MO Girls Collab 
Spring 2013
In This Issue
Save the Date
Math for Girls Day
Kick-off Re-cap
Connecting Scientist to Classroom
Grant Opportunity
NGCP Webinars
Webinar Opportunity

Save the Date!

Professional Development Forum 


"Professional Development Forum: Engaging Underrepresented Girls in STEM"


Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Tan-Tar-A Resort

Osage Beach, MO

$20 to register

Eligible for 2 Professional Development Clock Hours


The Missouri Girls Collaborative STEM Initiative invites you to join us for this interactive training which will explore strategies for engaging underrepresented girls in afterschool STEM activities. Discussion and hands-on activities will focus on equity strategies for minority girls, and will supply you with techniques you can bring back to implement in your program.


This forum will be held as a pre-conference session to the Missouri Association for Adult, Community, and Continuing Education (MAACCE) Conference. Everyone is welcome.


Click here to register 


Resource Highlight

Check out this article!


Brickhouse, N. W., Lowery, P., & Schultz, K. (2000). What kind of girl does science?  The construction of school science identities.  Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 37(5), 441-458.

Click here to access the full-text article.


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.

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Welcome to the second 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 is striving to achieve these goals by hosting a series of professional development forums, such as our recent Forum on Collaboration, and awarding mini-grant seed funding 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.


We invite you to forward this newsletter to a friend!


8th Annual Lincoln University Sonia Kovalevsky Math for Girls Day 

Friday April 26th, 2013
8:30AM - 2:00PM


The Lincoln University Math for Girls Day encourages young women in grades eight through twelve to continue their study of mathematics and assists teachers of mathematics female students through a one-day spring event. The 8th annual Math for Girls Day celebration will consist of a program of workshops, talks, and problem solving competitions for middle and high school female students and their teachers.


 This year's theme is "What Can You Really Do With A Math Degree?" 


Math Day logo     


The event is open to 60 students who reside in Missouri and East St. Louis, IL along with their teachers. Our target audience includes students of varying ethnicities: Hispanic, African American, Asian and Caucasian, economic status, and educational methodologies: private, public and home-schooled. Appropriate accommodations will be available for students with disabilities. Please make a note of specific requests on your registration form so that accommodations can be made prior to your arrival.


For information on how to register for this event, please visit


Forum Re-cap

Effective Collaboration Forum


A big thanks to everyone who joined us for the "Summit on Collaboration", held in February in Columbia. Fifty participants from all around the state gathered to network and discuss their goals for collaboration with like-minded individuals.


MO Girls CSI Leadership Team member Timothy Fowler presented his research on effective collaboration and shared the following tips:


  • Collaborators aren't born, they're made. Or, to be more precise, built, a day at a time, through practice, through attention, through discipline, through passion and commitment-and, most of all, through habit.
  • A clearly stated and consciously shared purpose is the foundation of great collaborations.
  • The sooner you establish a routine, the more smoothly your collaboration will advance.
  • The first requirement of collaboration is commitment.
  • In a good collaboration, differences between partners will mean one plus one will always equal more than two.
  • Chance is an unseen collaborator.
  • If you want a successful first meeting, preparation pays. Get everything on your side before you say hello.
  • With the best intentions in the world, things go wrong. You need to protect yourself. And the less you know about your collaborator, the more protection you need.
  • Getting involved with your collaborator's problems almost always distracts you from your own. That can be tempting. That can be a relief. But it usually leads to disaster.
  • Unless their survival is at stake, institutions resist change and defend the status quo. Outsiders are free agents. With less to defend, they're more prone to challenge things as they are.
  • Don't be afraid to fight your collaborator for what you know is true.
  • I learned that collaboration depends on very precise communication-speaking to the right person at the right time in the right way.
  • A powerful purpose makes daily annoyances smaller.
  • Mutual respect makes blunt disagreements bearable.

Source: Tharp, T., & Kornbluth, J. (2009). The Collaborative Habit: Life lessons for working together. New York: Simon & Schuster.



MO Girls CSI Connects Scientist to Girls' Science Club


Kate Leary, 7th grade Science teacher at Lewis & Clark Middle School in Jefferson City, submitted an inquiry to MO Girls CSI asking if her afterschool science club for girls could be connected to a female scientist. MO Girls CSI connected Mrs. Leary to Beth Bearce, Neurophysiologist at the University of Missouri.

Beth Bearce 

Beth led the science club through an interactive lesson all about how people's brains know when their bodies touch hot things. Beth explained how neurons work to set off a chain reaction, alerting the brain of potential danger. She also talked about what inspires her about science and why she wanted to become a scientist.


Beth will pursue her PhD at Boston College this fall. Good luck, Beth, and thanks for being a positive role model for girls!

Grant Opportunity for Chemical Sciences
Camille & Henry Dreyfus Foundation Invites Letters of Inquiry for Projects That Advance Chemical Sciences


The New York City-based Camille & Henry Dreyfus Foundation is accepting Letters of Inquiry from nonprofit organizations for innovative projects consistent with the foundation's broad objective to advance the chemical sciences.


Through its Special Grant Program in the Chemical Sciences, the foundation awards grants for projects with the potential to significantly advance the chemical sciences. Examples of areas of interest include projects that increase public awareness, understanding, and appreciation of the chemical sciences; innovative approaches to chemistry education at all levels (K-12, undergraduate, and graduate); and efforts to make chemistry careers more attractive. Research proposals will not be considered.


In 2012, the foundation awarded sixteen grants ranging from $11,400 to $140,000.


To be eligible, U.S.-based nonprofit organizations and educational institutions must be recognized as tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and have a focus in the chemical sciences. Awards are not made directly to individuals or, in general, to private foundations.


LOIs must be received no later than June 5, 2013. Upon review, select organizations will be invited to submit complete proposals by August 21, 2013.


See the Dreyfus Foundation Web site for eligibility and Application guidelines

NGCP Archived Webinars


The National Girls Collaborative Project works to strengthen the capacity of existing girl-serving STEM projects by sharing exemplary practices, research findings and program models. One method they use to achieve this goal is a series of free webinars in which practitioners and researchers from across the country share effective strategies for working with girls in STEM.


Webinars include topics such as the "SciGirls Seven" gender equity strategies, website accessibility, and working with libraries to promote STEM programming.


Webinars are archived, and available on the NGCP website here: 


PD Webinar Opportunity

Science-Technology Activities & Resources for Libraries


Webinar:  Earth Science through Food, Games, and Art: 
Library Programming Ideas for Tweens and Teens


Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Start time:  1 p.m. CDT

Duration:  2 hours


Public library staff, science professionals, and informal educators are invited to join educators from the Lunar and Planetary Institute's Explore program team for hands-on activities and partnership ideas!


This FREE webinar features a selection of hands-on Earth science activities designed for use with tweens and teens (ages 10-18). The STAR_Net project's Discover Earth: Hands-on Science Activities rely on inexpensive materials. Use food, games, and art to introduce tweens and teens to the special - and changing - nature of Earth's climate and kid-friendly pathways to environmental stewardship.


Walk away from this training with activities and partnership ideas!


Space is limited! Apply by clicking here.

Sarah Chappelow
Project LIFTOFF/Missouri AfterSchool Network
1110 S. College Avenue
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