Pacific Northwest Girls Collaborative Project Newsletter

March 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).


Engaging Youth in STEM with SciGirls! A PNWGCP 

Professional Development Forum

April 25, 2015

Seattle, WA

Join us for a full-day professional development forum for adults 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.


STEM Mentoring Café - Hanford REACH Interpretive Center

April 22, 2015; 10:00 AM-12:00 PM

Richland, WA

At this event, 5th-8th grade students and their teachers will engage in show-and-tell chats with federal employees in STEM careers. Federal STEM professionals will move table to table to share how they got their start in STEM, what interests them most about their jobs, current projects, and why STEM matters to our society.

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.

Tristram Hokenson


Meet Tristram, Civil Field Engineer at Bechtel National. Her work supports excavation, structural steel and concrete activities. She loves the variety of people she has the opportunity to interact with on a daily basis. She enjoys working outdoors, dancing, traveling, and playing sports. 


To learn more about Tristram, 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    

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.


Young Women Empowered (Y-WE)
April 25, 2015; 10:30 AM-5:00 PM

Bothell, WA

This event will feature keynote speakers, interactive workshops and career development activities that will help girls and young women set and meet career goals.


CodeNow Workshop

April 25-26, 2015 and May 9, 2015

Seattle, WA

This workshop will introduce participants to programming in a fun and interactive way. The workshop will take place at a local tech company and is taught by top software engineers. The application deadline is April 8, 2015.


Startup Weekend GIRLS

May 15-17, 2015

Seattle, WA

This Startup Weekend is specifically designed for 5th-10th grade girls. The event will provide girls with inspiration, resources for building and launching a viable, scalable company, and opportunities to meet local tech and startup leaders.


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 


DigiGirlz High Tech Camp

This camp provides girls with an opportunity to experience what it is like to develop cutting-edge technology. During camp sessions, girls will listen to executive speakers, participate in technology tours and demonstrations, network, and learn through hands-on experience in workshops.


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.



Technology Access Foundation (TAF) Camps

TAF is a nonprofit leader in STEM education that addresses three problems that keep students of color away from STEM: low expectations, a shortage of role models in STEM, and lack of access to a quality, STEM-focused education. TAF camps include robotics, forensics, aviation, programming, and design.


Women's Funding Alliance Grants

The Women's Funding Alliance is accepting grant proposals for funding for new and existing programs that serve women and girls. The Women's Community Leadership grant funds programs that help build strong female leaders within their community, for their community. The Girls' STEM Programming grant funds out of school STEM programming for middle and high school-aged girls. Applications are due on May 1, 2015.


The NGCP Program Directory is moving! 

We are excited to announce the expansion of the NGCP Program Directory with the launch of The Connectory, the largest directory of youth-serving STEM programs and opportunities. If you have an active account in the NGCP Program Directory, you will be notified in early April on how to login and access your program information. Don't have an account? Sign up to be notified when you can register your program for free.

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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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