Girl Day Activities

"Draw a Robot" Design Challenge
Booth Day: Sunday, March 7, 2021, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. with themes: 1) Creating in Code: Computing, Cybersecurity, Robotics and 2) Imagining Beyond: Sky and Space
Audience: Grade K, Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4
Subject: Technology, Engineering, Math, Computer Science

Challenge: Design (draw) a robot that accomplishes a certain task! The robot can do any task you want it to! The robot can do that task in any way you can imagine, so long as you draw how it works!

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Abracadabra! Design a Bubble Wand
Booth Day: Saturday, February 27, 2021, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. with themes: 1) Designing for Communities, People and Animals and 2) Designing Fun: Theme Parks, Games and Music
Audience: Grade K, Grade 1, Grade 2
Subject: Science, Engineering, Math

Challenge: Transform a pipe cleaner into a uniquely shaped bubble wand using colorful pipe cleaners and bubble solution (or you can make your own bubble solution using 1 cup of water, 2 tablespoons of Karo syrup/glycerin, and 4 tablespoons of dishwashing soap). For an extra challenge, try only using one pipe cleaner to transform into a bubble wand!

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Apple Oxidation, Balloon Rockets & More
Booth Day: Saturday, February 27, 2021, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. with themes: 1) Designing for Communities, People and Animals and 2) Designing Fun: Theme Parks, Games and Music
Audience: Grade K, Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8
Subject: Science, Technology, Engineering, Math

Challenge: Watch UT engineering students demo the activities from the Equal Opportunity in Engineering Program's (EOE) World of Engineering then try them yourself!

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Austin's Urban Wildlife Demonstration and Bike Maintenance Tutorial
Hosting Organization: City of Austin Park Rangers
Booth Day: Saturday, March 6, 2021, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. with themes: 1) Exploring Earth and Energy; 2) Moving Around: Land, Water, Air and Space
Audience: Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8
Subject: Science

Visit our LIVE BROADCAST Booth: Saturday, March 6, 2021, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Sessions Summary - More details below!

  • 12:00 - 12:10 - Meet the Rangers!
  • 12:10 - 12:40 - Austin's Urban Wildlife Demonstration
  • 12:40 - 1:00 - Austin's Urban Wildlife Q&A
  • 1:00 - 1:30 - Bike Maintenance Tutorial
  • 1:30 - 1:50 - Bike Maintenance Tutorial Q&A
  • 1:50 - 2:20 - Austin's Urban Wildlife Demonstration
  • 2:20 - 2:50 - Austin's Urban Wildlife Q&A
  • 2:50 - 3:20 - Bike Maintenance Tutorial
  • 3:20 - 3:50 - Bike Maintenance Tutorial Q&A

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Balloon Racer, Bending Water + More
Hosting Organization: Texas Tuition Promise Fund
Booth Day: Saturday, March 6, 2021, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. with themes: 1) Exploring Earth and Energy; 2) Moving Around: Land, Water, Air and Space
Audience: Grade K, Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8
Subject: Science, Engineering

Challenges: Get excited about where a college career could take you with these fun and interactive videos and projects!

  • Grow Your Own Avocado Tree
  • Build Your Own Balloon Racer
  • Make Your Own Marshmallow Tower
  • Water Xylophone
  • Homemade Cloud Collector
  • Human Sundial
  • Spaghetti Bridge
  • Bending Water
  • Night Sky Projections

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Be a Biomedical Engineer and design your own prosthetic device or robot hand!
Hosting Organization: Science Mill
Booth Day: Sunday, February 28, 2021, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. with themes: 1) Innovating Food and Fashion and 2) Improving Lives: Mind, Body, Medicine
Audience: Grade K, Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8
Subject: Science, Engineering, Math

Challenge: Venture through the Science Mill virtual tour and find the Colossal Hand in the Science & Art Park! At the exhibit, you can watch our Explorer Zone episode Colossal Robotic Hand and learn about see how it was prototyped, engineered, constructed, and functions. Stay with the STEM educator crew and learn how to make your own scaled-down Arduino controlled hand.

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Be a Digital Storyteller: Create Animations with Scratch
Hosting Organization: Deloitte
Booth Day: Sunday, March 7, 2021, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. with themes: 1) Creating in Code: Computing, Cybersecurity, Robotics and 2) Imagining Beyond: Sky and Space
Audience: Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8
Subject: Technology, Computer Science

Challenge: Storytelling allows individuals to share their experiences, thoughts, and feelings. Storytelling can be a powerful way to lift others up during a challenging time! In this activity, you will learn how to plan and program a digital story with Scratch that shares an uplifting tale, a funny story, or important information to help people. The type of story you want to tell is up to you! Meet Ella the Engineer and join in storytime.

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Deloitte is a Girl Day Creator.
Become a Planet Hero
Hosting Organization: EarthX
Booth Day: Saturday, March 6, 2021, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. with themes: 1) Exploring Earth and Energy; 2) Moving Around: Land, Water, Air and Space
Audience: Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8
Subject: Science

Challenge: Review information on an environmental topic you are interested in and create a way to bring awareness of the problem to others or implement a solution. (Background information is provided in the Activity Resources Tab, but you may wish to conduct additional reading on your own.)

To spread awareness of the environmental problem you chose, you may wish to create:

  • a short film that describes the environmental problem and perhaps even share a possible solution;
  • a piece of art, either 2-D or 3-D that educates, engages, and inspires;
  • a poster, podcast, blog, or other means to communicate your message; or
  • other ideas you may have.

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Become a Waterbender with Electricity
Hosting Organization: UT Austin Physics Circus
Booth Day: Saturday, February 27, 2021, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. with themes: 1) Designing for Communities, People and Animals and 2) Designing Fun: Theme Parks, Games and Music
Audience: Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3
Subject: Science

Challenge: Can you bend water using a supercharged balloon?

When you rub a balloon on your head, it builds up charges, which are particles that make up electricity, that interact with charges around it. If the charges in the tap water are the same kind as the charges on the balloon, the water will repel from the balloon because like charges repel

Watch our live show on "Shocking Properties of Electricity​" from 12 - 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, February 27, 2021.

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Bring the Ocean Home and Make Waves in a Bottle
Hosting Organization: 3M
Booth Day: Saturday, March 6, 2021, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. with themes: 1) Exploring Earth and Energy; 2) Moving Around: Land, Water, Air and Space
Audience: Grade K, Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5
Subject: Science

Challenge: In this activity you will bring the ocean home and make waves in a bottle. You will also sharpen your observation skills and find out why some waves are slow, and others are fast.

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Build a Basic Battery
Booth Day: Saturday, March 6, 2021, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. with themes: 1) Exploring Earth and Energy; 2) Moving Around: Land, Water, Air and Space
Audience: Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4
Subject: Science, Technology, Engineering

Challenge: Create a battery to power a small LED bulb!.

We use a lot of energy in the form of electricity! Just by looking around the room you're in, you can probably spot several examples of electricity in action. Batteries are a crucial part of energy systems, because they are a way to store energy when it isn't being used. 

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Build a Lung Model
Booth Day: Sunday, February 28, 2021, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. with themes: 1) Innovating Food and Fashion and 2) Improving Lives: Mind, Body, Medicine
Audience: Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4
Subject: Science

Challenge: Learn about how the lungs work using simple materials to build a lung model. 

Whether screaming or laughing, our lungs do a lot during an exciting day at a theme park! In this activity, you'll be building a model of the human lungs and diaphragm using balloons to understand how they work.

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Build a Prosthetic Arm out of Cardboard
Hosting Organization: UT Austin Santacruz Lab
Booth Day: Sunday, February 28, 2021, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. with themes: 1) Innovating Food and Fashion and 2) Improving Lives: Mind, Body, Medicine
Audience: Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8
Subject: Science, Engineering

Challenge: Build a prosthetic arm using cardboard, straws, and string! Try using your prosthetic hand to pick up different objects in your home such as a tennis ball, a pencil, a plastic cup, a toy. Can you make a peace sign with your prosthetic fingers?

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Build a Straw Rocket
Booth Day: Sunday, March 7, 2021, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. with themes: 1) Creating in Code: Computing, Cybersecurity, Robotics and 2) Imagining Beyond: Sky and Space
Audience: Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5
Subject: Engineering, Math

Challenge: Build a Straw Rocket and modify it to fly over greater distances. Get creative with designs and decorations and have fun!

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Build An At-Home Catapult
Booth Day: Saturday, February 27, 2021, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. with themes: 1) Designing for Communities, People and Animals and 2) Designing Fun: Theme Parks, Games and Music
Audience: Grade 3, Grade 5, Grade 8
Subject: Engineering, Math

Challenge: Construct an at-home catapult that successfully launches a cotton ball. Using your STEM skills and household materials, create a free-standing catapult of your own.

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Build Your Ideal City
Booth Day: Saturday, February 27, 2021, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. with themes: 1) Designing for Communities, People and Animals and 2) Designing Fun: Theme Parks, Games and Music
Audience: Grade K, Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4
Subject: Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, Computer Science

Challenge: Model your ideal city with any materials you have at home. Include at least 5 different parts of a city. 

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Building Block Dam Challenge
Hosting Organization: UT Austin Webber Energy Group
Booth Day: Saturday, March 6, 2021, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. with themes: 1) Exploring Earth and Energy; 2) Moving Around: Land, Water, Air and Space
Audience: Grade K, Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5
Subject: Engineering, Math

Challenge: Can you control water with a buliding block dam?

In this activity, students work to control the flow of water with man-made constructions. Instead of using large-scale masonry and cement, you can complete this activity using interlocking building blocks, such as LEGO®.

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Can You Crack the Code? Play the Cryptography Game
Hosting Organization: IBM
Booth Day: Sunday, March 7, 2021, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. with themes: 1) Creating in Code: Computing, Cybersecurity, Robotics and 2) Imagining Beyond: Sky and Space
Audience: Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8
Subject: Technology, Math, Computer Science

Challenge: Play the Cryptography Game and crack the code!! Practice the Cryptography examples. Make your own secret code! 

