Pacific Northwest Girls Collaborative Project Newsletter

February 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.  


Kiki ProttsmanMeet Kiki Prottsman, President and Executive Director of Thinkersmith in Eugene, OR. She has been involved in computer science since she was a young girl, and all throughout her career has been intent on bringing more women into the field. She has taught both at the undergraduate and middle/high school levels. Through her non-profit, Thinkersmith, she is working to "show them that computer science can be a fun and artistic creative outlet." She mostly works with youth in grades K-8 and uses computational thinking to foster understanding and confidence in young people.

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


The Pacific Northwest Girls Collaborative Project at the Seattle Science Festival 

The Pacific Northwest Girls Collaborative Project (PNWGCP) will be participating in the 2nd Annual Seattle Science Festival. This festival is a celebration of the science and technology happening in our community, running June 6-16, 2013. It will feature luminaries from the science world in opening and closing night events, a free Science EXPO Day featuring hands-on activities and special stage programs at Seattle Center, as well as a variety of Signature Programs at venues around the region throughout the Festival.


dreams need doing PNWGCP is looking for volunteers to help us bring engaging, innovative hands-on activities to our two booths highlighting FabFems and Project Splash during Science Expo Day. The Science Expo Day will be on Saturday, June 8, 2013 from 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM.


Shifts will be 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM, 12:00 PM - 3:30 PM, and 3:00 PM - 6:30 PM. Volunteer roles may include, but are not limited to: assisting with booth set up and tear down, encouraging girls to write their science and technology aspirations on sticky notes at our Wall of Dreams, assisting with underwater robotics demonstrations and hands-on activities at our Project Splash booth, as well as assisting with hands-on activities from PBS' SciGirls Program.


If you are interested in joining us please email Laura Enman at with your name, organization (if applicable), email, phone number, preferred shift, and preferred booth (Project Splash or Fab Fems).


The most updated volunteer information is available at:


Project Splash AttendeesProject Splash Educator Training

Limited space is available for the upcoming 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 their summer robotics program.   


To apply for the Project Splash Educator Training visit: 


Events and Opportunities    

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 utilize in class. Current instructors and students will be available for questions.



Women in Science and Engineering Conference

Seattle, WA

WISE LogoMarch 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.



Cultura for La Casa Hogar

Yakima, WA

March 10, 2013

A celebration of International Women's Day, Cultura is an evening filled with live, local entertainment hosted by La Casa Hogar. La Casa Hogar is an organization building a foundation for growth and empowerment through healthy kids, healthy moms, healthy families, healthy schools, and healthy community.



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

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.



Seattle Science Festival

Seattle, WA

June 6-16, 2013

The 2013 Seattle Science Festival, an 11-day celebration of the science and technology, runs June 6-16, 2013. It features luminaries from the science world in opening and closing night events, a free Science EXPO Day featuring hands-on activities and special stage programs on Saturday, June 8 at Seattle Center, and a variety of Signature Programs at venues around the region throughout the Festival. Visit our 2012 Seattle Science Festival archive page for a look at events from last year's Seattle Science Festival. The Pacific Northwest Girls Collaborative Project will have booths for FabFems and Project Splash.




Boise, ID

June 7-8, 2013

e-Girls is a free two-day adventure for girls grades 9-11 exploring engineering and computer science careers. Workshops led by Society of Women Engineers professionals and college students may include: Biomechanics of Footwear, Packaging and the Environment, Virtual Worlds with Alice, Solving Forensic Mysteries, Physics of Rock Climbing/Rope Walking, and A World of Career Choices. Application deadline is May 1, 2013.




Pacific Aviation Museum Education Programs

The Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor provides a number of educational opportunities, including a Flight School for Girls. In this program, offered four times during the spring and summer, middle school girls participate in a three-day program that allows them to interact with professional women in aviation and fly remote control airplanes.  


SciGirls STEMsational Resources

SciGirls is designed to spark girls' curiosity in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) through activities that promote knowledge and discovery. On the STEMsational Resources page, parents and educators will find links to STEM activities and books, as well as an informative child development tracker.

STEMfinity's List of STEM Grants

This list of Federal, Private Foundation, and STEM Afterschool grants provides short descriptions of each source of funding, along with a link to the application information. Many of these grants are women and minority-focused, with an emphasis on increasing diversity in the STEM workforce.


Technology Access Foundation (TAF)

TAF is a nonprofit leader in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education that addresses three problems that keep students of color away from STEM: low expectations, a shortage of role models in STEM and lack of access to a quality, STEM-focused education. TAF partners with public education, businesses and the community to engage students in the real world of STEM.


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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