National Girls Collaborative Project
NGCP E-Newsletter
July 2008

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

  • NGCP Updates
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    NGCP webcasts will be taking July and August off, returning on September 10, 2008. All previous NGCP webcasts are archived and accessible on the NGCP Web site. Webcasts have focused on a variety of topics relevant to girls in STEM, including evaluating girl-serving STEM outreach activities, applying for NGCP mini-grants, and reaching underserved populations in STEM. For example, the November 2007 webcast presented 'Effective Strategies for Working with Girls in STEM'. Sarita Nair- Pillai, Education Development Center, presented current research on engaging girls in STEM, including mentoring, experiential learning and fostering persistence. Jill Denner, Girl Game Company, and Zakiyyah Kareem, Girlstart, provided real-life examples of implementing these research-based strategies in their girl- serving STEM programs.

    Regional Collaborative News

    Mini-grants Available to Increase Girls' Interest in STEM
    The Kentucky Girls STEM Collaborative is currently offering mini-grants of up to $1,000. Projects may vary from a one-day event with a single classroom or Girl Scout troop partnering with a professional organization, corporation, or an extended project of monthly meetings or summer camp. Applications for mini-grants accepted from July 1- July 31. For more information: mini-grant

    Regional Collaboratives Kick-Off Conferences This Fall

    Girls Raised in Tennessee Science Collaborative Kick-Off
    Middle Tennessee State University
    September 26, 2008

    Maine Girls Collaborative Project Kick-Off
    Wells Commons, University of Maine
    October 10, 2008
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    Connecticut Girls Collaborative Kick-Off
    Yale Peabody Museum
    October 23, 2008

    Upcoming Events

    Effective Education Partnerships Conference (EEPC)
    Fairfax, Virginia
    July 10-11, 2008
    Designed to bring together various stakeholders in business/education partnerships, one EEPC breakout session (July 10) will address corporate partnerships that can make a difference in math and science education.

    The Earth Then, Earth Now: Our Changing Climate Educator Conference
    Silver Spring, Maryland
    July 23-24, 2008
    Educators in the Washington, D.C. area who want to learn how to bring this topic into their curriculum are invited to this conference, sponsored by the National Science Teachers Association and Sally Ride Science.
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    Association for Gender Equity in Leadership in Education (AGELE) National Conference
    Building Leadership for Diversity in Education: Examining the Gender Intersect
    Peabody, Massachusetts
    July 27-30, 2008

    National Conference on Science in Out-of-School Time
    Chicago, Illinois
    September 17-19, 2008
    This conference, hosted by the Coalition for Science After School and Project Exploration, will discuss the growing movement for science and technology in out-of-school time.

    Society of Women Engineers 2008 Conference
    AWE Implementation Workshop
    Baltimore, Maryland
    November 8, 2008
    NGCP representatives will lead a hands-on session on how to integrate assessment into program planning cycles and use the Assessing Women in Engineering (AWE) pre-college instruments developed in collaboration with NGCP. NGCP affiliates and members may attend at a special, one-day conference rate.


    Microsoft Expression Web Software Available for NGCP Members
    Microsoft has donated their Expression Web Software to the National Girls Collaborative Project to distribute to non-profit organizations working with high school girls. The software allows students to learn how to build a Web site from the ground up. Tutorial and curriculum units available at ltyconnection/precollegiate. To request a free copy of the software, complete the online form by July 31.

    U.S. House of Representatives Celebrates Women in STEM
    On June 4, the U.S. House of Representatives approved a resolution recognizing the efforts of outstanding women scientists, technologists, engineers, and mathematicians in the U.S. and around the world. The resolution found that schools must continue to cultivate female scientists, technologists, engineers, and mathematicians from every background; and there is a disproportionately low number of female students pursuing careers in STEM, so it is crucial that we focus attention on increasing the participation of women.

    New Arctic Web Site from the Exploratorium
    The Ice Stories: Dispatches from Polar Scientists Web site, developed by the Explora torium, allows site visitors to meet penguin biologists, glaciologists, cosmologists, geologists, and marine scientists working in Antarctica and the Arctic. The site features dynamic information about the effect of climate change on the Arctic, people of the Arctic, polar geography, Antarctic projects, news stories, and more.

    NSF Sounds of Progress Radio Series
    WAMC Northeast Public Radio hosts the NSF-supported radio program The Sounds of Progress: The Changing Role of Girls and Women in Science and Engineering. The program is a two-part radio series designed to help inform the national effort to broaden the participation of women and girls in STEM. The program features documentary-style stories about the latest gender-based research and practices, along with short radio stories about pioneering women through history who have made an impact in STEM fields. The stories will air in July on WAMC's nationally-syndicated radio program, 51%. All fifty-five stories will be available on the project Web site this summer.

    Design Squad Trash to Treasure Competition
    The PBS Design Squad is accepting design submissions inventions that recycle, reuse, and re-engineer everyday materials into an out-of-the-box invention. The invention submissions should move things or people, protect the environment, or be used for indoor or outdoor play. Grand Prize winners will receive $10,000, a Dell laptop, a trip to Boston to see the design built, and an appearance on the Design Squad PBS show or Web site. Submissions will be accepted online through August 31, 2008.

    Women in Science Booklet Download
    The Women in Science Booklet, created by Science Magazine in partnership with the L'Oréal Corporate Foundation, presents a collection of inspirational stories from women in all walks of life whose common passion is science. The booklet is intended to motivate and inspire young women to pursue a career in science or engineering.

    NGCP Event Calendar
    NGCP Collaborative Leads can now add events to the NGCP Event Calendar. If your organization is hosting an event of interest to girl-serving STEM programs, send the event information to your Collaborative Lead or to Mary Swift. The Event Calendar is one of the most visited pages on the NGCP site, so it is great way to learn about and promote STEM events.

    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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