Pacific Northwest Girls Collaborative Project Newsletter

November 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  

Nimisha Ghosh Roy
Nimisha Ghosh Roy

PNWGCP at the Bridge Conference 

Pacific Northwest Girls Collaborative Project Lead, Nimisha Ghosh Roy, presented at the Bridge Conference 2014: Making Learning Personal in Seattle, WA. Her presentation, Spark a Future! Inspire Girls in STEM by Engaging Role Models in Your Youth Programs, provided an overview of the FabFems Project, offered resources and strategies from the FabFems Project, the National Girls Collaborative Project, and other national partners for effectively engaging role models in programming through in-person events and online platforms.


To learn more about the FabFems Project, visit:

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

Tarhata Guiamelon
Tarhata Guiamelon 


Meet Tarhata, Business Operations Manager at Emerald City CDs and Fine Books. She loves bridging knowledge across multiple social and interactive systems, from healthcare to embedded computing. She is hopeful that people and the technology they use can solve some of the world's most wicked problems. To learn more about Tarhata, visit her profile at: 

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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    

2014 Early Learning STEM Institute

December 3, 2014; 8:30 AM-4:30 PM

Seattle, WA

Attendees will hear from keynote speaker, Dr. Katie Davis, University of Washington Information School, and have opportunities to learn about the Next Generation Science Standards, Math Common Core and its relation to early learning, Project VIEWS2 and the benefits of storytime, the Global Cardboard Box Challenge, and integrating STEM in the classroom. 


Applications of Biotechnology in the Classroom: An Understanding of DNA: Making the Invisible Visible

December 5-6, 2014

Shoreline, WA

This introductory workshop is designed for middle school life sciences teachers and high school biology teachers who are new to working with DNA in the classroom. Activities include an introduction to micropipetting and agarose gel electrophoresis (separating molecules based on size), DNA extraction from cheek cells, genomic DNA purification from cheek cells, and using bioethics. Teachers will also learn how to use Cn3D, a free program to help students visualize a variety of macromolecules. 


Computer Science Education Week

December 8-14, 2014


Computer Science Education Week (CSEdWeek) provides an opportunity to raise CS_Week_Logo awareness about the impact of computing, the richness of computing careers, and the critical need for computer science (CS) education. CSEdWeek is a call to action to inspire students and colleagues about CS education, to employ new and better strategies for engagement, and to connect with the broader community about the need for and value of CS education. 


Computing Open House

December 6, 2014; 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM 

Seattle, WA

Attendees will participate in hands-on activities and visit research labs to find out what computing is all about. Students and faculty from University of Washington's computing majors will introduce participants to the broad range of problems computing can address. Representatives from local technology companies will provide demonstrations and talk about why they love their jobs.  


The Hour of Code

December 8-14, 2014 


The Hour of Code is a movement to help every student try computer science during CSEdWeek. 


Puget Sound Computer Science Teachers Association Programming Competition

December 13, 2014; 8:30 AM-2:30 PM 

Seattle, WA

Middle and high school computer science students will practice their coding skills, compete against other school students, and win prizes. 


School's_Out_WA_Logo Providing a Vision: Making Connections to STEM Careers

December 9, 2014; 9:30 AM-11:30 AM

Seattle, WA

Attendees will learn strategies for promoting practical applications of science and engineering experiences. Strategies include identifying options that youth have as part of the future STEM workforce, introducing STEM role models that relate to the real world of youth, with a focus on gender, race, class, and ethnicity, and connecting real-world STEM skills to program activities.


Hands-on Winter Break

December 28, 2014 - January 3, 2015

Anchorage, AK 

Keep youth engaged during winter break with a family activity each day. Build an indoor snow fort with white cardboard blocks. Let your imagination run free in the open makers studio. 



February 7, 2015; 9:45 AM-2:30 PM

Seattle, WA

At STEM Out, girls will hear stories from women in STEM careers, participate in hands-on activities, and network with women peers and mentors.


America After 3PM 

This Afterschool Alliance publication provides an overview of how children spend the hours between 3:00 PM and 6:00 PM. The publication provides data on afterschool program participation, the benefits associated with participation in afterschool programs, and public support for afterschool programs. Learn more about afterschool in your state in Alaska, Hawaii, Idaho, or Washington.

Boise State University STEM Connection Station 

The STEM Station is a place for students, faculty and staff to make connections and find new career paths. The STEM Station connects STEM students with the right resources, supports STEM faculty professional development, and integrates NSF-sponsored and other campus programs that support STEM student success, faculty development, diversity, and K-20 education research and initiatives. 


STEM Teaching Tools 

Created by UW Institute for Science & Math Education researchers, this website offers STEM educators tools that leverage the best knowledge from both research and practice. Features include tools for practitioners to support the implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards.


NGCP Program Directory 

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. 

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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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