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IBM is a Girl Day Creator.
Can You Handle The Pressure?
Hosting Organization: YPW Camps
Booth Day: Saturday, March 6, 2021, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. with themes: 1) Exploring Earth and Energy; 2) Moving Around: Land, Water, Air and Space
Audience: Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8
Subject: Science, Technology

Challenge: Build a hydraulic-powered simple machine, and learn about the science and engineering behind hydraulic power!

Learn how syringes, tubes, air, and water work together to power the parts of simple machines and robotic arms. Move a platform lifter, excavator, robot arm without using any type of electricity.

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Can You Turn Milk into Plastic? Let's experiment and try!
Booth Day: Saturday, February 27, 2021, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. with themes: 1) Designing for Communities, People and Animals and 2) Designing Fun: Theme Parks, Games and Music
Audience: Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8
Subject: Science

Challenge: Can you turn milk into plastic? 

  1. Do you think that milk can be used to create plastic? Why or why not?
  2. What do you think will happen when hot milk and vinegar are mixed?

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Career Girls Career Quiz and Astronaut Role Model
Hosting Organization: Career Girls
Booth Day: Saturday, March 6, 2021, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. with themes: 1) Exploring Earth and Energy; 2) Moving Around: Land, Water, Air and Space
Audience: Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8
Subject: Science, Technology, Engineering

Challenge: Take the Career Girl Career Quiz to see which careers might be a good match for you. Meet Tracy Caldwell Dyson, Astronaut, who describes “the list” and how she discovered that she wanted to be an astronaut in our role model videos.

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Career Girls Career Quiz and Biomedical Role Models
Hosting Organization: Career Girls
Booth Day: Sunday, February 28, 2021, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. with themes: 1) Innovating Food and Fashion and 2) Improving Lives: Mind, Body, Medicine
Audience: Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8
Subject: Science, Technology, Engineering

Challenge: Take the Career Girl Career Quiz to see which careers might be a good match for you. Meet Latoya Simmons, epidemiologist, and Mireille Kamariza, a Junior Fellow at Harvard University who researches infectious diseases in the global health context in our role model videos.

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Clapping Heart, Electronic Pets & More MakeCode Microbit Coding Challenges
Booth Day: Sunday, March 7, 2021, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. with themes: 1) Creating in Code: Computing, Cybersecurity, Robotics and 2) Imagining Beyond: Sky and Space
Audience: Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8
Subject: Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, Computer Science

Challenge: Clapping Heart, Electronic Pets & More MakeCode Microbit Coding Challenges.

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Conducting Dogs? Electric Money? Take the Circuit Challenge!
Hosting Organization: Intel
Booth Day: Sunday, February 28, 2021, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. with themes: 1) Innovating Food and Fashion and 2) Improving Lives: Mind, Body, Medicine
Audience: Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8
Subject: Technology, Math, Computer Science

Challenge: Create a circuit that lights up a lightbulb, switches a lightbulb on and off, and includes a dog or a dollar. 

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Intel is a Girl Day Innovator.
ConnectHER: Make a Film, Make a Difference - 3 Teams: 1 Story
Hosting Organization: ConnectHER
Booth Day: Sunday, March 7, 2021, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. with themes: 1) Creating in Code: Computing, Cybersecurity, Robotics and 2) Imagining Beyond: Sky and Space
Audience: Grade 7, Grade 8
Subject: Science, Technology, Engineering, Math

Challenge: Watch the 5-minute student-made film "3 Teams: 1 Story" below. The film is from the ConnectHER Film Festival, an annual event in which students aged 25 and under submit 3-6 minute original films focused on critical women’s issues. 

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ConnectHER: Make a Film, Make a Difference - Aya's Home
Hosting Organization: ConnectHER
Booth Day: Saturday, February 27, 2021, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. with themes: 1) Designing for Communities, People and Animals and 2) Designing Fun: Theme Parks, Games and Music
Audience: Grade 7, Grade 8
Subject: Science, Technology, Engineering, Math

Challenge: Watch the 5-minute student-made film "Aya's Home" below. The film is from the ConnectHER Film Festival, an annual event in which students aged 25 and under submit 3-6 minute original films focused on critical women’s issues. 

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ConnectHER: Make a Film, Make a Difference - Rural to Ramp
Hosting Organization: ConnectHER
Booth Day: Sunday, February 28, 2021, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. with themes: 1) Innovating Food and Fashion and 2) Improving Lives: Mind, Body, Medicine
Audience: Grade 7, Grade 8
Subject: Science, Technology, Engineering, Math

Challenge: Watch the 5-minute student-made film "Rural to Ramp" below. The film is from the ConnectHER Film Festival, an annual event in which students aged 25 and under submit 3-6 minute original films focused on critical women’s issues. 

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ConnectHER: Make a Film, Make a Difference - The Ripple Effect
Hosting Organization: ConnectHER
Booth Day: Saturday, March 6, 2021, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. with themes: 1) Exploring Earth and Energy; 2) Moving Around: Land, Water, Air and Space
Audience: Grade 7, Grade 8
Subject: Science, Technology, Engineering, Math

Challenge: Watch the 5-minute student-made film "The Ripple Effect" below. The film is from the ConnectHER Film Festival, an annual event in which students aged 25 and under submit 3-6 minute original films focused on critical women’s issues. 

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Construct a Marble Maze Labyrinth
Hosting Organization: Girlstart
Booth Day: Saturday, February 27, 2021, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. with themes: 1) Designing for Communities, People and Animals and 2) Designing Fun: Theme Parks, Games and Music
Audience: Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6
Subject: Science, Engineering

Challenge: Left, right, right, dead end! Construct a labyrinth from everyday materials. Explore different physics laws as you design a challenging maze game!

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Crater the Moon
Booth Day: Saturday, March 6, 2021, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. with themes: 1) Exploring Earth and Energy; 2) Moving Around: Land, Water, Air and Space
Audience: Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5
Subject: Science

 Challenge: Re-create asteroid impacts and crater the moon!

When we look at the moon or at images of the moon, we often see round craters. These craters were mostly formed by asteroid impacts when the solar system was young. You can re-create asteroid impacts and see some of the really cool features that we find with lunar craters, right in your home.

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Create a Big Mood Volcano
Booth Day: Saturday, March 6, 2021, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. with themes: 1) Exploring Earth and Energy; 2) Moving Around: Land, Water, Air and Space
Audience: Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8
Subject: Science

Challenge: Make your big mood volcano.

Have you ever felt like a volcano erupting? Like when stressful feelings get so big that your heart starts to beat really fast, your palms get sweaty...and you just ERUPT?! If you try to hold in big feelings and don't cope with them, an emotional eruption could happen.

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Create a Circuit on Paper
Booth Day: Sunday, March 7, 2021, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. with themes: 1) Creating in Code: Computing, Cybersecurity, Robotics and 2) Imagining Beyond: Sky and Space
Audience: Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4
Subject: Technology, Engineering

Challenge: Create a working circuit on paper. Use paper, pencil, and a battery to create your circuit and power a LED light.

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Women in Technology at Samsung, Samsung Austin Semiconductor is a Girl Day Innovator.
Create a ketchup diver. Make a tornado in a bottle.
Booth Day: Saturday, February 27, 2021, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. with themes: 1) Designing for Communities, People and Animals and 2) Designing Fun: Theme Parks, Games and Music
Audience: Grade K, Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4
Subject: Science

Challenge: Explore hands-on science activities you can build with things you have around the house. Activities include:

  • Ketchup Diver
  • Density Layers
  • Tornado in a Bottle
  • Can You Hear Me Now?
  • Can Chase

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Create a Pocket Solar System
Hosting Organization: Girlstart
Booth Day: Sunday, March 7, 2021, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. with themes: 1) Creating in Code: Computing, Cybersecurity, Robotics and 2) Imagining Beyond: Sky and Space
Audience: Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6
Subject: Science, Engineering

Challenge: Create a pocket-sized model that shows the relative distance of the planets in our Solar System. Have fun with fractions as you discover just how much space is in space!

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Create a Rubber Band Harmonica
Booth Day: Saturday, February 27, 2021, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. with themes: 1) Designing for Communities, People and Animals and 2) Designing Fun: Theme Parks, Games and Music
Audience: Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5
Subject: Science

Challenge: Create a Rubber Band Harmonica. Explore demos and activities in the world of waves and acoustics.

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Create a Rube Goldberg Machine and Take the Bird Nest Challenge​
Booth Day: Saturday, February 27, 2021, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. with themes: 1) Designing for Communities, People and Animals and 2) Designing Fun: Theme Parks, Games and Music
Audience: Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6
Subject: Engineering, Math

Challenge: There are two challenges we are posing to you today. Our first is constructing a Rube Goldberg Machine using objects in your home. The second challenge asks you to construct a new shelter for a bird species in your area. Both of these tasks require you to use your planning, designing, building, and creative skills. Put your thinking caps on and roll up your sleeves - it's time to start building!

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Create a Super Paper Plane
Booth Day: Sunday, March 7, 2021, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. with themes: 1) Creating in Code: Computing, Cybersecurity, Robotics and 2) Imagining Beyond: Sky and Space
Audience: Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4
Subject: Engineering

Challenge: Create a Super Paper Plane and test your flying abilities.

  1. Use the instructions above or get creative to design and create a paper airplane
  2. Test it - send it flying and see how far it goes.
  3. Measure the distance and record it.

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Create a Video Game with Scratch: Pong Game Challenge
Booth Day: Sunday, March 7, 2021, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. with themes: 1) Creating in Code: Computing, Cybersecurity, Robotics and 2) Imagining Beyond: Sky and Space
Audience: Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6
Subject: Computer Science

Challenge: Create a video game where you stop a ball from hitting the ground, like balloon volleyball! The game is over when the ball hits the ground. Use the Pong Game Tutorial on the Scratch website to get creative and create your own game.

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Create a Waterflood
Booth Day: Saturday, March 6, 2021, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. with themes: 1) Exploring Earth and Energy; 2) Moving Around: Land, Water, Air and Space
Audience: Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4
Subject: Science, Engineering

Challenge: Create a waterflood using water, oil, and rocks.

