Pacific Northwest Girls Collaborative Project Newsletter

November 2012

The Pacific Northwest Girls Collaborative Project (PNWGCP) brings together organizations in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Alaska, and Hawaii that are committed to informing and motivating girls to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

PNWGCP Updates   

FabFems SpotlightFabFems Logo

There are more than 100 profiles in the FabFems role model database and entries are added on a daily basis. FabFems are enthusiastic about the science and technology work they do and want to inspire our future generations. Encourage girls to visit FabFems to search profiles, connect with role models, and find resources on career pathways. To get more involved, 'like' our Facebook page, 'follow' our Twitter feed, or help fill our boards on Pinterest. 


Brandi HeathMeet Brandi Heath, who works as a Post Bachelors Research Associate at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory with the Department of Energy in Richland, WA. She received her undergraduate degree from Georgia Southern University, and was active on campus in the peer leader program and the National Honor Society. Ms. Heath planned on going to dental school to become an orthodontist, but was drawn towards the research industry. She is currently pursuing a Professional Science Masters degree in Molecular Biosciences at Washington State University. She spends her free time volunteering with organizations like Habitat for Humanity, and recently completed the Komen Race for the Cure. She also loves to spend time knitting, playing volleyball, and playing with her puppy. To learn more about Brandi Heath, visit her FabFems profile at: If you are a potential role model, submit a profile on to show girls what you do and what you are passionate about. 


Lights On Afterschool LogoLights On Afterschool

Lights On at South Shore was the result of a partnership between the EdLab Group, School's Out Washington, Kids Co., and the King County Youth Development Network. The event featured STEM information and activity booths from many organizations including the Pacific Science Center, Pacific Northwest Girls Collaborative Project, Technology Access Foundation, and Yakima Valley/Tri Cities MESA. This event, located in one of the most ethnically diverse neighborhoods in the country, highlighted rapidly changing U.S. demographics where the fastest growing sector of the population, K-12 youth, currently comprise more than 43% of public school enrollment. Afterschool programs are well-poised to answer the national call for STEM workforce development as well as the need for high-quality, proven resources supporting a child's interest in STEM fields while providing out-of-school time safe spaces for children and helping working families.


Vicky Raya, Diversity Program Manager for the EdLab Group, is an Afterschool Ambassador, selected by the Afterschool Alliance to promote the benefits of afterschool programs and speak out about the need to make more programs available to the children and families that need them. More information about the Afterschool Alliance and Lights On Afterschool is available at


Project Splash Educator TrainingProject Splash

Applications are now being accepted for the Project Splash Educator Training. Project Splash is an exciting professional development and youth program opportunity in robotics education. Educators attend a training to learn the curriculum, gender equity strategies, and technical skills necessary for implementing a Project Splash program. Upper middle and high school girls are eligible to attend these programs, where they build fully submersible robots using a variety of LEGO products. The robots become increasingly complex and are able to complete sophisticated, real-world tasks. In the process, students gain knowledge in several areas of science, engineering, and technology. 


Educators who complete the training will gain access to camp curriculum and are eligible to rent a materials kit from the PNWGCP.


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Events and Opportunities    

Advocates for Women in Science, Engineering & Math (AWSEM) Club

The AWSEM Club is a program of the STEM Academy, which inspires young people to explore their world through hands-on learning with community experts and professionals. Their goal is to reinforce the joy of learning, assist young people in developing intellectually and help them prepare for rewarding careers. STEM Academy places special emphasis on the sciences, math and technology. Financial assistance is available to all who qualify. 

Middle School Club Schedule: Tuesdays, January 22 - February 26, 2013; 5:00-6:30 PM

High School Club Schedule: Wednesdays, January 23 - February 27, 2013; 5:00-6:30 PM



CSEdWeek LogoComputer Science Education Weed (CSEdWeek)

December 9-15, 2012

CSEdWeek recognizes the transformative role of computing and the need to bolster computer science at all educational levels. CSEdWeek is a call to action to raise awareness about computer science education and computing careers. The website includes lists of events and resources for students, teachers, parents, community, administrators, and counselors. Highlights include a Twitter conversation on December 11th (6:00 PM Eastern) with a national panel of thought leaders in the field using the hashtag #CSEdWeek. 


