National Girls Collaborative Project
NGCP E-Newsletter
January 2011

in this issue
  • NGCP Updates
  • Collaborative News
  • Featured Mini-Grant
  • Upcoming STEM Events
  • Resources
  • Global Resources

  • NGCP Updates
    Girl holding results of a science experiment.

    Enhancement to the NGCP Online Program Directory
    Have you ever wondered if there are other affiliates or organizations like yours registered in the NGCP online Program Directory? Program Affiliation has been added as a searchable option. Affiliations currently include: 4-H, American Association of University Women, Appalachian Information Technology Extension Services, Girl Scouts, Girls Inc., Great Science for Girls, National Academy of Engineering Center for the Advancement of Scholarship on Engineering Education, STEM Equity Pipeline, and Society of Women Engineers.

    If your program was entered prior to September 2010, your affiliation is currently set to none. Login today, update your listing, and search for affiliates for networking and collaboration.

    State of STEM in Afterschool & Summer Survey
    The Afterschool Alliance and the National AfterSchool Association are conducting a series of surveys to assess the state of STEM in after school and summer programs around the country. Data obtained through these surveys is vital to helping us better describe and promote the STEM learning that occurs in after school and summer learning settings. Your responses to these surveys are critical to shaping policy and promoting funding in support of STEM education in after school. Please complete the first survey in the series: Contact the Afterschool Alliance's Director of STEM Policy, Anita Krishnamurthi with questions.

    NGCP Webcast NCWIT Resources: Inspiring Girls to Pursue Careers in Information Technology
    Wednesday, February 9, 2011
    11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Pacific
    NCWIT is the National Center for Women & Information Technology, a coalition of over 200 corporations, academic institutions, government agencies, and non-profits working to increase women's meaningful participation in information technology (IT). This webcast will highlight free materials and information for attracting more girls and underrepresented groups to computing and information technology and share how formal and informal educators are using these resources to strengthen programming for girls.

    Collaborative News

    NGCP Collaborative Mini-Grants
    NGCP mini-grants are designed to enhance access to and build collaboration between programs and resources. Mini-grant application resources, including a sample application, research based strategies, and evaluation requirements are available online at These collaboratives are currently offering mini-grants:

    • GRITS (TN) mini-grants close January 14, 2011.
    • Midwest (IL, KS, MO) mini-grants close January 30, 2011.

    Featured Mini-Grant
    Girl filling in a project form.

    Science and the Magic of Macy's
    Physics in Philadelphia and Mall Science collaborated to host an event to explore STEM at Macy's in Philadelphia. Thirty-five middle school girls braved a Nor'easter storm to travel from Drexel University, hear a speaker, and travel to Macy's where they explored science in action at the department store. During the transit ride to the city, girls completed a challenge on Newton's Laws of Motion. Once at Macy's, they faced challenges: finding chemical elements in jewelry, chemical compounds in make-up, natural and synthetic fibers in clothing, the torque required to turn a revolving door, the electrical wattage of appliances, and the pressure exerted by high heel shoes.

    Upcoming STEM Events

    National Mentoring Month 2011
    National Mentoring Month focuses national attention on the need for mentors to guide our youth. Research shows girls benefit from relationships with role models and mentors who can provide valuable information about STEM careers. The online NGCP Program Directory is a great resource for finding scientists and engineers to meet with girls, as well as finding other programs that offer mentoring.

    In honor of National Mentoring Month, we used the Program Directory to find examples of mentoring at work within the NGCP. We found many local, regional, and national programs that incorporate mentoring into their work with girls in STEM. Here are two examples:

    Science Club for Girls: This organization brings women scientists and girls together in free after-school science clubs that focus on developing girls' leadership skills through hands-on science programs. Girls work with mentors who model and foster leadership, affirm college as an expectation and promote careers in science and technology as goals and options.

    Louise's Angels: This organization works to increase awareness among middle and high school females about the opportunities that are available within engineering. Louise's Angels provides mentoring, tutoring, and guidance to females in inner-city areas.

