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


CalGirls News

Dear CalGirls Member,


Thank you for a fantastic Kick-off Conference!  Over 100 teachers, STEM professionals, program managers and business partners convened with us to focus on strategies for engaging women and girls in STEM.  It was an inspiring and engaging event, and we couldn't have done it without passionate and caring members like you!


This newsletter includes important information about applying for a mini-grant through the National Girls Collaborative Project.  We have also provided links to more information about the presentations given by our fabulous partners at the Kick-off.  

We are looking forward to staying in touch with all of you.  If you have news that you would like to share with the CalGirlS community, including STEM education events, jobs or other items of interest, please send them to Sarah Elovich at


Here's to our continued collaborations!



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Mini-Grant Applications
Mini-grants are awarded to girl-serving science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) focused programs to support collaboration, address gaps and overlaps in service, and share exemplary practices. Mini-grants are a small amount of seed funding and are not intended to fully fund entire projects. The maximum mini-grant award is $1000. 
Numerous organizations provide valuable but uncoordinated activities and support services related to motivating and supporting girls' interest in STEM careers. These mini-grants are designed to build collaboration between existing programs and organizations in order to encourage girls to pursue STEM-related educational programs and careers. 
When you have registered a program in the Directory, identified a mini-grant project, chosen one or more collaborating programs from the Program Directory, and know which of your own programs will serve as the lead program, you are ready to apply for a mini-grant. 
In order to apply for a mini-grant:
 At least two programs from different organizations must collaborate on the mini-grant project.
All programs/organizations collaborating on the mini-grant must be registered in the NGCP Program Directory.
The applicant must choose one of her/his pr
ograms to be the lead program.
The project must relate to either informal learning or evaluation and assessment.
The collaborating programs must be from California.


Mini-grant applications will be accepted starting December 1, 2012 and close on February 1st, 2013. 
The decision date is March 1st, 2013.

Project must participate in NGCP evaluation requirements.
Funded projects must agree to participate in the CalGirlS annual conference.
Project must serve a majority of girls and demonstrate a "promising practice". Recipients should be prepared to share the practice through forums, webcasts, on-line resources, etc.
For more information:
Promote Your Program
Have a STEM event, workshop or opportunity that you would like to share with the CalGirlS community?  Let us know!  Email Sarah Elovich at

More STEM Opportunities
WGBH Design Squad Training 
The California Girls in STEM (CalGirlS) and the Emmy award-winning PBS' Design Squad Nation will host a one-day training to discuss how together we can boost girls' interest in engineering using multimedia resources and activities from PBS' Design Squad Nation. We invite members of the education and engineering communities - including, but not limited to, afterschool providers, school administrators, engineers, technical professionals, business partners, members of professional organizations, K-12 educators, and university educators to join us! When participants leave the training, they will have a clear sense of purpose and several collaborative opportunities penciled into their calendar - and the resources to inspire girls' interest!
Date: January 17th 2013
Location: San Leandro Public Library
300 Estudillo Avenue, San Leandro, CA 94577
Time: 10 AM -2 PM 

For questions about this event please email Anna Hohos ( 
Mentoring Opportunity - Technovation
Would you like to mentor high school girls as they learn to code, build apps, pitch to VCs, and compete for $1000 in funding?

Technovation is an app development challenge for middle and high school girls. Students work with a teacher at their school (club advisor) and a woman in technology (mentor) to build mobile apps over the course of 12 weeks for a chance to win $1000 in seed funding to launch their companies and take their app to market.
Sign up as a mentor today and find a school near you, visit or email 

Job Opportunity - San Mateo County Fair
The San Mateo County Fair is looking for a Department Supervisor - Technology, Science and Industrial Design.  Must be available for the 2013 San Mateo County Fair, June 8-16 2013.  For more information and to apply:
Support CalGirlS
Thank you to the Chevron Corporation for supporting  the CalGirlS Kick-off Conference!

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

Make 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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