MO Girls Collab 
Winter 2013-2014
December 9-13 is Computer Science Education Week!

Check out this fun video to see why Computer Programming is an interesting and appealing career:

What Most Schools Don't Teach

Resource Highlight

Check out this article!



"Missing From Science Class: Too Few Girls and Minorities Study Tech Subjects"


December 10, 2013

Vote for NGCP 


NGCP needs your help! Hostway Corporation has decided to donate the money traditionally used for customer, partner, and employee gifts to a charity this holiday season. The National Girls Collaborative Project was nominated to be one of five charities that can be chosen to receive $10K because of our ability to systematically increase the number of girls in STEM fields.

Vote today and share with friends and family-- voting ends 12/31/13. 

*STEM Scholarship Corner*
Thermo Scientific Pierce Scholarship Award
Application Deadline 12:00pm on 12/31/13
Click here to apply. 

Welcome to the winter 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 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!


Save the Date!


A Celebration of Equity


April 10, 2014

Kansas City, MO


MO Girls Collaborative STEM Initiative invites you to attend this special strand on STEM equity as part of the Midwest Afterschool Science Academy.  The full-day event will include presentations and workshops by experts on how to encourage girls, youth with disabilities, and underrepresented youth to pursue STEM careers.  Missouri's Mini-Grant recipients will also be featured.


Stay tuned for more information!

Professional Development Forum Recap:


 Engaging Youth with Disabilities in STEM Activities


The October Professional Development Forum was held on Tuesday the 22 from 10AM to 2PM at the Stoney Creek Inn in Columbia, MO (including lunch).  The speaker was Gina Ceylan, PhD student at the University of Missouri, who specializes in inclusion in science education.  Christina Thebeau assisted with the presentation. 


The forum focused on creating inclusive learning environments.  Rather than focusing on overcoming disabilities of specific students, she reframed the discussion on how to embrace the diversity of the variety of ability levels present in any group.  Creating environments that are adaptive to students with diverse abilities is beneficial for all students.  Gina Ceylan, herself, is blind and was able to speak very inspirationally on the subject at hand.  Her four overarching guidelines are using adaptable accommodation strategies and using multiple means of representing, engaging, and acting/expressing.  Participants at the forum brainstormed how to create more inclusive learning environments and how to be more welcoming of diversity. 


The forum also included information on the importance of engaging students in STEM where there are in-demand careers and the underrepresentation of women in many STEM fields.  A time for speed networking among participants was also included. 


Presenter information:

Gina Ceylan:

Christina Thebeau:


Professional Development:

Girl-Focused STEM Curricula


The Missouri AfterSchool Network will offer curriculum trainings over the 2013-2014 school year focusing on gender equity in STEM activities.




AfterSchool Math PLUS features standard-based math activities that are informal and fun. This curriculum includes a special focus on equity for girls and youth with disabilities.


AfterSchool Math PLUS Training for Implementers and Endorsed Trainers

January 9-10, 2014

9:00am to 4:00pm

(additionally 5:00pm to 8:00pm for Endorsed Trainer candidates on Jan. 9)


St Louis Science Center Taylor Community Science Resource Center, St Louis, MO


Features four books:

Music Math, Jump Rope Math, Built Environment, and Art Math

Cost:$240 for Implementers, includes curriculum books

$300 for Endorsed Trainer candidates, includes curriculum books

Kits may be rented for an additional $50, or purchased for $75.

Click here to register!

Sarah Chappelow
Project LIFTOFF/Missouri AfterSchool Network
1110 S. College Avenue
Columbia, Missouri 65211
Phone: 573-882-9665
Science is a way of thinking much more than it is a body of knowledge." - Carl Sagan
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