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solving the world’s challenges The world’smission Girlstart’s greatest is to challenges increase girls’ need interest new STEM andideas engagement and insights. in STEM Yet half through of the innovative, world’s potential nationally-recognized and ideamakers—women informal girls—are STEMdiscouraged education programs. from developing By empowering vital STEM more ideas. girlsWe to believe continue STEMmore that studies, girlswe with can more helpideas address will our create nation’s moreSTEM solutions workforce to benefit inequities us all. To and address impactthis, innovation Girlstart and economic increases girls’development interest and engagement in America and in STEM acrossthrough the globe. innovative, nationally-recognized informal STEM education programs. At Girlstart, we cultivate a culture where risk is rewarded, curiosity is To accomplish its mission, Girlstart develops and implements a range of innovative, research- and standards-based education and mentorship programs designedis toexpected. promote girls’ early engagement and academic success in STEM, encourage girls’ encouraged, and creativity aspirations and persistence in STEM education and careers, and incubate a talented and diverse STEM workforce. In addition to helping girls author their bright futures through STEM, our work also addresses the STEM workforce imbalance and impacts Foundedinnovation in Austin,and Texas, economic Girlstart development is the onlygenerally. community-based To do this,informal Girlstart STEM develops education and implements nonprofitinnovative, in the nation researchspecifically and standards-based dedicated to empowering education programs and equipping to encourage girls in STEM girls’ early through engagement year-round andSTEM academic educational success in programming. STEM, encourage Sincetheir 1997, aspirations and Girlstart persistence has served in STEM overto40,000 a career, girls andand incubate 6,000 ateachers talented and STEM families workforce. with school-based programs, professional development for teachers, summer camps, STEM career conferences and expos, Girlstart large-scale is the science only community-based events for families, informal and community STEM education STEMnonprofit education in the nationprograms. specifically dedicated to empowering and equipping girls in STEM outreach through year-round educational programming. Since 1997, we have reached more than 50,000 girls and 7,500 teachers and families with school-based programs, summer camps, college-based workshops, educator training, and community STEM education outreach programs. Girlstart girls are connected, brave, and resilient. Girlstart makes girls more successful, and inspires them to take on the world’s greatest challenges.

Girlstart: What We Do Girlstart After School Fall / Spring Semesters (Elementary and Middle School) Girlstart After School is an intensive intervention where we provide free STEM programming every week throughout the school year at our partner schools, as well as wraparound services to support STEM in each partner school. Girlstart Summer Camp Summer Semester (Elementary and Middle School) Girlstart Summer Camps are thematic, week-long STEM experiences for girls. Summer Camp is designed to build STEM skills and increase participants’ interest in STEM subjects and careers.

Girls In STEM Conference Spring Semester (Elementary and Middle School) Girls In STEM introduces girls to STEM careers through hands-on activities led by professional women working in STEM. Community STEM Programs All Semesters (Elementary, Middle School, and High School) As a community outreach service, Girlstart provides free, family-friendly Community STEM programming that involves highquality STEM activities for 5,000+ children and families annually.

GAB: Girlstart Alumnae Board Girlstart Alumnae (all ages) Girlstart’s engagement program specifically for alumnae—the Girlstart Alumnae Board, or GAB—is a multifaceted way to reach, engage, and sustain the involvement of our alumnae through elementary school to career. STEM CREW All Semesters (College) To support the implementation of all our programs, Girlstart recruits and trains a cadre of pre-service teachers in our college internship program, the STEM CREW: Creative, Resourceful, Empowered Women.

“Elizabeth increased her self-confidence by being a part of Girlstart.” -Summer camp parent

Get Inspired Thanks for checking out what Girlstart is doing! STEM education for girls is what we love to do, so we’re honored to have the opportunity of continuing to expand our programs. Here is a quick overview of our recent progress:


*Girlstart After School continues toto grow. This Girlstart After School continues grow. This fall, we’re reaching over 1,000 girls a week—A THOUSAND!!—with this free, high quality program at 42 schools in Central Texas and communities ‘to Go’. The growth of Girlstart After School is because of generous friends like you who believe that STEM education should be possible for every girl, in every school, and every community that seeks it. Thank you for helping us reach this humbling milestone.


*Yet another source ofof inspiration is is that 586 girls Yet another source inspiration that 586 girls experienced Girlstart Summer Camp in Summer 2013, bringing 22 camps to Austin as well as communities ‘to Go’. Thanks to you, and people like you, 217 girls--37%--attended girls—37%—attendedononfull fullscholarship. scholarship.


*Girls in in STEM welcomed 576welcomed girls from the Girls STEM Conference 576 region girls and the state. 433 ofthe these girls433 registered fromacross the region and across state. of these through their Girlstart After program, girls registered through theirSchool Girlstart After School receiving registration and a bus and froma their program, free receiving free registration bus school so that they attend. from their school socould that they could attend.


