MO Girls Collab 
Winter 2013
In This Issue
Save the Date
Kick-off Re-cap
NGCP Webinar

Help Wanted

Volunteer Today!


MO Girls CSI is always looking for assistance from individuals who wish to advance opportunities for girls in STEM. If you would like to help plan or promote future events, please contact Sarah Chappelow at or 573-882-9665.


Resource Highlight

Check out this article!


Jones, M. G., Howe, A., & Rua, M. J. (2000). Gender differences in students' experiences, interests, and attitudes toward science and scientists.  Science Education, 84(2), 180-192.

Click here to access the full-text article.

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Welcome to the first e-newsletter of the Missouri Girls Collaborative STEM Initiative (MO Girls CSI). MO Girls CSI is the Missouri project of the National Girls Collaborative Project (NGCP), and is convened by the Missouri AfterSchool Network.


The goals of NGCP and MO Girls CSI are to:

  1. Maximize access to shared resources within projects, and with public and private sector organizations and institutions interested in expanding girls' participation in STEM.
  2. Strengthen capacity of existing and evolving projects by sharing exemplary practice research and program models, outcomes, and products.
  3. Use the leverage of a network or collaboration of individual girl-serving STEM programs to create the tipping point for gender equity in STEM.


MO Girls CSI will achieve its goals by hosting a series of professional development forums and awarding mini-grant seed funding awards to new girl-serving STEM partnerships. MO Girls CSI invites K-12 teachers, afterschool providers, and administrators, higher education administrators, non-profit organizations, museums, and the business community to join the efforts.


Future newsletters will be distributed quarterly. Please forward this newsletter to anyone who may be interested.



MO Girls CSI Leadership Team:




Science Pioneers



Local Investment Commission



Project LIFTOFF/Missouri AfterSchool Network (MASN)



Local Investment Commission



Camp Fire Heartland



Missouri Afterschool Resource Center/MASN



Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education



Science and Citizens Organized for Purpose and Exploration






Local Investment Commission



Missouri School Age Community Coalition/MASN



Saint Louis Science Center



Save the Date!
Upcoming STEM Events near you! 

MO Girls CSI Collaboration Forum/MASN Afterschool Summit on Collaboration

February 12, 2013


Stoney Creek Inn

Columbia, MO


Do you enjoy working with others towards a goal? Do you like the idea of collaborating, but don't know where to start? Are you interested in starting a new collaborative project encouraging girls to pursue activities and careers in Science, Technology, Engineering & Math?


The Afterschool Summit on Collaboration will explore the ingredients for successful collaboration. Come ready to brainstorm ideas for future projects and to meet potential partners. Please bring business cards to share! Information on Mini-Grant awards up to $1,000 each will also be presented. Lunch will be provided courtesy of the Missouri AfterSchool Network.


Register now (click here!)


Midwest Afterschool Science Academy 4.0MASA MAP LOGO

March 12-14, 2013

Kauffman Foundation Conference Center

Kansas City, MO


The Afterschool Science Academies are designed to bring together local afterschool providers, Midwestern system leaders, and national STEM education experts around the common goal of elevating STEM learning in out-of-school time.


Register now for MASA 4.0 (click here!)


Kickoff Re-cap

MO Girls Collaborative Kickoff Event Held in St. Louis 


Over 100 people attended a day of STEM-focused workshops at the MO Girls CSI Kickoff Event, held November 3rd in St. Louis. The Kickoff, held in conjunction with the Missouri School Age Community Coalition's Professional Development Institute, offered a track of breakout sessions, morning keynote presentation, and evening keynote and dinner.


Colin Wilson, Senior Educator at the St. Louis Science Center, and youth from the Youth Exploring Science (YES) program facilitated a morning STEM activity with audience participants. Dr. Gabrielle Lyon from Project Exploration and Tricia Berry from the Texas Girls Collaborative Project served as evening speakers, sharing insight on how to best engage girls in science.


Among the comments received from the event: "The knowledge I obtained will be put to use in lesson plans and implemented in our afterschool program."


Thanks to everyone who helped make the Kickoff a success!


Webinar Announcement

NGCP Webinar Recognizes National mentoring Month 


Amy Foster, National Program Manager for the National Girls Collaborative Project, recently hosted a webinar focusing on mentoring and role models.  

Role models and mentors can truly make a difference in a girl's life, especially when it comes to inspiring her to pursue science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. In honor of National Mentoring Month in January, presenters from Techbridge and FabFems discussed how to effectively provide role models and mentors for girls, including strategies for recruiting, retaining and recognizing professional volunteers. Experience interactive activities, resources, and role model stories that will help you craft engaging experiences that dispel stereotypes and ignite girls' interest in STEM careers.


If you would like to receive a recording of this webinar, please contact Amy Foster at  

Sarah Chappelow
Project LIFTOFF/Missouri AfterSchool Network
804 Clark Hall
Columbia, Missouri 65211
Phone: 573-882-9665
Fax: 573-884-4225
"Science is a way of thinking much more than it is a body of knowledge." - Carl Sagan