National Girls Collaborative Project
NGCP E-Newsletter
February 2008

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

  • NGCP Updates

    REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS FOR NEW NGCP REGIONAL COLLABORATIVES: The NGCP is continuing to expand its reach across the United States and Puerto Rico. We are now accepting proposals from organizations that are interested in hosting collaborative activities. The ideal lead organization for a collaborative is one that is already engaged in work relating to girls in STEM and can fit the collaborative activities into existing job roles and organizational events. The American Association of University Women (AAUW) regions are used to organize support for collaboratives. We are currently looking for organizations to serve: Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, New York, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico and Virginia (including surrounding states). Preference is given to organizations serving multiple states. For more information about becoming a local collaborative site, contact Karen Peterson, For more information about the work AAUW is doing with NGCP:

    Regional Collaborative News

    California and Florida NGCP Mini-Grants Open
    The National Girls Collaborative Project offers many tools to help strengthen the capacity of programs serving girls in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). NGCP awards mini-grants to girl-serving STEM focused programs. Mini-grant projects must relate to either informal learning or evaluation and assessment. Resources about NGCP mini-grants are available on the Web site. Currently, collaboratives in California and Florida are offering mini-grants in their regions. To view the deadlines:

    Tallahassee Takes Off With Math and Science Event
    Wednesday, February 6
    5:30-7:30 PM
    Mary Brogran Museum of Arts and Science
    The Florida Girls Collaborative Project is hosting local youth-serving organizations interested in exploring STEM programs with a focus on girls. The goal of the Tallahassee Takes on Math and Science! is to showcase organizations from across the Big Bend area and provide them the opportunity to network and collaborate.
    Mary Brogran Museum of Arts and Science Events

    Upcoming Events

    National Engineers Week
    February 17-23, 2008
    This Web site contains the nuts and bolts of how to organize and run a local Engineeers Week program, with a special section for "Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day," hosts the Local Event forums, features the New Faces of Engineering, and offers a storehouse of classroom activities for all grade levels.

    NGCP February Webcast
    Reaching Out to Underserved Populations in STEM
    February 13, 2008
    11:00-12:00 PST
    You've spent weeks planning and developing a program to encourage girls or other underserved populations in STEM. You carefully connected with groups who may serve those populations. Still, when the registration comes in, you notice very few participants are from those targeted groups. In this session, learn from experts in the field what research and practice tell us about developing and marketing STEM programs for underserved populations in STEM.
    To register:


    Great Science for Girls: Extension Services for Gender Equity in Science Through After-School Programs (GSG) Web site
    The GSG Web site is designed to build the capacity of after-school centers and intermediaries to deliver evidence-based programming that will broaden and sustain girls' interest and persistence in STEM.

    NEW AWE Pre-College Surveys Available
    The new and improved AWE (Assessing Women and Men in Engineering Project) Pre-college surveys are now available through and The surveys are easily adaptable for your activities. The AWE Core instruments address typical objectives of middle school and high school outreach activities. Go to the AWE website to download paper versions of the AWE Middle and High School Pre-college surveys, the AWE Question Modules, and the Implementer's Guide. Online versions available in March.

    Free DVDs for Programs Working with Girls
    The NGCP has received a supply of a sampler DVDs with excerpts from Bold Visions: Women in Science & Technology, glimpses into the lives of extraordinary women working in the fields of science and technology. The full documentary will be broadcast on public television during Engineers Week, February 17- 23. More information at:

    If you would like a free DVD (sampler) sent to you, please e-mail Molly Finson,

    AWE Joins with SWE
    The AWE is moving to the Society of Women Engineers. Why? It provides a permanent home and a way to continuously update AWE surveys and other tools. The SWE-AWE tools will also be expanded to serve organizational and corporate outreach needs, in addition to the original emphasis on serving Women in Engineering and similar programs. The revision of the AWE pre-college instruments in collaboration with NGCP is a good example, and important part, of this change to create broader use of these important assessment and evaluation tools. Access will remain free-of-charge (with registration.) This institutionalization of AWE in SWE is made possible by a National Science Foundation grant #0734072.

    National Technical Institute of the Deaf at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) Offers Summer Camps
    Three Rochester Institute of Technology summer camps for deaf and hard-of-hearing students combine self awareness, career exploration and fun for middle and high school students this summer.
    Explore Your Future (EYF): A six-day career awareness program that gives college-bound high school students who are beginning their junior or senior year in fall 2008 the opportunity to experience college life and perform hands-on activities related to different career choices. July 19-24 or July 26-31
    http://www.rit.ed u/NTID/EYFLS
    TechGirlz : A camp for deaf and hard-of-hearing girls interested in STEM entering 7th-9th grade. August 3 - 9
    Steps to Success: Deaf and hard-of-hearing African-American, Latino American or Native American students entering 7th-9th grade can attend this career exploration mini-camp. August 8 - 10

    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.

    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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