Pacific Northwest Girls Collaborative Project Newsletter

May 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).

PNWGCP Updates

April_25_Event_Photo Pacific Northwest Girls Collaborative Project (PNWGCP) Professional Development Forum
On April 25, 2015, the PNWGCP hosted a Professional Development Forum focused on engaging youth in STEM with SciGirls. Opening remarks were provided by Karinda Harris, Economic Opportunity Program Manager at the Women's Funding Alliance, followed by Collaboration Networking, where participants met each other and found mutual areas for partnership. During the forum, Nimisha Ghosh Roy, Network Manager at the National Girls Collaborative, provided an overview SciGirls, recent research on strategies for exciting youth in STEM, led hands-on activities, and used videos from the SciGirls curriculum as teaching and engagement tools.


Washington State Affiliate NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing Celebration 

Congratulations to all of the Washington state National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) Award for Aspirations in Computing winners! The NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing honors young women at the high school level for their computing-related achievements and interests. Award winners celebrated their achievements at Google Seattle on March 21, 2015. Washington state winners are listed below.


Jacki C., Rogers High School
Mahalaxmi E., Interlake Senior High School
Amara G., Wilson
Amrutha G., Woodinville High School
Larissa H., TAF Academy
Mackenzie J., Holy Names Academy
Alexandra K., Holy Names Academy
Anita L., Newport High School
Wendy L., Hazen Senior High School
Aishwarya M., Skyline High School
Karishma M., Skyline High School
Bonnie N., Cleveland High School
Genevieve P., Lakeside School

Ariel R., Ingraham High School
Kimberly R., Challenge Academy Homeschool
Maia S., Inglemoor High School
Amy S., Inglemoor High School
Mayukha V., Redmond High School
Emily W., Garfield High School
Hana Y., Forest Ridge School Of The Sacred Heart
Maxeen B., Porter-Gaud School, South Carolina

During the event on March 21, 2015, one National award winner from Washington state was recognized: Alka P., Tesla-STEM High School.

The Connectory: Promote Your Summer Camps!

The Connectory is a free online collaboration tool for STEM program providers to find partners based on interests as well as a platform to showcase STEM opportunities to families. Ensure all your summer STEM opportunities are featured by registering at

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.

Kyle Rector


Meet Kyle, PhD candidate in Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Washington. She conducts research on the intersection of Human-Computer Interaction and Accessibility. She is especially interested in developing Eyes-Free Exercise Technologies, such as designing accessible exergames for people who are blind or low-vision. 

To learn more about Kyle, 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    

Washington Women in Trades Career Fair

Seattle, WA

May 8, 2015

The Women in Trades Career Fair is an event aimed at increasing the overall number of women working in the trades and to help fill the imminent gap in the labor force. The event offers hands-on activities designed to introduce women and girls to the possibility of a future career in the trades.


Alaska Airlines Aviation Day

May 9, 2015; 8:00 AM-12:00 PM

Anchorage, AK

Participants will meet women in the field of aviation, discover the world of aviation through hands-on activities, and explore career possibilities in the field of aviation.


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.


Go, Girl, Go!

May 30, 2015

Seattle, WA

Go, Girl Go! is an all-female Q&A panel. Participants will speak and network with local and international female STEM professionals and learn more about the world of science and technology.


Washington Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) Summer Conference

August 9-12, 2015

Yakima, WA

This conference incorporates relevant speakers and workshops to create a rich professional development opportunity. Topics include how to find and organize valuable internet-based resources, tools to increase productivity and engagement, and underwater robotics.


Boeing Grants

The Boeing Company provides grants for partnerships that: strengthen STEM pathways for underserved students by implementing evidence-based curriculum and high-quality teacher professional development; aim at improving educational environments for all students; and promote excellent instruction through evidence-based practices and strong school leadership. The Letter of Interest deadline is June 30, 2015.


GeoGirls at Mount St. Helens
GeoGirls explore the volcanoes in their backyard, the hazards they pose to human populations, and the technology scientists use to monitor them as a team. Participants will engage in hands-on experiments, have lessons and demonstrations by scientists, experts, and educators, and field trips to sites around Mount St. Helens. The application deadline is May 20, 2015.


Robot Mania 

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


University of Idaho Coeur d' Alene Summer Coding Camp for Girls

This camp for middle-school girls will focus on computer programming, website development, coding, and graphic design. Applications are due on May 22, 2015.

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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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