Deep in the Earth's crust are pockets full of oil and natural gas called reservoirs. Petroleum engineers figure out how to drill holes called wells to reach the oil and gas so it can come to the surface. Once it's on the surface, we can use it to power cars and the lights in your house.

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Create Your Own Bubble Snake
Booth Day: Sunday, March 7, 2021, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. with themes: 1) Creating in Code: Computing, Cybersecurity, Robotics and 2) Imagining Beyond: Sky and Space
Audience: Grade K, Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3
Subject: Science

Challenge: Create a bubble snake. How big and long can you make it?

Join in for the Kate the Chemist Live Show at 12:30 p.m. All Grades Welcome! Join Kate the Chemist for Bubble Snakes, Science Demos & The STEM Night Disaster.

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Create Your Own Inflation Station to Blow Up a Balloon
Hosting Organization: 3M
Booth Day: Sunday, March 7, 2021, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. with themes: 1) Creating in Code: Computing, Cybersecurity, Robotics and 2) Imagining Beyond: Sky and Space
Audience: Grade K, Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5
Subject: Science

Challenge: In this activity you will create your own inflation station to blow up a balloon.

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Create your own Rollercoaster!
Booth Day: Saturday, February 27, 2021, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. with themes: 1) Designing for Communities, People and Animals and 2) Designing Fun: Theme Parks, Games and Music
Audience: Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6
Subject: Engineering

Challenge: Create a mini rollercoaster within your own home! Use pool noodles, tape, toothpicks, a marble or other small ball, and your creativity! How long of a roller coaster can you create so that your marble or bouncy ball stays on the track the whole time and makes it to the end? Can you add loops or turns?

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Create Your Own Stationery Paper
Booth Day: Sunday, February 28, 2021, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. with themes: 1) Innovating Food and Fashion and 2) Improving Lives: Mind, Body, Medicine
Audience: Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7
Subject: Science

Challenge: Create your own stationery paper. Understand how paper is made. Learn how new paper can be made from old, used paper. Know the value of recycling.

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Creative Cantilever Challenge
Booth Day: Saturday, February 27, 2021, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. with themes: 1) Designing for Communities, People and Animals and 2) Designing Fun: Theme Parks, Games and Music
Audience: Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8
Subject: Engineering, Math

Challenge: Create your own cantilever that reaches a maximum distance beyond the edge of a tabletop without going below the top of the table. How far can your cantilever go? A cantilever is a balanced bar that is supported by a wall or the ground, like a pool diving board. Cantilevers can be built with any materials you have at home.

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Design a Crew Module for Artemis Astronauts
Booth Day: Sunday, March 7, 2021, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. with themes: 1) Creating in Code: Computing, Cybersecurity, Robotics and 2) Imagining Beyond: Sky and Space
Audience: Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8
Subject: Engineering, Math

Challenge: Design and build a crew module model that will secure two 2 cm astronaut figures during a drop test.

Engineers use Engineering Design Process to solve problems. They are a series of steps that will help you come up with a solution for the engineering challenge. 

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Design a Lava Lamp
Booth Day: Saturday, March 6, 2021, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. with themes: 1) Exploring Earth and Energy; 2) Moving Around: Land, Water, Air and Space
Audience: Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5
Subject: Science

Challenge: Create a lava lamp using oil and water.

To create the lava lamp effect, you will learn how a chemical reaction generates the lava lamp effect. You can use items such as alka-seltzer tablets, oil, water, a glass jar, and a flashlight to design your own custom lava lamp. Items like food coloring and glitter can be used to give your lava lamp a unique touch. At the end, you can shine a flashlight into the lava lamp to fully enjoy watching the colored water and oil! Can you figure out the science behind the lava lamp? Key questions to think about: Why don't the oil and water mix? What happens when you drop in the alka seltzer tablet? Why does the mixture start bubbling?

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Design a Pollinator's Plant
Booth Day: Saturday, March 6, 2021, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. with themes: 1) Exploring Earth and Energy; 2) Moving Around: Land, Water, Air and Space
Audience: Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6
Subject: Science

Challenge: Design a plant (or a full garden) to attract different types of pollinators. 

Think about pollinators like bees, hummingbirds, bats, flies, and butterflies. How might you need to design your plant or flower to attract a specific pollinator? What are the shapes of these pollinators and how do they fly? Think about what shape and color might attract your pollinator. Design and create a paper plant (or whole paper garden) for your favorite pollinator...or all the pollinators.

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Design and Create a Lightbulb Circuit on Tinkercad
Booth Day: Sunday, March 7, 2021, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. with themes: 1) Creating in Code: Computing, Cybersecurity, Robotics and 2) Imagining Beyond: Sky and Space
Audience: Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8
Subject: Technology, Engineering

Challenge: Design and Create a Lightbulb Circuit on Tinkercad. Challenge 1: Design a circuit to power a lightbulb (LED) with a battery. Challenge 2: Add in a switch to your design to control when the light turns on or off. Challenge 3: Experiment - what happens when you add in a 2nd LED or multiple LEDs or a resister.

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Design and Create Your Own Robotic Hand
Booth Day: Sunday, February 28, 2021, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. with themes: 1) Innovating Food and Fashion and 2) Improving Lives: Mind, Body, Medicine
Audience: Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8
Subject: Technology, Engineering

Challenge: Design and create your own robotic hand. Engineers and Doctors have worked together to invent and build machines that have made performing surgery a lot safer and efficient by using robotic hands and machines similar to the one we made today.

Visit the Activity Webpage for materials and instructions.

Design and Test a Ring Glider
Hosting Organization: Phillips 66
Booth Day: Sunday, March 7, 2021, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. with themes: 1) Creating in Code: Computing, Cybersecurity, Robotics and 2) Imagining Beyond: Sky and Space
Audience: Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6
Subject: Engineering

Challenge: Create a ring glider to fly high and far. Explore flight beyond the typical paper airplane.

Visit our Live Broadcast Booth any time Saturday, March 6, 2021, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. for 5-Minute Energy Bingo.

Visit the Activity Webpage for materials and instructions.

Phillips 66 is a Girl Day Innovator.
Design your own Google Logo
Booth Day: Sunday, March 7, 2021, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. with themes: 1) Creating in Code: Computing, Cybersecurity, Robotics and 2) Imagining Beyond: Sky and Space
Audience: Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8
Subject: Technology, Engineering, Computer Science

Challenge: Use your creativity and imagination to bring the Google logo to life using code. Make the letters dance, tell a story, or create a game. You can learn the basics of coding with this activity and learn all about how the professionals do it! 

Visit the Activity Webpage for materials and instructions.

Designing a World around Women
Hosting Organization: UT Austin Re-sonate
Booth Day: Sunday, March 7, 2021, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. with themes: 1) Creating in Code: Computing, Cybersecurity, Robotics and 2) Imagining Beyond: Sky and Space
Audience: Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8
Subject: Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, Computer Science

Visit our Live Broadcast Booth: Sunday, March 7, 2021, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m.

30 minute sessions repeat each hour: 12:00 p.m., 1:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m.

Join student leaders of Re-sonate to explore how we can use technology to "Design a World around Women." Re-sonate will have continuous live discussions as we discuss design flaws in every-day products and draft solutions with your help.

Learn more on the Show Webpage.

DIY Cantilever with Monochrome for Austin
Hosting Organization: UT Austin Landmarks
Booth Day: Saturday, March 6, 2021, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. with themes: 1) Exploring Earth and Energy; 2) Moving Around: Land, Water, Air and Space
Audience: Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5
Subject: Engineering, Math

Challenge: Create your own cantilever.

You can make a sculpture out of almost anything. Artist Nancy Rubins uses everyday things like toasters, hairdryers, and even playground equipment. In Monochrome for Austin, she used canoes and boats. She collaborates with a structural engineer, Jamie Garza, to make the sculptures very strong, even stronger than the buildings around them, even though they look chaotic. Nancy Rubins and Jamie Garza used 70 canoes and small boats to make this sculpture. They are fixed to a support that extends a long way into the ground. 

Make your own mini sculpture at home using the technique.

Visit the Activity Webpage for materials and instructions.

DIY Face Masks​
Hosting Organization: UT Austin American Chemical Society
Booth Day: Sunday, February 28, 2021, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. with themes: 1) Innovating Food and Fashion and 2) Improving Lives: Mind, Body, Medicine
Audience: Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6
Subject: Science

Challenge:  The scientific community recommends the usage of face masks to avoid the spread of COVID-19 -- an infamous enemy of the body. Create a DIY face mask that can be used for regular use.

Visit the Activity Webpage for materials and instructions.

DIY Programming
Hosting Organization: NI
Hosting Organization: Thinkery
Booth Day: Sunday, March 7, 2021, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. with themes: 1) Creating in Code: Computing, Cybersecurity, Robotics and 2) Imagining Beyond: Sky and Space
Audience: Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5
Subject: Technology, Engineering

Challenge: Use everyday objects to construct your own symbolic language, basic coding elements, and experiment with the step-by-step process involved in writing and running a program.

Visit the Activity Webpage for materials and instructions.

National Instruments is a Girl Day Innovator.
DIY Rube Goldberg Tabletop Machine and go on a Simple Machine Scavenger Hunt!
Hosting Organization: Science Mill
Booth Day: Saturday, February 27, 2021, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. with themes: 1) Designing for Communities, People and Animals and 2) Designing Fun: Theme Parks, Games and Music
Audience: Grade K, Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8
Subject: Science, Engineering, Math

Challenge: Be an inventor and engineer: create your own Rube Goldberg Machine - a silly chain reaction using objects you find around your house!

Visit the Activity Webpage for materials and instructions.

DIY Stethoscope
Hosting Organization: Girlstart
Booth Day: Sunday, February 28, 2021, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. with themes: 1) Innovating Food and Fashion and 2) Improving Lives: Mind, Body, Medicine
Audience: Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6
Subject: Science, Engineering

Challenge: “Take a deep breath and let it out.” Doctors say this when they are listening to your lungs and heart with their stethoscope. Explore how this simple device can be used to listen to someone’s heart and take their heart rate!

Visit the Activity Webpage for materials and instructions.