*482 educators gained professional development 482 educators gained professional development that helped them become stronger, more engaged teachers.


*Community STEM programs reached TK7,670 since Community STEM programs reached January 2013. 2013. since January In all, you have empowered us to make an incredible difference in girls’ lives. Thank you! Please read on to learn more about the impact, as well as the reach, of our programs. Because of you—girls are connected, growing bolder, and more resilient. Tamara Hudgins, Ph.D. Executive Director

Board of Directors: Becky Austen Wendy Benson Bronwyn Blake Janet Cinfio Sharon Francia, Chair Doug Hillary Arcie Jordan Shantel Norman Lori Olfers, Secretary Todd Penner, Treasurer Arleene Porterfield Sharon Reddehase Michelle Roebuck Sara Spivey

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gratitude Federal Funders NASA* *This material is (partially) based upon work supported by NASA under grant award Number NNX12AK99G. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

Benefactors Advanced Micro Devices Dell, Inc. Google KDK-Harman Foundation Motorola Solutions Foundation Michael and Susan Dell Foundation Texas Pioneer Foundation

Patrons Applied Materials The Alcoa Foundation

Special thanks to our corporate donors January 1, 2012 - october 1, 2013

The Women’s Fund of the Austin Community Foundation Chase City of Austin- GTOPS eBay Inc. Education Foundation of America Intel Freescale The Georgetown Health Foundation KLE Foundation National Instruments Corp. ONEOK, Inc. Rackspace Seeds of Strength Sigma-Aldrich Silicon Laboratories Texas Gas Service Time Warner Cable: Connect a Million Minds W.D. Kelley Foundation

Donors 3M Best Buy Boeing Charles Schwab Texas Governor’s Commission for Women HEB Tournament of Champions Hunt Development Group, LLC Stark Martin Charitable Trust TE Connectivity Foundation Topfer Family Foundation Young Women’s Alliance Foundation

Friends Alchemy Systems, LP Alpha Phi Omega AM Technical Solutions, Inc. Atmos Energy Corporation Austin Capital Area CLC Battelle Blackbaud BMC Software

Cadence Design Systems Chaparral Women’s Club Cirrus Logic Computer Science Collaboration Project CP&Y Double Line Partners Electronic Arts Eliza Page Frost Bank Ikard Wynne, LLP

gratitude Jackson Walker L.L.P. Attorneys & Counselors JWH Communications Junior League of Austin KLA Tencor Foundation Kung Fu Saloon, Grande Guys LLC LCRA Lifesize Communications Luna Data Solutions m2 Strategies Motion Computing Northrop Grumman Oxford Commercial PGi qLogic Corporation Science Kit Spredfast Strake Foundation Sun City Georgetown Kiwanis Foundation Texas Film Commission Women in Engineering Program, UT Austin

Special thanks to our corporate donors January 1, 2012 - october 1, 2013

In-Kind Donors Agent Sheets Anixter, Inc. Connie Piorot Discount Electronics Eliza Page Four Seasons Hotel Austin Google IKEA Round Rock J Blacks Joyce Statz and David Hogan Juli Fellows Marketing Clique McCarthy Print Mike Guerrero Ruth Falck Shawn Krogsaard Spredfast Sweet Leaf Tea The Society Diaries Whole Foods Market

STEM Studio and Mini-Planetarium Friends Arrow Glass and Mirror Burrows Cabinets C2 Mechanical Services Celis Drywall David Wilkes Builders D&E Electrical Service designtrait DeRuiter Insulation Dirty Work Services Donovan Millworks Eastside Lumber & Decking Gonzales Framing Javier Martin, P.E. Joe Clark Mechanical Services Lazaro Alviter Concrete McCormick Commercial Quality Roofing Texas Ramming Paving

Facilities Committee Becky Jeanes Chip McCormick Jim Van Winkle, Chair David Wilkes James Wilsford

gratitude LEGACY SOCIETY Anonymous Joyce Statz and David Hogan Dr. Jeffrey Davis STEM SOCIETY $1,000 and up 1/1/2012 - 9/16/2013 Rebecca Austen and Stacy Holt Omer Bar-or  Wendy and Mike Benson   Barry Bissell Betsy Blair and Jim Van Winkle  Bronwyn Blake   Pat Brand  Laura and Ken Cho  Jay Ann and Harriss Currie  Jeffrey Davis  Courtney Firestone  Debby Fleming  Sharon Francia 

Special thanks to our individual donors January 1, 2012 - october 1, 2013

Christine and Robert Fox, In Honor of Dr. Marye Anne Fox James Cowles and Kati Hernandez-Cowles Kathryn Huxtable  Becky Hyde  Arcie and Craig Jordan Janel Joseph  Jeff and Gail Kodosky Katy Lindsay  Erika and Michael Linford   Laurie Loew   Jennifer Loveland   Libby Malone  Mike and Carolyn Maples  Hina and Chetan Mehta  Junie Meskey  Janelle and Jean-Claude Monney  Sarka Mraz and Paul Maxon

