Pacific Northwest Girls Collaborative Project Newsletter

June 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

We'd like to welcome the Pierce County Library System to The Connectory!

We are excited to have the Pierce County Library System in The Connectory. The Pierce County Library System's 18 locations bring people together, enrich lives and provide children and adults with opportunities to learn. Program Providers click here to connect with the Pierce County Library System and families click here to learn more about their opportunities. 

 

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Join the Connectory to collaborate with other STEM program providers and promote your STEM opportunities to families. Follow the steps below to add your programs and opportunities to The Connectory! 

  1. Join: Make an account profile 
  2. Create: Add your organization/program
  3. Approval: Your program listing will be approved so it can be searched for by program providers
  4. Add: Add all your STEM opportunities
  5. Approval: Your time-bound opportunities will also be approved so they can be searched for by families
  6. Discover: Search for other programs providers to connect with

The Connectory Informational Webinars

Learn more about The Connectory by joining us for an informational webinar. These webinars will provide an overview of the Connectory and how to use it as a collaboration tool and to promote your STEM opportunities to families. Dates and registration links are listed below:

Women's Funding Alliance Girls in STEM Grant Recipients

The Women's Funding Alliance is excited to announce its Girls in STEM grant recipients for new and existing out-of-school programs for middle and high school aged girls.

Funding priority was given to programs that:
  • Increase girls' competency across STEM fields
  • Increase girls' self-confidence in school and other educational settings
  • Increase girls' knowledge of how to prepare for a career in STEM, and/or understanding of the career possibilities within STEM
  • Build STEM identity in girls - an innate sense of belonging and connection to STEM
  • Provide outreach and support to families around participants' involvement in the program
  • Focus on engagement and participation of girls from underserved communities, specifically girls of color, girls from immigrant and refugee communities, girls from low-income families, or girls from rural communities.

Congratulations to all Girls in STEM Grant Recipients!

 

  • East African Community Services

  • Legacy Foundation (Greater Seattle Chapter of the Links, Incorporated)

  • Na'ah Illahee Fund

  • Sawhorse Revolution
  • Southwest Washington Child Care Consortium
  • Techbridge
  • YWCA Olympia

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.

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Lindi Mujugira

 

Meet Lindi, Program Manager - STEM Instructor at Bellevue College. She helps run a program called STEM to Stern at Bellevue College. She has a passion for mentoring and her mission in life is to help people reach their full potential. 

 

To learn more about Lindi, visit her profile at:
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If you are a role model, submit a profile on FabFems.org to show girls what you do and what you are passionate about.

Events and Opportunities

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. 

http://wa-acte.org/confsummer.php 

 

Lindbergh Electric Airplane Flight (LEAF) STEM Challenge Teacher Workshop

August 10, 2015; 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM

Tukwila, WA

The LEAF STEM Challenge is a standards-based project that helps bring aerospace alive in the classroom for grades 6-12. Formal and informal teachers, administrators, and outreach professionals are all welcome to attend.

http://www.leafchallenge.com

 

Hawaii Science Teachers Association (HaSTA) Fall Conference 

September 12, 2015

Honolulu, HI

The HaSTA fall conference is an opportunity for science educators to get together, learn from each other, check out exhibits, and listen to a great keynote speaker. 

http://hasta.wildapricot.org/FallConference 

Resources

Amelia's Aero Club (AAC)

AAC inspires and nurtures middle school girls' exploration of educational and career pathways in Science, Technology, Engineering, Aviation, Art, and Mathematics (STEA2M) by providing them opportunities to: build confidence in their abilities and strengthen their voice; build relationships with peers and adult mentors interested in STEA2M explorations; develop their leadership and project management skills; and participate in activities related to STEA2M and the legacy of Amelia Earhart.

http://www.theconnectory.org/opportunity/amelia%E2%80%99s-aero-club-aac

 

Design Squad Nation Parents, Educators & Engineers

Activities, animations, video profiles, and episodes from Design Squad Nation that can be used at home to engage and inspire kids in engineering.

http://pbskids.org/designsquad/parentseducators/index.html 

 

Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace (SPEEA) Northwest STEM Grant

The SPEAA Northwest Council is accepting applications for grants related to STEM to encourage students to pursue related careers. Northwest STEM grants are for non-profit organizations with at least one Northwest SPEEA member participating as a coach, mentor, or parent. Application deadline is August 15, 2015.

http://www.speea.org/Member_Tools/Forms/2015_STEM_grant_application.pdf


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What is the Impact of Gender Diversity on Technology Business Performance? Research Summary 

This NCWIT report provides a comprehensive review of current research on gender-diverse teams and strategies to maximize the potential benefits of gender diversity on technical teams.

https://www.ncwit.org/resources/what-impact-gender-diversity-technology-business-performance-research-summary

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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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