National Girls Collaborative Project
NGCP E-Newsletter
December 2008

in this issue
  • NGCP Updates
  • Regional Collaborative News
  • Upcoming Events
  • Resources

  • NGCP Updates
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    NGCP Program Directory - Register your Program Today!
    The online Program Directory lists organizations and programs that focus on motivating girls to pursue STEM careers. The purpose of the directory is to help organizations and individuals network, share resources, and collaborate on STEM-related projects for girls. When you sign up for the Program Directory you will enter your program description, resources available within your organization, program, and/or organizational needs and contact information. Almost 1,000 active programs are registered in the NGCP Program Directory, so it continues to be one of the best ways to collaborate online with other girl-serving STEM organizations.

    Regional Collaborative News

    Northeastern Kick-Off Conference and Mini-Grants
    On November 8, 2008, over 50 people attended the Northeastern Girls Collaborative Kick-Off event at the University of New Hampshire - Manchester. The day began with an inspirational presentation by female representatives of local robotics teams. Presentations were given on best practices for working with and recruiting girls. To end the day, the new collaborative raffled off a basket of software that was graciously donated by Microsoft. Mini-grant applications are now being accepted through January 21, 2009.

    Upcoming Events

    NGCP February Webcast
    Best Practices in Creating Successful Collaborations: Lessons Learned from the National Girls Collaborative Project
    February 11, 2009
    11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Pacific

    NGCP uses a number of strategic activities to encourage collaboration among girl-serving STEM projects and programs. This webcast will examine the key elements of effective collaboration by providing lessons learned from NGCP project staff and partners.

    ASTE 2009 International Conference
    What Science Educators Make
    Hartford, Connecticut
    January 8-10, 2009

    The Association for Science Teacher Education (ASTE) promotes leadership and support for professionals involved in the education and development of teachers of science at all levels. ASTE advances practice and policy through scholarship, collaboration, and innovation in science teacher education.

    SITE 2009 International Conference
    Charleston, South Carolina
    March 2-6, 2009

    The Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education (SITE) and the Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE) have organized this annual forum to offer numerous opportunities to share your ideas, explore current research, and to network with field leaders.

    NAPE's 30th Annual Professional Development Institute
    Arlington, Virginia
    March 28 - April 2, 2009

    This spring, Women Work! and the National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity will once again bring experts from the workforce development community to Washington, DC for three days of professional development, networking, and advocacy opportunities.


    The Greens Online Activity Guide Resource
    The Greens, a PBS Web site that encourages kids to explore sustainability and take action wherever they can, is offering a free activity guide to educators working with nine to twelve year-olds. The guide incorporates hands-on activities for topics like recycling and global warming.

    DragonflyTV Bilingual SciGirls Videos and Activities
    With the goal of supporting education programs, Twin Cities Public Television is creating a set of bilingual SciGirls videos and activities, and offering $7,000 to organizations with creative ideas for using these resources to increase Hispanic/Latina girls' engagement in STEM. Any non-profit organization serving youth from Spanish-speaking households is encouraged to apply. SciGirls offers fun science experiences for girls across the country. For more information, contact Margaret Duden at

    New Great Science for Girls Web Site
    Explore the new Great Science for Girls (GSG) Web site, developed by the Educational Equity Center. The Web site is a valuable resource for afterschool program directors, practitioners, parents, intermediaries, and researchers. GSG has assembled a wide range of resources, literature, and research to assist in discussions with funders, community members, and other stakeholders regarding girls and science. Also available on the site is a list of evidence-based curriculum that is successful in stimulating girls' interest in STEM.

    Techbridge Toolkit for Role Models
    The Techbridge program at Chabot Space & Science Center is pleased to share with you Get Involved. Make a Difference. A Toolkit for Role Models, developed with support from Google and NSF. This toolkit CD offers icebreakers and hands-on activities for role models to use in their outreach events. The toolkit also includes sample bios, questions to ask girls, questions for girls to ask role models, and a "Future Engineer Certificate" that role models can give to girls upon completion of their visit or activity.

    Global Kids Online Education Tools
    Global Kids uses interactive and experiential methods to educate youth about critical international and foreign policy issues. In July 2008, Global Kids, the Field Museum of Chicago, and the Biodiversity Synthesis Center worked together to organize the "I Dig Tanzania" virtual summer camp where 18 students learned about paleontology, scientific field research, and Tanzania culture using the virtual world of Teen Second Life. Global Kids has also developed a Second Life Curriculum, containing over 160 lesson plans for teaching the basics of Second Life.

    Exploratorium AfterSchool Activities
    The Exploratorium aims to bring science and math enrichment activities into out-of-school time. Out-of-school learning experiences are critical for generating interest, engagement, and capacity to know and do science. Their AfterSchool Web site features a digital library of hands-on, step-by-step after school STEM activities.

    Project Exploration Discover Your Summer Needs Midwest Programs
    Project Exploration, a nonprofit science education organization dedicated to making science accessible to the public, is seeking Midwest programs to include in the third annual Discover Your Summer, a free resource guide of summer science opportunities for middle and high school students. This guide will reach thousands of students, teachers, and families throughout Chicago and the Midwest in print and online in mid-March 2008. Contact The deadline is January 15, 2009.

    Finding Resources to Support Mentoring Programs and Services for Youth
    This new brief highlights strategies that leaders and stakeholders can use to finance and sustain mentoring programs and services for youth. These strategies include building partnerships with businesses and foundations and conducting community fundraising to generate revenue. In addition, it provides information on federal funding sources that can be used to finance and sustain these programs.

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    American Association of University Women (AAUW) members across the country are serving as Regional Liaisons for the National Girls Collaborative Project. These Regional Liaisons help the people involved in the NGCP to make connections - to one another, to resources on gender equity, and to AAUW.

    AWE is the Assessing Women and Men in Engineering Project, which provides exportable assessment instruments, literature resources, and methodologies for Women in Engineering and similar programs. AWE is developing resources for use by K-12 STEM programs as part of NGCP services.

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    The goal of the National Girls Collaborative Project is to maximize access to shared resources within projects and with public and private sector organizations and institutions interested in expanding girls' participation in STEM.

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