August 2013


 Building the Capacity of STEM Practitioners to Develop a Diverse Workforce

In This Issue



NGCPUpdates NGCP Updates

NGCP Webinar: Increasing Equity and Diversity in the STEM Workforce: Issue and Strategies

Thursday, September 26, 2013; 11:00 AM-12:00 PM Pacific/2:00 PM-3:00 PM Eastern

In this webinar, participants will gain a better understanding of the issues that impede efforts to diversify the STEM workforce and learn strategies that can promote equity, fairness, and diversity in their programs and professional interactions as role models. Dr. Kimberly Tanner, Director of the Science Education Partnership and Assessment Laboratory (SEPAL), will present findings from research on why talented individuals leave the biological sciences, as well as examples of successful efforts and problematic attempts towards diversifying the biological sciences. Kimberly Bryant, Founder of BlackGirlsCode, will present information on the racial and socioeconomic digital divide and resources for computer science programs.



SciGirls wins Media Literate Media Award


Congratulations to the SciGirls team for their Media Literate Media Award from the National Association for Media Literacy Education (NAMLE). The NAMLE Media Literate Media Award recognizes people, programs, initiatives, or organizations in mainstream media that have raised the visibility of media literacy education, helped citizens better understand media literacy education, and provide significant outstanding resources that enhance the ability of educators to practice inquiry-based media literacy education. To learn more about SciGirls, visit:


Linda Kekelis and Elizabeth Stage win Women in STEM Awards

Dr. Elizabeth Stage, Ed.D., Executive Director of the Lawrence Hall of Science, and Techbridge,

led by Executive Director Linda Kekelis, are recipients of California Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner's Women of the Year Awards in the category of Women and Organization Trailblazers in STEM. Both award recipients are integral to the work being done by the California Girls in STEM (CalGirlS) Collaborative Project, offering leadership, collaboration, and support. Techbridge serves over 4,000 girls in grades 5-12 through after-school and summer programs, and Dr. Stage engages with over 275,000 people per year in every aspect of STEM at the Lawrence Hall of Science.

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CollaborativeNews Collaborative Network Activities

Indiana Girls Collaborative Project Collaboration Forum

Fishers, IN

August 5, 2013; 12:00 PM-2:30 PM Eastern 

Attendees will network and meet colleagues who are interested in making science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) career fields more accessible to girls. The forum will provide participants with a better understanding of the NGCP and NGCP resources.



Pacific Northwest Girls Collaborative Project (PNWGCP) Webinar: Engage Girls in STEM by Building Capacity in Alaska

August 6, 2013; 1:00 PM-2:00 PM AKST

In this free webinar, participants will learn about the NGCP model, find out more about PNWGCP events and opportunities, and engage in discussion about the needs and resources of girl-serving STEM organizations in Alaska and how the PNWGCP Collaboration Forum event in Alaska will help meet those needs.



Girls Raised In Tennessee Science (GRITS) Collaborative Project: Girls Rock STEM

Murfreesboro, TN

September 21, 2013; 8:00 AM-3:00 PM Central

Parents, teachers, guidance counselors, and other adults who support girls in STEM are invited to attend the GRITS Collaborative Project Forum: Girls Rock STEM, at the MTSU Expanding Your Horizons (EYH) event. Attendees will learn about STEM majors and careers, the admissions and financial aid process at MTSU, STEM opportunities and activities for girls, and the latest technology used in STEM classrooms.



ChampionsChampions for Collaboration

NGCP Champions Board members are selected to give the NGCP a balance of desirable expertise and regional representation, including industry representatives, informal learning educators, gender equity experts, science and mathematics education representatives, and educational policy experts. We are highlighting Champions Board members each month to inspire and inform your work to engage girls in STEM. This month we feature Lucy Sanders, CEO and Co-Founder of National Center for Women and Information Technology.

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What excites you most about your work? NCWIT's mission is to significantly increase girls' and women's participation in computing. It excites me to consider what women will invent when they turn their attention to creating the technology of the future. What problems will they choose to solve? How will technology better serve humanity?


What do you most appreciate in a collaborator? Collaboration is key to NCWIT's success - we have over 450 organizations (K-12 through career) with whom we collaborate, and they with each other. So strong collaboration skills are imperative. I most appreciate honesty, humor, and pragmatism in collaborative endeavors - honesty, because we want to make the best choices; pragmatism, since we can't do it all; and humor, just to keep things fun.