Rebecca Nelson Davis Lori and Ron Olfers   Arleene Porterfield Constance Rodriguez  Michelle and Steven Roebuck   Randy Sabbagh and John Shearer, In Honor of Mrs. Brill   Maggie Sawicki  Michelle and Jason Schneider   Christy Schooler  David and Brook Schwendner Carolyn Seriff  Sara Spivey and Michael Schenk   Lynn Stahl Kate Vilece  Patricia and Ronald Wamsted   Donna Warton Meg Wilson

Jennifer Wuamett ASSOCIATE STEM SOCIETY $999-500 1/1/2012 - 9/16/2013 Karen and Raymond Brimble                      Mary and Lance Carlson                 Kimberly Carter                    William Dees              Lori Donley                Andrea Dudek                       Colin Duffie                Juli Fellows                 Kathy Jernigan                      Virginia and Corey Jones                  Brenda Kahan                       Elaine Kant                Neil Kenagy               Martha Lawlor                       Stacy  Maisel              James Manuel                                                Mona Penner                        

Susan Pratt               Sharon and Eric Reddehase            Lisa Schaller               Joyce Statz and David Hogan                                   Kay Taebel                 Iris Toth                     Molly Wear

gratitude Friends of Girlstart $499 and below 1/1/2012 - 9/16/2013 Ryan Abrams           Chandra Achberger  Allyson Adair Christina Adair          Hazel Adams            Claudia Aguero-Vazquez      Matt Aiple      Nick Alcock     Amy Amann   Paul Anderson           Reese Anderson       

Special thanks to our individual donors January 1, 2012 - october 1, 2013

Renee Andevere       Jay Andrew  Anonymous   Mary Ann Kellam      Lisa Apfelberg, In Honor of Sami Greisdorf Dana  Archip Rachel Armstrong      Deborah Arnow         Jill Arredondo            Nichole Aston Heather Attridge       Jessica Ayers  JoAnn Barcak           Margaret Bareis        Susan Barker Snyder           Kathryn Barnes         Don Barr        Mandi Bartelt            Cyndy Barton            Heidi Baschnagel     Gloria Bass    Ron Bates      

Bryan Bayerdorffer  Lorraine Beach          Tina Beamer,  In Memory of Shirley Marlow Matthew Bedard       Kelly and Dan  Benzon           Tricia Berry  Bianca Bickford          Rachel Blackburn      Bronwyn Blake, In Honor of Carolyn Blake, Candace Bridges, Lauren Chapman, Maren Curtis, Lori Donley, Lindsay Duncan, Jennifer Hill, Laura Littlepage, Caroline Sandall, Amanda Schenk, Andra Seely, Christina Shepherd, and Teague Shosh

Robin and Bruce Blakely, In Honor of Hannah Blakely Timothy Bogart         Jay Boisseau   Phyllis Boonchai       Olga Botvinnik           Naomi Bourgeois       Cathy and Spencer Boyd      Elizabeth Bradley      Mike Braeuer Sharyl Brasher-Giles and Roger Giles Mary Braunagel-Brown        Candace Bridges       Brooke Brimm           Rebecca Brink            Shelley Brothers, In Honor of Sarka Mraz Sharon Brown           Tonya Browning       Nicole Bryan  Liz Buchta      Patricia Budak          

Sheila Buechler         Jennifer Bullard        Anne Bunce   Christina Bunger       Michele Burton          Luis Caffesse  Rhonda Cahill            Amy Campbell           George Canizales, Jr.   William Carter           Leah Casey     Gerardo Castillo         Liliana Castillo           Maribeth Chadwell   Erica Champion         Tracie Chan   Kimberly Chapman  Lauren Chapman      Coby Chase    Nicole Childress        Bill Christian  Erin Clancy    Dick Clark       Sydney Clark

gratitude Holly Clarkson           Tim Clement  Andrew Clifton-Brown         Kim Coates     Kathy  Cody Gallaway           Andrew Colglazier     Debbie Collins           Patrick Collins            John Connelly            Shireen Connor, In Honor of Kat and Ryan Sauter Myneeka Cook           Tom Coopwood         Lary Cotten    Dr. Susan Cox, In Honor of UT Southwestern-Austin Dean’s Office Lauren Crawford      Katie Cullather          Sean Curry, In Honor of Evelyn and Rich Siegmund

Cathey Curtis            Maren Curtis Karen Dallman          Lisa Davidson            Allison and Lawrence Davis Genevieve Davis        Jessica Dawn  Tommy Deavenport  Paige Deegan Steph Degodny         Christine DeLaTorre Darcy Dement          Allison Dew    Tom Dewing           Michelle Diggs           Michelle Dippel         Ross Doan      Joy Dolezal     Michelle Dominguez Monika Doshi Charles Dowd            Jo-Ann  Downey          Durand D’souza       