    Spirit of Innovation Awards
    The Spirit of Innovation Awards program, challenges students ages 13-18 to solve real-world problems by creating innovative products in three fields of science: Clean Energy, Aerospace Exploration, and Cyber Security. Using science, technology and entrepreneurship, teams develop innovative products to compete for over $80,000 of funding, and support to pursue the commercialization of their ideas. Register by January 17, 2011.

    Improving Spatial Visualization Skills Webinar
    Thursday, January 27, 2011
    2:00 - 3:00 PM Eastern
    Join Sheryl Sorby, Ph.D. in a NSF funded WEPAN professional development webinar. Gather ideas for your own work and learn more about becoming an ENGAGE school. Register:

    Cyberlearning Tools for STEM Education
    Berkeley, CA
    March 8 - 9, 2011

    The goal of this conference is to bridge the research to practice gap and address important trends and issues on how cyberlearning tools can improve and reform K-12 STEM education. Day one will focus on research and development and day two will explore implementation and integration of cyberlearning tools in STEM learning environments.

    National Science Teachers Association National Conference
    San Francisco, CA
    March 10 - 13, 2011

    This year's theme is "Celebrating the Joy of Science: Imagine and Create". Conference strands include:

    • Embracing Technology in the 21st Century Classroom
    • Accessing Language Through Science and Mathematics Content
    • Exploring Earth, Wind, and Fire
    • Building Scientific Minds: Inspiring Teaching and Effective Learning
    For agenda and more details visit:

    International Technology & Engineering Educators Association (ITEA) Annual Conference
    Minneapolis, MN
    March 24 - 26, 2011

    This year's theme is "Preparing the STEM Workforce: The Next Generation". A sample of sessions topics include Engineering by Design Labs, educational industry tours, grant writing, and teaching the design process to grades K-6.

    NanoDays 2011
    March 26 - April 3, 2011

    NanoDays will feature a week of community-based educational outreach events to raise public awareness of nanoscale science, technology, and engineering throughout the United States. Events are organized by participants in the Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network (NISE Net), and take place at more than 200 science museums, research centers, and universities from Maine to Hawaii. NanoDays resources are will be ready for digital download beginning on January 15, 2011.


    The National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) Announces Winners of the Award for Aspirations in Computing
    The NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing acknowledges the computing achievements and aspirations of young women, and generates visibility for women's participation in computing-related pursuits. Each qualified National award winner receives: $500, a laptop, and a trip to attend the Bank of America Technology Showcase and Awards Ceremony. National Winners have been posted online.

    New NOVA Series: "Making Stuff: Stronger, Smaller, Smarter, Cleaner"
    Beginning January 19, 2011, NOVA will premiere a new series. "Making Stuff: Stronger, Smaller, Smarter, Cleaner" will inspire youth with technologies like self-healing military vehicles, spider silk stronger than steel, and invisibility cloaks. Find resources for this and other NOVA topics at

    Middle School Portal 2: Math and Science Pathways (MSP2)
    MSP2 Resource Pages not only allow you to peruse, view, and access resources, but you can add to the content too. Share tools, learn about grants, and explore upcoming learning opportunities for both teachers and students.

    Global Resources

    Microsoft's Imagine Cup 2011
    Microsoft's Imagine Cup 2011 program provides inspiration for high school and college students looking to help solve the world's toughest problems. Imagine Cup is a global competition of more than 325,000 students from 100 countries who define the problems they solve through research, personal passion for social causes and inspiration from the UN Millennium Development Goals. Competitions are still open in a variety of categories including: Software Design, Game Design, Windows Phone 7, IT Challenge, and Interoperability. The finals will be held July 8-13, 2011 in New York City.

    Organization for Women in Science in the Developing World (OWSDW)
    OWSDW is an international forum uniting women scientists and recognizing women scientists working and living in developing countries who have made significant contributions to the advancement of scientific knowledge. Each year four winners will be selected: from Asia and the Pacific; Africa; Arab countries; and Latin America and the Caribbean. Apply by April 30, 2011 at

    NGCP,  AWE,  AAUW  logos

    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.

    National Girls Collaborative Project

    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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