DIY Strawberry DNA Extraction
Booth Day: Saturday, March 6, 2021, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. with themes: 1) Exploring Earth and Energy; 2) Moving Around: Land, Water, Air and Space
Audience: Grade K, Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8
Subject: Science

Challenge: All living things have DNA inside their cells. How do scientists extract the DNA from cells in order to study it? In this science experiment, you can make your own DNA extraction kit from household chemicals and use it to extract DNA from strawberries.

Visit the Activity Webpage for materials and instructions.

Texas Instruments is a Girl Day Innovator.
DNA Extraction Extravaganza
Booth Day: Sunday, February 28, 2021, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. with themes: 1) Innovating Food and Fashion and 2) Improving Lives: Mind, Body, Medicine
Audience: Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8
Subject: Science

Challenge: Successfully extract DNA from fruit of your choosing (strawberry, banana, kiwi, etc.).

Ever wondered why you look similar to your parents, siblings, cousins, or grandparents? Ever wondered what makes you unique? Ever wondered what makes something living? The answer to all of those questions is DNA! 

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Electrical & Computer Engineering Royal Activities
Booth Day: Sunday, March 7, 2021, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. with themes: 1) Creating in Code: Computing, Cybersecurity, Robotics and 2) Imagining Beyond: Sky and Space
Audience: Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3
Subject: Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, Computer Science

Challenge: Join in for 3 Royal Activities that embody the intersection between creativity and concepts that engineers explore in their education and endeavors:

  1. Women in ECE aren't Binary
  2. Princess Mad Libs
  3. Royal Robots

Visit the Activity Webpage for materials and instructions.

Emulsion to Propulsion
Hosting Organization: Chevron
Booth Day: Saturday, March 6, 2021, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. with themes: 1) Exploring Earth and Energy; 2) Moving Around: Land, Water, Air and Space
Audience: Grade K, Grade 1, Grade 2
Subject: Science, Engineering

Challenge: Grab some typical items found in your kitchen to create an example of what crude oil really looks like. Let's shake some stuff up. 

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Chevron is a Girl Day Innovator.
Explore Circuit Construction and Electronics
Hosting Organization: Girls In Tech
Booth Day: Sunday, March 7, 2021, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. with themes: 1) Creating in Code: Computing, Cybersecurity, Robotics and 2) Imagining Beyond: Sky and Space
Audience: Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8
Subject: Technology, Engineering, Computer Science

Challenge: Explore the basics of electronics through circuit construction. Use our hands-on learning material and videos on your journey. Learn Or Up-level Your Circuit Skills with the PHET simulation.

Visit the Activity Webpage for materials and instructions.

Explore Common Rocks and Minerals
Booth Day: Saturday, March 6, 2021, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. with themes: 1) Exploring Earth and Energy; 2) Moving Around: Land, Water, Air and Space
Audience: Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 5
Subject: Science

Exploration: Geology is the science that deals with the earth's physical structure and substance, its history, and the processes that act on it. That means that Geologists study anything that is happening or has happened on Earth and what the Earth is made of. Today we will explore several different kinds of minerals. Minerals are made of elements and they have an ordered structure. Minerals are what makeup rocks and crystals that we find on Earth's surface.

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Explore Diffusion with Miss America 2020
Hosting Organization: 3M
Booth Day: Sunday, February 28, 2021, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. with themes: 1) Innovating Food and Fashion and 2) Improving Lives: Mind, Body, Medicine
Audience: Grade K, Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5
Subject: Science

Challenge: Race drops of food coloring in a cup of hot water and a cup of cold water. Make a prediction. What might be different about the way the food coloring moves through the cold water and the hot water?

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Explore Hyperloop Engineering
Booth Day: Saturday, March 6, 2021, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. with themes: 1) Exploring Earth and Energy; 2) Moving Around: Land, Water, Air and Space
Audience: Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8
Subject: Science, Technology, Engineering

Demonstration: Check out Hyperloop technology.

We are a group of around 30 student engineers, business students, and many more! At Texas Guadaloop, we design, build, and test scaled-down Hyperloop pods, and enter international competitions. Hyperloop is essentially a vacuum tube, designed to transport passengers and cargo. Our pod represents the base of the Hyperloop system. This is where levitation, propulsion, suspension, electronics, and controlling software are that are required for Hyperloop to function. 

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Explore Porosity in this 5-minute Experiment
Hosting Organization: Austin Women in Oil and Gas
Booth Day: Saturday, March 6, 2021, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. with themes: 1) Exploring Earth and Energy; 2) Moving Around: Land, Water, Air and Space
Audience: Grade K, Grade 1, Grade 2
Subject: Science, Engineering

Experiment: If you think oil sits in big caverns underground......think again! Explore porosity in this 5-minute experiment.

Deep underground are rocks with grains of sand and clay that have space between the grains. Most of the time water is in this space (the porosity!), but sometimes it gets filled with oil and gas instead of water. These are oil & gas reservoirs! How well the oil and gas can flow between the spaces is called permeability.

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Explore STEM Careers: Today's Women in STEM
Booth Day: Sunday, February 28, 2021, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. with themes: 1) Innovating Food and Fashion and 2) Improving Lives: Mind, Body, Medicine
Audience: Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8
Subject: Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, Computer Science

Challenge: Explore careers in STEM by learning about six different STEM fields, watching a video from a STEM professional and completing a challenge for each field.  

Visit the Activity Webpage for materials and instructions.

Explore Women Pioneers in Science Who Changed the World through Scientific Discoveries.
Hosting Organization: UT Austin Ghosh Lab
Booth Day: Saturday, February 27, 2021, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. with themes: 1) Designing for Communities, People and Animals and 2) Designing Fun: Theme Parks, Games and Music
Audience: Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8
Subject: Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, Computer Science

Informational: Although both men and women have the same thirst for knowledge, women have not always been given the opportunities to explore the answers. In the past, women were expected to become good wives and mothers. They were not considered as smart as men.  Women were restricted to receive education; denied entrance to universities and access to lab space; had to work without pay and without any funding; their work would go unpublished or they won’t be recognized for their own work. 

Check out the Explore Women Pioneers in Science webpage for videos, information and inspiration.

Filters Experiment
Hosting Organization: Chevron
Booth Day: Saturday, February 27, 2021, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. with themes: 1) Designing for Communities, People and Animals and 2) Designing Fun: Theme Parks, Games and Music
Audience: Grade K, Grade 1, Grade 2
Subject: Science, Engineering

Challenge: Explore different filtering techniques for removing debris from water.

In this experiment, we will be trying to remove dirt from water by using different filtering techniques.  What will work best?  Sand, pebbles, just a filter?

Visit the Activity Webpage for materials and instructions.

Chevron is a Girl Day Innovator.
Fire, Tungsten Wire, Glass Tubing and a One of a Kind Light Bulb
Hosting Organization: UT Austin Glass Shop
Booth Day: Saturday, March 6, 2021, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. with themes: 1) Exploring Earth and Energy; 2) Moving Around: Land, Water, Air and Space
Audience: Grade K, Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8
Subject: Science, Technology

Demonstrations: Explore this booth and learn more about the UT Austin Glass Shop. Visit the UT Austin Glass Shop Live Broadcast booth to checkout demonstrations and live Q&A with UT Austin's glassblowers. 

Watch Demos with a Live Q&A in our Live Broadcast Booth: 

  • Saturday, March 6, 2021, 12:30 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 6, 2021, 1:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 6, 2021, 2:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

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Float Your Boat Challenge
Booth Day: Sunday, March 7, 2021, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. with themes: 1) Creating in Code: Computing, Cybersecurity, Robotics and 2) Imagining Beyond: Sky and Space
Audience: Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7
Subject: Engineering, Math

Challenge: Ready to float? Design and build a boat with available household materials like aluminum foil, popsicle sticks, and tape. When ready, fill a sink with water and float away! To test your boat, place objects (like golf balls or LEGOs) in your boat and see how many it can hold without sinking.

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Foil Boat Challenge
Booth Day: Saturday, February 27, 2021, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. with themes: 1) Designing for Communities, People and Animals and 2) Designing Fun: Theme Parks, Games and Music
Audience: Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5
Subject: Engineering, Math

Challenge: Design and create a foil boat that can hold as many pennies as possible without sinking.

Visit the Activity Webpage for materials and instructions.

Food Coloring Race
Hosting Organization: UT Austin Physics Circus
Booth Day: Saturday, March 6, 2021, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. with themes: 1) Exploring Earth and Energy; 2) Moving Around: Land, Water, Air and Space
Audience: Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3
Subject: Science

Challenge: See which food coloring can spread out the most in the water and win the race.

The states of matter are connected by temperature. Colder things have their atoms more closely packed together, like solids, and warmer things are more spread out, like gases. They also move around faster too. You can see this happening in the food dye as it spreads in different temperature water.

Watch our live show on "The States of Matter" from 12 - 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 6, 2021.

Visit the Activity Webpage for materials and instructions.

Forces of Nature: Geoscience and Physics Demonstrations
Booth Day: Saturday, March 6, 2021, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. with themes: 1) Exploring Earth and Energy; 2) Moving Around: Land, Water, Air and Space
Audience: Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8
Subject: Science

Experiments: Volcanic Eruptions and Rotational Inertia

Explore geoscience with a volcanic eruption. Observe rotational inertia with an egg-friendly physics demonstration. Geologists, Geoscientists, and Physicists study specific aspects of the earth and how energy is used and transformed in different processes and phenomena.

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Freezing Chemistry: Ice Cream in a Bag
Booth Day: Sunday, February 28, 2021, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. with themes: 1) Innovating Food and Fashion and 2) Improving Lives: Mind, Body, Medicine
Audience: Grade K, Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5
Subject: Science

Challenge: Create ice cream in a bag and explore frozen chemistry.

In order to make your homemade ice cream, your ingredients need to get very cold and actually freeze.  Instead of placing the ingredients for ice cream in the freezer, you mix together salt and ice to make a solution.

Visit the Activity Webpage for materials and instructions.

