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Page 4B EDUCATION Hays Free Press July 17, 2013 + Summer Camp Spotlight: i j, PHOTO BY KIM HILSENBECK About 15 girls participated in the Girlstart summer camp at Hemphill Elementary recently. They focused on marine biology and learned team work, decision making and some fun science along the way, including building a small-scale safety net where a momma sea turtle can lay her eggs so they won't be eaten before they hatch. BY KIM HILSENBECK kim@haysfreepress.com Girlstart, one of a handful of com- munity-based informal education pro- grams in the nation, recently visited Hays CISD with a free summer camp for girls ages 8-12 at Hemphill Elemen- tary. Camp counselor Misty Kieffer, who is a STEM teacher at Pfluger Elementary, said the girls learn about team building and problem solving skills. This camp's theme was marine biol- ogy and ecosystems. Campers enjoyed fun, hands-on work including building a safe, protec- tive turtle cover. They learned that sea turtles lay their eggs on the beach. Each female lays about 100 eggs and maybe one or two hatch and make it back to the ocean. Predators such as certain birds are the biggest threat. So the campers created covered safety nets over the egg nest. They also designed a computer game and created a jellyfish replica. Kieffer said the girls, who worked in teams on several projects, learned about compromise, voting and being respectful. With a focus on empowering girls in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), Girlstart, which was founded in Austin in 1997, promotes early engagement and academic suc- cess, encourages postsecondary as- pirations and helps develop a diverse workforce. The Texas Pioneer Foundation pro- vided the grant money for the camp. Trista Strawsser, 10, enjoyed making the turtle cover. "I learned a lot about turtles and how the eggs get eaten before they hatch" Trista said. "It was fun making the safe net." Sparkle is the cutest little girl! Thallo is a one year old, btaCk ~ She is only four months old and white cat. He is Very handsome we think she is a lab/border and friendly and likes other cats! collie mix. She loves everybody! He is currently waiting for his Please come by the shelter to forever home at the Petsmart on meet her soon! Brodie Lane is Austin, PAWS Shelter and Humane Society is a non,profit, no,kill shelter operated primarily on donations and adoptions, 500 FM 150 E, Kyle, TX" 512 268-1611 Please visit pawsshelter.org All animals are fully vaccinationed, spay/neutered, microchipped and dewormed, Pets of the Week sponsored by I (512) 268-PETS ,www.PlumCreekVet,com Located in Kyle, Texas at 4100 Everett next to the Performing Arts Center and Austin Regiona Ci nic O8 0 "v'! 0 New, Used, Refinance ~|NSMRANCE GROUP A TRAVELERS J iw.4.~r8oc,3 CC~I p~t'~ 5 PROORE$SIYE ,=..iiii=