Pacific Northwest Girls Collaborative Project Newsletter

February 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).


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Professional Development Forum

April 25, 2015

Seattle, WA

Save the date and join us at the Museum of Flight on Saturday, April 25, 2015 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.


Register here.

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.

Gayna Williams


Meet Gayna, Founder of If She Can I Can. She helps women reach their career goals. She believes the best thing about working in technology is there is always something new to learn, new problems to solve, and new technologies that can be used to solve problems.


Gayna is also a member of the Pacific Northwest Girls Collaborative Project Leadership Team. To learn more about Gayna, 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    

Making Sense of Mathematics: Struggle with the Problem!
March 3, 2015; 4:30 PM-6:30 PM
Seattle, WA
Facilitators will introduce problem solving models, explore different strategies for solving problems, and share ways to encourage math talk around problem solving.


Discover Your Future in Aviation

March 7, 2015

Honolulu, HI

Participants will have the opportunity to talk with aviation professionals, engage in hands-on activities, explore interactive science exhibits, watch aircraft flyovers and remote control aircraft demonstrations, get career information, and participate in a scavenger hunt. 


Making Sense of Mathematics: Encouraging Math Talk
March 10, 2015; 4:30 PM-6:30 PM
Kirkland, WA
Session facilitators will discuss strategies for encouraging math talk in the classroom, creating a classroom culture where students discuss their strategies and observations around mathematics, and incorporating the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) Math Practices and the CCSS for Speaking and Listening in math talks.


March 19-20, 2014
Seattle, WA
Girls are invited to participate in a series of motivational and career-oriented workshops. Participants will have the opportunity to meet and learn from women who are working in aerospace-related fields. Participants will also have an opportunity to watch Big Dream, a documentary film that follows the stories of seven young women in technology fields around the globe.


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Expanding Your Horizons (EYH) Conference

March 28, 2015; 8:00 AM-11:50 AM

Bellevue, WA

EYH aims to increase young women's interest in STEM; foster awareness of career opportunities in STEM; and provide opportunities for young women to meet and interact with role models active in STEM fields.


Careers in a High Tech World Job Shadow

April 2, 2015

Boise, ID

Micron offers an all-day on-site job shadow program for eleventh and twelfth grade students interested in engineering, scientific, or technical careers. Students will experience a half day job shadow and a half day of high-tech career exploration and college readiness activities. Contact Micron K-12 Programs for more information. 


Girls Unlimited - Art is the Way...

April 18, 2015; 10:00 AM-2:30 PM
Redmond, WA
Learn how art careers support and encourage STEM. Speakers with diverse art backgrounds such as design, graphics, and performance arts will share their experiences. Learn how you can incorporate your passions and dreams into your career path.; course # 55039


University of Washington Discovery Days

April 24-25, 2015

Seattle, WA

At this event students and faculty from all UW engineering departments will share their work with students, teachers, families, and the community. Attendees will participate in hands-on fun and learning. Registration for April 24, 2015 is closed, but registration for April 25, 2015 is available. 


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.


Robot Mania 

July 15-19, 2015

Anchorage, AK

Robot Mania is an opportunity for girls to engage in building and programming robots. Participants will use programming skills to complete tasks such as retrieving objects and making hairpin turns. For more information, see the Anchorage Museum camp schedule 


Black History Month Career Girl Video Collection
This collection of inspiring videos features African-American women talking about why they chose to pursue mathematics careers.


Fred Hutch 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 30, 2015.

Research Experience for Teachers Program

During this seven-week summer research program middle and high school teachers are exposed to sensorimotor neural engineering. Teachers will gain authentic research skills, content knowledge in science, engineering, and mathematics, as well as an understanding of lab safety and bioethics and develop innovative curriculum materials on neural engineering implement in their classrooms. The applications deadline is March 1, 2015.


STEM Education Leadership Institute
This week-long residential experience, developed by Washington State LASER, is designed to prepare schools, school districts, or regional teams to develop STEM-focused efforts. Participants will learn applicable, relevant skills and tools to help implement change in STEM education. The application deadline is April 3, 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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