Special thanks to our individual donors January 1, 2012 - october 1, 2013 Dezbah Duchicela     Melissa Duchin          Rugger Ducky            Donna Dufault           Rachel Durkin Drga   Maggie Duval Rob Dyer        Constance Dykhuizen           Gretchen Edelmon    Heather Edney          Christine Egli Marsha Endahl Kramer       Heather Endsley       Stephanie and Robbie Engelman    Cristina Escutia         Ruth Falck      Rebecca Feldman      Sara Felix    Patrick Felts   Katy Fendrich            Anne Fertitta, In Memory of Erica Andrews

Summer Finley          Connor Finnigan       Dana Fisher Paula Fitzsimmons   Dave Floyd   Aaron Ford    Whitney Frakes         Lori Freeman

Stephanie Freund     Lania Fryou  Vanessa Fuentes       Jay Garing      Jill Garrett      Emily Garza  Alice and Chip Gentry           Julie Geyer             

gratitude Judi Gladden Roger Glick    Sherry Neyman and J.S. Golab         Lore Goodson         Emily Goodstein, In Honor of Rachel Muir Brent Granere          Shelley Gretlein         Danny Grieco Christine Griffin        Tamela Griffin           Mahala Gutierrez      Wilson Hack    Karen Hale    Nicole Hall     Jess Halverson           Jennifer Hampton     Elizabeth Handlin     Chad Haney Ellen Hansen Liz Harbin      Lezil Harrell  

Special thanks to our individual donors January 1, 2012 - october 1, 2013

William Harrison       Jodi Hayes      Kyle Hebert   Sherry Hendrickson  Monique Hennington           John Henrichs            Diane  Hernandez     Jennifer Hill   Karmon Hill,  In Honor of Yvonne Miller Lisa Hinely     Terry Hiner    Cynthia Hoff  Stacey Hopper           Devon Hornby           Brandi and Chris Horne       John Horner   Cheryl Horney, In Honor of Dr. Mina Kim and Dr. Jae Paik Lisa and Paul Hornsby         Barbara Howard       Milos Hrkic  

Karen Hudiburg       Joyce Hunt,  In Honor of Katy Lindsay Jennifer Hutcheson   Sinem Iber and Mark Szygenda Denise Iglesias           Lila Igram       Allison Jackson           Elana Jackson           Vesna Jadric  Alison James,  In Memory of Mike Muszkiewicz Robbie Jane Paup     Missi Jay       Daniel Jimmie            Sarah Johnson          Veronica Johnson      Rahul Joshi    Rebecca and Brian Judis      Erin Kallina

Mary Kathryn Smith, In Honor of Barry Bissell Vibha Kejriwal          Karen Kelly   Joe Neal Kerr            Yoon-Mi Kim  Kristina Kirby            Lindsey Kirchoff       

Katie Kizziar Elaine Klein   Anita Knight, In Honor of Lilac Bauer Kelly Knox   Richard Kopicki         Karen Kopicki Cano  Diane Kozel  

gratitude Christy Kranik           Charles Kravetz         Katherine Kubatzky, In Honor of Missi Jay Ishan Kumar            Hillary Kunz   Alisha and Jamie Lagarde    Heilla Lain     Sharon Lamb Stephen Lamb           Jo Lammert   

Special thanks to our individual donors January 1, 2012 - october 1, 2013

Catherine Leamy       Amy Lee         Marion Lee     Xiang Li         Betty Lindsay           Todd Link     Susan and Kenneth Lipscomb        Laura Littlepage       Carol Logan  Mary-Louise Long    Jenifer Loy     

Patrick Lucas Beverly Luce Lorri Lugrin   Alley Lyles   Darlene MacAuley     Lorene MacCarron    Melissa MacLaurin    Kyle Madruga            Christine Mallory      Kate Manser  Jonathan March        Tracy Masson           Alexandra Masters    Megan Matthews       Sherry Matthews       Caroline Matthews Kenney Sarah Matz    John Mayes    Richard McAuliffe     Kasey McCarty          Angela McComb         Tracey McCoy

Kim McCrary, In Honor of Peo Webster Eric McCraw Chelsea McCullough Terra McDaniel        Kathryn McGeough   Robert McManus       Aedin Meagher         Kirit and Jyoti Mehta Jaime Melanson       Kendall Melton          Deirdre Mendez        Karen Meyer Matthew Middleton  Clare Midgley            Jessie Mihalik Carolyn Miller            Drew Miller    Ellis Miller      Gretchen Miller         Hayes Miller  Jennifer Miller           Jonah Miller  

