and cutting themselves short of a successful future? I started Girlstart over 11 years ago because of one simple fact: girls were missing out on opportunities in math, science, engineering and technology. This problem still plagues us. This has huge implications for our world. You have the power to change it.

Girlstart is shaping not only the lives of the girls we serve, we are empowering a generation to step up and make a difference in all our lives through innovation and excellence in math, science, technology and engineering. When you think of giving gifts, please think about giving to Girlstart. What better gift than an investment in our future?

Thank You and Happy Holidays,
Rachel Muir
Founder, Executive Director

Coming Soon!

Register for Bubbles, Potions, & Fun Explosions today!
Only 3 spaces left in Girlstart’s upcoming Bubbles, Potions, & Fun Explosions workshop on December 13th from 1pm-3pm. Girls and parents learn the science behind bubbles and create their own bath bombs to take home! Register today!

true northEYH registration now open for 2009!
Uncover your passions by trying new things! Girls in the 4th-8th grades sample diverse and exciting careers and dream about the endless possibilities that await them. NEW this year; girls can attend each unique workshop with their friends! For more information and registration details check out

true northGirlstart Summer camp registration OPENS January 5th!
Girlstart is hosting its eleventh year of award winning week-long summer day camps in math, science, and technology for girls at the Girlstart Tech Center. Check out for camp dates, themes, and registration information! Come join the fun at Girlstart this summer!!!

SXSW ScreenBurn Interviews Girlstart
Girlstart will present a panel titled "Gaming as a Gateway Drug: Getting Girls Interested in Technology" at South by Southwest (SXSW) in March 2009. ScreenBurn recently interviewed Girlstart's Technology and Program Coordinator, Dee Kapila at Girlstart.

SXSW: What inspired your panel topic?
DK: The panel topic was inspired by two forces: my own personal love of video games and my unique experience at Girlstart. My father was a devoted gamer who instilled in me a deep appreciation of games at an early age. He also needed a buddy to play with! And Girlstart is dedicated to remaining on the cutting edge in delivering technology programs to girls.

SXSW: You mention using video games to draw girls into STEM fields. What kind of game play attracts girls in your experience?
DK: Our girls have played both online and console games. But when they are new to gaming, it's important to remember how critical it is that girls feel supported and encouraged in an all-girl environment. That's exactly what Girlstart has always provided.

Follow link for full interview:

Upcoming Events Calendar
Dec 13 Bubbles, Potions, & Fun Explosions parent/daughter workshop
1st-3rd grade 10:00am-12:00pm, 4th-5th grade 1:00pm-3:00pm at Girlstart.
Jan 8 Lunch and Learn grown-up workshop: Millionaire Girls Club, 11:30-1:00pm at Girlstart
Jan 17 Mysteries of Makeup Science 6th-8th grade 12:30pm-3:30pm at Girlstart.

Thanks to IBM!
Girlstart sincerely thanks 5 amazing IBM volunteers who helped make possible a very generous in-kind grant from IBM including an IBM Thinkpad, 3 printers, 2 servers, and software valued at nearly $7,500! The “On Demand Community Grant” is the result of over 100 hours of volunteer work at Girlstart by IBM employees Cheryl Jenkins, April May, Christine Posluszny, Phillip Salazar, and Becky Austen! Girlstart is so grateful to these individuals for their incredible generosity and dedication to empowering girls in technology!

Current Volunteer Opportunities
Listed below are Girlstart's current volunteer opportunities. Click the project titles below to let a staff member know you are interested in helping with these projects!

Did you know that last year at Expanding Your Horizons, 96 volunteer presenters, all professional women organized diverse hands-on actibities in science, technology, engineering, and math-related fields? Registration is now open so sign up today at

Current Sponsors

Lucky Stars
FOX 7 KTBC Austin    National Science Foundation

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

Shining Stars
Exxon Mobil   Applied Materials   IBM   
Motorola     A Glimmer of Hope   Stark Martin Charitable Trust
Texas Pioneer Foundation   Topfer Family Foundation   Google

Rising Stars
Freescale    Kodosky Foundation    Nowlin Family Foundation
Randall's   Ten Eyck Landscape Architects    YWA Foundation
RGK Foundation   Wells Fargo   National Instruments

Shooting Stars
AMEC Geomatrix   KLE Foundation
Maxwell Locke & Ritter    Munsch Hardt Kopf & Harr    Pape Foundation
3M    Samsung    Symantec   Qualcomm

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

Girlstart | 1400 W. Anderson Lane | Austin | TX | 78757


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