What advice would you give to the NGCP community? NCWIT greatly values our partnership with the NGCP; your mission to connect girl serving STEM organizations across the country, allowing them to share, learn, and network, is critical. My best piece of advice would be to remind ourselves that this race is not a sprint, but rather a long distance race; it's sometimes difficult to keep energetic and passionate over the long haul, but through mutual support and collaboration, we can get it done.

FabFemSpotlightFabFems Spotlight

The FabFems Spotlight highlights women from the FabFems Role Model Directory. FabFems are enthusiastic about the science and technology work they do and want to inspire a future generation of FabFems. Visit FabFems to search profiles, connect with role models, and find resources on career pathways.

  Katie Enderle_August NGCP E-news_FabFems Spotlight   

Meet Katie Enderle, an Applications Engineer at Texas Instruments in Plano, TX. When she was little, she liked making things and figuring out how things worked. In high school, she decided to try out a computer science class and fell in love with it - even though she was the only girl in her class. She knew it was something she was good at and loved the feeling she got when she created a program that did something cool, or when she fixed a tricky bug. She joined her high school Computer Science Team and also participated in activities like Band and French Club. In college, she received a degree in Electrical Engineering and a minor in Art History.


To contact Katie, read her advice for girls and learn how crocheting is like programming, visit her FabFems profile at:

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UpComingSTEMeventsUpcoming STEM Events
Triangle Coalition for STEM Education Conference
Washington, DC

September 11-13, 2013

The STEM Education Conference brings together STEM education leaders for a solutions-focused dialogue on pressing issues impacting education, the workforce, and policy. Conference topics range from the current status of STEM education initiatives like the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) to policy discussions on Capitol Hill surrounding STEM legislation, and related topics such as teacher preparedness, workforce development, and economic competitiveness. Early bird registration ends August 12, 2013.



Inspiring Women Scientists Forum

New York, NY

September 27, 2013

This forum aims to support women students, faculty, and professionals in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics and bring together faculty, staff, and students from institutions across the New York metropolitan area and region. The forum will feature keynote speaker, Dr. Jill Tarter, Director, Center for SETI Research, and Dr. Mary E. Kicaz, Assistant Administrator for Satellite and Information Services at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).



Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing Conference Grace Hopper Celebration of Women Conference_Logo

Minneapolis, MN

October 2-5, 2013

This year's theme "Think Big. Drive Forward" will focus on trends in Medical Technology, Media & Entertainment, Software Engineering, Education Technology and the exploding market opportunities in Mobile Experiences. The Grace Hopper Celebration is designed to bring the research and career interests of women in computing to the forefront. 




Assessment of Afterschool Science

A new report, Game-Changers and the Assessment Predicament in Afterschool Science, authored by Gil G. Noam and Ashima M. Shah, discusses the importance of the afterschool science field developing indicators and assessment tools. The authors present four 'game-changers' that make assessment in afterschool science critical: new expectations for afterschool programs related to teaching content; a shift in the way science is being taught; increased collaboration among organizations to pool resources and expertise; and the demand for outcomes data by funders. The report makes a strong case for developing common assessments for afterschool science, acknowledges related challenges, and lays out a call to action to move the agenda forward.


Engaging Latino Audiences in Out-of-School Programs about Science 

This article describes research conducted to identify how to engage Latino groups in science programs, such as Extension-sponsored youth programs. The article also examines

interest levels, barriers to participation, and preferences for program format among Latino parents based on
 focus groups with Latino parents in two communities.



Girlstart offers an array of STEM resources for educators. Resources include free online modules and a virtual community for educators.


You For Youth You For Youth_Logo

You For Youth (Y4Y) recently redesigned their website and it's geared towards providing professional development and technical assistance to 21st Century Community Learning Centers. If you're not a 21st CCLC, you can use all of the resources on their website for free. The site offers tools and resources to create engaging afterschool programs.


NGCP Program Directory - Search for Collaborating Programs or 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.


NGCP has created a publication entitled Build Your Collaborative Network with the NGCP Program Directory which provides an overview of the Program Directory as an effective collaboration tool to maximize impact for your program and/or organization.


Global Global Resources

WAAW Foundation

The WAAW Foundation works toward increasing the number of WAAW Foundation Logo_August 2013 NGCP E-news Global ResourceAfrican women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) related disciplines and careers. The WAAW Foundation offers STEM camps, academic scholarships, college to secondary outreach, and STEM teacher support to attract more African girls (ages 13-17yrs) into STEM disciplines early in life when career decisions are made.


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