Pacific Northwest Girls Collaborative Project Newsletter

September 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  

Applications for the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) Aspirations in Computing Award Now Open 


The NCWIT 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 Awards Ceremony in Charlotte, NC in March 2015, and an engraved crystal award for both the student and the student's school. In addition, winners will be eligible for scholarship and will be connected to industry mentors from Google, Microsoft, and more. Applications for the Aspirations in Computing Award are now open. The submission deadline is November 2, 2014. Please share the poster and fact sheet.


To learn more about the Aspiration in Computing Award, visit: more about your local competition in Alaska, Hawaii, Idaho, or Washington.

FabFems Spotlight

Meet Caroline, a professor at the Ponce School of Medicine and Health Sciences in Puerto Rico. Caroline works part time in Puerto Rico and part time in Kirkland, WA through the wonders of Skype and modern technology. She oversees professional development workshops, research seminars, laboratory training experiences, mentoring teams, and program evaluation as the Program Director for a graduate training program at Ponce focused on increasing the number of students from underrepresented groups completing PhDs in biomedical/behavioral sciences. When she was in school she loved to make projects and design things and enjoyed doing 'hands-on' activities. Some of her favorite hobbies include scuba-diving, running, and skiing. To learn more about Caroline, visit her profile at:


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' us on Facebook, 'follow' our Twitter feed, and help fill our boards on Pinterest. 

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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    

Sally Ride Science Festival  Sally_Ride_Festival_Logo

October 4, 2014; 11:00 AM-4:15 PM

University of Washington - Bothell, WA

The Sally Ride Festival is a fun-filled day of science and socializing for middle school students sponsored by UW Bothell, Boeing, Google, and other business and community leaders committed to engaging middle school youth in hands-on STEM projects. The Festival includes workshops, experiments, and a street fair. 


Girls Unlimited - Learn, Inspire, Empower

October 11, 2014; 10:00 AM-2:30 PM

Redmond, WA

At this event, middle school and high school girls will meet female technologists, biologists, consultants, and managers and hear about what inspired them to achieve their professional goals. Scholarships are available for this event. Course ID #: 51972


GeekGirlCon Annual Convention

October 11-12, 2014 

Seattle, WA

GeekGirlCon is an organization dedicated to recognizing and celebrating the contribution of women in all aspects of geek culture. The convention will feature programming, panels, workshops, and gaming as well as special events. 


Expanding Your Horizons (EYH)

October 18, 2014

Centralia, WA

EYH is an opportunity for girls grades 7-9 to engage in hands-on workshops in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) led by female STEM professionals. This event is designed to foster young girls' enthusiasm for STEM careers, inform them of professions and opportunities, and encourage them to continue their studies in science and math.


Women in Engineering Day
October 24, 2014
Moscow, ID
Participants will have the opportunity to earn a scholarship toward an undergraduate degree in engineering; learn about the diversity of careers in engineering; interact with current students, faculty, and industry professionals; stay overnight with college women in a dorm or sorority (optional); tour engineering labs at the University of Idaho; and participate in hands-on engineering design activities. 


The Bridge from School to Afterschool and Back: Making Learning Personal


October 27-28, 2014

Seattle, WA 

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 programs at all levels.


Pacific Northwest Women's Conference

November 18-19, 2014

Seattle, WA

This conference brings together women from around the Pacific Northwest to offer tools, resources, networking, and information needed to help women on their journeys toward success in both career and life.


Access_STEM_Logo AccessSTEM Promising Practices
The Alliance for Students with Disabilities in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (AccessSTEM) database includes articles that highlight promising practices for increasing the participation of individuals with disabilities in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.


Computer Science Online: Computer Science for Minorities
This guide aims at helping minority students gain a better understanding of computer science, learn what to look for in a degree program, and find funding opportunities.


Free Professional Development Workshops is offering free workshops for K-5 educators and content-area teachers (librarians, tech-ed specialists, etc.) interested in teaching the elementary school computer science curriculum. The workshop will cover content for all three courses and teachers will receive the supplies they need to teach the course- at no cost.


School's Out Washington STEM Series Workshops

School's Out Washington is offering a STEM focused workshop series for K-12 educators. Workshops include Finding the Best Fit: Selecting STEM Activities, Making it Real: Connecting to Prior Knowledge, Supporting Exploration: Asking Purposeful Questions, and Providing a Vision: Making Connections to STEM Careers.


Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS)
SACNAS is a society of scientists dedicated to fostering the success of Hispanic/Chicano and Native American scientists, from college students to professionals, to attain advanced degrees, careers, and positions of leadership in science.


Washington Aerospace Scholars (WAS) Program 

WAS is a competitive statewide program that emphasizes STEM and encourages students to consider careers in these fields. Students and teachers who participate in WAS will get an insider's look at Washington's aerospace industry, gain exposure to university level curriculum and content, have opportunities to interact with professionals in STEM fields, participate in tours of engineering and research facilities that are not available to the general public, and work with highly engaged and motivated peers. Submission deadline for teachers is November 7, 2014 and November 14, 2014 for students.

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The National Girls Collaborative Project™ is partially funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation, GSE/EXT: National Girls Collaborative Project: Building the Capacity of STEM Practitioners to Develop a Diverse Workforce, Grant No. HRD-1103073


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