Girlstart Summer CampReady to Scale
Booz Allen Hamilton, the Afterschool Alliance, and the prestigious education research film SEDL have all joined in recognizing Girlstart as one of the nation’s best STEM programs for girls. Girls who take part in Girlstart Summer Camp say they are more interested in STEM and more confident in their own abilities to succeed in STEM.subjects.
- Need Accomplished
- Evaluation Developing
- Sustainability Accomplished
- Replication & Scalability Accomplished
- Partnerships Accomplished
- Capacity Accomplished
- Challenging & Relevant Content Accomplished
- STEM Practices Accomplished
- Inspiration Accomplished
- Under-Represented Groups Accomplished
What’s most valuable about this program is that they make the STEM subjects accessible and welcoming to girls, and they have metrics to track how their participants are learning and how the program is changing their attitudes and their self-esteem. It’s a great organization to work with, and we’re convinced it can achieve much more.
Strategic Giving Manager for North America, Dell
The programs in this database clear a high bar. STEMworks reviewed each program against the Design Principles for Effective STEM Philanthropy. Programs must be Accomplished () across all Design Principles, or be Developing () in a maximum of three areas.
Identify and target a compelling and well-defined need.
Use rigorous evaluation to continuously measure and inform progress towards the compelling need identified.
Ensure work is sustainable.
Replication & Scalability Accomplished
Demonstrate replicability and scalability.
Create high impact partnerships.
Ensure organizational capacity to achieve goals.
Challenging & Relevant Content Accomplished
Offer challenging and relevant STEM content for the target audience.
STEM Practices Accomplished
Incorporate and encourage STEM practices.
Inspire interest and engagement in STEM.
Under-Represented Groups Accomplished
Identify and address the needs of under-represented groups.
Girlstart Summer Camp aims to make STEM learning engaging and accessible for girls of all ages and backgrounds. Based in Austin, Texas, Girlstart Summer Camps are thematic, 40-hour, week-long STEM experiences for girls in the 3rd through 10th grades. Girlstart Summer Camp is designed to build STEM skills and increase participants’ interest in STEM subjects and careers through a program that aims to be intensive, age-appropriate, and gender-specific as well as fun, informal and collaborative. For example, camp themes include engineering and physics through the lens of the ‘Harry Potter’ book series. Summer Camp intends to increase girls’ mastery in STEM subjects by introducing girls to real-world applications as well as activities that build participants’ skills.
Funders and Partners
Girlstart is grateful for generous donors that have made Girlstart Summer Camp expansion and replication possible. They include: AMD/Changing the Game; Dell; Google; Motorola Solutions Foundation; NASA Summer of Innovation Program; and NASA’s CP4SMP+ initiative. In addition, Girlstart Summer Camp has donors among the CTEq member corporations, including Battelle; Connect a Million Minds (An Initiative of Time Warner Cable); IBM; Intel; and JPMorgan Chase.