National Girls Collaborative Project
NGCP E-Newsletter
June 2011

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

  • NGCP Updates

    Survey to Programs Participating in NGCP
    Evaluation & Research Associates is working with NGCP leadership to investigate the reach and impact of the project. As part of the study, programs listed in the Program Directory are asked to respond to an annual survey. Questions ask about NGCP resources, NGCP events, and about collaboration. A link to the online survey will be sent June 7, and the survey will remain open until June 30. We would like every program to respond, regardless of level of involvement in the project. Thank you in advance for your participation. If you have questions, please contact Carrie Liston at [email protected].

    SciGirls Nominated for Daytime Emmy® Awards
    The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences nominated PBS Series SciGirls for three Daytime Entertainment Emmy® Awards for Outstanding Children's Program, New Approach Children's, and Single Camera Editing. Airing on PBS stations nationwide, SciGirls has the bold goal of changing how millions of girls think about science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Each half-hour episode follows a different group of enthusiastic, real SciGirls, who collaborate, communicate, engineer, and discover. "We're thrilled, especially about the New Approach nomination," said executive producer Richard Hudson. "This category recognizes the unique way we merged the Web site and the TV show, giving girls a great TV show plus a safe social network where it's cool to be smart!"

    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 (STEM), 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

    Collaborating for Change: Strengthening Our Collective Capacity to Engage Girls in STEM
    Bellevue, WA
    June 22, 2011
    Join the Pacific Northwest Girls Collaborative Project for a professional development forum that will be held in conjunction with the Women in Engineering ProActive Network (WEPAN) Annual National Conference. This forum will share exemplary program practices and offers the opportunity to meet new colleagues and identify collaboration opportunities.

    Michigan Girls Collaborative Project Annual Conference
    Mt. Pleasant, MI
    June 27, 2011
    This conference provides the opportunity for schools and organizations committed to informing and motivating girls to pursue classes and careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) to come together to share exemplary practices, develop new collaborations, and share resources.

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

    The Kentucky Girls STEM Collaborative Project's third annual conference will feature Mini-Grant awardees sharing exemplary practices 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 at:

    The following Collaboratives are currently offering mini-grants:

    • Mid-Atlantic (DC, DE, MD, VA) mini-grants close June 7, 2011
    • Southern New England (MA, RI) mini-grants close June 27, 2011

    Featured Mini-Grant
    Gems 2010

    The GEMS Camp
    A collaboration between The GEMS Camp, Circle of Support and the Dallas Public Library provided middle and high school girls an opportunity to build math and science confidence and introduced them to STEM careers. The camp allowed girls to explore rigorous real-world investigations while previewing the upcoming school math content. Girls received mentoring from STEM professionals, traveled on STEM field trips, learned business etiquette and leadership skills, and completed six hours of community service.

    Upcoming STEM Events

    National Zoo and Aquarium Month
    Explore your local zoo and aquarium this month! Many zoos and aquariums offer STEM programs for girls and their Web sites often provide excellent educational resources including: photographs, videos, facts, lesson plans, and activities. The Association of Zoos and Aquariums provides a collection of links to accredited zoos and aquariums.

    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.

    The National Science Education Leadership Association (NSELA) 2011 Summer Leadership Institute
    Johnson City, TN
    June 26 - 30, 2011

    The NSELA Summer Leadership Institute will focus on core knowledge and science practices that enrich understanding about bringing math and science together in K-12 classrooms through data modeling and making thinking visible through representations and argumentation. Register:

    Computer Science & Information Technology Symposium
    New York, NY
    July 11 - 13, 2011
    This symposium, hosted by the Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA) is for computer science and information technology teachers who need practical, classroom focused information to help prepare their students for the future. Hands-on workshops, speakers, and activities will explore trends, provide networking opportunities, and share exemplary practices.

    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:

    Partnering for Excellence
    Partnering for Excellence: Innovations in Science + Technology + Engineering + Math (STEM) Education is looking for model solutions that deliver STEM content and skills to high-need students by using existing resources from the private and not-for-profit sectors in new ways. Selected models will receive more than $120,000 in cash and in-kind prizes. Deadline: August 3, 2011.
    Contest Details:


    NCWIT Scorecard: A Report on the Status of Women in Information Technology
    The NCWIT Scorecard is a status report on women's participation in computing and information technology at every segment of the pipeline - from K-12 education and outreach to post-secondary education, from the workforce through entrepreneurial careers.

    Citizen Schools
    Citizen Schools partners with middle schools across the country to expand the learning day for children in low-income communities. The organization mobilizes educators, who provide academic support, leadership development, and "apprenticeships" that allow students to work alongside role models from STEM fields. The apprenticeships allow students to learn firsthand about the academic preparations, including college attainment, that are prerequisites for success.

    Science Learning Outside the Classroom
    Education Week issued a special report recognizing opportunities outside the classroom that have a role in helping young people acquire scientific knowledge and skills. The report examines what informal science education looks like in practice, what we know about its impact, its potential, and the challenges it faces.

    Change the Equation State Scorecard
    Change the Equation recently issued state-specific reports that assess the condition of STEM learning in each state. Find out the vital signs for STEM in your state:

    Calling All Scientists
    Scientific American has launched an initiative 1,000 Scientists in 1,000 Days to recruit scientists to support STEM education. They are seeking scientists to volunteer for activities ranging from classroom visits to hosting a field trip to their lab. The program will feature a matching service to pair K-12 educators with scientists in their local area.

    Center for Advancement of Informal Science Education (CAISE)
    From films and online games to memorable exhibitions and citizen science projects, CAISE focuses its work on improving informal science education practice, documenting evidence of impact, and communicating the contributions of informal science education.

    StarNet SciGirls: Diorama-O-Rama
    SciGirls has launched their first interactive game Diorama-O-Rama, an ecosystem experience for environmentally curious tweens. Users "Go Fish" for plants and animals to build their own interactive dioramas in some of the country's best-known National Parks and learn how the inhabitants depend on each other for survival.

    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

    International Education and Resource Network (iEARN)
    iEARN is a global network of teachers and youth who use the Internet and other communications technologies to collaborate, enhance learning and engage in meaningful educational projects with peers in countries and around the world.

    NGCP,  AWE,  AAUW  logos

    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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