Pacific Northwest Girls Collaborative Project Newsletter

January 2013

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.  


Kaylyn Soller Meet Kaylyn Soller, a civil engineer from Pasco, WA. Kaylyn has known she wanted to become an engineer ever since she was accidentally placed into a drafting class instead of an art class in seventh grade. She credits her many fantastic teachers to helping her turn her love of math, science, and "all things structural" into a wonderful career. Currently, she is helping to build a one-of-a-kind nuclear waste treatment facility in the Southeast region of Washington state. Kaylyn loves seeing her designs in action, and says her job is a dream come true.


To learn more about Kaylyn, 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. 


red chairGet a Red Chair for International Women's Day

As part of the Sit With Me campaign, NCWIT has 12 Red Chairs to share with members. Hosting a Sit With Me event is a terrific way to highlight women in technology on IWD. Request yours now (first-come, first-served) and download the Sit With Me Toolkit for ideas on how to use it.


International Women's Day in-a-Box: Raising Awareness, Igniting Change

This all-in-one NCWIT resource is designed to help you celebrate successes and address barriers to women's full participation, and capitalize on women's innovative thinking and leadership potential. Use the contents to help you plan company activities and events, and to establish a culture and expectation for broader diversity of thought. Download it now at


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 Project Splash Attendeesmiddle 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 location:  Corvalis, OR, Date: March 18-20, 2013


To apply for the Project Splash Educator Training visit: 


Events and Opportunities    

Have a Heart for Kids Day

Olympia, Washington

January 30, 2013

This is an energizing, inspiring day of advocacy at the State Capitol in Olympia, WA inviting hundreds of parents, youth, and advocates to speak up for Washington's children. The day features workshops, a march, and time for individuals to meet with legislators. The Washington Afterschool Network will also host an Afterschool and Youth Development (AYD) Workshop available to the public at this event.  



National Engineers Month

Oregon and Southwest Washington

February 2013

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



Afterschool for All Challenge

February 7, 2013

In conjunction with a week-long national meeting of Statewide Afterschool Networks in Washington, D.C., the Afterschool Alliance's Afterschool for All Challenge will be an "advocacy from home" event. To facilitate participation at the local level, the Alliance has developed a toolkit and is sponsoring webinars to explore federal issues, to provide resources for effective meetings and communications with local Congressional leaders, and to encourage and support local advocacy efforts by community members.  



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.



Lake Washington Institute of Technology Open House

Kirkland, WA

February 28, 2013

Explore 110 Academic Degrees and Professional Certifications at the Lake Washington Institute of Technology's Open House event. During the event, attendees are invited to walk through classrooms and participate in hands-on activities using the cutting-edge equipment students use in class. Current instructors and students will be available for questions.



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.



Oregon University System Engineering Expo

Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR

May 17, 2013

High school juniors will explore the Oregon State University College of Engineering, and accepted high school seniors can delve more deeply into which kind of engineering engages them, and learn about clubs and teams.



Idaho STEM Pipeline

In an effort to better integrate various efforts and establish web-based access to multiple programs, the Idaho STEM Pipeline was created to serve as a user-friendly web portal that provides information on various Idaho programs to students, parents, teachers, and Idaho communities. The web portal provides a statewide clearinghouse of STEM pipeline programs available to K-12 students and teachers, undergraduate, and graduate students in the State of Idaho. 


PBS Calls for Nominations of Math and Science Teachers

Do you know an inventive teacher who's inspiring students with creative learning lessons? PBS NewsHour is launching a new series highlighting K-12 science and math teachers who are using innovative teaching methods in the classroom. Each month, NewsHour will feature a video of a teacher who uses creativity in the classroom in order to inspire their students.


SciGirls Games

SciGirls Logo SciGirls is designed to spark girls' curiosity in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) through activities that promote knowledge and discovery. Visit the Games page to find fun, interactive, educational games for girls.

STEM Intercommunity Portal (SIP-Hawaii)

SIP-Hawaii is a user driven meeting place for advancing interest, knowledge and opportunities in STEM. Guided by the vision and needs of its users, the SIP hopes to gradually bring about a network for interaction and collaboration among participants worldwide and attract the interest and commitment of young people to join the growing STEM workforce. 


Thinkersmith Traveling Circuits 
Based in Eugene, Oregon, Thinkersmith's Traveling Circuits program program was developed with the intention of bringing computer science and computational thinking to large groups, without relying on dull, complicated curriculum. These classes are free to schools and their students, each having been sponsored by a local company.Every one of these courses showcases a real bite-size lesson on actual technical concepts. 

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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