Pacific Northwest Girls Collaborative Project Newsletter

January 2014

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  

Click on the image to read Gov. Inslee's full proclamation.

January is National Mentoring Month

Washington state Governor Jay Inslee proclaimed January 2014 as Mentoring Month in Washington state. The Governor urged all people in his state to join in this special observance and called upon adults across America to become involved in mentoring programs. Mentors play an essential role in preparing girls for a bright future. During National Mentoring Month, the Pacific Northwest Girls Collaborative Project, along with the National Girls Collaborative Project and FabFems, has celebrated the contributions of all those who cultivate a supportive environment for the next generation, and we recommit to expanding mentorship opportunities across our networks. Visit this link for a recap of the mentors highlighted throughout the month.



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 help fill our boards on Pinterest.  


Meet Kelly Byrnes-Blake, Pharcokinetic Consultant and Owner of Northwest PK Solutions. Kelly states that her education allowed her to really dig into a specialty and find her niche. She enjoys owning her own business because it gives her the fulfilling feeling of helping people and making a difference.


Learn more about Kelly at: FabFems Logo


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    

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. 


Family STEM Night

Mukilteo, WA
February 5, 2014; 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
At Family STEM Night learn about STEM companies by visiting their tables and participating in their activities. The event will also have an Education Aisle, where attendees can learn about colleges and other educational organizations. 


Seattle, WA
February 8, 2014; 9:45 AM - 2:30 PM 
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. 


Northwest Girls Coalition Resource Fair 

Seattle, WA

March 1, 2014; 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Participants are invited to visit tables hosted by local girl-serving organizations. Registration is free.


WiSE Conference: Building a Culture of WiSE Leaders

Seattle, WA

March 1, 2014; 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM

The Women in Science and Engineering Conference offers educational and professional enrichment, bringing pre-college, undergraduate, and graduate students together with faculty, administrators, and professional women.



Seattle, WA

March 8, 2014

At STEMTASTIC, learn about what STEM means, why you should care about it, and how it can help you find a great job someday. Local organizations will be on hand to talk about options for education, tutoring, college prep, after school programs, and more.


Seattle Expanding Your Horizons (EYH) Conference

Seattle, WA

March 15, 2014; 8:15 AM - 1:30 PM

At EYH, 6th-8th grade girls will participate in a day of career exploration in science, technology, engineering, and math through hands-on workshops. Registration Deadline: February 7, 2014.

Expanding You Horizons (EYH) Conference
Edmonds, WA
March 25, 2014; 7:30 AM - 1:25 PM 
EYH will increase young women's interest in science, technology, and math; foster awareness of career opportunities in science, technology, and math; and provide opportunities for young women to meet and interact with role models active in science, technology, engineering, and math fields.   


Alaska STEM Advocate Helps Women, Minorities Succeed

The Alaska Native Scholarship & Engineering Program provides an opportunity for students interested in science and engineering to live on the University of Alaska campus for two to eight weeks while taking courses and receiving hands-on training from scientists and engineers. An article in the U.S. News & World Report highlights the success of this program, especially its contribution to women and minority achievement in STEM subjects. 


Engineer girl logoEngineerGirl Essay Contest

The National Academy of Engineering (NAE) invites students in grades 3-12 to participate in its annual EngineerGirl Essay Contest. NAE will award $500 to the essays that best describe how engineering has addressed one of five areas of societal need (Communication, Education, Health, Nutrition, or Transportation) in the past 50 years and suggest ways that engineering could address this area of need in the next 50 years. Submission deadline: March 1, 2014. 


Fred Hutchinson Center Summer High School Internship Program

Selected interns will spend one week in training and seven weeks working on projects or activities in a host lab. Application deadline is March 15, 2014. 


Role Models in Science & Engineering Achievement

The USA Science & Engineering Festival features "Role Models in Science & Engineering Achievement" on their website. These STEM profiles include a variety of pioneers. This is a useful resource for teachers and students. 


SciGirls Role Model Strategies: Encouraging Girls to Consider STEM Careers 

STEM professionals are in positions to make real differences in girls' lives SciGirls_Logo by becoming role models. By hosting field trips, visiting classrooms, or working with after-school programs and summer camps, they encourage youth in to explore STEM. This resource offers training for role models, introducing the best practices for their volunteer efforts. 


Vital Signs 

Vital Signs measures the health of the K-12 STEM learning enterprise, state by state. Created in collaboration with the American Institutes for Research, Vital Signs offers comprehensive information on STEM in your state, including the demand for and supply of STEM skills, what states expect of students, students' access to learning opportunities, and the resources schools and teachers have in order to do their work. 


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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