National Girls Collaborative Project

March 2012

 Building the Capacity of STEM Practitioners to Develop a Diverse Workforce

NGCP Updates  

2012 NGCP National Collaboration Conference: Advancing the Field through Collaboration, Capacity Building, and EquityTwo women engaging in a science project.

April 25-27, 2012 in Alexandria, VA

Join the NGCP Collaboration Movement in April 2012.  Back by popular demand, the NGCP National Collaboration Conference 2012: Advancing the Field through Collaboration, Capacity Building, and Equity will be held in conjunction with the nation's largest celebration of science and engineering. The Conference will begin with a festive evening reception, sponsored by the Motorola Mobility Foundation, for all presenters and participants to begin making connections. In addition to plenary sessions, guided and informal networking opportunities, concurrent sessions will occur throughout, offering the opportunity for interaction with presenters in small group settings with a focus on implementation. Valuable topics include effective STEM messaging for youth, engaging girls of color, utilizing role models, choosing STEM curriculum that's right for you, and program evaluation.

National organizations well known for their work in gender equity in STEM, will share expertise and resources, including Techbridge, Girl Scouts of the USA, WGBH Boston, Society of Women Engineers, and the National Center for Women & Information Technology. Girl-serving STEM programs will share strategies for teaching girls to create mobile phone apps, providing environmental science summer research internships, and more. The early bird registration fee of $325 is available through March 5, 2012. 



NGCP Webinar Effective Tools You Can Use to Change the Image of Computing Among Girls
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Pacific
Interested in changing the image of computer science among college-bound high school girls? Learn how formal and informal educators are using multi-media resources from Dot Diva and Rocket 21 to do just that. During this webinar, we will share the results of a nationwide survey that revealed what high school girls want in a career; discuss how market-tested images and messages are having a positive effect on getting girls interested in computer science careers; and showcase a host of multi-media, customizable resources offered by Dot Diva and Rocket 21 that you can put to use in your community.


NGCP Webinar Finding Funding and Resources to Support Your Program
March 28, 2012
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Pacific

When most people think of grants, they think of government, foundations, and corporations. In addition to these funders, there are many untapped resources that are often less rigorous with their processes and able to offer other support and resources. During this webinar, learn effective strategies for finding funding to support your work, discover several hidden sources of funding, and find out which ones are most suitable for your organization or a particular project.

 Collaborative News  

National Girls Collaborative Project New Collaboratives Informational Meetings
In April 2011, the National Girls Collaborative Project received funding from the National Science Foundation to reach additional states identified as high priority areas. We are pleased to announce new Collaboratives in Colorado, Missouri, Montana, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, and South Dakota. Program managers, guidance counselors, business partners, teachers, and representatives from professional organizations and higher education are invited to learn how the NGCP model can help your program or organization, and to network with colleagues to identify collaboration opportunities.


New Mexico Girls Collaborative Project Informational Meeting
Las Cruces, NM
March 9, 2012, 2:00 - 4:00 PM Mountain
The New Mexico Girls Collaborative Project is sponsored by the Young Women in Computing program at New Mexico State University.
Missouri Girls Collaborative Project Informational Meeting
Kansas City, MO
March 21, 2012, 1:00 - 3:00 PM Central
The Missouri Girls Collaborative Project is sponsored by the Missouri AfterSchool Network.

North Carolina Girls Collaborative Project Informational Meeting
Rosman, NC
March 23, 2012, 4:30 - 6:30 PM Eastern
The North Carolina Girls Collaborative Project is sponsored by the Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute.

Georgia Girls Collaborative Project Informational Meeting
Carrollton, GA
April 2, 2012, 1:00 - 3:00 PM Eastern
The Georgia Girls Collaborative Project is sponsored by the University of West Georgia.

NGCP Collaborative Local Events

Local Collaboratives host events to provide professional development and networking. The following Collaboratives are hosting upcoming events:


Mid-Atlantic Girls Collaborative (MAGiC) Research Forum
Alexandria, VA
March 10, 2012, 1:00 - 3:15 PM Eastern


Best Practices for Tennessee Girls In STEM
Lewisburg, TN
March 12, 2012, 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM Central


Girls Raised in Tennessee Science (GRITS) Collaborative Project Strategic Planning Forum
Morristown, TN
March 16, 2012, 6:00 - 8:00 PM Eastern


Picture Yourself a Scientist: Strategies for Growth
Hartford, CT
March 26, 2012, 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM Eastern

Growing STEM for Girls in the Garden State
Monroe Township, NJ
April 18, 2012, 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM Eastern


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 at:

The New Hampshire/Vermont Girls Collaborative Project is accepting mini-grant project applications until April 4, 2012.

 Exemplary Practice Spotlight

The Exemplary Practice Spotlight for March focuses on developing effective collaborations. Research on building collaborations or partnerships has identified critical components to discuss and clarify with potential partners at the beginning of the project.


