February Brings Fantastic STEM News at Girls STEM Collaborative (GSGSC)
Greetings from GSGSC! The Garden State Girls STEM Collaborative is the New Jersey initiative of the National Girls Collaborative Project, a program focused on providing high quality STEM activities to girls. Our primary goal is 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, products and by connecting formal and informal educators, business and industry in order to maximize the resources that can positively influence our girls. 
As always, this newsletter is for you as members of the Collaborative. It can serve as a forum to promote events and to highlight the good work that you all do, so please let me know what is going on so we can include your program in upcoming issues.
In this issue:
  • You're Invited! SciGirls NYC FashBash
  • NJSACC and NAA Seek Coaches/Trainers for Click2SciencePD Pilot
  • Due 3/12 New Jersey Afterschool/Summer Program Notice of Grant Opportunity
  • Check out NJ Makers Day: Community Engagement and more!
  • Got STEM? Let us Know How You're Supporting STEM or STEAM in Afterschool!
Mike MacEwan
Collaborative Lead, Garden State Girls STEM Collaborative
Click here to learn more

Love fashion? Love computers? You'll love this event!
  • See how professional designers use apps to create the things you wear-skirts, tops, dresses and more.
  • Watch the SciGirls "High Tech Fashion" episode and bring out the SciGirl in you.
  • Learn how to use fashion software to design an awesome party dress online.
Thursday, March 12, 2015

641 Avenue of the Americas
(between 19th & 20th Streets)
New York City

RSVP by March 9, 2015
  • Space is limited. 
  • Event is open to 8-12 year old girls and their parents. 
  • Snacks will be served.
Click here to apply today!

Do you work directly with children and youth in out-of-school time? Are you looking to build your science teaching skills? NJSACC is participating in an exciting STEM micro-credential and digital badging pilot with the National AfterSchool Association and Click2Science PD. We are looking for 25 front line staff as pilot participants between March 1st and May 30th.

Participants will receive training and coaching to increase competency in the following four science skills: 
    • Embracing Active STEM Learning
    • Encouraging Collaborative STEM Work
    • Reflecting and Processing STEM Experiences
    • Making Connections to STEM Careers
Participants will need to:
  • commit to 14 hours over the course of the pilot between March 1st and May 30th
  • attend face-to-face science skill training planned for March 3, 10 or 11th
  • participate in observation or other documentation demonstrating application of the four science skills within the out-of-school time environment
  • document knowledge of the four science skills through assessment, demonstration, and self-reflection
  • complete online assessment of at least one of four skills to earn micro-credentials and digital badges
  • participate in market research survey
Click here to apply today!
Due 3/12 New Jersey Afterschool/Summer Program Notice of Grant Opportunity (NGO)
Click here to apply

The New Jersey Department of Education, Office of Student Support Services, is pleased to announce the release of the New Jersey Afterschool/Summer Program Notice of Grant Opportunity (NGO).

You may view and download this NGO at: http://www.nj.gov/education/grants/gropps.shtml

Eligible agencies are limited to Public or Private youth serving organizations.

A technical assistance workshop was held on February 12, 2015. Please review those details in the NGO.

The New Jersey Afterschool/Summer Program is a state-funded grant program open to to national or statewide youth-serving organizations to expand existing afterschool/summer programs or to create new programs that offer high-quality, engaging out of school time (OST) activities to youth throughout New Jersey.

These programs will increase students' career and college readiness and increase positive student behavior while engaging parents through the provision of academic support and enrichment activities in at least one of the following areas: academic support, science, technology and math (STEM, career exploration and/or community service).

The target population is students between the ages of 5-18.

This is a sixteen (16) month grant program.

Applicants may apply for up to $250,000.

NJ Makers Day enhances community engagement and develop connections among New Jersey residents by collaborating with multi-type libraries, museums, small businesses and others to promote and explore new opportunities for entrepreneurship, innovation and hands-on learning experiences.


  • Celebrate the culture of making in New Jersey
  • Foster collaboration between makers and makerspaces across New Jersey
  • Host a program/event on the same day at all participating New Jersey makerspaces
  • Promote the role of NJ libraries in supporting makers and maker culture throughout the state
  • Schedule at least one event in every county in New Jersey
  • Contract with vendors based in New Jersey whenever possible
  • Create projects with low or no barriers of access, including one or two statewide projects live streamed
  • Create a Google Map of makers and makerspaces in New Jersey
Visit them on the web at: http://njmakersday.org
 Got STEM? Let us Know How You're Supporting STEM or STEAM in Afterschool!
Click here to get started

NJSACC knows that a lot of great things are being achieved through STEM education in afterschool programs, but we need to know more. Help us make a difference by pinpointing STEM activity taking place in your programs and let's find out what is being accomplished!

With that in mind, please take a moment and fill out our quick survey to express your interests in incorporating STEM or STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) into your programs or how you are currently implementing STEM. Please note that programs that do not currently offer STEM are encouraged to complete the survey as well. We'd like to hear from all of you!

We encourage as many programs to respond as possible, whether or not you have strong involvement with STEM.

Thank you, in advance, for your help.

Click here to access the survey and begin!
Michael MacEwan 
Collaborative Lead  
Garden State Girls STEM Collaborative