August 2013
Summer News from CalGirlS
We hope everyone is having a fantastic summer filled with fun learning activities. It's been a busy summer with many girl-serving STEM programs in full swing. A big thanks to all the girl-serving programs that collaborated and applied for NGCP mini-grants. 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. Through a review process involving members of the CalGirlS leadership team and Champions Board, four have been selected for seed funding this round.

Summer biking

  • Summer Math Bridge Academy, Santa Cruz
  • Girls STEM Exploration, Marysville
  • G.App (Girl App Inventors), Oakland
  • Minds for Design, Castroville, Central Coast
We look forward to hearing from these projects in our Fall newsletter. Look out for another round of mini-grants in January 2014.  



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Congrats to 2013 Women of the Year  from AD15
2013 STEM award recipients  
On June 27th, Assemblymember Nancy Skinner honored women trailblazers who have made significant contributions in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) during the 15th Assembly District Women of the Year Awards.  
"Nancy Skinner's commitment to women in STEM was evident in the enthusiasm with which she presented awards to a diverse group of women who had created opportunities for women and other people underrepresented in STEM; it was inspiring, and a great honor, to be included in this event." said Dr. Elizabeth Stage, CalGirlS supporter and the Director of the Lawrence Hall of Science, who received an award at the celebratory event. Congrats to Linda Kekelis and her team at TechBridge for winning an award for leading a trailblazing organization too!
Expanding Your Horizons' new CEO Heather Gibbons
There's a new face at the Expanding Your Horizons Network! Heather Gibbons started as CEO less than 9 months ago. She brings her wealth of experience working in informal science education, formerly at the St. Louis Science Center as a Senior Director for School and Community Education, and at the Pacific Science Center as their Director for Outreach and Community Engagement. While based on Oakland, EYH conferences are held across the U.S. 
Girls Go Techbridge Summer Academy!
Looking for more great ways to engage girls in STEM this summer? We're excited to announce the Girls Go Techbridge Summer Academy! During the Academy, girls will develop leadership skills, explore fun, hands-on STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) activities, and learn how to use STEM to take action in their communities. 

Here are some program details: 
Week 1: August 12-16 (open to rising 4th-7th grade and 8th-12th grade girls)
  • 4th-7thaMUSE yourself by learning the ins and outs of product and packaging design! 
  • 8th-12th: Brainstorm your vision of a STEM GIRLtopia! 
Week 2: August 19-23 (open to rising 8th-12th grade girls)
  • 8th-12th: Follow your Bliss and explore electrical engineering! 
All programs will run from 9:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. at Techbridge's Oakland office (7700 Edgewater Drive, Suite 519). Registration is $15 per week (financial aid information available upon request.) 

For more information, please contact Rachel Fryke ( or 510-777-9170 x322) with any questions or for a registration packet. 
Other State News
Coming Soon: Congresswoman Susan Davis is hosting a panel discussion on "Engaging Girls in STEM Careers: What the Future Holds" in collaboration with STEAMConnect and the YMCA Youth & Community Center. August 28th, 2013. 5:30pm at the YMCA on 2929 Meade Ave, San Diego, CA. Registration information forthcoming.
Save the date for the State of California's first STEM Conference, taking place in Sacramento on November 18-19th, 2013.  Read more about CA STEM Conference

Learn about the Next Generation Science Standards in the CSLNet report "The Future of Science Education in California." The CA State  Board of Education will hear recommendations on the NGSS beginning in July and will vote on adoption no later than November 2013. 
Upcoming PD Webinar: Increasing Equity and Diversity in the STEM Workforce
Thursday, September 26, 2013 - 11:00am - 12:00pm PST
Cost: Free
In this webinar, participants will gain a better understanding of the issues that impede efforts to diversify the STEM workforce and learn strategies that can promote equity, fairness, and diversity in their programs and professional interactions as role models. Dr. Kimberly Tanner, Director of the Science Education Partnership and Assessment Laboratory (SEPAL), will present findings from research on why talented individuals leave the biological sciences, as well as examples of successful efforts and problematic attempts towards diversifying the biological sciences. Kimberly Bryant, Founder of BlackGirlsCode, will present information on the racial and socioeconomic digital divide and resources for computer science programs.
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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