Gemstone Color Combination Challenge
Hosting Organization: Kendra Scott
Booth Day: Saturday, March 6, 2021, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. with themes: 1) Exploring Earth and Energy; 2) Moving Around: Land, Water, Air and Space
Audience: Grade K, Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4
Subject: Math

Challenge: Gemstone Color Combo Challenge. How many combinations can you make?

Let's play with some color! Kendra Scott is a jewelry company that uses many different colored gemstones, especially in our Color Bar where you get to choose a piece of jewelry and your favorite color or color combination of gemstone to go inside! We want to know how many gemstone color combinations you could make from your 4 favorite colors.

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Kendra Scott is a Girl Day Leader.
Grow Alum Crystals
Booth Day: Saturday, February 27, 2021, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. with themes: 1) Designing for Communities, People and Animals and 2) Designing Fun: Theme Parks, Games and Music
Audience: Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7
Subject: Science

Challenge:  Grow your own crystals. 

  • Learn how to grow crystals  starting from solutions
  • Learn how to make solutions
  • Identify parameters that govern the crystal growth

Visit the Activity Webpage for materials and instructions.

Grow Your Own Rock Candy
Hosting Organization: UT Austin INFORMS Student Chapter
Booth Day: Sunday, February 28, 2021, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. with themes: 1) Innovating Food and Fashion and 2) Improving Lives: Mind, Body, Medicine
Audience: Grade K, Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8
Subject: Science

Challenge: Did you know that you can grow your own rock candy at home? All it takes is a little water, a lot of sugar, heat, and some patience. If you've got a bit of a sweet tooth, this activity is for you.

Visit the Activity Webpage for materials and instructions.

Gumdrop Domes, Marshmallow Towers & More
Hosting Organization: UT Austin Chi Epsilon
Booth Day: Saturday, February 27, 2021, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. with themes: 1) Designing for Communities, People and Animals and 2) Designing Fun: Theme Parks, Games and Music
Audience: Grade K, Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3
Subject: Engineering, Math

Challenge: Design and create a dome or tower (or any shape) using only toothpicks and gumdrops or marshmallows! How tall can you make your tower? How strong of a structure can you make? If you shake the table like an earthquake, does it stay standing? If you put a book on top of it, will it withstand the weight? If you press on it from the side, does it hold up or does it topple over?

Visit the Activity Webpage for materials and instructions.

Gummy Bear Osmosis
Hosting Organization: UT Austin Women in Natural Sciences
Booth Day: Saturday, February 27, 2021, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. with themes: 1) Designing for Communities, People and Animals and 2) Designing Fun: Theme Parks, Games and Music
Audience: Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7
Subject: Science

Challenge: Learn about osmosis by observing how water moves in and out of gummy bears! In this experiment, you will compare the sizes of gummy bears that were soaked in tap water and saltwater to determine what makes water move!

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Gummy Science: Creating Homemade Gummies
Booth Day: Sunday, February 28, 2021, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. with themes: 1) Innovating Food and Fashion and 2) Improving Lives: Mind, Body, Medicine
Audience: Grade K, Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8
Subject: Science

Challenge: Create your own homemade gummies and explore gummy science. In this activity, participants learn how gelatin-based gummies are made in a few easy steps and the science behind medicated vitamin gummies.

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Halocline in, Salt out: How are underwater lakes formed?
Booth Day: Sunday, March 7, 2021, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. with themes: 1) Creating in Code: Computing, Cybersecurity, Robotics and 2) Imagining Beyond: Sky and Space
Audience: Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8
Subject: Science

Challenge: Create your own copy of an underwater lake. Combine rubbing alcohol, water, and salt in a bottle to create an at-home halocline.

Visit the Activity Webpage for materials and instructions.

Hidden Superhero Show & Tell
Booth Day: Sunday, February 28, 2021, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. with themes: 1) Innovating Food and Fashion and 2) Improving Lives: Mind, Body, Medicine
Audience: Grade K, Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8
Subject: Engineering

Challenge: Join in a Hidden Superhero Show & Tell with a chemical engineer. Find. Brainstorm. Chat to Show & Tell & Discover Hidden Superheroes.

  1. Find a favorite object - a favorite snack food, drink, book, sports ball, shoe, whatever! 
  2. Brainstorm chemical engineering connections with your object (click on the "Chemical Engineering" tab above to learn more.) What materials or chemicals is it made of? How was it made? What steps do you think were taken to create it, produce it, ship it? Do you think heating or cooling was used to make it? 

Visit our Live Broadcast Booth for a live demo Sunday, February 28, 2021, 1:45 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.: How to Make an Elephant Toothpaste Chemical Plant - Live Demos with UT Chemical Engineers

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Home Scavenger Hunt
Booth Day: Saturday, February 27, 2021, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. with themes: 1) Designing for Communities, People and Animals and 2) Designing Fun: Theme Parks, Games and Music
Audience: Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7
Subject: Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, Computer Science

Challenge: Go on a scavenger hunt around your house for items that were invented by women. As you find these items, cross them off your bingo card until you win! Reflect on which items were your favorite, how you use them, and why they might have been invented. After you have explored what other women have invented, think about what you might invent for a home.

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Hot Cocoa Kitchen Chemistry Challenge
Booth Day: Saturday, February 27, 2021, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. with themes: 1) Designing for Communities, People and Animals and 2) Designing Fun: Theme Parks, Games and Music
Audience: Grade K, Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8
Subject: Science, Technology, Engineering, Math

Challenge: Take the Hot Cocoa Kitchen Chemistry Challenge

With winter in full swing, nothing beats a cozy mug of something warm and sweet like hot cocoa.

But what if you could learn some kitchen chemistry while you're enjoying a delicious treat?

Visit the Activity Webpage for materials and instructions.

BASF Corporation is a Girl Day Presenting Partner.
Innovating with Food and Fashion: Sugar Scrubs, T-shirt Bags & More
Hosting Organization: UT Austin Pi Sigma Pi
Booth Day: Sunday, February 28, 2021, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. with themes: 1) Innovating Food and Fashion and 2) Improving Lives: Mind, Body, Medicine
Audience: Grade K, Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8
Subject: Science, Technology, Engineering

Food Challenge: Find any food in your kitchen or garden that can be used as something instead of eating. Modify it. Create it. Test it.

Fashion Challenge: Find anything in your closet or home to create some new fashion. Improve the design or repurpose materials to create some new or improved fashion. Or take your fashion and repurpose it into something else usable.

Visit the Activity Webpage for materials and instructions.

Keep a Cube Challenge
Hosting Organization: DiscoverE
Booth Day: Saturday, March 6, 2021, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. with themes: 1) Exploring Earth and Energy; 2) Moving Around: Land, Water, Air and Space
Audience: Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5
Subject: Science, Engineering

Challenge: Design a container that keeps an ice cube from melting for as long as possible.

Identify the Problem:

  • The most critical step of any engineering challenge is to understand the problem you are trying to solve.
  • The problem you are trying to solve is heat transfer. This is when the heat in the air of the room is transferred to the ice cube, causing it to melt.
  • Insulation is any material that reduces heat transfer. Using insulation in the walls of a container allows us to keep hot things hot and cold things cold.

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Let's Create an Edible Microchip
Booth Day: Sunday, March 7, 2021, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. with themes: 1) Creating in Code: Computing, Cybersecurity, Robotics and 2) Imagining Beyond: Sky and Space
Audience: Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7
Subject: Technology, Engineering

Challenge: In this experiment, you will create an edible microchip complete with oxide layer, source, gate, drain, and interconnect using a sugar cookie, frosting, and colored sugar sprinkles. Precision is key! The oxide layer (frosting) needs to be smooth and even on the wafer (cookie) and each layer of metal (sprinkles) should only go where you place the pattern.

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Applied Materials - Women's Professional Development Network is a Girl Day Innovator.
Let's Make Pinwheels
Hosting Organization: UT Austin Society of Women Engineers
Booth Day: Saturday, March 6, 2021, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. with themes: 1) Exploring Earth and Energy; 2) Moving Around: Land, Water, Air and Space
Audience: Grade K, Grade 1, Grade 2
Subject: Science, Engineering

Challenge: Create a pinwheel and explore wind energy and wind turbines.

Engineers use their understanding of natural forces to obtain energy from renewable resources such as the sun, wind, rivers and organic matter. For example, regions with forceful and steady wind are suitable for wind farms. Engineers design wind turbines to produce electricity from the force of the wind. Turbines look like pinwheels with angled blades connected to a gear box, which is connected to a generator. Engineers collect and analyze wind data to continually improve turbine technology and wind farm design.

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Levitation by Air Pressure
Hosting Organization: UT Austin Physics Circus
Booth Day: Sunday, March 7, 2021, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. with themes: 1) Creating in Code: Computing, Cybersecurity, Robotics and 2) Imagining Beyond: Sky and Space
Audience: Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3
Subject: Science

Challenge: Can you levitate a ping pong ball in midair with a hairdryer?

The fast air coming out of the hair dryer creates an area of low pressure above the ping pong ball. This means that all the high pressure air surrounding it will want to rush in to equalize the pressure, pushing the ping pong ball into that space. This is the same way that airplanes are able to fly, and that's why they have to fly really fast to stay afloat.

Watch our live show on "Air Pressure Adventure" from 12 - 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 7, 2021.

Visit the Activity Webpage for materials and instructions.

Load the Cargo Ship
Booth Day: Saturday, March 6, 2021, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. with themes: 1) Exploring Earth and Energy; 2) Moving Around: Land, Water, Air and Space
Audience: Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6
Subject: Engineering, Math

Challenge: Travel back in time and think like a 17th-century shipbuilder as you create a boat that can carry supplies to North America!  Using any size square of foil design a simple boat that is able to carry a cargo load of pennies. Test your boat in a basin or bowl filled with water to see if it floats. Then see how many pennies you can add before it sinks.

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Long-Distance Vending Machine
Booth Day: Saturday, February 27, 2021, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. with themes: 1) Designing for Communities, People and Animals and 2) Designing Fun: Theme Parks, Games and Music
Audience: Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8
Subject: Engineering

Challenge: Create a long-distance vending machine that delivers a party snack (marble, marshmallow, ball, cheerio, anything, etc.) to the party people (or animals) who are at least 6 feet away. Use paper, toilet paper rolls, tubing, boxes or anything else to create your vending machine. The machine must not have more than a 20-inch change in elevation and must incorporate at least 3 changes in direction.

