December 2014
Winter News from CalGirlS

Dear CalGirlS Network,

The US Department of Commerce reported that women are 24 percent of the STEM workforce, and women earn on average 33 percent more when they work in these high-growth fields. That was three years ago! We are making progress towards growing that 24% and greatly appreciate each and everyone one of you for doing your part to support girls in their interests and pursuits in computer science, engineering, math, science and technology education and related activities. 


Through our collaborative efforts, networking, and community of sharing, we together can provide a landscape of opportunity across California for girls, mentors, and educators working to get closer to the tipping point for gender equity in STEM.


Thanks for all your work in 2014 and looking forward to more progress in 2015.

--The CalGirlS Co-Leads

Monika Mayer & Sherry Hsi


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CalGirlS Panel in San Diego

Californians who attended the September 23rd STEM Symposium in San Diego learned about a middle school girls in engineering program from Ann Averitt (UC Berkeley College of Engineering), mentoring strategies from Jennifer Joyce (Techbridge), EYH Conferences across California from Heather Gibbons (EYH), and research-informed equity guide from Melissa Koch (SRI Interational). Sherry Hsi from the Lawrence Hall of Science facilitated while panelists each shared specific equity resources, program strategies, and research-informed approaches drawn from work across innovative programs that effectively support girls. The weather and venue of the San Diego Convention Center was perfect setting for meeting and learning from each other!

Girls Scouts Event a Big Success!

Girl Scouts of Northern California - "When I Grow Up . . ."   a STEM Career Exploration!
1,200 excited participants, 40 partner organizations, over 50 hands on activities, 6 workshops and 2 college and career panels! Girls of all ages explored many different STEM careers and engaged with a variety of STEM professionals including a software engineer, astrographer, globe builder, pilot, and environmental engineer. Marine Science Institute, US Coast Guard, NASA, Google, AT&T, LinkedIn, Symantec, Chevron, and Rolls Royce were a few of the amazing partners represented. Local Girl Scout robotics teams (Technomancers and Space Cookies) demonstrated their robots and shared their passion with other girls.


The day was full of pure excitement, curiosity, discovery, and fun. A GSNorCal board member shared she was thrilled to see the excitement in the girls. She posted her own photos to Facebook with the caption, "I loved seeing the hundreds of girls waiting to bust in like it was a Bieber concert." 

Girls Who Code - Info Sessions Dec. 2, 6, 9th


The application for Girls Who Code's 2015 Summer Immersion Programs opens in January! Start spreading the word about Girls Who Code to 10th and 11th grade girls in the Bay Area! 


There are three upcoming events for those interested in the 2015 Summer Immersion Programs.


Event Details:

San Francisco Public Library, Main Branch
Tuesday, December 2nd from 5:00 - 6:30 PM
30 Grove Street, San Francisco
* Please use the Grove Street entrance (across the street from Burger King)

San Jose Public Library, Berryessa Branch
Saturday, December 6th from 12:00 - 1:30 PM
3355 Noble Avenue, San Jose

Girls Inc. of Alameda County
Tuesday, December 9th from 6:30 - 8:00 PM
Simpson Center for Girls, 510 16th Street, Oakland


Please contact GWC directly at with any questions you may have.

You can help students to start preparing NOW by signing up to receive more information and encouraging them to attend an in-person info session.

We're asking for your help spreading the word to students, fellow educators and community leaders, and other networks. We've included details about the program and recruitment resources below. Thank you in advance for supporting the Girls Who Code movement!

STEAM Event in San Ramon,  Jan 30th


The STEAM Colloquium is open to all who want to impact students with STEAM, including:

  • Pre-K to 12 educators, administrators and professionals
  • Legislators and policy makers
  • College and university professors, administrators and students
  • Community organizations
  • Business leaders
  • Parents

There will be breakout sessions, a resource fair, a gallery and the keynote speakers: National Teacher of the Year, Jeffrey Charbonneau.

Event Details:
Jaunary 30th, 2015
7:30am  - 4:00pm

Check here for registration and more information:

Welcome New Champions to CalGirls!
Michelle Los Banos is the Diplomat in Residence for the Southern California and Hawaii regions representing the U S. Department of State and the U.S. Foreign Service at career fairs, conferences, and other programs sponsored by educational institutions and professional groups. She is honored to be hosted by UCLA's Luskin School of Public Affairs for the 2014-2016 academic years where she will also serve as a Senior Fellow. Most recently, Ms. Los Banos served as Deputy Division Chief in the Cultural Programs Division of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, DC. Previously, Ms. Los Banos worked in Rome, Italy, the U.S. Embassy in Managua, Nicaragua, and at the U.S. Embassy in Ankara, Turkey. Ms. Los Banos has studied Italian, Spanish, French, and Turkish. She also speaks Tagalog. Michelle hails from the San Francisco Bay Area, California!


Luz Rivas is the Founder and Executive Director of DIY Girls, a non-profit organization based in Southern California whose mission is to increase girls' interest and success in technology, engineering and making through innovative educational experiences and mentor relationships. Ms. Rivas worked at Motorola as an electrical engineer earlier in her career as well as at the American Museum of Natural History. She is putting her engineering expertise and outreach experiences into creating new learning opportunities for girls and workshops for women mentors in the Los Angeles area.


To see other leaders and champions of CalGirls, visit our web page.

Equity Guide - Gender, Race, & Culture

From Youth Building ICT Fluency Through Design


Activity 1: Checking in on Equity in Our Lives. Can you remember an example from your childhood of how your race or gender was used to explain your behavior, or prevent you from participating in an activity? How did it make you feel? Can you remember an example of how you or a colleague used a youth's race or  gender to make a decision in a school or afterschool environment? Was it appropriate? If the decision was inappropriate, did you say or do something about it?


These are a few of the activities from an Equity Guide providing details on the social and emotional challenges that youth face when they consider careers in STEM, specifically computer science learning and careers, and how you as an educator can help youth overcome those challenges. With activities for professional development sessions or for learning on your own, active reading of this guide will generate equity insights that you can employ with the youth you serve.


Thanks to our Champions Board member Melissa Koch for sharing this resource!

Million Women Mentors

We are still signing up mentors! Know of a women mentor in STEM? Sign her up today to join the movement to support mentoring. Million Women Mentors is signing up one million mentors in STEM professions over the next four years to collectively increase the interest and confidence of girls and young women in these areas. CalGirlS is committed to getting 4000 mentors (women) to sign up on the site in 4 years. Consider signing up and pledge your association as an affiliate of the California Girls Collaborative in STEM or your own organization on the website.


Click here for more information


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 (NGCP) 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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