Pacific Northwest Girls Collaborative Project Newsletter

December 2013

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

PNWGCP Updates  

Over 140 individuals came together on December 4, 2013 on the Microsoft campus in Redmond, WA for the Pacific Northwest Girls Collaborative Project Conference, "Exploring Collaborations: Successful Strategies for Increasing Equity and Access to STEM."




The day began with an energetic welcome from Jenny Lay-Flurrie, Senior Director of Accessibility, Customer Partner Advocacy at Microsoft, followed by The Girl Perspective Panel, where participants heard from seven local high school girls who spoke to the audience about the importance of role models and the need to increase efforts to counteract stereotypes about girls in STEM still found in today's high schools. The morning also included opportunities for speed networking, a featured NGCP activity. Participants also heard expert panelists discuss how game design can support girls' aspirations for STEM career pathways.  The Girls and Gaming in Today's World discussion included Ellen Beeman, Trish Millines Dziko, Carrie Heeter, and Megan Gaiser and was moderated by Dana Riley Black, Director at the Institute for System Biology.


The afternoon was filled with engaging discussions as participants attended breakout sessions:

The conference concluded with a motivating presentation from Tayloe Washburn, Dean and CEO of Northeastern University - Seattle on "The National GAMES Initiative: Using the Gaming Medium to Inspire Girls to Pursue STEM Careers," and an inspiring closing keynote from Jacinda Chislum, a manager with Microsoft's Global Diversity and Inclusion group and the DigiGirlz program.


It was an exciting day where program managers, industry professionals, K-12 and informal educators, and representatives from higher education came together to explore current research, learn about new initiatives, share vital resources, and get connected with key community partners.



The event was hosted by the National Girls Collaborative Project and the Pacific Northwest Girls Collaborative Project, in partnership with Microsoft, the Institute for System Biology, the 2013 Afterschool Matters Fellowship program, and Northeastern University's G.A.M.E.S. Initiative


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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 involved, 'like' our Facebook page, 'follow' our Twitter feed, and/or help fill our boards on Pinterest.


Meet Leatta Dahlhoff, Toxic Reduction Specialist at the Washington Department of Ecology. Leatta became interested in chemistry and biology at an early age due to severe allergies and asthma. She is passionate about using her voice to create positive change in her community and around the globe. Leatta was recently recognized as one of the YWCA Olympia's 2013 Women of Achievement.


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Learn more about Leatta at: you are a role model, submit a profile on to show girls what you do and what you are passionate about.


Events and Opportunities    

Hands-On Winter Break

Anchorage, AK

December 28, 2013 - January 3, 2014; 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM 

Keep youth engaged during winter break with a family activity each day. Build an indoor "snow fort" with white cardboard blocks. Examine a snowflake up close and learn the science behind snow or make a glittery winter village decoration. 


NGCP Webinar: Ignite Girls' Interest in STEM through Role Models: Stories & Strategies from the NGCP's FabFem Project
January 9, 2013; 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Pacific
In honor of National Mentoring Month, the NGCP will showcase its innovative online collaboration tool, The FabFems Project. The webinar will feature an in-depth look at the FabFems Role Model Directory, a national database of women who are inspiring role models for young women. Participants will learn how to effectively provide role models and mentors for girls, including strategies for recruiting, retaining, and recognizing professional volunteers. 


Performance & Video for Teens: Reel Grrls Media Lab

Seattle, WA
January 14 - February 13, 2014
In this workshop, participants will explore - through lecture, screenings, discussion, in-class improvisation, and group work - how contemporary artists use pre-recorded video in live performance. Participants will develop short performances that include and integrate video projection. 


Hawaii Island Regional Science Olympiad Tournament

Hilo, HI

January 18, 2014

The Hawaii Island Regional Tournament is a qualifying tournament for school teams to participate in the Annual State Finals Tournament. Regional Tournaments are open to all public, private, charter, and home secondary schools that operate in the state of Hawaii. 


Girls Going Tech

Boise, Idaho
February 5, 2014

This full-day, onsite event is for 8th grade girls. Students will explore STEM concepts through fun hands-on activities and learn about STEM careers from women who work in those fields at Micron. Contact Micron K-12 Programs for more information. 


Seattle, WA
February 8, 2014; 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Pacific
At STEM Out, girls will hear stories from women in STEM careers, participate in hands-on activities, network with women peers and mentors, and have fun.  


Grant Reviewer Applications Now Open 
The Oregon Department of Education is seeking grant reviewers for their upcoming STEM grant submissions. Individuals with at least 5 years of experience in the areas of assessment, curriculum, educator effectiveness, elementary, equity, diversity and inclusion, secondary, post-secondary, special education, literacy and tutoring, CTE, nonprofit management, STEM education, grant making, or program evaluation are encouraged to apply. If you are not affiliated with grant proposals or the grant application process, please contact Blake Dye at: by December 31, 2013.


DO-IT Scholarship Web Page for Youth with Disabilities
An important part of preparing for college is figuring out how to pay for it. DO-IT has a web page with information about scholarships, including deadlines, award amounts, and eligibility. Using an interactive sorting tool, you can filter scholarships by disability or other criteria. 


Google Computer Science Summer Institute (CSSI)
CSSI is a program focused on increasing the enrollment and retention of computer science students, particularly those historically underrepresented in the field. The program is open to high school seniors, and features a 3-week interactive curriculum which provides students with a practical introduction to computer science (HTML, CSS, Javascript, App Engine, and more) that culminates in the creation and presentation of an application students have developed in small teams. 


Science on Wheels
The Pacific Science Center's Science On Wheels program provides science and math learning at schools and community events across the Northwest. From a 40-minute science show to a full day experience, Pacific Science Center can tailor programs to excite youth and pique their interest in the world of science. The Pacific Science Center offers school day events, evening events, and weekend venues for schools, preschools, PTA evenings, science fairs, scout groups, camps, libraries, afterschool programs, fairs, and more. 


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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