Pacific Northwest Girls Collaborative Project Newsletter

December 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 LogoFabFems Spotlight

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, and/or help fill our boards on Pinterest. 


Cheryl PlatzMeet Cheryl Platz, a Senior User Experience Designer at Microsoft. Cheryl encourages girls to "make their own happiness" and creatively combine their passions instead of choosing just one. She followed her own advice when she studied human-computer interaction at Carnegie Melon, combining computer science, visual design, and cognitive psychology. Her varied experience includes working on interface design at the Walt Disney World and Sims game design at Maxis/Electronic Arts. Cheryl now works at Microsoft as a user experience designer on products for IT professionals. She enjoys the variety of her work: sometimes she researches and creates programs, and other days she sketches and does visual design. In her free time, Cheryl is a professional actress. She has been a cast member with Seattle TheatreSports and performs regularly with an improv troupe called NERDprov.


To learn more about Cheryl Platz, visit her FabFems profile at: you are a potential role model, submit a profile on to show girls what you do and what you are passionate about. 


Technically Learning LogoMiddle School Girls IGNITE

Technically Learning launched a new collaboration with IGNITE (Inspiring Girls Now In Technology Evolution) to co-host several half-day events that will introduce over 100 Seattle-area middle school girls to Robotics using Technically Learning's curriculum and LEGO® NXT Mindstorms kits and software. The events feature a fun, hands-on Robotics-themed activity, in which teams of girls are paired with women volunteers from IGNITE who are professionals in exciting STEM careers. These events are typically held on-site at a Seattle-area STEM company.


The first of four planned events was on November 29, 2012, bringing 28 middle school girls from South Shore K-8 in Seattle to the Microsoft campus in Redmond. The event engaged 10 women volunteers from Microsoft who also shared their inspiring personal stories with the girls over lunch. This collaboration with IGNITE will increase the ability to reach more girls at a critical time in their educational development. For more information about IGNITE, visit:


Project Splash Educator Training

Applications are now open for the Project Splash training in Corvalis, OR. This training will take place March 18-20, 2013 and will be co-hosted by the STEM Academy at Oregon State University (OSU). Participants of the Project Splash educator training will gain hands-on experience with WaterBotics® activities as they learn how to implement a one-week summer program for middle and high school girls. Educators learn new robotics curriculum, exemplary practices in gender equity and engineering messaging, and strategies and tools for implementing a successful summer program. Participants will have access to online support and course management tools, updated curriculum, and additional resource materials. Participating programs are also eligible to rent WaterBotics® kits. Following the training, participants will receive guidance and support for thier summer robotics program.  


Training locations:

Corvalis, OR, Date: March 18-20, 2013

Spokane, WA, Date: TBD

To apply for the Project Splash Educator Training visit: 


Events and Opportunities    

Project Splash Informational Webinar

January 16, 2013; 3:00 - 4:00 PM Pacific

Participants will learn more about the Project Splash educator training, summer camp opportunities, and how to get involved.



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.



Northwest Council for Computer Education Conference (NCCE)

Portland, OR

February 26 - March 1, 2013
NCCE is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting effective uses of technology in education. This is the largest educational technology conference in the Pacific Northwest, billed as the "Greatest EdTECH Show on Earth!" The conference will feature 100 sessions, 60 workshops, 130 exhibitors, and plenty of resources and professional development opportunities for educator professionals.



Women in Science and Engineering Conference

Seattle, WA

March 2, 2012

The conference is a day devoted to celebrate women in engineering academics and careers. The conference offers educational and professional enrichment, bringing pre-college, undergraduate, and graduate students together with faculty, administrators, and professional women.



Women in Trades Career Fair

Portland, OR

May 16-18, 2013

Presented by Oregon Tradeswomen, Inc., the Women in Trades Career Fair is a three day interactive event designed to increase the overall number of women working in the trades and to help fill the imminent gap in the labor force. The event offers hands-on activities designed to introduce women and girls to the possibility of a future career in the trades.




American Institute of Chemical Engineering (AIChE), Puget Sound Youth Mentoring

AIChE is seeking mentors for group and one-on-one mentoring between Puget Sound high-school aged youth and active chemical engineering professionals. Mentoring sessions begin with a kick-off party and include a half-day job shadow.


Computer Science (CS) Unplugged

CS Unplugged is a collection of free learning activities that teach computer science through engaging games and puzzles that use cards, string, crayons, and lots of running around. The activities introduce students to underlying concepts such as binary numbersalgorithms, and data compression. 


The DuPont Challenge

The DuPont Challenge is a science writing competition, encouraging students in grades 7-12 to research and write an original essay on any science topic that sparks their interest. The contest began 25 years ago to honor the crew of the Challenger space shuttle mission. Prizes are awarded to both students and teachers, and include an expenses-paid trip to the Kennedy Space Center.



StarLogo is a free modeling and simulation software that uses visually recognizable graphics to make programming education video games more accessible to youth. Users can create 3-D graphics to make more compelling games and rich simulation models.  


Education Northwest

Education Northwest conducts more than 200 projects annually, working with schools, districts, and communities across the country on comprehensive, research-based solutions to the challenges they face. They work with teachers, administrators, policymakers, and communities to identify needs, evaluate programs, and develop new solutions.


Washington Afterschool Network

The Washington Afterschool Network (WAN) is a formal statewide collaboration which serves as the action arm for School's Out and is designed to improve the quantity and quality of afterschool programs in Washington. WAN brings together policymakers, educators, afterschool providers, youth development workers, program developers, advocates, and parents interested in striving toward improved outcomes for children and youth through school-based/school-linked afterschool youth development programs.


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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