Katie Miller    Elizabeth Moliski       Elizabeth Moliter       Laura Moliter and William Sederholm     Rhyse Monahan        Julie Montgomery  Cindy Moore Martin Morales          Meredith Moreira     Natasha Morgan        Jennifer Morgan, In Honor of Janelle Monney Nathan Moser            Wade  Moses Mary Wolf and Ron Moss   Denise Moy     Rachel Muir, In Honor of Julie Shannan Darlene Murphy      

gratitude Margaret Murphy, In Honor of Sara Spivey Cathy Muth    Erin Mwalwanda, In Honor of Peo Webster Kyla and Donald Myers       

Special thanks to our individual donors January 1, 2012 - october 1, 2013

Nancy and Gene Myers        Deep Nasta    Tom Nathe     Brandi Nelson            Ellen Nemec   Susan Nestegard       Jerry Nguyen Gayle and Jack Noble           

Cheryl and Mark Norman    Emily O’Connell       Michael Odom, In Honor of Matthew Payne Janna Oliver   Carl Olson      Eric Olson       Marty O’Melia            Morgan ONeill           John Osmon   Dori Osofsky Flores   Jennifer O’Toole        Lisa Pacheco  Christine Paluch        Chetan Patel   Donna Patterson       Leslie Paulides         Katie Payne Matthew Payne         Amy Payton   Ruth Pennebaker      Charles Penner

Nancy and Todd Penner      Gergo Perlaky           Ian Petersen  Ly Ann Peterson        Melinda Peterson      Peter Pfeiffer Zoe Piel, In Honor of Ronald & Diane Shulman Claire Pinkerton       Robinson Plate          Douglas Plummer     Suzanne Plummer    Connie Poirier            Debby Polley  Rebecca Porterfield  Rita Porterfield          Kim Power     Suzanne Prentice      Karen Price   Susan and Tim Pylant          Rochelle Rae  Suresh  Ramacahndran          Edna Ramon Butts   

Barbara Ramsey        Rajini Rao      Kathleen Reagan McCormick, In Honor of Jan and Allan Reagan Andrea Reddehase   Amiee Reese  Dirk Reul        Cristina Reyna           Kristen Reynolds       Patrick Reynolds       Jeanette Rhodes        Lindsey and Matthew Rhodes-Purdy         David Riley    Pearl Roberts           Rebecca Roberts        Suzanne Roberts       John Robinson           Tamra Robles Christina Rogers        Trina Rose      Brandon Ross           

gratitude Amy Rothstein           Ruthann Royal           Cynthia Rubio            Ana and Alejandro Ruelas    Michael Ruff  Rebecca Ruiz  Yvette Ruiz Freemyer           Conny Ruthven         Kevin Rutkowski, In Memory of Stanley Rutkowski and Barbara Gantos Karen Ryan   Monica Sanchez         Rene Sanchez            Nathaniel Sanders    Josue Santos  Kenneth Sax  Michael Scheschuk    Lisa Schmitt   James Schnurr           Kerry Schroeder       Kierstan Schwab      

Special thanks to our individual donors January 1, 2012 - october 1, 2013

Charles Schwarz        Charles Seaman        Gwen Sederholm     Andra Seely   Bernadette Segura            Shaku Selvakumar    Saint Sepulveda      Julie Shannan         Julie Shannon         Meghan Shannon      Howard Shaw            Margaret Sheer, In Honor of The Crawford Family Christina Shepherd  Teague Shosh            Jewel Smith    Julie Sohn       Tracy Solomon, In Honor of Allison Chase’s Birthday Fiona Soltes,  In Memory of Jane Pulley

Michael Sonsino        Scott Sparks            Christine Springer    Cheryl Starcher         Lonny Stern   Laurie Stewart           Kate Stoker Dawn Stokes Lily, Ella and Chloe Stone     Mary and Ben  Stratmann      Brenda Strom,  In Honor of Jennifer Morton Scott Studer   Dave Styles    Kathleen Sullivan      Linda Sullivan          Carmen Sutherland  Anna Swanson           Pamela Swanson       Catherine Sweet        Veronica and David  Syroney             

Crystal Tabony          Stacey Tappan           Shelley Tarkington    Laura Taylor  Natalie Taylor            Sandra Taylor Ashley Terry,  In Honor of 21CT, Inc. April Thurston           Paul Toohey   Ariana Torres Jose Trevino   Kathryn Tullos          Louise Valmoria        Sally Van Sickle          Elisa Vega       Michael Verrecchia   Claire Vo         Dusty Waldrop          Catherine Walker      Carol Watson Craig Watts 

Nicole Wayman, In Memory of Kaye Wayman Amanda Webster      Carlene Wegmann    Karen Weisbrodt      Amelia Whitman        David Wiley   Cathy Wilkins            John Wilkosz  Sarah Williamson      Prishanthy Wilson    George Wise   Kristin Wold  Carol Wood    Sachiko Yokota          Dustin Younse           Adrianne Yule           Ingrid Zaharris          Pat and Ed Zielinski  Mary Zimmer

ways to give Girlstart works because of you. Because of you who participate in our programs. Because of you who volunteer your efforts and energies. And especially you who make financial contributions. Our annual budget is primarily dedicated to STEM supplies and materials that we use in our programs, and for staff to develop and lead these programs. Ways to Give: • Our corporate, foundation, and government partners are our lifeblood. • Annual support, particularly through our STEM Society leadership giving circle, our ‘Send a Girl to Camp’ campaign, or our Annual Luncheon, is vital. • In-kind contributions help us conserve resources and direct more funds to STEM education programs for girls. • Our Legacy Society members include Girlstart in their estate plans, which will build a lasting future for Girlstart and the girls we serve.

