National Girls Collaborative Project
NGCP E-Newsletter
March 2009

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

  • NGCP Updates
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    Find Summer Programs in the NGCP Program Directory
    Thinking about summer? A new search feature in the NGCP Program Directory allows you to search for programs with summer offerings in your state. This feature is especially useful for educators and parents looking for STEM summer programs. If your program has summer programs, register in the Program Directory today!

    Calling All SciGirls - New PBS Kids Science Series
    Do you know girls or women passionate about science, technology, engineering, or math who would want to be on national television? If so, SciGirls wants to hear from you! A new science TV show for and about tween girls is coming to PBS. 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. SciGirls and the NGCP are partnering to involve girls from NGCP collaborative regions. Suggest girls, mentors, or projects at the SciGirls Blog and you might see your story on TV.

    Regional Collaborative News

    Midwest Girls Collaborative Illinois Kick-Off Conference
    The Midwest Girls Collaborative Project will host the Illinois Kick-Off Conference on April 17, 2009, at the Northern Illinois University Conference Center in Naperville. This conference will provide an opportunity for those interested in STEM to network with other projects in Illinois and hear success stories about existing STEM projects. For more information and to register:
    mwgcp/kic koff09.html

    Mid-Atlantic Girls Collaborative Kick-Off Conference
    Save the date! The Mid-Atlantic Girls Collaborative (MAGiC) will host the MAGiC Kick-Off Conference on Saturday, May 9, 2009, at Microsoft in Reston, VA. The MAGiC Collaborative serves Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, DC.

    NGCP Regional Collaborative Mini-Grants
    NGCP mini-grants are designed to enhance access to and build collaboration between programs and resources. Register your program and preview mini-grant applications now at mini-grant/index.cfm. The following collaboratives are currently offering mini-grants or will be offering mini-grants in the near future:

    • Florida mini-grants close March 16, 2009.
    • Great Lakes (Indiana) mini-grants close March 30, 2009.
    • Pacific Northwest mini-grants open April 1, 2009.

    Upcoming Events

    NSTA National Conference on Science Education
    Celebrating the Year of Science
    New Orleans, Louisiana
    March 19-22, 2009 09new/?lid=con

    National Middle School Association Free Spring Webinars

    March 31, 2009, 3:30 PM Eastern
    FunWorks: Inspiring Students to Pursue Math and Science Careers!

    The FunWorks is a digital resource library designed to encourage middle school students to explore math and science careers by showing how these subjects have real-world connections.

    April 7, 2009, 3:30 PM Eastern
    Getting to the Good Stuff: Online Resources for Middle School Math and Science

    This webinar will explore the National Science Digital Library and the Middle School Portal Math and Science Pathways to help teachers find valuable materials on the Internet.

    For more information and to register:
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    2009 Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing Conference
    Intellect, Initiatives, Insight, and Innovations
    Portland, Oregon
    April 1-4, 2009

    The Tapia 2009 Conference is aimed at providing a supportive networking environment for under-represented groups across the broad range of computing and information technology, from science to business to the arts to infrastructure.

    WEPAN 2009 National Conference
    Center Stage: Effective Strategies for Recruitment and Talent Development
    Austin, Texas
    June 17-19, 2009

    The Women in Engineering ProActive Network's (WEPAN) national conference gathers professionals to translate the most current research into best practices. Recurring and emerging issues are addressed by participants representing industry, community college and universities, K-12 and informal education, policy makers, and other advocates.


    Techbridge Summer Training Institute
    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? The Techbridge Summer Training Institute will be hosted August 3-5, 2009, in Oakland, CA. 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.

    Celebrate Pi Day: March 14
    Pi, the Greek letter, is the symbol for the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter. Pi equals 3.1415926535... so Pi Day is celebrated by math enthusiasts around the world on March 14th. For resources, fun activities, and information about Pi Day, visit

    NASA Education Do-It-Yourself Podcasts
    NASA Education is excited to introduce the Do-It-Yourself Podcast activity in the For Educators section of Students can preview and download audio and video clips of astronauts performing work in space and on the ground. They can then use these clips to build their own podcast or similar audio/video project.

    Survey for Female High School Students
    Veridi an inSight and WGBH Radio are conducting a short online survey to gather girls' feedback about their attitudes toward certain careers. The 500th, 1000th, and 1500th individual to complete the survey will win $50. The survey takes approximately 20 minutes and will be available until March 31, 2009.

    AWE Pre-College Surveys
    Thinking of spring cleaning? This is a good time to dust off and update the surveys for your summer programs. Visit to download the revised pre-college surveys. (Requires a brief, FREE registration if you have not already registered.) Coming soon: Online versions of all pre-college survey instruments.

    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.

    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 logo

    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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