Pacific Northwest Girls Collaborative Project Newsletter

April 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   

Pacific Northwest Girls Collaborative Spring Forum: Increasing Impact: Engage Girls in STEM by Building Capacity

Seattle, WA

May 13, 2013, 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

The Pacific Northwest Girls Collaborative Project invites program managers, guidance counselors, business partners, technical professionals, K-12 teachers, and representatives from professional organizations and higher education to join us for a professional development forum at Seattle University on May 13, 2013. Attendees will meet new colleagues and identify collaboration opportunities. The event will begin with plenary speakers, an undergraduate panel, and networking activities. In the afternoon, attendees will choose between two workshop sessions: "Teach your staff and volunteers to facilitate science inquiry," or "Who wants to give you money -- and why?" 


Project Splash Educator Training: Four New Organizations Trained

With the successful completion of a three-day Project Splash Educator Training on March 20, 2013, five new organizations in the Pacific Northwest are ready to host one-week Waterbotics® summer programs for middle and high school girls.


During this hands-on training, educators from Washington and Oregon learned a new robotics curriculum, exemplary practices in gender equity and engineering messaging, and strategies and tools for implementing a successful summer program

Project Splash Educator Training
Rain cannot stop the underwater LEGO robotics training in Corvalis, OR!

Congratulations to the educators who participated from Deschutes County 4-H in Redmond, OR, STEM Academy at Oregon State University in Corvallis, OR, Washington County Museum in Hillsboro, OR, Central Linn High School in Halsey, OR and Yakima Valley Farmworkers Clinic/Northwest Community Action Center/21st Century Community Learning Centers in Toppenish, WA. 


Welcome to the Project Splash community! A special thanks to the STEM Academy at Oregon State University for co-hosting this educator training in Corvallis, Oregon.


Interested in becoming a Project Splash educator? Please contact Nimisha Ghosh Roy at nghoshroy@edlabgroup.orgTo learn more about Project Splash visit:


FabFems Spotlight

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There are more than 100 profiles in the FabFems role model database and entries are added daily. 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.


Rebecca DeutschMeet Rebecca Deutsch, Founding Director of Technically Learning (TL) and a Senior Program Manager at Microsoft designing the Windows user experience. She is passionate about improving public education and increasing the representation of women in technical fields. She believes the TL Robotics Program, based on real-world applications, will inspire more girls to be interested in math and science.


To learn more about Rebecca, 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 contact Laura Enman at with your name, organization (if applicable), email, phone number, preferred shift, and preferred booth (Project Splash or Fab Fems).


The most up-to-date volunteer information is available at:


Events and Opportunities    

Hawaii STEM Conference

Wailea, HI

April 19-20, 2013

STEM/Service Learning students, teachers, parents, community and business leaders are invited to gather on Maui to celebrate STEM learning projects, experience the excitement of a regional technology conference and share stories with other students from different islands. The conference holds technology competitions for students, and provides specialized breakout sessions for teachers and parents.



Educators Preparing Students for College and Careers in the Biomedical Sciences

Washington State University, the Institute for Systems Biology, and Project Lead the Way are offering a free one-day symposium to introduce professional educators to contemporary biomedical science, research, and careers, and Project Lead the Way's Biomedical Science Program. The symposium is for high school teachers and administrators. Space is limited; lunch provided.

Details: Download PDF Flyer

RSVP: Pam Medly at or 206.619.8806


Girl Rising Community Screening

Olympia, WA

May 3, 2013 

The YWCA of Olympia, in conjunction with Intel Corporation, will host a free community screening of the film Girl Rising at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, May 3 at the Washington Center for the Performing Arts (512 Washington St SE, Olympia 98501). This groundbreaking film is presented by 10×10 (a global action campaign for girls' education and empowerment) and tells the stories of nine extraordinary girls from nine countries, written by nine celebrated writers, and narrated by nine renowned actresses.  Directed by Academy Award nominee, Richard Robbins, Girl Rising showcases the strength of the human spirit and the power of education to change the world.



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

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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.



Washington Aerospace Scholars Volunteer Mentors and Assistant Mentors

Seattle, WA

Monday-Friday Sessions June 16-July 19, 2013

Washington Aerospace Scholars (WAS) is an educational program for high school juniors from across Washington State. The WAS program emphasizes science, technology, engineering and math, and encourages students to consider careers in these fields. WAS is seeking science and engineering professionals or undergraduate/graduate university student volunteers to assist science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) professionals and high school juniors in the design of a human mission to Mars at The Museum of Flight in Seattle.

Download Summer Residency Mentor Application Form:

Download Assistant-Mentor Application Form: 



American Honda Foundation Grants

The American Honda Foundation engages in grant making that reflects the basic tenets, beliefs and philosophies of Honda companies, which are characterized by the following qualities: imaginative, creative, youthful, forward-thinking, scientific, humanistic and innovative. It supports youth education with a specific focus on the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects in addition to the environment. The next submission deadline is May 1, 2013.  


Cascadia Earthscope Earthquake and Tsunami Education Program (CEETEP)

Through a grant from the EarthScope Program of the National Science Foundation (NSF), CEETEP offers four-day workshops to foster community engagement of earthquake science and preparedness, and to encourage collaboration and exchange between formal and informal educators. Two workshops will be held: August 12-15, 2013 in Newport, OR and October 11-14, 2013 in Astoria, OR.


Huffington Post Girls in STEM

Focused on opportunities for women and girls in STEM, this site curates the latest articles, breaking news, and resources. It also links to the Huffington Post's Girls in STEM Mentorship Program  and considers what it takes to be a mentor in these fields.


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I-90 Wildlife Bridges Coalition Scholarship

Engineers with the Washington State Department of Transportation are looking for students to come up with their own design of a wildlife crossing over Interstate 90. The crossing should be similar to the structure already designed and scheduled to be built in 2015 near the Price Noble Creek Sno-Park, as part of the second phase of the I-90 Snoqualmie Pass East project. The Top Prize winner will be awarded a $1,500 scholarship, and a runner-up will receive a $500 scholarship. Submissions are due by May 3, 2013.


Women in Technology

Serving Hawaii, the Women in Technology Project's mission is to build and strengthen the education to workforce pipeline by encouraging girls, women and other underrepresented groups into science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) careers.The Women in Technology Project is a statewide workforce development initiative of the Maui Economic Development Board, funded in part through grants from the U.S. Departments of Labor, Agriculture and Education.


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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