Pacific Northwest Girls Collaborative Project Newsletter

January 2015

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).


Save the Date: Engage Youth in STEM with SciGirls! A PNWGCP

Professional Development Forum

April 25, 2015

Seattle, WA

Save the date and join us at the Museum of Flight on Saturday, April 25, PNWGCP_12.4.2014_Event_Photo2015 for a full-day professional development forum hosted by the Pacific Northwest Girls Collaborative Project focused on integrating inquiry-based STEM instruction with a commitment to gender equity.

Participants will learn the latest research for exciting and engaging girls (and boys) in STEM; experience hands-on STEM activities; and gain access to free materials for hands-on, video-enhanced activities that put a creative twist on teaching STEM.


Registration information coming soon.

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

Sharmilli Ghosh


Meet Sharmilli, CEO of KoolLearning, an organization focused on empowering underrepresented communities to pursue STEM. As a woman in the computer science (CS) field, the biggest lesson she has learned is that girls and women are the minority in CS. So, she believes it is critical for girls and women to surround themselves with inspiring role models, people, projects, events, and other opportunities. To learn more about Sharmilli, 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    

Puget Sound Engineering Council Fair

February 7, 2015; 10:00 AM-4:00 PM

Seattle, WA

This event is a fun, visible way to see and hear about the various types of engineering disciplines. Local chapters of national societies representing the entire span of engineering disciplines will staff booths and provide visitors with information about engineering careers. 


Tech Out!

February 7, 2015; 10:00 AM-2:30 PM

Seattle, WA

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


Girls Going Tech
February 10, 2015

Boise, ID
This is a full-day onsite event for 8th grade girls. Participants will 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.

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Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day 

February 26, 2015


Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day is an annual event to encourage girls in engineering. Find events near you, learn how to start an event, and explore resources to encourage girls in engineering. 


Electric Airplane Capstone Challenge

April 25, 2015

Seattle, WA

At this event students will learn, collaborate, and compete in a challenge to design, build, and fly an electric, tethered airplane that will carry the most cargo. The event will also include STEM mentors, a keynote speaker, and an awards ceremony.


Pacific Rim International Conference on Disability and Diversity

May 18-19, 2015

Honolulu, HI

Conference topic areas promote thoughtful discussion and suggest new ways to integrate education, technology, advocacy, activism, and interdisciplinary research.  


12 Days of MathWays

The Zeno blog recently featured the 12 Days of MathWays. The 12 blog posts highlight 12 different ways to play math games at home as a family.


Girls Rock Math Camps and Classes

Girls Rock Math offers hands-on math camps and classes for girls in grades 1-6. Camps and classes feature confidence-building math activities, games, and art/crafts.!schoolyear/c1uft 


January is National Mentoring Month 

National Mentoring Month focuses national attention on the need for mentors and how we all can work together to increase the number of mentors to assure positive outcomes for our youth. Research shows girls benefit from relationships with role models and mentors who can provide valuable information about STEM careers.


Mentoring in a Box - Technical Women at Work

This resource offers activities, resources, and tools to support a mentoring pair, presented in an easy-to-use format. 


Million Women Mentors 
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Million Women Mentors (MWM) is an engagement campaign and national call to action that mobilizes corporations, government entities, non-profit and higher education groups, around the imperative of mentoring girls and young women in STEM fields. The National Girls Collaborative Project is a Founding Partner of the MWM Initiative. Email Nimisha Ghosh Roy to get involved in MWM work in the Pacific Northwest. 


NGCP Role Models and Mentoring Resources

Visit the NGCP Role Models and Mentoring page for more resources. 


ProjectCSGIRLS Competition for Middle School Girls

The ProjectCSGIRLS Competition for Middle School Girls challenges participants to build something using computer science and technology to solve an imminent social problem under one of three themes - global health, a safer world, and intelligent technology. Registration deadline is February 15, 2015. To request a mentor, register by February 1, 2015. 


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. Application deadline is 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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