Check out a video that showcases the engineering behind a vending machine designed to get a snack into your hands.

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Make a Mars Rover and Explore the Surface of Mars
Booth Day: Sunday, March 7, 2021, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. with themes: 1) Creating in Code: Computing, Cybersecurity, Robotics and 2) Imagining Beyond: Sky and Space
Audience: Grade 4, Grade 5
Subject: Science, Technology, Engineering

Challenge: Explore the surface of Mars and design the next rover to land there.

Your challenge is to design the next rover to land on Mars! Begin by exploring the surface of Mars and learn about NASA’s Missions to Mars. Think about what you’d like to discover and the tools it would require. 

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Make Your Body Smarter with Abbott
Hosting Organization: Abbott Laboratories
Booth Day: Sunday, February 28, 2021, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. with themes: 1) Innovating Food and Fashion and 2) Improving Lives: Mind, Body, Medicine
Audience: Grade K, Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8
Subject: Science, Technology, Engineering, Math

Watch Demos with a Live Q&A in our Live Broadcast Booth: 

  • Sunday, February 28, 2021, 12:15 p.m. - 12:45 p.m.
  • Sunday, February 28, 2021, 1:15 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.
  • Sunday, February 28, 2021, 2:15 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.
  • Sunday, February 28, 2021, 3:15 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Meet Abbott scientists and engineers, and see live demonstrations of Abbott's medical technology in action. Let's learn about medical technologies on the market today that make your body smarter. Join in for one or all of our live demonstrations. And we challenge YOU to brainstorm new ideas for creating a “smart body”; What would you create to make your own body smarter?  Share your ideas with us on Flipgrid. You can also put your own smart body to work with some hands-on science experiments from our STEM Resource Library.

Abbott Laboratories is a Girl Day Leader.
Marshmallow and Toothpick Challenge
Booth Day: Saturday, February 27, 2021, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. with themes: 1) Designing for Communities, People and Animals and 2) Designing Fun: Theme Parks, Games and Music
Audience: Grade K, Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8
Subject: Science, Engineering

Challenge: Build the tallest tower out of marshmallows and toothpicks using the fewest number of marshmallows in 10 min. Largest ratio of tower height to number of marshmallows used wins!  

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Chevron Phillips Chemical Company is a Girl Day Innovator.
Medical Device Match
Booth Day: Sunday, February 28, 2021, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. with themes: 1) Innovating Food and Fashion and 2) Improving Lives: Mind, Body, Medicine
Audience: Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8
Subject: Technology, Engineering

Challenge: Match the medical devices to the description/location on the patient! 

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Meet the Nanotechnologists
Booth Day: Sunday, March 7, 2021, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. with themes: 1) Creating in Code: Computing, Cybersecurity, Robotics and 2) Imagining Beyond: Sky and Space
Audience: Grade K, Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8
Subject: Technology, Engineering

Visit our Live Broadcast Booth: Sunday, March 7, 2021, 2 p.m. - 3 p.m.

Meet Dr. Jean Anne Incorvia and Nanotechnologist Graduate Students from the Integrated Nano Computing Lab (INC Lab) in this live Q&A discussion. Join in for a few minutes or the whole hour. 

2:00 - 2:30 p.m. Meet Dr. Jean Anne Incorvia, Assistant Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin

2:30 - 3:00 p.m. Meet graduate students from the Integrated Nano Computing Lab

Learn more on the Show Webpage.

Moving Around with Monkeys: ​Primate Quiz
Booth Day: Saturday, March 6, 2021, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. with themes: 1) Exploring Earth and Energy; 2) Moving Around: Land, Water, Air and Space
Audience: Grade K, Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5
Subject: Science

Challenge: Take the Moving Around with Monkeys: ​Primate Quiz

Take this fun quiz about the different ways primates move around their home! Tally up your points throughout the game to see which silly monkey is your friend at the end!

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Moving Around with Monkeys: ​Rainforest Layer Challenge
Booth Day: Saturday, March 6, 2021, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. with themes: 1) Exploring Earth and Energy; 2) Moving Around: Land, Water, Air and Space
Audience: Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5
Subject: Science

Challenge: Moving Around with Monkeys: ​Rainforest Layer Challenge

Learn about the places that monkeys live, and how they share their habitat with other animals. 

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Myth-busting Explosive Science Experiments
Booth Day: Sunday, February 28, 2021, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. with themes: 1) Innovating Food and Fashion and 2) Improving Lives: Mind, Body, Medicine
Audience: Grade K, Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8
Subject: Science

Challenge: Watch the myth-busting explosive science experiment videos below and follow along with the Experiments Worksheet or experiment questions below each video.

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NCWIT Aspirations in Computing Competition
Booth Day: Saturday, March 6, 2021, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. with themes: 1) Exploring Earth and Energy; 2) Moving Around: Land, Water, Air and Space
Audience: Grade 8
Subject: Computer Science

Explore: A Career in Tech Offers Job Security, High Salaries, and Meaningful Work

8th Graders: Explore the NCWIT Aspirations in Computing Competition and get ready to apply next year!

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Oil Spill Clean-Up Activity
Booth Day: Saturday, February 27, 2021, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. with themes: 1) Designing for Communities, People and Animals and 2) Designing Fun: Theme Parks, Games and Music
Audience: Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5
Subject: Science, Engineering

Challenge: Select various materials and use them to determine their effectiveness at cleaning up a model oil spill. Design an experiment to clean up a model oil spill. Test the plan and evaluate the results.

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Ooey Gooey Oobleck!
Booth Day: Saturday, March 6, 2021, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. with themes: 1) Exploring Earth and Energy; 2) Moving Around: Land, Water, Air and Space
Audience: Grade K, Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8
Subject: Science, Technology, Engineering, Math

Challenge: Create Ooey Gooey Oobleck and explore material science.

Oobleck is a non-Newtonian fluid. It doesn’t behave like a “normal” liquid. It has properties of both a solid and a liquid depending on the amount of stress applied. When stress is applied, the cornstarch and water mixture acts like a solid (your hand can’t go through; you just squish it like play dough). When constant stress is not applied, the mixture acts like a liquid.

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BASF Corporation is a Girl Day Presenting Partner.
Paper Airplane Challenge
Booth Day: Saturday, March 6, 2021, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. with themes: 1) Exploring Earth and Energy; 2) Moving Around: Land, Water, Air and Space
Audience: Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5
Subject: Engineering, Math

Challenge: Create a paper airplane and test it to see how far it can go. 

Engineers design airplanes and help make sure they are safe to fly people and other cargo all over the world. Airplanes are designed for different purposes and amounts of cargo and have to be tested, just like your paper airplanes. 

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Paper and Cardboard Column Challenge
Booth Day: Saturday, March 6, 2021, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. with themes: 1) Exploring Earth and Energy; 2) Moving Around: Land, Water, Air and Space
Audience: Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5
Subject: Science, Engineering, Math

Challenges: Create and test paper and cardboard columns. 

Have you noticed columns in buildings? What shape are the columns? Early architects in several ancient civilizations used columns in architecture including the ancient Egyptians, Persians, Greeks, and Romans. We use columns to hold buildings up and support structures. But which shape is the strongest?

Join in for 2 challenges and learn about force, load, and compression as you explore the load-bearing properties of columns by testing:

  1. paper columns of different shapes
  2. different materials within toilet paper tubes

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Party Pipeline Adventure
Booth Day: Saturday, March 6, 2021, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. with themes: 1) Exploring Earth and Energy; 2) Moving Around: Land, Water, Air and Space
Audience: Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8
Subject: Engineering

Challenge: Create a party pipeline that delivers a party snack (marble, marshmallow, ball, cheerio, anything, etc.) to the party people (or animals) who are at least 6 feet away. Use paper, toilet paper rolls, tubing, boxes or anything else to create your pipeline. The pipeline must not have more than a 10-inch change in elevation and must incorporate at least 3 changes in direction.

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Party Pipeline Adventure and a Chocolate Fountain
Booth Day: Sunday, February 28, 2021, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. with themes: 1) Innovating Food and Fashion and 2) Improving Lives: Mind, Body, Medicine
Audience: Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8
Subject: Engineering

Challenge: Create a party pipeline that delivers a party snack (marble, marshmallow, ball, cheerio, anything, etc.) to the party people (or animals) who are at least 6 feet away. Use paper, toilet paper rolls, tubing, boxes or anything else to create your pipeline. The pipeline must not have more than a 10-inch change in elevation and must incorporate at least 3 changes in direction.

Pipelines and liquid chocolate? Check out the world's tallest chocolate fountain.

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Periodic Table Scavenger Hunt
Hosting Organization: TEL
Booth Day: Saturday, March 6, 2021, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. with themes: 1) Exploring Earth and Energy; 2) Moving Around: Land, Water, Air and Space
Audience: Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8
Subject: Science

Challenge: Can you find the elements? Find household items that match the element. 

Find the element on the AR Periodic Table, read about it, and find household items that include that element. How many household items can you find?

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TEL is a Girl Day Innovator.
Picture This
Booth Day: Sunday, March 7, 2021, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. with themes: 1) Creating in Code: Computing, Cybersecurity, Robotics and 2) Imagining Beyond: Sky and Space
Audience: Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8
Subject: Science

Challenge: In this science-based Pictionary game, participants will choose a Science Olympiad topic to learn more about and play a modified game of Pictionary using terms from a given word cloud. Topics include: Meteorology, Reach For The Stars, Machines, Circuit Lab, Elastic Launch Glider, Astronomy, Codebusters, Wright Stuff, Detector Building, and Game On.

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Plastic Yarn Challenge
Booth Day: Saturday, March 6, 2021, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. with themes: 1) Exploring Earth and Energy; 2) Moving Around: Land, Water, Air and Space
Audience: Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8
Subject: Science, Engineering

Challenge:  Take the Plastic Yarn Challenge.

