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Girlstart April Newsletter
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April, 2009

Girlstart Girlstart April Newsletter - Volume 12, Issue 4

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


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
Austin, Texas
RSVP here!

Hope to see you there!

Julie Shannan
Interim Executive Director, Girlstart



true northExpanding 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.

true northSizzling Summer Camps
Girlstart Summer Camps are the place to be this summer! This summer, campers will mix-up the perfect recipe for fun, explore chemistry in the kitchen, and more! Register for Crazy Concoctions! Campers will become the chefs in Girlstart's kitchen lab exploring the chemistry behind cooking and food engineering. Girls will experiment with different ingredients by using the scientific method, determine the ideal melting point temperature to make candy, discover the importance of molecular gastronomy (the scientific discipline involving the study of physical and chemical processes that occur in cooking), and more! In addition to getting their hands dirty in the Food Engineering Lab, girls will design their own digital cookbook to share their creations. Contact for more information.

Kase 101 Summer Camp Giveaway
Check out this amazing opportunity to win a FREE Girlstart summer camp for your daughter and a friend. Visit this website for details on how to WIN! gets Sporty
As March madness wraps up, our website JUST FOR GIRLS has gone sporty. Don't miss exclusive interviews from three Lady Longhorn basketball players, a sports poll, and learn the science behind your favorite sports, too!

true northGirlstart is on Twitter...are you?
Register today for Girlstart's popular Social Networking 101 Lunch and Learn Workshop for grown-ups on May 14! Get your all your questions answered about online communities like Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter and learn how to get connected to friends and family through these popular social networking sites.

Upcoming Events Calendar
May 14 Grown Up Workshop: Social Networking 101 11:30am-1:30pm at Girlstart
May 16 Saturday Workshop: Junior Vets 6th-8th grade 12:30pm-3:30pm at Girlstart
June 8-12 and June 15-19 Animal Clinic Summer Camp (6th-8th grades)
June 22-26 and July 6-10 Pet Vet Summer Camp (4th-5th grades)
July 13-17 and July 20-24 Crazy Concoctions Summer Camp (6th-8th grades)
Aug 3-7 and Aug 10-14 Crazy Concoctions Junior Summer Camp (4th-5th grades)

 Tech Minute

Follow us on Twitter!
Girlstart is officially on Twitter! Follow us for up-to-the-minute Girlstart news and and chances to win great Girlstart prizes!

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
Do you love to scrapbook? Girlstart is seeking 1-2 creative volunteers to help organize and beautify our memory scrapbooks. This opportunity will require about 3-5 hours weekly over the month of April. Contact Nicole Martinez at if you would like to help with this project,

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:

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
Topfer Family Foundation   Google  Women's Fund of Central Texas

Rising Stars
Freescale    Kodosky Foundation
YWA Foundation  Strake Foundation
National Instruments   BMC Software

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

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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