Collaborations or partnerships often form to address a problem or issue that each partner can not address alone. It is necessary to confirm that the developing a collaboration is an effective way to address the identified issue. Assuming it is and the collaboration develops, it is important to:
  • Identify your goals and objectives and make sure all partners agree and share a common vision for the project.
  • Share your motivations for partnering on the project. Partners often have reasons to engage in a project in addition to the overall project goals and it is important to get these out in the open.
  • Clarify the specific roles and responsibilities of each partner, based on each partner's strengths and organizational capacity.

One often cited benefit of collaboration is the potential to address issues that require innovation, but innovation often requires additional resources, including funding and staff, and time devoted to creativity. A Guide to Building Education Partnerships: Navigating Diverse Cultural Contexts to Turn Challenge into Promise, by Matthew T. Hora and Susan B. Millar, points out the need to discuss and plan for how your partnership or collaboration will support this way of working from the very beginning.


In addition to A Guide to Building Education Partnerships, the components presented here are drawn from a variety of sources, including: Evidence-based practices for coalition building; Perspectives on partnership: A literature review; and A guide to developing educational partnerships.

 Featured Mini-Grant

female engineer at workshopEducator's Workshop Encouraging Girl Engineers
A collaboration between The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) and Girls Inc. of NW Oregon helped educators integrate new Oregon state science standards in engineering design into curricula. The workshop emphasized encouraging girls in engineering by reframing the field as a creative, socially-relevant endeavor. OMSI staff prototyped activities with museum guests before using the activities with informal and formal educators who spent the day designing, building, and testing engineering feats such as jitterbugs, wire towers, ramps with balls and toy cars, seed structures, and model aqueducts. Educators received curriculum resources and gained excitement and enthusiasm for incorporating engineering into their programs.

Upcoming STEM Events

Women in Science 2012 Forum
New York, NY
March 21, 2012 
"Inspiring women scientists" is the theme of this day-long conference. Topics include: science in academe and career options in science. This forum aims to support women students, faculty, and professionals in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics and bring together faculty, staff, and students from institutions across the New York metropolitan area.  Free registration deadline is March 9, 2012.


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 Science Teachers Association (NSTA) Conference
Indianapolis, IN
March 29-April 1, 2012
The NSTA helps inform Congress and the public on vital questions affecting science literacy and a well-educated workforce. The conference theme is "At the Crossroads for Science Education."



National Robotics Week

April 7-15, 2012
A series of regional events and activities aimed at increasing public awareness of robotics technology. 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 will feature 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 an event in your area or to host your own event visit:



NCWIT C4C LogoCounselors for Computing

Counselors for Computing (C4C), a project of the National Center for Women & Information Technology empowers school counselors to increase student interest in and preparedness for computing and technology jobs. C4C brings school counselors the information and resources they need to advise students about careers in computing and technology and paths to these careers. Resources help students connect their interests with next steps toward computing and IT careers.


Girl Scouts of the USA Report on Girls and STEM
Generation STEM: What Girls Say about Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math, a report by the Girl Scout Research Institute, investigates girls' perceptions, attitudes, and interests in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) from the voices of girls themselves. The report includes a literature review, focus group and survey data from girls across the country, and recommendations for engaging girls in STEM. iPhone App
Take anywhere and any time to find the best hands-on science and math for any age. Search all 2,000+ STEM activities and use them to teach students, family, and friends. Features include: search full collection, browse by topic, filter results, get full activity, and share activities with your friends.

STAR_Net Project
A collaborative project to promote libraries as STEM learning centers, the National Center for Interactive Learning at the Space Science Institute is leading STAR_Net and the development of the Discover Earth and Discover Tech exhibitions, that will travel to 20 rural libraries across the country. Partners include the American Library Association, the Lunar and Planetary Institute, and the National Girls Collaborative Project. The project also hosts a Community of Practice (CoP) to provide and support STEM learning experiences in libraries. In February, NGCP hosted an informational webinar now archived and available for viewing.

Join the CoP:

Webinar archive:


March is Women's History Month

Women's History Month highlights contributions of women to events in history and contemporary society.


Contributions of 20th Century Women to Physics

This website contains an archive of web pages of 20th century women who have made original and important contributions to physics. Citations contain biographical information pertaining to the women's scientific lives and major scientific contributions. 


The National Women's History Project (NWHP)

With an emphasis on positive role models, the NWHP has developed a nationwide constituency of teachers, students, parents, public employees, businesses, organizations, and individuals who understand the critical link between knowing about historical women and making a positive difference. The resource section includes a women in math and science quiz.

 Global Resources

The United Nations Girls' Education Initiative (UNGEI)
The United Nations Girls' Education Initiative (UNGEI) is an initiative launched by the United Nations in 2000 at the World Education Forum in Dakar. It aims to reduce the gender gap in schooling for girls and to provide girls with equal access to all levels of education. The UNGEI website provides information on education and gender equality searchable by country and seeks to influence decision-making and investments to ensure gender equity and equality in national education policies, plans, and programs.

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