Learn how to reuse and repurpose one of the peskiest household items: Plastic Shopping Bags. We will be turning these shopping bags into rope, coasters, bowls, and more!

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Programming for Automation: Avery's Automatic Donut Machine
Hosting Organization: Emerson
Booth Day: Sunday, March 7, 2021, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. with themes: 1) Creating in Code: Computing, Cybersecurity, Robotics and 2) Imagining Beyond: Sky and Space
Audience: Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6
Subject: Technology, Engineering

Challenge: Create and design Avery's Donut Machine to make more or different donuts. 

Engineers create the computer programs that make the automation and control possible. Scratch is a coding language developed for young people to learn about computer programming, as well as to collaborate with others.

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Emerson is a Girl Day Creator.
Programming Maze Game
Booth Day: Sunday, March 7, 2021, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. with themes: 1) Creating in Code: Computing, Cybersecurity, Robotics and 2) Imagining Beyond: Sky and Space
Audience: Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7
Subject: Science, Technology

Challenge: In this programming game, you will guide an astronaut through a path using blocks of code. 

Computational Engineers often have to solve big problems as fast as possible, but some programs can take hours or even days to find a result. This means that engineers need to think carefully about the code they are writing. Through this activity, you'll learn about two ideas that programmers always need to keep in mind when they write code: how long it takes for a program to run, and how many instructions you need to write a working program.

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Protein Bracelet Challenge
Booth Day: Sunday, February 28, 2021, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. with themes: 1) Innovating Food and Fashion and 2) Improving Lives: Mind, Body, Medicine
Audience: Grade K, Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3
Subject: Science

Challenge: Demonstrate your understanding of the human body + medicine by making an artistic model of a protein.

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Puffmobile: Design and Test Your Very Own Racecar
Booth Day: Saturday, February 27, 2021, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. with themes: 1) Designing for Communities, People and Animals and 2) Designing Fun: Theme Parks, Games and Music
Audience: Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5
Subject: Science, Engineering

Challenge: Create a racecar entirely powered by your breath. Setup a racetrack and race with your family and friends. The winner is the Puffmobile that gets across or reaches the finish line first. Huff and Puff and blow to get your racecar to move. Good luck and have fun!

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Rainbow Thin Films
Booth Day: Sunday, March 7, 2021, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. with themes: 1) Creating in Code: Computing, Cybersecurity, Robotics and 2) Imagining Beyond: Sky and Space
Audience: Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5
Subject: Science, Technology

Challenge: Create a clear nail polish film on black construction paper to observe thin-film interactions with light.

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Reinvent the Lab Coat
Hosting Organization: Abbott Laboratories
Booth Day: Saturday, March 6, 2021, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. with themes: 1) Exploring Earth and Energy; 2) Moving Around: Land, Water, Air and Space
Audience: Grade K, Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8
Subject: Science, Technology, Engineering, Math

Challenge: Reinvent the lab coat - draw it, design it, wear it. Imagine your dream lab coat. Draw your design. Add descriptive words. If you want to sew, go for it!

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Abbott Laboratories is a Girl Day Leader.
Science Spy: Create Your Own Invisible Ink and Write Secret Messages
Booth Day: Sunday, February 28, 2021, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. with themes: 1) Innovating Food and Fashion and 2) Improving Lives: Mind, Body, Medicine
Audience: Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5
Subject: Science

Challenge: You are a secret spy and your task is to send a secret message to a UT Austin Engineering Student Role Model without the message being intercepted. To do this you will write your message in invisible ink!

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SciGirls Parachute Parade
Booth Day: Saturday, February 27, 2021, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. with themes: 1) Designing for Communities, People and Animals and 2) Designing Fun: Theme Parks, Games and Music
Audience: Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8
Subject: Engineering

Challenge: Design a parachute to give a toy minifigure, lego, or another object a safe landing. Create the slowest, safest landing parachute you can using any materials. Time your landings when dropping from a set height - how slow can you get it to drop?

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Scratch Coding: Animate Your Name, Create a Story, or Make a Bouncing Ball Game with Code
Booth Day: Sunday, March 7, 2021, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. with themes: 1) Creating in Code: Computing, Cybersecurity, Robotics and 2) Imagining Beyond: Sky and Space
Audience: Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5
Subject: Computer Science

Challenge: Scratch is a block-based visual programming language. The three options for small projects will be: animating your name or another word, creating a ping pong game, or creating a story. Each option is equally fun and can introduce you or remind you of the fun things you can make with code!

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Scratch That, Let’s Code!
Hosting Organization: UT Austin Eta Kappa Nu
Booth Day: Saturday, February 27, 2021, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. with themes: 1) Designing for Communities, People and Animals and 2) Designing Fun: Theme Parks, Games and Music
Audience: Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5
Subject: Engineering, Computer Science

Challenge: Come up with an animation using Scratch! Scratch uses command blocks and characters, known as sprites, to allow users to design games and animations. Start by learning the basics of Scratch, such as the different kinds of sprites you can use and how command blocks interact with each other. From there, choose a scene that will act as your background. This could be a field, a park, or a home, to give a few examples. Add a sprite, and have the sprite perform a certain command, such as making a noise and then moving down the screen or turning right 2 times. Once you have gotten your sprite to perform the task you want them to do, continue to add sprites to your landscape. This is where your creativity comes into play! Use your imagination and have fun!

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Secrets in Skeletons
Booth Day: Saturday, March 6, 2021, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. with themes: 1) Exploring Earth and Energy; 2) Moving Around: Land, Water, Air and Space
Audience: Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5
Subject: Science

Challenge: Explore fossils, bones, and teeth from home. Watch our video to discover how shapes, sizes, and features of skeletons tell us about animal adaptations for life in the past and present. Compare your skeleton to those of other animals.

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Sky Survey
Booth Day: Sunday, March 7, 2021, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. with themes: 1) Creating in Code: Computing, Cybersecurity, Robotics and 2) Imagining Beyond: Sky and Space
Audience: Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8
Subject: Science

Challenge: Sky Survey observations help NASA researchers study Earth's weather and climate. In this activity, youth practice their cloud identification skills, conduct their first Sky Survey observation, and submit their findings to NASA through the citizen science application GLOBE Observer.

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Soap vs Germs
Hosting Organization: UT Austin Physics Circus
Booth Day: Sunday, February 28, 2021, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. with themes: 1) Innovating Food and Fashion and 2) Improving Lives: Mind, Body, Medicine
Audience: Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3
Subject: Science

Challenge: Can you push germs away with soap by breaking the surface tension of water?

Science can help us understand ways to keep our minds and bodies healthy and improve our quality of life, as well as that of others. This demonstration shows us the power of soap in keeping our hands free of germs. 

Watch our live show on "The Science of Germs​" from 12 - 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, February 28, 2021.

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Sound Sandwiches
Booth Day: Saturday, February 27, 2021, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. with themes: 1) Designing for Communities, People and Animals and 2) Designing Fun: Theme Parks, Games and Music
Audience: Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6
Subject: Science

Challenge: Make a Sound Sandwich. Create your own musical instrument and learn about the science behind sound.

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Spaghetti Bridge
Booth Day: Sunday, March 7, 2021, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. with themes: 1) Creating in Code: Computing, Cybersecurity, Robotics and 2) Imagining Beyond: Sky and Space
Audience: Grade K, Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8
Subject: Science, Technology, Engineering, Math

Challenge: Design and build a bridge that can support a bag of sugar (or something else of similar weight) using spaghetti, rubber bands, and tape.

Many different types of engineers work together to build bridges that span spaces and sometimes reach for the sky: civil engineers do most of the design and construction, but they work with mechanical engineers, material engineerings, and even environmental engineers to design structures that are stable, safe, and sustainable. 

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BASF Corporation is a Girl Day Presenting Partner.
Squirrel Obstacle Course
Hosting Organization: 4H Capital
Booth Day: Saturday, February 27, 2021, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. with themes: 1) Designing for Communities, People and Animals and 2) Designing Fun: Theme Parks, Games and Music
Audience: Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5
Subject: Engineering

Challenge: Design and create an obstacle course for a squirrel with at least 3 obstacles.

Here are some design considerations to help you focus your design:

  • Squirrels are excellent jumpers and climbers. How high would your squirrel obstacle course be set?
  • How far apart would each obstacle be placed?
  • What materials would you use for each part of the course? Why?
  • What food would you use for the prize at the end of the course?

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Star Finding Chart
Booth Day: Sunday, March 7, 2021, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. with themes: 1) Creating in Code: Computing, Cybersecurity, Robotics and 2) Imagining Beyond: Sky and Space
Audience: Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7
Subject: Science

Challeng: Create your own Star Finder chart and see how many constellations you can identify in the sky tonight. Please see the video on the Activity Video tab for a complete demonstration of how to build and use the star finding chart.

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Strawberry DNA Extraction
Booth Day: Saturday, February 27, 2021, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. with themes: 1) Designing for Communities, People and Animals and 2) Designing Fun: Theme Parks, Games and Music
Audience: Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8
Subject: Science

Challenge: Extract DNA from a strawberry using common household tools! Each student should start with a strawberry and resealable plastic bag. Depending on the age group, other liquids can be added by adults. Use care handling the isopropyl alcohol.

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Swirling Milk Color Art
Booth Day: Sunday, February 28, 2021, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. with themes: 1) Innovating Food and Fashion and 2) Improving Lives: Mind, Body, Medicine
Audience: Grade K, Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8
Subject: Science, Technology, Engineering, Math

Challenge: Create Swirling Milk Color Art

Discover how the molecules in milk and soap work with each other in this easy, colorful, swirling experiment. 

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BASF Corporation is a Girl Day Presenting Partner.
Tabletop Hovercraft
Hosting Organization: Girlstart
Booth Day: Saturday, March 6, 2021, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. with themes: 1) Exploring Earth and Energy; 2) Moving Around: Land, Water, Air and Space
Audience: Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6
Subject: Science, Engineering

Challenge: Take a trip to the future! Explore the effects of airflow and friction as you engineer a hovercraft to glide across a table.

