June
2015
June Heats Up w/ Exciting 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:
  • New Jersey Selected to Participate in 21st CCLC NASA STEM Challenge Opportunity
  • Job Posting: Hopes STEM Summer Camp Seeks Lead Summer Camp Teacher
  • Join The Connectory
  • Explore It! Afterschool Science Program from Rutgers 4-H and NJ SACC - Now Enrolling for 2015-2016 - due June 12
  • Design It! Afterschool Engineering Program from Rutgers 4-H and NJ SACC - Now Enrolling for 2015-2016 - due June 12
  • Due 6/15 New National Afterschool Matters Fellowship from NIOST
  • Got STEM? Let us Know How You're Supporting STEM or STEAM in Afterschool!
 
Mike MacEwan
Collaborative Lead, Garden State Girls STEM Collaborative
New Jersey Selected to Participate in 21st CCLC NASA STEM Challenge Opportunity

NASA has developed unique STEM challenges based upon real mission data and experiences that occur during human and robotic exploration of the solar system.
  • Challenges are designed for grades 5-8.
  • Educators attend NASA trainings for each challenge.
  • Students participate in live connections with NASA scientists and engineers to support the development of their designs.
  • Students create a brief video showcasing their response to the challenge and submit the video for review.
  • NASA selects student submissions to highlight in a culminating live Web event.

21ST CCLC NASA STEM Challenge Opportunity is a joint initiative between the US Department of Education (ED) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).


Eight New Jersey 21st CCLC programs were selected to participate in the 21ST CCLC NASA STEM Challenge Opportunity, which began in February and ended with the student video submission onApril 30th.


The teams worked quickly to develop 1 of 6 STEM challenges. We are pleased to inform you that one of the eight NJ 21st CCLC programs was selected!

Please help us in congratulating Mullica Township School District. Nationally, Mullica was selected as one of only seven 21st CCLC sites across the US. ED/NASA staff viewed 125 videos submitted for this project. This is a great achievement and we congratulate Margaret Goodher and her 21st CCLC staff, who will undoubtedly represent NJ well.

Job Posting: Hopes STEM Summer Camp Seeks Lead Summer Camp Teacher

Click here to learn more 


HOPES Community Action Partnership (HOPES) is a Non-Profit Agency established in 1964 that provides programs which respond to the social, educational, and training needs of the community. HOPES' Mission is to provide community services that respond to the social, educational and training needs of individuals in an effort to overcome barriers and fight the causes of poverty.

 

HOPES Seeks a Lead Summer Camp Teacher for their STEM based summer camp.

 

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: Lead and facilitate activities for school age children (ages 5-12 years old). Take primary responsibility for the health, safety and well-being of children. Ability to plan activities based around STEAM-based curriculum and develop supplemental activities as needed. Manage the appropriate signing in and out of all children. Prepare materials each day before children arrive. Submit required reports including but not limited to attendance sheets, incident reports and medical authorizations. Maintain a positive relationship with children, parents and staff. Supervise children's participation in structured and unstructured activities. Perform other duties as assigned.

Submit Resume to: vadams@hopes.org

Click here to download and learn more from their job announcement.

HOPES CAP, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Join The Connectory
Click here to begin

Use The Connectory to collaborate with STEM programs and promote your upcoming STEM opportunities to families. Programs are organizations providing STEM opportunities. Opportunities are time-bound STEM events such as summer camps, one-day events, workshops, career fairs, and competitions, and are automatically promoted to visitors based on their location.

Add your opportunities now so they will be available to the families across the country accessing The Connectory!
  • Join: Make an account profile
  • Create: Add your organization/program
  • Approval: Your program listing will be approved so it can be searched for by program providers
  • Add: Add all your STEM opportunities
  • Approval: Your time-bound opportunities will be approved so they can be searched for by families
  • Discover: Search for other programs providers to connect with
  • Opportunities are visible publicly to families. Programs are visible to other STEM providers.
The National Girls Collaborative Project Program Directory is now The Connectory.
   

