National Girls Collaborative Project

January 2012

 Building the Capacity of STEM Practitioners to Develop a Diverse Workforce

NGCP Updates  

NGCP and Social Media 

NGCP is in the process of increasing our online presence. We encourage you to "Like" our new NGCP Facebook Page and follow us on Twitter to receive ongoing girl-focused information, updates about our national and Collaborative networks, and events. In March, we will launch a blog, featuring Collaborative activities and partnerships, and exemplary practices in collaboration and informal education.


NGCP Webinar Mixing in Math: Enhancing Everyday Activities to Build Confidence and Competence in Mathematics
Thursday, January 26, 2012
10:00 - 11:00 AM Pacific
Looking for resources for girls and their families? Learn how informal educators are using Mixing in Math, free materials in English and Spanish, that add math to circle time, story time, family events, and crafts. Mixing in Math was highlighted as an exemplary out-of-school time program for girls by the Harvard Family Research Project. During this webinar, we will show you how to use Mixing in Math to sprinkle a little math into what you already do with girls and their families. Come ready to explore shapes, sizes, and patterns in everyday life!  Check out the Mixing in Math website.

NGCP Webinar Biology in the Age of Computing: Online Resources for High School Teachers and Students
Wednesday, February 8, 2012
11:00 AM-12:00 PM Pacific
Join us as we share curricula, online resources, teacher experiences and research findings from Bio-ITEST: New Frontiers in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology, a program funded by the National Science Foundation that brings the exciting field of bioinformatics to high school teachers and students. Bioinformatics is the application of computer science and information technology to the field of biology and medicine. With a strong emphasis on increasing student awareness of STEM careers, each Bio-ITEST lesson features an individual who uses bioinformatics in their work, or whose work is made possible by bioinformatics. The presentation will include an overview of curricular units, including introductory lessons on genetic testing and advanced lessons on genetic research, and an exploration of the online resources created for the project. Presenters will share lessons learned about increasing student STEM career awareness and engagement in the context of the Bio-ITEST project.

 Collaborative News  

Texas Girls Collaborative Project K-12 STEM Outreach Forum
Tyler, TX 
February 15, 2012
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM Central

Calling all organizations, schools and individuals involved in science, technology, engineering and mathematics! Network with programs in your area and learn about resources available to assist in your STEM outreach efforts. Share lessons learned and what your organization is doing to excite kids about STEM fields!


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 New Hampshire/Vermont Girls Collaborative Project will open mini-grant applications on January 16, 2012 and close applications on February 15, 2012.  

 Exemplary Practice Spotlight

The Exemplary Practice Spotlight begins the New Year with a focus on a body of well-established research from Carol Dweck and her colleagues focused on the beliefs individuals hold about the nature of intelligence, and how these beliefs impact motivation and achievement.

According to this research, some individuals believe intelligence is fixed, or have a 'fixed mindset', and others believe intelligence is malleable, or have a 'growth mindset'. Someone with a fixed mindset might believe she is skilled (or not) at mathematics and that it is not something she can change by studying or practicing. However, someone with a growth mindset believes that succeeding in mathematics or a related field is something she can achieve by studying and practicing these skills.

One's mindset has significant implications for girls and women in particular and their perceptions of their potential to study STEM fields. The SciGirls Seven and Why So Few, two resources focused on engaging girls in STEM, make the following recommendations for practitioners to facilitate the development of a 'growth mindset' in the girls (and all youth) they serve:

  • Teach that intellectual skills can be improved through practice
  • Praise effort
  • Compliment strategies for problem solving
  • Celebrate the struggle 

 Featured Mini-Grant

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Cool Girls Science and Art Club, Convening Organization for the newly forming Colorado Girls Collaborative Project, and The Women's Wilderness Institute collaborated to increase the diversity of participants in their programs. Girls tested water samples, raced handmade boats, made field notes and sketches of mountain birds, and explored Boulder County with mentors. This enabled them to develop skills in biology, ecology and geology that gave them a deeper knowledge of the area in which they live. Over half of the group was composed of Latinas and African-Americans who have not previously had wilderness experiences. The teams presented their video to the community and served as mentors by leading interactive experiments in elementary classrooms. The girls' families gained an increased understanding of the importance of STEM education by meeting female STEM professionals. This project will lead to more STEM collaborations within Boulder County and Colorado.

Upcoming STEM Events

January is National Mentoring Month

National Mentoring Month focuses national attention on the need for mentors to guide our youth. Research shows girls benefit from relationships with role models and mentors who can provide valuable information about STEM careers. The online NGCP Program Directory is a great resource for finding scientists and engineers to meet with girls, as well as finding other programs that offer mentoring.


Get Mapped with MOST Science

MOST-Science is conducting a nation-wide study that seeks to build a broad picture of the extensive activities in out-of-school-time science, technology, and engineering programming for youth. An online questionnaire asks program providers for details about who participates in their programs, the frequency and duration of youth participation, and what kinds of content and hands-on activities are being utilized. Your participation will highlight your organization, help identify common needs and challenges as well as contribute to a study that will inform funders, policy-makers, researchers, and other program providers about the work in this community and the needs that remain to be addressed.