“When I see the eager, confident, proud looks on the girls’ faces after they accomplish something they thought they couldn’t do, I feel more hope for the future of our world. ” -Juli Fellows, Ph.D., STEM Society Member

Your continued support to Girlstart helps us sustain our programs. Give online at Thank you!

ways to volunteer Volunteers share an important role in the success of Girlstart’s programs. There are many ways to get involved and volunteer at Girlstart! Visit our website to see how you or your group can help. Ways to Volunteer: • Girlstart Community STEM Booths • STEM Extravaganza Booths • Gardening • Office support • Work projects (painting and/or organizing) • Curriculum support • Committee members for special events • Summer camp volunteers (high school girls) • Lead a workshop for our Girls In STEM Conference

* Our Girlstart Alumnae

volunteered the most, for a total of 514.50 hours We had the most volunteers in March, for a total of 1158.25 hours


“My involvement with Girlstart is no longer just about MY volunteer hours. I woke up to the fact that I was working with staff who were totally involved & enthusiastic about the program and the girls, AND I got to see the joy in the faces of the girls who participate.” -William Sederholm, Girlstart Volunteer

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7 Saturday ---------------Back to School STEM Saturday @ Girlstart -------------------------

3 thursday ---------------Starry Night at Girlstart Everyone welcome 6:00pm - 7:30pm -------------------------

7 thursday ---------------Starry Night at Girlstart Everyone welcome 6:00pm - 7:30pm -------------------------

1-31 DeSTEMber ---------------31 Days of STEM fun!

28 Saturday ---------------STEM Saturday Workshop* 3rd - 5th grades 6th - 8th grades 9:00am - 1:00pm @ Girlstart


23 Saturday ---------------STEM Saturday Workshop* 3rd - 5th grades 6th - 8th grades 9:00am - 1:00pm @ Girlstart

friday ---------------Spooky Extravaganza Everyone welcome 6:00pm - 9:00pm @ Bullock Texas State History Museum



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5 thursday ---------------Starry Night at Girlstart Everyone welcome 6:00pm - 7:30pm 7 Saturday ---------------DeSTEMber Fest Everyone welcome 12 pm - 3:00 pm @ Bullock Texas State History Museum 14 Saturday ---------------STEM Saturday Workshop* 1st - 2nd grades with parents 9:30am - 12:00pm @ Girlstart

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18 Saturday ---------------STEM Saturday Workshop* 3rd - 5th & 6th - 8th grades 9:00am - 1:00pm @ Girlstart

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6 thursday ---------------Starry Night at Girlstart Everyone welcome 6:00pm - 7:30pm ------------------------ 15 Saturday ---------------STEM Saturday Workshop* 1st - 2nd grades with parents 9:30am-12:00pm @ Girlstart


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3 thursday ---------------Starry Night at Girlstart Everyone welcome 6:00pm - 7:30pm -----------------Girls In STEM Conference -------------------------

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girlstart after school

girlstart after school Girlstart After School reaches 4th-8th grade girls with free STEM education programs every week throughout the school year at our partner schools, as well as wraparound services to support STEM learning in each partner school. Girlstart After School includes: • A club of 20+ girls meet weekly at each school for an hour of hands-on, informal STEM after school programs—aligned with state and national standards. • Girlstart After School is delivered by the STEM CREW, which is Girlstart’s intensive internship program for pre-service teachers as well as college students majoring in STEM. • Girlstart’s parent association teaches parents about STEM, and why their daughters should continue pursuing STEM electives. • At the end of each semester, girls showcase their activities for parents and the school community. • We support science and math nights at local schools, science festivals and extravaganzas, and other enrichment programs for the whole school community. • Girls in Girlstart After School are invited to attend our annual Girls In STEM Conference. An external evaluation found that Girlstart After School is the most robust full year, research- and standards-based STEM after school education program for girls in the nation.

“[Girlstart] is doing great and exciting things for our girls and we want to support you in every way possible. Keep up the fantastic work that you do to support STEM!” -Robin Kelley, Pfluger Elementary Principal
























Girlstart After School


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After School by the numbers Acumen




Demonstrated that they understand the scientific method and the engineering design process.