Now enrolling afterschool sites for the 2015-2016 school year.

Enrollment is now open for this full-year program that includes six science projects. Each of the six projects lasts approximately one month, with youth (ages 8-12) meeting in their "Science Explorers" club once a week for the duration of the program. Selected Explore It! projects for 2015-2016 include - Cake Chemistry, Heating a House and an Oven, Measuring Ourselves, Sinking and Floating, Siphon Systems, and Wiring a House. Youth work in teams to explore familiar phenomena using simple materials to foster science learning. Enrollment form and deposit for the 2015-2016 school year are due June 12, 2015. For more information, visit the program's website. 

Rutgers Cooperative Extension 4-H Youth Development and the New Jersey School-Age Care Coalition (NJSACC), The Network for New Jersey's Afterschool Communities, are proud to offer Explore It!, an engaging, inquiry based, and fun STEM program designed specifically for afterschool. This comprehensive and high-quality program was developed by the Education Development Center, Inc. (EDC) in Boston and the National Partnerships for After School Science (NPASS2) through the support of the National Science Foundation.

Rutgers 4-H and NJ SACC will provide (1) materials kits, (2) curricula guides, (3) three full-day professional development workshops, and (4) ongoing support and technical assistance to school and community based afterschool organizations who enroll by June 12. See the website for details, enrollment packages and options, and an enrollment form.

Click here to read more.
   

Now enrolling afterschool sites for the 2015-2016 school year.

Enrollment Form (274k PDF)
Enrollment Options

Enrollment form and payment due June 12, 2015.

Rutgers Cooperative Extension 4-H Youth Development and the New Jersey School-Age Care Coalition (NJSACC), The Network for New Jersey's Afterschool Communities, are proud to offer Design It!, an engaging, inquiry based, and fun STEM program designed specifically for afterschool. This comprehensive and high-quality program was developed by the Education Development Center, Inc. (EDC) in Boston and the National Partnerships for After School Science (NPASS) through support of the National Science Foundation.

Rutgers 4-H and NJSACC will provide the following to school and community based afterschool organizations who enroll by June 12.
  1. materials kits
  2. curricula guides
  3. professional development
  4. ongoing support
This is a full-year program that includes six engineering projects. Each of the six projects lasts approximately one month, with youth meeting in their "Junior Engineer" club once a week for the duration of the program. Selected Design It! projects for 2015-2016 include - Balls and Tracks, Gliders, Paper Bridges, Rubber Band-Powered Cars, Straw Rockets, and Trebuchets. Youth work in teams to design their project, test it, and make adjustments - repeating the process as they try to optimize their design.

Click here to read more.
Click here to apply

NEW! National Afterschool Matters Fellowship

Offered by the National Institute on Out-of-School Time and the National Writing Project. 

The National Afterschool Matters (NASM) Fellowship is for mid-career OST, education, or youth development professionals who demonstrate a commitment to the field. NASM fellows are selected by application, and over a two-year process engage in reflection, inquiry and writing activities that position them to inform and contribute to the quality of OST programs, practice, and the broader field.

One of the unique aspects of the NASM Fellowship is the use of technology as a platform for learning:
  • Fellows will meet virtually in small groups with a facilitator on a monthly basis. 
  • Email will be utilized regularly and fellows will be required to post to or read materials that are located on a custom shared site.
In addition, the fellowship includes two retreats held in Wellesley, MA (travel stipend provided), one in the fall of 2015 and the second in the fall of 2016. 

Application deadline is June 15, 2015. To learn more about the fellowship and to access the application, please visit the NIOST website here.

 Got STEM? Let us Know How You're Supporting STEM or STEAM in Afterschool!
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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!
Contact
Michael MacEwan 
Collaborative Lead  
Garden State Girls STEM Collaborative