Pacific Northwest Girls Collaborative Project Newsletter

September 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 PNWGCP at "Back-to-School with STEM" 

On August 24, 2013, the Pacific Northwest Girls Collaborative Project (PNWGCP) hosted a booth at the Museum of Flight's "Back-to-School with STEM" event in Seattle, WA. Over 100 youth and parents visited the table throughout the day. Volunteers connected with parents and guardians looking for resources on how to encourage their children to pursue STEM careers and courses. The FabFems Dream Wall engaged youth that stopped by the table by asking them to post their dreams on the wall and have conversations with FabFems volunteers about how STEM careers can help them achieve their dreams.




View photos from the fun-filled day and be sure to like the PNWGCP Facebook Page! Learn more about the FabFems Project, a national database of women in STEM professions who are inspiring role models for youth, by visiting


Save the Date: Pacific Northwest Girls Collaborative Project Fall Conference

Redmond, WA

December 4, 2013

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 full-day conference with workshops, panels, and an inspiring plenary at the Microsoft Campus in Redmond on December 4, 2013. Registration opens on October 15, 2013.


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FabFems Spotlight

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.

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Meet Angie, Alaskan Region Aviation and Space Education Coordinator at the Federal Aviation Administration. She has been a private pilot since 1991, and is a member of the Ninety-Nines International Organization of Women Pilots, and the Civil Air Patrol. Angie is passionate about aviation education and bringing young people, especially girls, into science, technology, engineering, and math.


FabFems Logo To learn more about Angie, 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    

Northwest Mathematics Conference 

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Bellevue, WA

Oct. 11-12, 2013

Attendees will learn about best practices in Math Education, implementing the new Common Core State Standards, how to leverage technology to improve student achievement, and new activities and practices to implement in the classroom.



Girls Generation Robotics Competition

Carnation, WA

October 12, 2013

This competition seeks to encourage women to join the profession of engineering. The theme of this year's competition is "Ultimate Ascent", and the competition will take place on an official FIRST field and Field Management System. The first 30 teams to sign up will be able to participate in the competition.



GeekGirlCon 2013

Seattle, WA

October 19-20, 2013

GeekGirlCon features programming, panels, workshops, and gaming as well as special events.

Workshops and panels topics include: astronomy, biology, chemistry, neurology, and paleontology. Participants will also have the opportunity to engage in hands-on activities.



Discover U

October 16, 2013

King County, WA

Discover U is a day to build excitement around college and career exploration across Seattle and South King County. The event is focused on providing students an opportunity to think about their futures and increase their college/career knowledge. Participating districts include: Auburn School District, Federal Way Public Schools, Highline Public Schools, Kent School District, Renton School District, Seattle Public Schools, and Tukwila School District.



Northwest Regional Women in Computing Conference

Portland, OR

October 19, 2013

This event aims to empower the next generation of women to shape the future of computing by improving their educational experiences and creating opportunities for engagement with industry leaders. This one-day conference features three speakers, a hands-on workshop, two demonstrations of computing research, a panel of industry leaders, and an on-site career fair.

Register: Bridge Conference_Logo 


The Bridge From School to Afterschool and Back Conference:

Illuminating Possibilities for All Youth

Seattle, WA

October 21-22, 2013

This conference brings together education and community leaders serving youth both in and out of school. The conference aims to strengthen partnerships between the formal education system and afterschool and youth development (AYD) programs at all levels. 



NSTA Area Conference: Bridges to the Future 

Portland, OR

October 24-26, 2013

At this conference explore the Next Generation Science Standards and learn how science links with the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts and Mathematics. Participants will attend hands-on workshops and presentations. Workshop and presentation sessions include:  Strategies for Advancing Educational Opportunities for Underrepresented Students in STEM, Engaging Girls in Renewable Energy STEM, NSTA Press® Session: Exemplary Science: Best Practices in Professional Development, and ASEE Session: Effective STEM Curricula for Girls.



Life Sciences Research Weekend

Seattle, WA

November 1-3, 2013

This three-day event features live demonstrations, interactive exhibits, and talks for school-aged children, families, and citizen scientist interested in learning more about life sciences and the role research plays in our daily lives. 



American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Technical Symposium

Tukwila, WA

November 2, 2013; 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

At this day-long symposium, attend technical presentations, panel discussions, and speed mentoring sessions. Event speakers include: Sandy Magnus, AIAA, Michael Drake, The Boeing Company, and Chris Lewicki, Planetary Resources Inc.



Oregon Afterschool Conference: Health, Safety and Nutrition

Salem, OR

November 8-9, 2013

Participants will network, learn about available resources, and attend training sessions. Conference sessions include Increasing STEM engagement for Girls: Strategies & Resources, SciGirls Live Healthy: Hands-on Activities to Engage Girls in STEM, Traveling Circuits Teaching Computer Science Without Fear/Makerspace, Using Role Models to Engage Girls in STEM, Getting your Hands On, Arms and Mind Around STEM, and FIRST Robotics.




Anchorage School District STEM Department Website

To help students better understand STEM subjects and concepts, the Anchorage School District established the STEM Department. The STEM Department's website has wide-range of resources available to parents, teachers, and students. Resources include local STEM activities and events, student contests, school programs, and links to online STEM resources.


Applications for Aspirations in Computing Award Now Open

The National Center for Women & Information Technology Award for Aspirations in Computing honors young women at the high school level for their computing-related achievements and interests. Applicants can use one application to apply at both the local and national level. National award winners receive $500 in cash, a laptop, a trip to attend the Bank of America Technology Showcase and Awards Ceremony in Charlotte, NC in March 2014, and an engraved crystal award for both the student and the student's school. Applications for the Aspirations in Computing Award are now open. Submission deadline: October 31.  


Boise State University K-12 Connections

K-12 Connections features a calendar of engineering, science, and math outreach events and programs for students in grades K-12 and resources for educators and parents. Programs include e-Day, a one-day STEM camp hosted by the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers Student Chapter at Boise State, and E-Girls, a summer camp for girls in grades 7-10 led by Society of Women Engineers professionals and college students.


Center for Urban Education (CUE) Toolkit for increasing Latina and Latino STEM Baccalaureates
This toolkit develops competencies that facilitate Latina and Latino student success in STEM, by helping both campus teams and individuals understand the issues facing these students.


For Girls in ScienceFor_Girls_in_Science_Logo

­ is a website designed to be a fun place where science doesn't intimidate, but inspires and empowers girls of all ages to pursue their career goals in STEM. The website features a searchable database of summer and weekend STEM camps for girls, biographies of "41 Groundbreaking Women in STEM", STEM Career information and opportunities, and a forum for girls interested in STEM to connect to one another.


Girls RISE Resources Directory  

The Girls RISEnet resource catalog is a dynamic listing of crowd-sourced research and resources on engaging girls in engineering. 


Museum of Flight Education Guide

The Museum of Flight offers educational programs on-site and on an outreach basis serving audiences around the world. Their programs promote lifelong learning in science, technology, engineering, math, and the humanities. The Education Guide provides an overview of each program and guidelines for registering for Museum of Flight programs.


Women in Computer Science and Engineering (WICSE) at the University of Washington 

WICSE is a portal to information on women in computer science and computer engineering at the University of Washington. Their goal is to help foster an atmosphere of academic, social and community support for current and prospective women in these fields. They provide useful academic, professional and community resources to aid academic careers and beyond into the workforce.


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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