Responded positively to the statement: ‘I understand that it is okay if my Girlstart activity does not work on the first try’.

Realized after participating that they use science outside of school.




Responded positively to the statement, 'I want to try more science activities.'

Expressed intent to attend college after high school. 55% would be first generation college students.

Demonstrated the awareness that doing well in STEM at school means that they are more likely to get into college.






Demonstrated the awareness that doing well in STEM at college means that they are more likely to have a better career.

Reported that after participating in Girlstart, STEM careers seem more interesting to them.

Indicated an interest in entering a STEM career.

Fall 2012 Spring 2013

875 Girls

39 Clubs


Girlstart Summer Camp

Girlstart Summer Camp Girlstart Summer Camps are week-long STEM programs for entering 4th-8th grade girls. These camps achieve consistent, positive outcomes by combining formal and informal educational strategies with challenging and relevant STEM curriculum. Girlstart Summer Camp provides unique experiences that develop a strong conceptual understanding of STEM subjects and increase participants’ interest in STEM activities and careers. In 2013 girls: • Engineered protection for baby turtles • Dissected starfish • Explored solar power • Programmed an Android app • Studied forensic entomology • Built conveyor belt robots • Produced animated commercials, and tons more!

In 2013, 586 girls attended Girlstart Summer Camp, and, thanks to our ‘Send a Girl to Camp’ donors, 217 scholarships were awarded (37%)! Thank you for sending girls to camp!

the details Girlstart’s unique program space allows us to better serve families by offering our popular camps to different grade levels at the same time. Girlstart provides entering 4th-5th grade and entering 6th-8th grade summer camps simultaneously. Camps serve girls entering 4th-8th grade all summer long (regular and junior camps are held in separate activity spaces). All Girlstart’s camps include a balance of hands-on STEM activities, relevant technology, collaborative team building and informal camp fun! The full price is $300 per camp. Early registration (with $50 discount!) begins January 6, 2014.

Summer Camp 2014 Dates Regular Camp Dates 6th - 8th Grades

Junior Camp Dates 4th - 5th Grades

Wk 1 - June 9-13 Wk 2 - June 16-20 Wk 3 - June 23-27 No Camp June 30-July 4 Wk 4 - July 7-11 Wk 5 - July 14-18 Wk 6 - July 21-25 Wk 7 - July 28-Aug 1

Wk 1 - June 9-13 Wk 2 - June 16-20 Wk 3 - June 23-27 No Camp June 30-July 4 Wk 4 - July 7-11 Wk 5 - July 14-18 Wk 6 - July 21-25 Wk 7 - July 28-Aug 1

“She loved everything at camp - architectural design, solar cars, programming, and reusing jeans to make shoulder bags. She made new friends and learned SO much!!!” -Summer Camp Parent

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summer camp 2013 by the numbers Acumen




Understand the scientific method or engineering design process to effectively solve problems.

Reported facility in using the scientific method.

Of participants, after making a successful video game, app, or computer animation, reported that they enjoyed using computers in a new way.



Hope to take more STEM classes in high school.


95% Understand that success in STEM courses can help them achieve college enrollment.


Expressed an interest in entering a STEM career.




Agreed with the statement, ‘If I try hard, I can be good at science.’

Reported that ‘I feel like I can be myself at Girlstart camp.’

Plan to attend college when they grow up.

217 (37%) Scholarships awarded

8,388 Miles traveled by Girlstart Summer Camp Travel Teams

23,440 Total learning hours

Girls In STEM Conference

Girls In STEM Conference Girlstart offers the Girls In STEM Conference annually for 4th-8th grade girls in Central Texas. The program, which takes place at the University of Texas at Austin, offers a day-long series of workshops where girls participate in hands-on activities led by women working in STEM careers. The conference is designed to introduce girls to STEM experiences, as well as female role models, who encourage them to consider and pursue STEM careers. 2013 Girls In STEM Highlights: • 576 4th-8th grade girls from across Central Texas registered for Girls In STEM • Girlstart awarded 433 need-based scholarships and bus transportation to high-need attendees (75%) • Student groups came from 28 area schools • 95 professional women served as volunteer presenters, leading 28 different hands-on workshops with activities in STEM-related fields • 150 community, corporate, and student volunteers contributed over 500 volunteer hours

“My favorite thing about Girls In STEM was understanding computer science better.” -2013 Girls In STEM participant



the details Uncover your passions by trying new things! Sample many exciting careers and dream about the endless possibilities that await you.

The University of Texas at Austin University Teaching Center 21st Street and Speedway

At the Girls In STEM Conference, girls attend three unique hands-on workshops—they can even register to attend with their friends! Workshops are led by professional women who

Junior Explorers 4th - 5th Graders Girls explore cool careers that use science and math.

Explorers 6th - 8th Graders Girls discover how science, technology, engineering and math change their world every day.

engineering and math careers with girls!

