Pacific Northwest Girls Collaborative Project Newsletter

December 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: A Year in Review   

2014 was a great year for the Pacific Northwest Girls Collaborative Project (PNWGCP). We had new members join our Leadership Team and our Champions Board. We continued to grow and expand our work to increase the quality and quantity of STEM programming for girls in our region. Here are some of our 2014 highlights:


Project Splash Participants
  • National Mentoring Month and Women's History Month Social Media Campaigns: During the months of January and March the PNWGCP, along with the National Girls Collaborative Project (NGCP) and FabFems Project celebrated the contributions of mentors who cultivate a supportive environment for the next generation and of women making a significant impact in STEM fields.
  • STEMtastic Resource Fair: In March, the PNWGCP hosted a booth at the Museum of Flight's STEMtastic Resource Fair in Seattle, WA. Youth wrote down their science and technology aspirations for the Wall of Dreams, while adults learned more about PNWGCP and FabFems activities, including online and local resources available for encouraging girls to pursue their STEM interests.
  • NGCP Institute: In April, members of the PNWGCP leadership team attended the NGCP Collaboration Institute in Kansas City, MO. During the Institute, the team heard from local high school girls about role models and the need to increase efforts to counteract stereotypes about girls inSTEM. The team also received training in gender equity research, event planning and management,working with diverse groups, and exemplary practices.
  • Project Splash: In August, instructors with the PNWGCP taught a five-day course called "Project Splash: Girls Designing Robots for a Better World." Sixteen high school girls from the greater Seattle area attended the course and built underwater LEGO robots andcompleted various missions, including building a remotely operated robot that could descend to the bottom of the pool and collect objects.
  • Million Women Mentors: In 2014, the PNWGCP committed to engaging 3,000 STEM mentors over the next three years across Alaska, Hawaii, Idaho, and Washington as part of the Million Women Mentors movement. We are working to build a strong group of STEM professionals ready to mentor and serve as needed role models to encourage girls to consider STEM majors and careers. Make your pledge to mentor at and then create a FabFems profile to get connected to mentoring and role modeling opportunities today! If your organization would like to get involved, please email Nimisha.

We are looking forward to expanding our reach in 2015! Contact Nimisha Ghosh Roy to learn how you can join the PNWGCP Leadership Team or Champions Board and for additional information about our 2014 highlights.

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.

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Dina Kovarik


Meet Dina, Program Manager for the Baliga Lab at the Institute for Systems Biology. Her favorite thing about science is helping other people learn about how cool science can be. In her current position she helps high school teachers and students learn how to do real scientific research in their classrooms. In her free time, she enjoys blogging, writing, working outdoors, computing, reading, acting, and spending time with pets. To learn more about Dina, 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    

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. 


Washington FIRST Robotics Volunteer Opportunities
Washington FIRST Robotics is seeking event volunteers. If you are interested in engaging more K-12 youth in robotics, volunteer at one of the many FIRST events across Washington State. No experience in robotics and engineering is required. To be a Washington FIRST Robotics event volunteer, please register here:

January 3, 2015

Mountlake Terrace, WA

January 3, 2015

Cheney, WA

January 3, 2015

Auburn, WA

January 17, 2015
Ellensburg, WA

January 31, 2015
Kent, WA
How Expanded Learning Inspires Students & Closes the Opportunity Gap

January 21, 2015; 8:30 AM-9:45 AM

Olympia, WA

At this event Schools Out Washington will showcase how high-quality summer and afterschool programs can expand upon what students are learning in the classroom. Informal learning spaces provide experiential, hands-on approaches to STEM that enhance what students learn during the school day while inspiring passions and developing new skills.


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. 


Girls Going Tech
February 10, 2015

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


Girls on Ice

Girls on Ice is a free wilderness science education program for high school girls. Each year two teams of nine teenage girls and three instructors spend 12 days exploring and learning about mountain glaciers and the alpine landscape through scientific field studies with professional glaciologists, ecologists, artists, and mountaineers. The application deadline is January 31, 2015. 


Girls Who Code Summer Immersion Program

In this free summer program for high school girls, participants receive instruction in computer science, robotics, web design, and mobile development. The program includes workshops and presentations from female engineers and entrepreneurs; field trips to technology companies, startups, and academic institutions; and engaging, career-focused mentorship. The application deadline is February 5, 2015. To learn more, attend an info session in your area. 


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SciGirls is designed to spark girls' curiosity in STEM through activities that promote knowledge and discovery. Visit the Games page to find fun, interactive, educational games for girls. 


STEM Lending Library

The Maui Economic Development Board Women in Technology Project's STEM Lending Library contains resource materials and technology devices available for educational use. Technology devices available for classrooms include laptops, macbooks, iPads, and microscopes.

Washington State Opportunity Scholarship

The Washington State Opportunity Scholarship supports low- and middle-income students pursuing eligible high-demand majors in science, technology, engineering, math or health care and encourages recipients to work in Washington state once they complete their degrees. The application period is from January 5, 2015 to March 2, 2015.

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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