September 2012
Building the Capacity of STEM Practitioners to Develop a Diverse Workforce 


CalGirls Kick-off Keynote Speaker: Judy Lee

We are thrilled to announce the keynote speaker for our November 1 Kick-off Conference is Judy Lee of IDEO! 


As a child in Cary, North Carolina, Judy loved taking things apart to see how they work.  With the support of her family (her dad is a civil engineer), that love eventually led to a mechanical engineering degree at North Carolina State University. After college, Judy harnessed her engineering skills on a wide range of projects-from designing children's toys to creating medical devices to providing clean water to slums in Kenya to destroying products to ensure their safety. Judy is one of the hosts of the PBS series Design Squad Nation, a show created to get kids excited about design and engineering.  Prior to that, Judy was profiled on WGBH's Engineer Your Life and will appear in an upcoming segment of NOVA's Secret Life of Scientists and Engineers web series. 
Judy works at her dream job as an product designer at IDEO, an international design and innovation firm in Palo Alto, CA. When she's not on-air brainstorming and building, Judy can be found in San Francisco remodeling her new home, growing fresh fruits and veggies in her garden, riding a big wheel down the nation's windiest street, or playing with her pug Rosie. Her engineering mantra? "Working collaboratively allows you to share knowledge, expertise, experiences, and perspectives that can only make the design better."  


Thank you Judy for supporting girls in STEM through CalGirls!  We look forward to seeing everyone at the Kick-off Conference in November!



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Register for the CalGirlS Kickoff Conference
November 1, 2012  10:00am - 3:30 pm
Clark Kerr Conference Center, University of California, Berkeley

The purpose of this event is to give you information about how the CalGirlS can help your organization increase its capacity to involve girls in STEM through collaboration with others.

At the CalGirls Kick-Off Conference you will:
  • Learn how to collaborate with others to better prepare girls for STEM-related careers
  • Gain access to our mini-grant program to help fund collaboration with another program
  • Network with potential collaborators
  • Share and receive promising practices and resources with others

All program managers, guidance counselors, business partners, technical professionals, K-12 teachers, line staff and representatives from professional organizations and higher education are invited to join us to learn about CalGirlS and meet new colleagues to identify collaboration opportunities.


  • Keynote speaker Judy Lee of IDEO
  • Professional development workshop
  • Learn about NGCP mini-grant program
  • Hands-on collaboration building exercises
  • Best practices shared from the field
  • Box lunch provided
  • Parking available
Registration fee: $25 
Deadline to register: October 24, 2012 

Need a travel
We have a limited number of scholarships to help with travel costs to the conference.  Please contact Sherry Hsi at if you are interested in applying.
Deadline to register for a travel scholarship: October 5, 2012

Happy 10th Anniversary NGCP!


In September of 2002, the National Girls Collaborative Project leadership received an exciting e-mail from the National Science Foundation announcing their first funding award.  They began serving educators in the Pacific Northwest providing networking and professional development opportunities, developed the Program Directory, and saw the power of collaboration when programs received small amounts of seed funding to leverage resources.  Ten years later, 3000 programs in 38 states are working together to provide more opportunities for girls to engage in STEM activities. The NGCP's collaborative model is transforming the way practitioners and educators work to advance girls participation in STEM. More than 6 million girls are served by programs participating in the NGCP network.


Join the NGCP to celebrate collaboration by highlighting exemplary practices, programs and resources.  Every day next week, September 17-22, watch for daily special editions of the NGCP e-newsletter, online video chats, social media like-a-thons, and more! 


Together, we can create a Collaboration Nation. Use the hashtag #celebrateNGCP to highlight the power of Collaboration in your community!


More upcoming STEM events

Webinar: SciGirls Season Two Sneak Peek

September 20, 2012, 10:00-10:30 AM Pacific

SciGirls is an Emmy award winning television series, website, and outreach effort all linked together. Join SciGirls staff as they talk about the goals behind the initiative, the brand new season starting in October, and what is new on the SciGirls website.



Webinar: SciGirls Seven: Proven Strategies for Engaging Girls in STEM

September 20, 2012, 12:00-12:30 PM Pacific

The SciGirls television series, website, and outreach initiatives emphasize current research on strategies, the SciGirls Seven, proven to increase girls' engagement in STEM. Participants will leave with tips for implementation of these strategies and awareness of free resources for girls ages 8-13, parents, and educators.



Webinar: Chat with REAL SciGirls 

September 20, 2012, 2:00-2:30 PM Pacific

SciGirls is an Emmy award winning television series that features real girls working with a mentor tackling a science experiment or an engineering challenge. Join the SciGirls staff as they talk with some of the SciGirls that will appear in Season Two episodes (premiering October 2012) to hear about their experiences with STEM in school and with the show.



Webinar Adaptive Technologies: Where STEM and the Paralympics Meet

September 27, 2012

7:00-8:00 PM Eastern

The 2012 Paralympic Games opened in London on August 29, 2012. Join this free webinar and find out how you can use available resources to increase students' understanding of people with disabilities, broaden awareness of Paralympic sports, highlight the adaptive technologies used by Paralympic athletes, and showcase the engineering design process used to create these technologies.



Support CalGirlS
Thank you to the Chevron Corporation for supporting CalGirls!

Do you want to help strengthen the capacity of girl-serving STEM programs throughout California?  Consider supporting CalGirlS!

Contact Sherry Hsi at for information about sponsorship opportunities for the November Kick-off event.  

You may also support us by making an online donation through the NGCP website.  Choose to donate towards a mini-grant or Collaborative support, and then select the state (CA) to support CalgirlS.
About NGCP and CalGirlS
  The goals of the National Girls Collaborative Project are to:
  • Strengthen the capacity of girl-serving STEM programs to effectively reach and serve underrepresented girls in STEM by sharing promising practice research and program models, outcomes and products.
  • Increase the effectiveness of Collaboratives by providing professional development focused on sustainability, organizational effectiveness and shared leadership to more effectively deliver services to girl-serving STEM organizations.
  • Maximize K-12 school counselors' access to and use of relevant, high-quality resources that increase awareness of barriers to girls' interest and engagement in STEM.
The Lawrence Hall of Science at the University of California, Berkeley is proud to be the collaborative lead with the National Girls Collaborative Project as its California affiliate - California Girls in STEM (CalGirlS).
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