National Girls Collaborative Project
NGCP E-Newsletter
May 2011

in this issue
  • NGCP Updates
  • Collaborative News
  • Featured Mini-Grant
  • Upcoming STEM Events
  • Resources
  • Global Resources

  • NGCP Updates

    NGCP Webcast The Society of Women Engineers and 4-H: Resources and Partnerships to Enhance Girl-Focused STEM Programming
    Thursday, June 16, 2011
    11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Pacific

    Two national organizations working to increase equity in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) and
    4-H, will share resources available for practitioners working with girls in STEM and partnership opportunities at the regional and local level. SWE offers resources and activities for girls, parents, educators, and engineers including scholarships, hands-on events, connections to partners, and trainings. 4-H offers a variety of resources including: curriculum, science-related tools, relevant professional development, and opportunities to partner at a local level.

    SAVE THE WEEK: The NGCP Collaboration Conference and the USA Science & Engineering Festival in 2012
    Washington, DC
    April 25 - 29, 2012
    The USA Science & Engineering Festival will offer exciting activities and events in the Nation's capital from April 27-29, 2012. NGCP will host the second offering of the NGCP Collaboration Conference in conjunction with the nation's largest celebration of science and engineering. The Collaboration Conference is an opportunity for representatives from girl-serving STEM organizations to connect and learn from each other and national level experts. Collaborative Leadership Team members will be in attendance as well as representatives from a wide variety of NGCP partners. Mark your calendars now! More details and registration available in the Fall.

    Collaborative News

    Southern New England Girls Collaborative Project Forum
    Collaborate to Innovate: Changing the Landscape for Girls in STEM
    Warwick, RI
    May 18, 2011
    Learn practical steps that teachers and after school programs can take to foster girls' interest in pursuing STEM careers. Examples of successful collaborations and opportunities to network will provide ideas to jump start collaborative projects.

    Kentucky Girls STEM Annual Conference
    June 29, 2011
    Highland Heights, KY

    The Kentucky Girls STEM Collaborative Project's third annual conference will feature Mini-Grant awardees sharing promising practices from funded programs and Nancy Holliday, a Kentucky native and general manager for Microsoft as keynote speaker. Register:

    NGCP Collaborative Mini-Grants
    NGCP mini-grants are designed to enhance access to and build collaboration between programs and resources. Mini-Grant application resources, including a sample application, research based strategies, and evaluation requirements are available online. Currently, the Pacific Northwest Girls Collaborative Project is offering mini-grants with a closing date of May 12, 2011.

    Featured Mini-Grant

    Inspire STEM: A Night for Parents and Students
    A collaboration between NCWIT and Chandler Unified School District provided an opportunity to inform parents and high school girls about STEM careers and to encourage enrollment in rigorous high school courses in order to increase preparedness for college coursework in STEM fields. The evening included interactive activities designed to engage girls and improve their image of STEM professionals while parents received information on scholarships, summer opportunities, and corresponding coursework.

    Upcoming STEM Events

    Afterschool for All Challenge
    Washington, DC
    May 16 - 17, 2011

    This year's theme is "Expanding STEM After School." Speakers include Robin Schepper of the Let's Move! Initiative and FIRST Robotics founder Dean Kamen.

    MetLife Foundation Afterschool Innovator Award
    The Afterschool Alliance and MetLife Foundation are partnering to develop and disseminate a series of Issue Briefs that address topics related to middle school youth and afterschool programs. Winners receive $10,000 to continue or improve upon their highlighted program. Awards will be given out by the Afterschool Alliance in conjunction with the 2011 Lights On Afterschool. Nomination categories include: Providing Opportunities for Service Learning for Middle School Students; Aligning Afterschool with the School Day for Middle School; Addressing Middle School Bullying; and Supporting Literacy for Middle School Students. Deadline: May 31, 2011.
    Nominate a program:

    Advancing Girls in STEM: An NCGS Symposium
    Wellesley, MA
    June 21, 2011
    The National Coalition of Girls' Schools will convene key players, both in and out of school time, for girls and STEM to create and strengthen bridges between and among girls' schools, colleges, and the professional world. All educators are welcome.

    WEPAN 2011: Advancing Women: Transforming Engineering Education
    Seattle, WA
    June 21 - 23, 2011

    The purpose of the conference is to share and investigate ideas that focus on advancing women in engineering by transforming engineering education. Participants will share innovative strategies for developing a highly prepared, diverse engineering workforce that has achieved technical excellence and learned how to think and design creatively.

    ASEE 8th Annual K-12 Workshop on Engineering Education
    British Columbia, Canada
    June 25, 2011

    This daylong program "Collaboration Can Improve Engineering Education" is for teachers and engineering educators from both Canada and the United States. A fast-paced, interactive, results-oriented overview of engineering education for the K-12 classroom will be provided.

    K-12 STEM Education Policy Conference
    Washington, DC
    July 12 - 13, 2011
    Teachers, science supervisors, curriculum leaders, researchers-anyone with an interest in K-12 science and STEM education policy-will not want to miss this conference. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn more about the rapidly changing policy landscape from federal policymakers and national education leaders visiting Capitol Hill for meetings with elected representatives.

    NASA Afterschool Universe Training
    Greenbelt, MD
    July 28 - 29, 2011

    This free two day training will prepare middle school out-of-school time educators to lead Afterschool Universe programs. Participants will receive access to the curriculum and resources for implementation. Program materials for activities are low cost and easily accessible.

