November 2013
Fall News from CalGirlS
Fatima Alleyne and family

Dear CalGirlS Network,


Happy Fall to everyone! We enjoyed seeing many of you at the STEM-CA conference this past week where we heard an inspiring keynote from the actress Geena Davis who spoke about her organization's research on girls and women in the media. We are also thrilled to add three new members to the CalGirlS leadership team. Jean Fahy is Program Director of Girls Go Tech at the Girls Scouts of Northern California. Fatima Alleyne is a material scientist and a mom who also engages and actively supports education outreach activities to broaden the participation of girls in STEM. Monika Mayer directs the Ingenuity Programs at UC Berkeley's Lawrence Hall of Science. S he oversees the development and implementation of design-based programs and exhibits for children and families. In addition to experience designing programs for girls when she lived in Germany, she also creates experiences using design thinking and making.

Monika Mayer
Lawrence Hall of Science


We enjoy receiving and sharing out news from the many girl-serving programs in STEM, women entrepreneurs, leaders, and organizations in California. Keep the stories coming! We will publish them in our Winter newsletter.




Sherry Hsi and the CalGirlS Team                                            

Update from Mini-grantee in Clear Lake
Mari Valdez, program leader, shared with us how local business and community partners were a key ingredient to building an afterschool program for middle school girls, helping them to explore STEM related careers and increase student awareness of the academic requirements of STEM fields.With CalGirlS's mini-grant funding, the Healthy Start Program in Clear Lake, California along with the Lake County Office of Education, two elementary schools, and community partners were able to collaborate to provide two four-week series of workshops focusing on increasing student awareness of STEM fields and occupation. 
Science: Design Your Own Make-up which was led by the Owner from HER Purdy Cosmetic Laboratory. Students walked through the step-by-step process of mixing ingredients to make lip gloss base and adding dyes and emollients, exposing students to the chemistry of making an everyday product.
Engineering: Design your Dream House was led by Thomas Hunt, Principal Engineer from Ruzicka Associates Consulting Engineers, with middle schoolers exploring different engineering fields, pay scales, and job trends. Girls also designed and constructed a model house using everyday kitchen materials.
Math: Money, Money, Money was facilitated by Sarah Anzano, Branch Manager from Mendo-Lake Credit Union Bank. These are just a sampling of the workshops. Thanks Mari for sharing this practice of engaging community partners to support girls in STEM.
Spotlight on California Women Entrepreneurs


Kitri Patel and Laura Bruursema met in graduate school, and even though they haven't yet finished school, they are already creating products to empower girls to create gadgets. The DIY ("Do It Yourself") kits invite dads to work with their daughters to create lanterns wired with copper tape, or using a range of materials. Check it out:
STEM at the Julia Morgan School for Girls in Oakland

Katie Topper, Technology Director at the The Julia Morgan School in Oakland, sent along this news to share about their new STEAM program. Together with teacher Gillian Thomas, they have worked to create a 3-year, 6 trimester program emphasizing careers in science to girls in grades 6-8. Additionally, they announced a partnership with Technovation and Girls Who Code to offer additional programming opportunities at their school.


Classes included topics ranging from electrical engineering to crime scene investigation. Students were challenged with designing a sustainable family house to the development of functional games through the use of a kid friendly coding language. During a particular experiment with the construction of balsa wood bridges, students were able to destroy their creations in order to calculate the strength-to-weight ratio of their bridge! To showcase the work of girls, the school created 3 students tinkering stations in the lobby, to further inspire students.
News from the State of California
On September 4th, California adopted the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). These standards integrate the doing and making of engineering with science practices to help students understand how science and the natural world works from K-12. The hope is that students will obtain knowledge, skills, and practices they need for college and careers. Learn more about NGSS here
Assemblymember Susan Bonilla and State Superintendent Torlakson have convened a STEM Task Force to explore the status of STEM education. The STEM Task Force members assessed the state's future needs, and identified and developed guidelines for effective STEM instructional practices and strategies during and outside of school time, including career-technical education and informal education opportunities. We look forward to hearing more about the guidelines in the months ahead.    
NGCP Program Directory
Don't forget to keep your information up to date in the NGCP Program Directory

This is a good way educators, parents, afterschool providers, mentors, teachers, collaborators, and funders learn about STEM programs that include and serve girls. CalGirlS will also be using this directory as a way to share programs and help mini-grant applicants find collaborators during mini-grants application season.

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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