Discovery Center of Idaho's Tournament of Innovation

March 22-23, 2013

The Tournament of Innovation is a STEM and invention competition for students in grades K-12 to promote creative thinking and integrate all areas of STEM. Students in the K-8 division are encouraged to solve a problem with a device they invent or understand a scientific concept by designing an experiment and collecting data. Their results are then presented in poster form, including a model or diagram. High school students will research and create their project around a topic from any STEM discipline. Students will present in poster form and must defend their results in person. Submissions deadline is December 7, 2012.



National Engineers Month

Oregon and Southwest Washington

February 2013

Throughout February, students across Oregon and SW Washington will engage with volunteer science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) professionals who will visit their classrooms. The purpose is to give students a glimpse into a vast world of exciting career opportunities and inspire them to excel in math and science, the key to those opportunities.



Oregon University System Engineering Expo

Corvallis, OR

May 17, 2013

This is an excellent opportunity for high school juniors to check out the OSU College of Engineering, and for high school seniors already accepted to delve more deeply into which kind of engineering speaks to them most engagingly and to learn about clubs and teams and start making on-campus connections. Registration will open in spring 2013. 

Afterschool Alliance STEM in Afterschool Virtual Tour Webinar
December 12, 2012, 10:00 - 10:30 AM Pacific
The webinar will provide an opportunity to ask questions and learn how the Afterschool Alliance is supporting STEM after school through field-building, policy and advocacy, and research. Join our STEM director and STEM research assistant for an interactive virtual tour of the resources available on our website, and an overview of recent and upcoming STEM publications for the afterschool field. 


Discovery Education

Discovery Education empowers teachers and motivates students through high quality, dynamic, digital content. The website offers a broad range of free classroom resources that complement and extend learning. Discovery Education fosters deeper engagement and opportunities for students to take charge of their own learning with high quality, engaging, and relevant tools designed for educators and parents. Explore programs and contests, interactive games, puzzleslesson plans, videos and more.


EdLab Group Blog

The EdLab Group Blog features the latest news in STEM education, especially in the Pacific Northwest. Check back regularly for posts like STEM Education for Citizenry and Engaging Women in STEM: We Have the Resources, Let's Use Them! The mission of the EdLab Group is to leverage the power of technology and diversity to transform teaching and learning.


Engineering Design in Oregon Science Classrooms (EDOSC)

The EDOSC program is a collaboration of the Oregon University System and the Oregon Department of Education. The upcoming Next Generation Science Standards take science inquiry and engineering design a step further by articulating scientific and engineering practices and integrating them into performance expectations. Districts and schools in Oregon are invited to apply for $2,000-$20,000 in grants to partially support their participation in a professional development program designed to prepare Oregon teachers to incorporate hands-on engineering design projects and processes into their current science curricula. Application deadline is January 18, 2013.


Pacific Science Center LogoPacific Science Center

One of this year's recipients of the Institute of Museum and Library Services' National Medal for Museum and Library Service, the Pacific Science Center has a variety of tools and activities for educators. The National Medal is the nation's highest honor bestowed on museums and libraries for service to the community. It celebrates institutions that make a difference for individuals, families, and communities. The Pacific Science Center was chosen as a recipient for their Discovery Corps program, which gets students excited about the world around them and teaches invaluable job and life skills.   


Science Adventure Lab

The Science Adventure Lab is a 45-foot-long mobile science lab designed to deliver an exceptional learning experience. The curricula are focused on life science topics that promote health, such as nutrition, prevention of infectious disease, exploring respiratory functions, and exposing students to the exciting world of cutting edge science. Students in grades 4 to 8 conduct hands-on, interactive science experiments that challenge them to solve authentic problems and introduce them to career possibilities in the health sciences. 



The STEMinist website focuses on women in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) by aggregating and featuring stories about women in STEM from across the web. The goal is to increase the visibility of women in these fields, promote and elevate the perspective of women in these traditionally underrepresented fields, encourage younger women and girls to pursue careers in STEM, and capture a social media snapshot of what is trending for women in STEM.


Women of Vision Awards Nomination
This award, hosted by the Anita Borg Institute Board of Trustees, honors women making significant contributions to technology. A winner is selected in each of the following categories: Innovation, Leadership, and Social Impact. Nominations will close December 14, 2012.

NGCP Program Directory - Register your Program Today! 

The online Program Directory lists organizations and programs that focus on motivating girls to pursue STEM careers. The purpose of the directory is to help organizations and individuals network, share resources and collaborate on STEM-related projects for girls. When you sign up for the Program Directory you will enter your program description, resources available within your organization, program and/or organizational needs and contact information.


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