MO Girls Collab 
Spring 2014

March is Women's History Month!


To celebrate, NGCP will feature a different STEM field each week and highlight women who have made or are currently making a significant impact in that field.  NGCP will also feature partners that are engaged in this work and encouraging girls to pursue their interests in these STEM disciplines.


Here are a few simple ways that you can join in on the activities and help us celebrate:


--Check out the weekly e-newsletter that will be sent out and share it with others in your network.


--Like NGCP on Facebook and Like, Share, and re-post their daily posts.


--Follow NGCP on Twitter and retweet their daily tweets and join the conversation by following the hashtags for each week (this will be shared in the weekly NGCP e-newsletter).


Missouri Woman Engineer Featured on


Sarah Kovaleski describes her experiences with being a nuclear engineer in a field where there are nine men for every woman.

Thanks for being an inspiration to girls in Missouri, Sarah!  

STEM PD Opportunity in Kansas City sponsored by MOSAC2

"The Science of it All - A Local Training for Afterschool Professionals" 


Join other afterschool professionals for a day of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) training! The day will include 2 breakout sessions, a keynote, and lunch! Register today!   

Saturday March 8, 2014 from 9:00 AM to 1:45 PM 



Raytown Schools Conference Center
10750 E 350 Highway
Raytown, MO 64138

Registration fee: $20 if you are a current MOSAC2 member (just $30 for non-members).  Everyone is invited!!


Kansas City Science and Engineering Fair


The 63rd Greater Kansas City Science and Engineering Fair is coming to Union Station in March!   


The fair is free and open to the public on March 13 and 14 and will exhibit projects by area youth in grades 4-12.  


For more information about this exciting event, contact Science Pioneers.  


Microsoft DigiGirlz Camp at Saint Louis Science Center


Microsoft's Digigirlz programs give middle and high school girls the opportunity to learn about careers in technology, connect with Microsoft employees, and participate in hands-on computer and technology workshops.


Microsoft invites you to join us for a 2-day camp, which will be held August 5-6,

2014 at the Saint Louis Science Center for girls going into grades 8-12.

Microsoft is proud to offer technology programs specifically for youth. One of our

signature programs, DigiGirlz High Tech Camp for girls, works to dispel stereotypes

of the high-tech industry.


During the camp, the girls listen to women in technology, executive speakers,

participate in technology tours and demonstrations, network, and learn with

hands-on experience in workshops.


Girls attending will have a chance to win an amazing prize!


Spaces are limited and fill up fast! 


Click here to register.


EcoTech Grant Opportunity

The Captain Planet Foundation (CPF) is pleased to announce a
competitive grant program in honor of Ray C. Anderson. Sixteen (16) $2,500 will be awarded to schools or nonprofit organizations, for the purpose of engaging children in inquiry based projects in STEM fields (Science, Technology,
Engineering and Math)
that use innovation, biomimicry/nature
based design, or new technology to address
environmental problems
in their communities.

For more information, click here. 

Welcome to the spring 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!


"A Celebration of STEM Equity"


April 10, 2014


Kauffman Foundation Conference Center

Kansas City, MO


Join us for a full day of workshops and speakers celebrating STEM Equity. These sessions are sponsored by the Missouri Girls Collaborative STEM Initiative, part of the National Girls Collaborative Project (NGCP), and will feature national and regional experts in STEM Equity issues, as well as presentations from recipients of NGCP Mini-Grant funding. Come join the discussion on how to increase opportunities to encourage girls, underrepresented youth, and youth with disabilities to pursue STEM careers. 


Workshop sessions will include:

  • Engaging Girls, Underrepresented Youth and Youth with Disabilities in STEM
  • Designing STEM Activities to Encourage Inclusiveness
  • Connecting Youth to STEM Professionals
  • Exploring the Award-Winning "SciGirls" Curriculum
  • Spotlighting the "FabFems" Mentoring Initiative
This event will also feature our 2013 Mini-Grant recipients AND will mark the opening of our 2014 application period.   

"A Celebration of STEM Equity" will take place as part of the three-day Midwest Afterschool Science Academy 5.0 (MASA) April 9-11.


Want to focus on STEM equity issues? Join us on April 10.


Want to explore STEM equity issues AND learn about hands-on activities, experiential learning, youth development and program evaluation? Join us at MASA 5.0 for all three days.

Registration fee: $50

Click here to register. 


2014 Missouri STEM Day at the Capitol

Missouri STEM Day at the Capitol

Thursday March 6, 2014

9 am to 2 pm


The Missouri Mathematics and Science Coalition will hold the annual STEM Day at the Capitol, with a focus on K-12 and Higher Education STEM programming. We will have space available on the 3rd floor rotunda of the Capitol for STEM programs to set up booths and showcase various school and student science projects and activities. Participating groups will showcase their STEM programs, projects and past/current work.


Highlights of the event will include:

  • Organizations and students will have a chance to share their love and excitement for STEM with Missouri state legislators
  • Educators will have the chance to demonstrate the impact that STEM has on student achievement and why Missouri needs to invest more in curriculum, program support and professional development
  • School administrators will be able to showcase current efforts in their schools and districts with a focus on attracting more attention for the need to support STEM efforts in K-12 and higher education at a local, regional and statewide level
  • STEM program directors and professionals will have the opportunity to promote the advantages and impact that STEM programming can have on Missouri's youth
  • Networking with legislators and other key STEM educators and program directors

Click here to register 





You don't have to be a rocket scientist (or a Girl Scout!) to enjoy this event-but it might just inspire you to become one!


Join us for a fun-filled, STEM-tastic day! Girls of all ages can explore science, technology, engineering, 

and math through fun and educational activities. 

There will also be interactive exhibits and live demonstrations.


DATE: Saturday, April 12, 2014
LOCATIONAshland Optimist Club
511 Optimist Dr., Ashland, MO 65010

(Located between Jefferson City and Columbia)
TIME10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
COST:$20 (includes admission, patch, and t-shirt)
Registration DeadlineMarch 21, 2014

  Contact Leadership and Learning Specialist-GSLE, Angela Slattery or 877-312-4764 x1348 for more information or visit here to register.  






Sonia Kovalevsky Math Day for Girls Coming to Lincoln University


April 25, 2014


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 9th 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.


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.


For more information contact Mrs. Julie Siegler at  

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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