National Girls Collaborative Project
NGCP E-Newsletter
July 2009

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

  • NGCP Updates

    NGCP Annual Survey of Program Directory Contacts
    All contacts for programs in the NGCP Program Directory should have received a link to an online survey. Evaluation & Research Associates, evaluators of NGCP, are gathering data to report to funders and help NGCP leadership make program improvements. If you are in the Program Directory, please complete the survey by July 17. Responses are anonymous and will be reported in aggregate form. We value your feedback and encourage you to complete the survey. Contact Carrie Liston with questions.

    NGCP Champions Board Member Receives Women in Business Champion Award
    The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) held its 24th Annual Small Business Awards Breakfast on June 5 in Pewaukee, WI. The SBA recognized Women in Business Champion - National Winner Laurie Benson, owner of Inacom Information Systems. Laurie Benson has been an NGCP Champions Board member since 2005. Founded in 1984, Inacom has grown to over $80,000,000 in revenue and 150 employees who work throughout Wisconsin.

    Regional Collaborative News

    Kentucky Girls STEM Collaborative First Annual Conference
    The Kentucky Girls STEM Collaborative hosted their first annual statewide conference on June 15, 2009, in Lexington, KY. The conference featured Ms. Jo Sanders, nationally recognized speaker on gender equity in the classroom, and Dr. Carrie Buxton, Program Manager for Antenna Systems Development Facility, FBI. Nearly 150 conference attendees also listened to women engineers and administrators on a business panel. Eight Kentucky mini-grant recipients were showcased during the day. Business Lexington published an article on the conference, "Building Better Futures: Girls STEM Collaborative aims to improve lives of Kentucky women."

    NGCP Regional 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 The following collaboratives are currently offering mini-grants:

    • Great Lakes (Indiana) mini-grants close July 31, 2009.
    • Kentucky mini-grants close July 31, 2009.
    • Maine mini-grants close July 31, 2009.

    Regional Collaborative Events

    MAGiC Kick-Off Conference, Rockville, MD
    September 26, 2009

    The Mid-Atlantic Girls Collaborative (MAGiC) Kick-Off Conference is designed to bring together individuals and organizations that serve girls in formal and informal STEM education. Attendees will learn about resources to support STEM educational activities and how to gain funding to create STEM partnerships. The keynote speaker will be Catherine Didion, Senior Program Officer at the National Academy of Engineering.
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    Upcoming STEM Events

    Techbridge Summer Training Institute, Oakland, CA
    August 3-5, 2009

    Are you interested in developing or enhancing a program to encourage girls in technology, science, or engineering? Would you like to gain girl-tested, hands-on curriculum and learn strategies for success? A program of Chabot Space & Science Center, Techbridge has served over 2,500 girls in after-school and summer programs since 2000, offering hands-on engineering and technology projects and career exploration opportunities such as field trips to corporate worksites and classroom visits by role models.

    2009 ASTC Annual Conference, Fort Worth, TX
    The Art of Science: Creating a Better Future
    October 31-November 3, 2009

    The Association of Science - Technology Centers Annual Conference will provide practical advice and first-person success stories to help attendees engage people of all cultures, provide powerful learning experiences, and become essential partners in addressing local, national, and global issues through the blending of art and science.


    Projects Featured on the SciGirls Web Site
    A new science TV show is coming to PBS: a show for and about tween girls. SciGirls will spotlight real girls using science to make a difference. Each SciGirls episode will follow a group of girls and their inquiry-based project, highlighting the great things that happen when girls are inspired and empowered by science. Twin Cities Public Television is currently looking for projects to feature on the SciGirls Web site, which will be hosted on If your organization is sponsoring an interesting class, camp, or ongoing program for tween girls, SciGirls would like to feature a Web video about it.

    Science Zine-a-thon Contest
    Imagine a mini-magaZine you make yourself. From a single 8.5 by 11 sheet of paper you can make an eight page booklet that fits in the palm of your hand. You'll be amazed how much entertaining science can be packed into a zine and shared with the world. Zines will be read by a panel of scientists, artists, and students from The Art Institute of Chicago and the Field Museum of Natural History. Selected zines will also be highlighted on the Year of Science 2009 Web site and the Small Science Collective. Submissions will be accepted until November 1.

    Have an AWEsome Summer
    This summer visit for the newly revised and tested pre-college surveys (pre and post) that measure your project objectives and participant satisfaction. Online registration is free. AWE is currently developing elementary level surveys that will be available in fall.

    Girls Gain More Confidence and Interest in Technology after Participating in Computer Mania Day, Study Finds
    Baltimore, MD - Middle school girls who participated in Computer Mania Day for Girls demonstrated improved attitudes about computers, had increased involvement with computers, increased their consideration of technology-related careers, and had heightened self-confidence about their technical abilities according to the results of a study released today by the Multinational Development of Women in Technology. Computer Mania Day for Girls is a one-day event that seeks to increase girls' interest in career opportunities in information technology and engineering.

    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.

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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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