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Girlstart March Newsletter
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March, 2009

Girlstart Girlstart March Newsletter - Volume 12, Issue 3


Spring is here and things are heating up at Girlstart! This summer girls will stir-up the recipe for fun with a pinch of wonder and a dash of chemistry at our Crazy Concoctions camp! We need two electric ovens and one industrial sink to help transform our Science Shack into a Food Engineering Lab. Visit our Girlstart wish list for other items you might have to donate.

And girls, check out this year's Expanding Your Horizons Girls Conference on March 28th! Expanding Your Horizons (EYH) registration is open until March 18th, so get a group of friends together and register today! This year Amy Simmons, the founder of Amy's Ice Cream will be our keynote speaker. The day will showcase incredible professional women with cool careers in math, science, technology, and engineering.

Grown-ups can learn something new at Girlstart too! Register for "Get Your Blog On!,"and learn how to start and promote your own family or business blog.

Finally, I would like to congratulate our very own Julie Shannan, Girlstart's fabulous Deputy Director, for her big win at the Austin Under 40 Awards last week! Congratulations, Julie!

Rachel Muir
Executive Director, Girlstart



true northAttend Expanding Your Horizons with your friends!
Register today with a friend to attend Expanding Your Horizons (EYH) on March 28th! The day-long program will be jam-packed with exciting and inspiring workshops presented by approximately fifty professional women. Amy Simmons, founder of Amy's Ice Creams, will kick off the day as the keynote speaker! Visit to read a sampling of workshop descriptions. Registration open to all 4th thru 8th graders until March 18th.

true northGirlstart in Lights this Summer!
Girlstart's $25 Summer Camp registration discount ends Wednesday, March 18th. Take advantage of this opportunity now! This summer, campers will examine vet secrets in Girlstart's Pet Hospital, mix-up the perfect recipe for fun, explore the unexplainable, and more! Register for Girlstart's Believe It or Not to discover the unusual fish of the deep sea, the Venus flytrap, and the Bermuda Triangle, and create your own online magazine to share your findings! Payment plans and full scholarships are available based on financial need. Contact for more information.

true northSee Girlstart at South by Southwest Interactive
Girlstart is presenting a panel at this year's South by South West (SXSW) Interactive Conference and we hope to see you there! The panel, titled "Gaming as a Gateway Drug: Getting Girls Interested in Technology", will open up a conversation between the gaming industry, educators, and the non-profit community to discuss how we can successfully use video games to spark girls' interest in technology from a young age and throughout their education.

The panel will be moderated by Girlstart's Technology & Program Coordinator, Dee Kapila, and will feature a panel consisting of Sony Online Entertainment's senior designer, Sheri Graner Ray; the Educator's Coop's Co-Founder, Joe Sanchez; Texas State University's Assistant New Media Professor, Dr. Cindy Royal, and Her Interactive CEO & President, Megan Gaiser. For more information on this event and presenters, visit

true northStarry Science Extravaganza a Success!
Girlstart hosted its 3rd science extravaganza at Casis Elementary School this past weekend. Close to 300 participants explored the layers of the sun, designed a sundial, jumped in our bouncy house, heard the stories behind constellations in Girlstart's StarLab, and had fun discovering science as a family. Thank you to everyone who attended, Casis Elementary School, Silicon Laboratories, and Girlstart's wonderful volunteers. Save the date for Girlstart's next Extravaganza in October 2009!

Follow our new blog and Twitter!
Get behind the scenes of Girlstart by visiting our brand new Girlstart blog. This month, we feature our new Expanding Your Horizons PSA, adventures in Second Life, and coverage of our panel at South by Southwest. Visit and bookmark our blog today at! You can also follow us on Twitter for the latest and greatest in Girlstart news.

Upcoming Events Calendar
Mar 12 Lunch and Learn Grown Up workshop: Get Your Blog On!, 11:30-1:00pm at Girlstart
Mar 16 Gaming as a Gateway Drug: Getting Girls Interested in Technology panel at SXSW Interactive Festival, Time TBA, Austin Convention Center
Mar 18 EYH registration closes and $25 Summer Camp discount ends!
Mar 28 Expanding Your Horizons, 4th-8th grades 9:30am-3:30pm at UT Austin
May 16 Saturday Workshop: Junior Vets 6th-8th grade 12:30pm-3:30pm at Girlstart

Current Volunteer Opportunities
Listed below are Girlstart's current volunteer opportunities.

Expanding your Horizons volunteers needed March 28
Individuals and groups are needed to help with our math, science, and technology conference just for girls! Please fill out our sign up form if you are interested in this volunteer opportunity!

Technology Internship
Intern at Girlstart this spring! Girlstart is looking for a Technology Intern who will assist us with our computer lab, help us prepare for summer camp, and other duties like implementing and maintaining technology systems/procedures and troubleshooting staff computer issues. This technology-savvy person should be flexible, organized, and work well in a team environment. Contact Dee Kapila, Technology and Program Coordinator, if you are interested in this 40 hour (4 hours a week) volunteer internship position.

Did you know that Amy Simmons, founder of Amy's Ice Cream, was a Pre-Med student before opening her own ice cream shop? Amy Simmons will be our keynote speaker at Expanding Your Horizons, so register that special girl in your life today at:

Current Sponsors

Lucky Stars
FOX 7 KTBC Austin  &nbsp National Science Foundation

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

Shining Stars
Exxon Mobil   Applied Materials   IBM  &nbsp
Motorola     A Glimmer of Hope    Texas Pioneer Foundation
Topfer Family Foundation   Google  Women's Fund of Central Texas

Rising Stars
Freescale    Kodosky Foundation    Nowlin Family Foundation
YWA Foundation   RGK Foundation   Strake Foundation
Wells Fargo   National Instruments   BMC Software   Samsung

Shooting Stars
3M   AMEC Geomatrix   KLE Foundation
Maxwell Locke & Ritter    Munsch Hardt Kopf & Harr  Pape Foundation
Symantec   Qualcomm   The Junior League of Austin   LCRA

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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