    Connecting People to Science: A National Conference on Science Education and Public Outreach
    Baltimore, MD
    July 30 - August 3, 2011

    The purpose of this conference is to improve the outlook for a science literate future. This year's theme, "Connecting People to Science", encourages participants to think about how to work together and across disciplines to connect their target audiences to science.

    Design Squad Nation: Build Big Contest
    Design Squad Nation is the exciting PBS series about engineers who work with kids around the world to make their dreams come true with engineering. Design Squad Nation (DSN) is challenging kids to show their creativity by forming a team, building a giant version of an activity from the DSN Web site, and uploading a video of the working design to YouTube. The winning team will receive a Flip Cam and have its project featured on the DSN Web site. Deadline: August 1, 2011.
    Contest details:


    How Can Unbiased Software Facilitate Girls' Interest in IT? A Checklist for Evaluating Software
    Educational software can increase students' motivation, interest, and academic achievement in science and math. To do so, it must be selected and utilized properly to avoid gender bias. NCWIT provides a free tool for guiding software selection.

    Year of the Solar System
    The Year of the Solar System (YSS) is a NASA education and public outreach initiative. Spanning a Martian year, the YSS celebrates the amazing discoveries of NASA missions as they explore our near and distant neighbors and probe the outer edges of the solar system. The interactive YSS Web site weaves together activities, resources, and ideas for teachers, clubs, and organizations.

    National Geographic Education
    National Geographic has recently redesigned its educational Web site and is looking for your feedback. Personalize your experience by selecting your audience view: teacher, informal educator, family, student, or child. Resources and activities can be sorted by subject and grade level.

    Improving Computer Science Education
    By 2018 there will be nearly 1.4 million computing job openings in the U.S., but at current graduation rates only 29% of those could be filled by U.S. computing graduates. American students need a 21st-century computing education to create a workforce that is innovative, competitive, and well-employed. Rigorous computing is seldom taught in our schools and too few students study computing at the college level. The National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) has created a map for you to find the available data about IT jobs and computer science education for your state and congressional district. Use the data to influence educators, legislators, administrators, and parents where you live or work.

    NSF Resource: The Secret Lives of Wild Animals
    This web site features special creature cams- videos from the animal's viewpoint. Modern technologies like global tracking systems provide researchers with glimpses of rarely seen behaviors of wild animals. This resource is appropriate for all K-12 educators.

    eGFI: Engineering: Go For It!
    The eGFI Web site is sponsored by the American Society for Engineering Education and showcases the wide world of engineering and technology careers. Find K-12 outreach programs, scholarships, videos, and resources for educators.

    Women in Science, Working Wonders
    Women in Science, Working Wonders features female scientists whose passion to save the planet makes them superheroes. For full episodes, along with comic book versions of each show visit:

    StarNet STAR_Net
    The Space Science Institute's National Center for Interactive Learning (NCIL) is moving forward on implementation of an innovative program which brings science and technology exhibits to libraries. NCIL's STAR_Net Project (STAR stands for Science-Technology, Activities and Resources) is based on a successful pilot program for Colorado libraries called Discover Space. Project partners are the Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI), the American Library Association (ALA), and the National Girls Collaborative Project (NGCP). Two interactive traveling exhibits and education programs will be developed with a focus on hands-on learning.

    • Discover Earth will introduce local earth science topics, such as weather and water resources, as well as a big picture view of our changing planet for a global context.
    • Discover Tech is designed to show how technology is constantly changing our lives, while also providing solutions to important human problems. The topical areas addressed include: My Robot, High Impact Technology, and Green Energy.
    Discover Earth exhibitions will begin by late 2011, and Discover Tech will travel to libraries around the country beginning in mid-2012. NGCP will be reaching out to local programs, role models, and scientists to come to the libraries and participate in activities. Watch for regular updates as the exhibits visit libraries and partner with Collaboratives.

    NGCP Program Directory - Register your Program Today!
    The online Program Directory lists organizations and programs that focus on motivating girls to pursue STEM careers. The purpose of the directory is to help organizations and individuals network, share resources, and collaborate on STEM-related projects for girls. When you sign up for the Program Directory, you will enter your program description, resources available within your organization, program and/or organizational needs, and contact information.

    Global Resources

    United Nations Forms Partnership To Train Women On Computer Use
    The UN International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has partnered with the Foundation to train one million women to use computers and modern information and communication technology (ICT) applications to improve their livelihoods. Bringing disadvantaged women into the mainstream of the digital revolution empowers them with access, information, choices, opportunities, and options.

    The International Year of Chemistry: Global Water Experiment
    Launched on World Water Day, the Global Water Experiment encourages teachers and students to test the water where they live and interact with other students around the globe to share results. This experience will teach students about sustainable water management and the role that chemistry plays in purifying water for human consumption.

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    American Association of University Women (AAUW) members across the country are serving as Regional Liaisons for the National Girls Collaborative Project. These Regional Liaisons help the people involved in the NGCP to make connections - to one another, to resources on gender equity, and to AAUW.

    AWE is the Assessing Women and Men in Engineering Project, which provides exportable assessment instruments, literature resources, and methodologies for Women in Engineering and similar programs. AWE has developed resources for use by K-12 STEM programs as part of NGCP services.

    National Girls Collaborative Project

    The goal of the National Girls Collaborative Project is to maximize access to shared resources within projects and with public and private sector organizations and institutions interested in expanding girls' participation in STEM.

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