Date TBA

schedule April 6, 2013

are excited about sharing their science, technology,

Spring 2014

How to Register Registration opens Monday, January 6, 2014. The cost is $35, which includes lunch and a t-shirt. Registration information is available online at, or call Girlstart at (512) 916-4775 ext. 21 to request materials.

Attend With Your Friends!




Opening Session


Workshop I




Workshop II


Workshop III


Closing Session

Girlstart Alumnae Board (GAB) The Girlstart Alumnae Board (GAB) is Girlstart’s alumnae network. If you’ve participated in a Girlstart program, you’re a member of the Girlstart Alumnae Board—GAB! The Girlstart Alumnae Board is a way to stay connected to Girlstart through fun activities and events, as well as participate in volunteer opportunities. If you loved your Girlstart experience, continue the fun by joining GAB! Check out more at GAB members meet twice a semester and can serve

GAB connects Girlstart Alumnae of all ages! Elementary School Middle School High School College Career

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“As a young girl I was very interested in my math and science classes. Unfortunately, not many girls are interested in STEM. But through GAB, I want to show young girls that math and science are awesome, fun, and engaging subjects!” -Laura , 11th grader, Girlstart Alumna and GAB member.”

STEM Studio and Mini-Planetarium Girlstart’s new STEM Studio and Mini-Planetarium is a unique space. During our STEM Saturdays, Starry Nights, and other community STEM events, you can experience an intimate view of the heavens! Led by Girlstart’s STEM CREW, our planetarium experiences are linked with hands-on astronomy activities. Starry Nights are held the 1st Thursday of every month, with each month featuring a new astronomy experience. Check our website for dates and times.

Fun with Stars

Create Your Own Constellation What You Need: --------------Toilet Paper Roll Tissue Paper Flashlight Scissors Pencil Tape or Rubber Band

Let’s Get Started: 1. Cut a 4” x 4” square out of the tissue paper 2. Place the tissue paper over one opening of the toilet paper roll and secure using tape or a rubber band. 3. Using the tip of the pencil, gently poke holes into the tissue paper to form a constellation (picture). 4. Now you are ready to display your constellation! Shine the flashlight through the open end of the toilet paper roll so the stars are displaying onto a blank wall. 5. Create a story to go with your constellation!

Where Do Stars Come From? A star begins as a giant cloud of gas and dust, called a nebula. Gravity pulls the gas close together to form a gas clump that heats up and becomes a protostar. The protostar continues to heat up until about 15,000,000°C (27,000,032°F!), causing the gas to clump closer together and form a main sequence star— the star we see. These stars shine for millions, even billions of years! Then the star cools down, causing the inside to contract, and the outside to expand. The star is now red, and is called a red giant. Eventually, the red giant collapses, causing the star to reach over 100,000,000,000 °C (over 180,000,000,000°F!), resulting in a supernova explosion. Stellar physicists research the formation, evolution, interior and the atmospheres of stars.

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stem crew Creative Resourceful Empowered Women To support the implementation of all its programs, Girlstart recruits and trains a cadre of pre-service teachers in its internship program, called the STEM CREW (Creative, Resourceful, Empowered Women). Our STEM CREW provides us with a consistent, talented, committed, and skilled group of program leaders; at the same time, we train them to conduct Girlstart programming. Through the STEM CREW, Girlstart improves the preparation of future teachers, particularly elementary and middle school teachers, by providing them with pedagogical and practical sets of skills to engage students in STEM, as well as nurturing a personal framework that fosters their future development and growth as teachers. The STEM CREW builds a pipeline of qualified teaching staff who can effectively deliver our programs and, at the same time, receive outstanding mentorship and hands-on training in effective informal STEM education strategies.

“I have absolutely loved being a STEM crew leader! It has been an amazing experience and I’m so happy to have had a part in young girls’ education.” - Bonnie-Claire, STEM CREW

girlstart financials Girlstart’s mission is toWhere increase girls’ interest and engagement in STEMgoes: through innovative, your generous general operating support nationally-recognized informal STEM education programs. By empowering more girls to continue STEM studies, we can help address our nation’s STEM workforce inequities and impact innovation and economic development in America and across the globe. To accomplish its mission, Girlstart develops and implements a range of innovative, research- and standards-based education 11% and mentorship programs designed to promote girls’ early engagement and academic success in STEM, encourage girls’ aspirations and persistence in STEM education and careers, and incubate a talented and diverse STEM workforce. Founded in Austin, Texas, Girlstart is the only community-based informal STEM education nonprofit in the nation specifically dedicated to empowering and equipping girls in STEM through year-round STEM educational programming. Since 1997, Girlstart has served over 40,000 girls and 6,000 teachers and families with school-based programs, professional development for teachers, summer camps, STEM career conferences and expos, large-scale science events for families, and community STEM education outreach programs. 82%

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Everything about Girlstart and our mission to bring more STEM education to girls!

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