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Take a Great Lakes Virtual Field Trip and Create Your Own Habitat Field Trip
Booth Day: Saturday, March 6, 2021, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. with themes: 1) Exploring Earth and Energy; 2) Moving Around: Land, Water, Air and Space
Audience: Grade K, Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8
Subject: Science

Demonstration: The Michigan Learning Channel offers great programming to help your STEM learning in and out of school. Check out just one of our programs, Great Lakes Now, which takes you on a virtual field trip to learn more about the importance of coastal wetlands, the danger of algal blooms and a deep dive into lake sturgeon. These field trips are targeted for students in 6-8th grade, but learners of all ages can join us and learn together.

Visit the Activity Webpage for virtual tours, demonstrations and more.

Take A Ride with the Army
Booth Day: Sunday, March 7, 2021, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. with themes: 1) Creating in Code: Computing, Cybersecurity, Robotics and 2) Imagining Beyond: Sky and Space
Audience: Grade 8
Subject: Science, Engineering, Math

Information: GEMS is a program sponsored by the Army Education Outreach Program (AEOP). Our Austin based week-long summer event is intended to bring hands-on experience in computer science and robotics to rising 9th and 10th-grade students.

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Take the C++ Flipping Pyramid Coding Challenge
Hosting Organization: Intel
Booth Day: Saturday, February 27, 2021, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. with themes: 1) Designing for Communities, People and Animals and 2) Designing Fun: Theme Parks, Games and Music
Audience: Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8
Subject: Technology, Math, Computer Science

Challenge: Create and test code that flips a pyramid in different directions.

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Intel is a Girl Day Innovator.
Take the Catapultimate Challenge
Booth Day: Saturday, February 27, 2021, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. with themes: 1) Designing for Communities, People and Animals and 2) Designing Fun: Theme Parks, Games and Music
Audience: Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4
Subject: Engineering, Math

Challenge: Create a wooden catapult to try and shoot your pompom balls as far as possible! Use popsicle sticks, rubber bands, a plastic spoon, tape/glue, and pompom balls, or any other small, lightweight objects you think may be able to safely launch in the air. Be creative in your design and test out ways in which you can make your catapult better and send your pompom balls flying further.

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Take the Corgi Vest Design Challenge
Booth Day: Saturday, February 27, 2021, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. with themes: 1) Designing for Communities, People and Animals and 2) Designing Fun: Theme Parks, Games and Music
Audience: Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8
Subject: Science, Engineering

Challenge: Engineer a Life Vest for a Corgi. Find out how engineers solve problems with the Design Thinking Process. Then, take on a design challenge to engineer a life vest for a corgi!

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Take the Water Tension Test
Hosting Organization: Halliburton
Booth Day: Saturday, March 6, 2021, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. with themes: 1) Exploring Earth and Energy; 2) Moving Around: Land, Water, Air and Space
Audience: Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8
Subject: Science

Experiment: Will adding soap to water increase or decrease the surface tension of water?

By adding a surfactant, a substance that tends to reduce the surface tension of a liquid in which it is dissolved (in this case, dish soap) allows the water to move and flow more freely. At Halliburton, we study the effect a surfactant has on surface tension with the chemicals we produce and use. 

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Halliburton is a Girl Day Presenting Partner
Take Travelin' Chip on your #UTGirlDay Adventures
Hosting Organization: Cirrus Logic
Booth Day: Saturday, March 6, 2021, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. with themes: 1) Exploring Earth and Energy; 2) Moving Around: Land, Water, Air and Space
Audience: Grade K, Grade 1, Grade 2
Subject: Science, Technology

Activity: Take CHIP, Cirrus Logic’s mascot on your #UTGirlDay adventures.

Cirrus Logic’s mission is to provide innovative, high-performance analog and digital signal processing products that “rock”. 

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Cirrus Logic is a Girl Day Leader.
The Excalibur Effect
Hosting Organization: IDEX Corporation
Booth Day: Saturday, February 27, 2021, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. with themes: 1) Designing for Communities, People and Animals and 2) Designing Fun: Theme Parks, Games and Music
Audience: Grade K, Grade 1, Grade 2
Subject: Science

Challenge: Create a mixture in a container & try to quickly pull the 'sword' (of your choosing) out of the mixture to see if you're successful! This is a fun spin on the traditional Oobleck mixture of cornstarch and water which has properties of both liquids AND solids! So cool!

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IDEX Corporation is a Girl Day Innovator.
Thermal Imaging Demo, Engineer Your Own Blinky Lights, and Check Out a PC Build Demo
Booth Day: Sunday, March 7, 2021, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. with themes: 1) Creating in Code: Computing, Cybersecurity, Robotics and 2) Imagining Beyond: Sky and Space
Audience: Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8
Subject: Technology, Engineering, Computer Science

Challenge: Join us as we explore the possibilities of high-performance computing! Meet some of our engineers. See what a motherboard looks like when it turns on. Engineer your own circuit with blinking lights. Learn how to build a gaming computer.

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Advanced Micro Devices is a Girl Day Innovator.
Think Like a Hacker
Booth Day: Sunday, March 7, 2021, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. with themes: 1) Creating in Code: Computing, Cybersecurity, Robotics and 2) Imagining Beyond: Sky and Space
Audience: Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6
Subject: Math, Computer Science

Challenge: Use any website to gather information about a couple specific people: Governor Greg Abbott and Julia Lamb, a graduate student at The University of Texas at Austin. Try and get information such as address, cities/places the've lived before, any available information about relatives, and even more if you can.

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Think Like a Scientist
Booth Day: Saturday, March 6, 2021, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. with themes: 1) Exploring Earth and Energy; 2) Moving Around: Land, Water, Air and Space
Audience: Grade K, Grade 1, Grade 2
Subject: Science, Computer Science

Challenge: Think Like a Scientist

Scientists study nature to better understand how it works. They use what they learn to create solutions that help people, animals, and the environment.

  1. Part 1: Play “I Spy”
  2. Part 2: Learn about observation and the five senses.
  3. Part 3: Experience how different animals observe the world. 

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Tin Foil Boat Challenge
Booth Day: Saturday, February 27, 2021, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. with themes: 1) Designing for Communities, People and Animals and 2) Designing Fun: Theme Parks, Games and Music
Audience: Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5
Subject: Engineering, Math

Challenge: Create a foil boat that can hold the most pennies without sinking. Redesign your boat and try again to see if you can create a boat to hold even more weight.

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Tiny Water Treatment Plant
Booth Day: Saturday, March 6, 2021, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. with themes: 1) Exploring Earth and Energy; 2) Moving Around: Land, Water, Air and Space
Audience: Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5
Subject: Science, Engineering

Challenge: Create a Tiny Treatment Plant that follows the processes of large-scale water treatment plants, but that fits in a 2 liter soda bottle (or similar size/shape clear bottle).

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Toilet Paper Solar System
Booth Day: Sunday, March 7, 2021, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. with themes: 1) Creating in Code: Computing, Cybersecurity, Robotics and 2) Imagining Beyond: Sky and Space
Audience: Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5
Subject: Science, Engineering

Challenge: Create a Toilet Paper Solar System. Even in our own “cosmic neighborhood,” distances in space are so vast that they are difficult to imagine. In this activity, we will build a scale model of the solar system using a roll of toilet paper, any other paper, or wire.

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Toothpick & Marshmallow Bridge Challenge
Booth Day: Saturday, March 6, 2021, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. with themes: 1) Exploring Earth and Energy; 2) Moving Around: Land, Water, Air and Space
Audience: Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8
Subject: Engineering, Math

Challenge: Design, Create, and Build Marshmallow Bridges Using 100 Toothpicks and 50 mini-marshmallows that holds at least 10 pennies and meets 3 additional requirements.

Transportation YOU is a hands-on, interactive mentoring program that offers young girls ages 13-18 an introduction to transportation careers.

Transportation professionals are creative problem-solvers developing solutions essential to human health, safety and happiness.

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Tune Up Your Rubber Band Guitar
Hosting Organization: 3M
Booth Day: Saturday, February 27, 2021, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. with themes: 1) Designing for Communities, People and Animals and 2) Designing Fun: Theme Parks, Games and Music
Audience: Grade K, Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5
Subject: Science

Challenge: In this activity you will build your own guitar and explore how frequency changes the pitch of the sound we hear. Time to tune up!

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Twinkie Coring
Booth Day: Saturday, March 6, 2021, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. with themes: 1) Exploring Earth and Energy; 2) Moving Around: Land, Water, Air and Space
Audience: Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8
Subject: Engineering

Challenge: Let's discover how petroleum engineers find oil! Join the Twinkie Coring challenge.

Petroleum Engineers find ways to extract oil and gas from below the Earth's surface, which are important to produce energy and everyday products. As oil and gas reservoirs are usually hundreds or even thousands of feet below the surface, it would be extremely helpful to petroleum engineers to learn as much as they can about the rock formations below the surface. 

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UT Austin Edison Lecture Series
Booth Day: Saturday, February 27, 2021, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. with themes: 1) Designing for Communities, People and Animals and 2) Designing Fun: Theme Parks, Games and Music
Audience: Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8
Subject: Technology, Engineering, Computer Science

Explore the FUN side of electrical and computer engineering through mini-lectures and cool demos with a special UT Austin Edison Lecture Series virtual experience. 

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Walkalong Glider
Booth Day: Sunday, March 7, 2021, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. with themes: 1) Creating in Code: Computing, Cybersecurity, Robotics and 2) Imagining Beyond: Sky and Space
Audience: Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8
Subject: Engineering

Challenge: Build a walkalong glider and see how long you can fly it.

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Water Filtration Fun
Hosting Organization: UT Austin Kumar Research Group
Booth Day: Saturday, February 27, 2021, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. with themes: 1) Designing for Communities, People and Animals and 2) Designing Fun: Theme Parks, Games and Music
Audience: Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8
Subject: Technology, Engineering

Challenge: Use household materials to create a water filter that can clean your dirty water the best.

Water filtration is an important part of every community. Sometimes we take it for granted that we can turn on the faucet and clean, drinkable water comes out. But before it gets to you, several scientists and engineers worked to make it clean. 

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