Pacific Northwest Girls Collaborative Project Newsletter

May 2013

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

PNWGCP Updates   

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. The festival is a celebration of the science and technology happening in our community. From June 6-16, 2013, the Festival 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.


dreams need doingPNWGCP needs 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 and activities from PBS' SciGirls Program.


If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Laura Enman at lenman@edlabgroup.orgThe most up-to-date information is available at:


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

The Pacific Northwest Girls Collaborative Project welcomed program managers, business partners, technical professionals, K-12 teachers, and representatives from professional organizations and higher education to a professional development forum at Seattle University on May 13, 2013. The morning plenary featured a welcome address from Isiaah Crawford, Seattle University Provost, followed by a lively panel of undergraduate women majoring in STEM fields. After a speed networking activity and lunch, participants selected one of two afternoon breakout sessions: "Teach your staff and volunteers to facilitate science inquiry" or "Who wants to give you money - and why?"


Stephanie Lingwood (Girls Scouts of Western Washington) and Dr. Jen Sorensen (Seattle University) co-presented a highly engaging and interactive workshop based upon their NSF-funded project, "Inquiry in the Community." Participants experienced project curriculum which included designing, building, and testing paper parachutes. Participants also had the opportunity to identify specific behaviors staff and volunteers who work with kids can use to promote scientific inquiry.

participants with parachutes
Participants created and tested parachutes to learn how to teach interactive science inquiry curriculum.
In the concurrent session, Susan Howlett (Susan Howlett Consulting) helped participants discover twenty sources of sustainable funding they may not have approached in the past, and how to find support year after year. Participants left her session with clearly identified prospects. Susan illustrated her recommendations with success stories and practical strategies for sustainability.


To close the forum, everyone reconvened to share takeaways from the breakout sessions. Participants left with many new connections and opportunities for collaboration to increase impact and engage girls in STEM.


FabFems Spotlight

FabFems Logo 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.

Maria Barna  

Meet Maria Barna, Systems Engineer for Honeywell Aerospace. Maria lives in Seattle, Washington and works on software testing for safety electronics that go on aircraft. She enjoys working in the aerospace industry and especially loves working on technology that makes a difference in the world. In her free time, she plays guitar and piano, creates pottery, and volunteers.


To learn more about Maria, 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. 


Events and Opportunities    

Seattle Science Festival LogoSeattle Science Festival

Seattle, WA

June 6-16, 2013

The Seattle Science Festival is an 11-day celebration of the science and technology. 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 the Seattle Center, and a variety of Signature Programs at venues around the region throughout the Festival. Visit the 2012 Seattle Science Festival archive page for a look at events from last year's Seattle Science Festival. This year the Pacific Northwest Girls Collaborative Project will have booths for FabFems and Project Splash.



Washington Aerospace Scholars (WAS) Volunteer Mentors and Assistant Mentors

Seattle, WA

Monday-Friday Sessions June 16-July 19, 2013

Washington Aerospace Scholars 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: 


Saturday Academy LogoAWSEM Camp

Portland, OR

July 8-12, 2013 

Become an advocate for women in science, engineering, and math (AWSEM). In this action-packed day camp, participants will have the opportunity to conduct experiments, explore the inner workings of a computer, solve a crime using forensic science, construct a Rube Goldberg device, and tour a nuclear reactor. Meet girls  interested in science, engineering, and math, and visit female mentors with successful careers in these fields. For girls entering grades 6-8.  



Geek Chic: Computer Camp for Girls

Portland, OR

July 22-26, 2013 
Learn how to animate and program a movie, construct a robotic pet and direct it to do tricks, or design a video game. Participants will rotate between three classes, taught by women computer scientists, as they learn computer skills while focusing on creative projects. Out of class activities, both tech and non-tech, will allow participants to interact with other campers in games and creative projects. For girls entering grades 5-7.  



Washington Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) Summer Conference

Yakima, WA

August 11-14, 2013

This year's ACTE conference incorporates relevant speakers and workshops to create a rich professional development opportunity. Topics include a policy and legislation update, Common Core math requirements, and Washington's ten-year strategic plan for workforce development. Participants also have the opportunity to visit the exhibitor trade show. Early bird registration deadline is July 15, 2013.




The Alliance for Access to Computing Careers (AccessComputing)
AccessComputing Serves to increase the participation of people with disabilities in computing fields and helps students with disabilities successfully pursue undergraduate and graduate degrees and careers in computing fields. Their website hosts a variety of resources for educators and employers to make computing careers available to everyone.


Idaho's Career Pioneer Network (CPN)
Career Pioneer Network Career Pioneers are students and professionals who either train for or enter careers in which one's gender comprises less than 25% of individuals employed in the occupation. The CPN gives direction for the development of a statewide strategic plan addressing the advocacy and support of gender specific nontraditional career education, training, and employment - particularly focusing on female recruitment and retention in STEM fields.


Challenger Learning Center of Alaska (CLCA)
The CLCA is a resource for the state of Alaska. Using simulated space and earth science missions, distance education and hands-on workshops, the CLCA inspires youth to develop an interest in STEM, and to consider careers in these fields. Using space and earth sciences as a medium, participants work in an environment that spans the academic areas while learning valuable skills in problem solving, communication and teamwork. The mission of the CLCA is to inspire students to look beyond the ordinary, imagine the unattainable, and answer those seemingly impossible questions through the pursuit of higher education in STEM. Registration for a variety of summer camps is currently open.


Foundations for Success (FFS)
FFS was founded by alumni from the Bronx High School of Science and other specialized high schools as an online, interactive resource for students, parents, and educators (grades K-9) who are interested in STEM fields. The website provides students with STEM career information, educational games, ane interaction with their peers.


PBS LearningMedia
PBS Teachers is becoming PBS LearningMedia on June 1, 2013. Educators can register for access to over 30,000 digital resources, including exciting and interactive STEM curriculum and activities. Users may sort by subject, grade level (from pre-K to post-high school), and resource/media type. The new site is better equipped to be used on a tablet or smart phone. PBS LearningMedia is free for educators.


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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