National Conference on Girls' Education

Washington, DC

February 10-12, 2012

The inaugural National Conference on Girls' Education (NCGE) will bring together girls' schools (public, independent, and parochial), program leaders, practitioners, and researchers committed to the healthy intellectual, social, and emotional development of girls and young women. NCGE will shine the spotlight on some of America's top thinkers, educators, and practitioners by creating a forum for the exchange of transformational educational practice, the sharing of resources for working with girls, and best practices from all sectors of girls' education in America.



Beyond School Hours XV Conference

Burlingame, CA
February 15-18, 2012
Beyond School Hours XV offers the latest tools and insights to address the national grade-level reading crisis and improve outcomes for youth. This conference provides an opportunity to network with peers and experts, discover new funding and programming strategies, and see best practices in action with visits to local schools and programs. Conference content includes professional development on forming successful partnerships, building program quality, and strategies for engaging older youth.


Moody's Mega Math Challenge

Moody's Mega Math (M3) Challenge is an online applied mathematics competition for high school students designed to motivate youth to study and pursue careers in applied math, economics, and finance. The contest is sponsored by The Moody's Foundation and organized by the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM). Registration deadline: February 24, 2012.


International Technology and Engineering Educators Association (ITEEA) Annual Conference

Long Beach, CA
March 15-17, 2012
The ITEEA is a professional association concerned with providing and meeting the professional development needs of classroom teachers, supervisors, curriculum writers, and teacher educators who are interested in developing technological literacy. The theme for this year's conference is Changing the Conversation: Improving K-16 Technology and Engineering.

American Indian Higher Education Consortium (AIHEC) Student Conference

Rapid City, SD
March 24-27, 2012
AIHEC is the collective spirit and unifying voice of Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs). AIHEC provides leadership and influences public policy on American Indian higher education issues through advocacy, research, and program initiatives; promotes and strengthens Indigenous languages, cultures, communities, and tribal nations; and through its unique position, serves member institutions and emerging TCUs.


National Robotics Week

April 7-15, 2012
The third annual National Robotics Week will be held from April 7-15, 2012 with a series of regional events and activities aimed at increasing public awareness of robotics technology as a pillar of 21st century American innovation. The week highlights the growing importance of robotics in a wide variety of application areas and emphasizes its ability to inspire students while building their interest in STEM. Events held throughout the week will feature dozens of opportunities for the public to interact with robots in a hands-on learning environment. Panel discussions, robotics competitions, introductory courses on robotics for kids, educational workshops for businesses, demos, and tours of innovative labs will provide networking opportunities as well as expose many to the genius and wonder of robotics. To find and event in your area or to host your own event visit:



FabFems LogoFabFems Role Model Directory Launch

The FabFems Project is a new initiative from the National Girls Collaborative Project, Platform Shoes Forum and the Smith College Summer Science and Engineering Program, designed to dispel stereotypes and expand career options by connecting middle and high school girls with female STEM professionals. The beta release of the FabFems Role Model Directory is now live and will grow into a national collection of user-submitted profiles, each showcasing a positive female role model interested in encouraging girls' interests in STEM.  The database will be searchable by location, career fields, and other keyword interests that will help match role models with a variety of youth programs and events.  Help increase access to influential role models across the country by encouraging FabFems you know to register.


MentorNet's mission is to help engineering and science students at the university level by matching them with mentors and guiding their one-on-one relationships over the Web. MentorNet enables students to achieve their career goals and works to diversify the engineering and science workforce by focusing on women and underrepresented minorities. This program is offered at no cost to any student with an .edu email address who intends to enter the STEM field.


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Computing jobs are plentiful, and they pay well. Almost every major challenge facing our world is turning to computing for a solution, from improving education to protecting the environment. This free downloadable card, co-branded by the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM) and the Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA), explains how computing interests and talents line up with different undergraduate degrees and the careers that follow. 


Black Girls Code
Black Girls Code is an educational non-profit organization designed to increase the numbers of young women of color in the field of digital and computer technology by providing them with skills in computer programming, exposing them to role models in the technology space, and increasing their self-confidence to become tech creators and entrepreneurs. With the 2011 pilot program in San Francisco now completed, plans are underway to expand the program in the bay area as well as in other key cities in 2012. Future field trips to tech companies are being planned, as are additions to the program curriculum to introduce the girls to robotics, game and mobile app development.


Great Science for Girls
Great Science for Girls: Extension Services for Gender Equity in Science through After School Programs (GSG) was developed to provide inquiry-based, informal science learning programs that will stimulate girls' curiosity, interest and persistence in STEM and break down the barriers of gender stereotyping. GSG works with intermediary organizations that provide training and technical assistance to afterschool programs in their region. The website features free resources including: curricula, research, and professional development and consulting services.


 Global Resources

United Nations Declares October 11th International Day of the Girl Child
On December 19, 2011, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution to declare October 11th as the International Day of the Girl Child. In establishing a day to recognize girls' rights, the UN has signaled its commitment to end gender stereotypes, discrimination, violence, and economic disparities that disproportionately affect girls. October 11th will serve as an annual day of advocacy and action by and for girls. The term "girl child" is commonly used abroad to distinguish the unique challenges faced by those under age 18 from those faced by women. The Day of the Girl website features girl-written introductions to issues such as negative media images, sex trafficking, and the denial of education; as well as stories from girls directly involved in achieving the International Day of the Girl Child.

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