National Girls Collaborative Project
NGCP E-Newsletter
May 2008

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  • NGCP Updates
  • Regional Collaborative News
  • Upcoming Events
  • Resources

  • NGCP Updates
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    The Power of Collaboration
    The Kentucky Girls STEM Collaborative Project Kick-Off conference will be the tenth NGCP kick-off conference offered in the six years of the National Girls Collaborative Project work. Conferences have been held in California, Florida, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Oregon, Texas, Washington, and Wisconsin, serving over 1,000 individuals and programs. Keynotes have been provided by astronauts, computer scientists, girls, and researchers. As of May 2008, there are 650 active STEM-focused girl serving programs and individuals listed in the Program Directory, representing 45 states. The purpose of this Directory is to help organizations and individuals network, share resources, and collaborate on STEM-related projects for girls. More than 100 mini-grants have supported 245 programs serving 5,675 girls. Practitioners and researchers have offered seven Webcasts attended by a total of 250 individuals. Webcasts and resources are archived on the NGCP site. In the Fall, kick-off conferences will be offered in Connecticut, Maine, and Tennessee. If you are new to the project or haven't had an opportunity to collaborate, please take some time to visit the Web site, review the various programs and services in your area that are listed in the Program Directory, and join your colleagues in encouraging girls to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

    Regional Collaborative News

    Texas Kick-Off Conference
    The Kick-Off event was held on April 18, 2008. One hundred and twenty people from across Texas came to the Texas Club at the University of Texas - Austin to learn more about the Texas Girls Collaborative Project. The keynote speaker was Duy-Loan Le, who is featured on the Bold Visions - Women in Science and Engineering DVD. The agenda included a panel discussion, a number of round table discussions and concluded with door prizes. The room was buzzing with the sound of collaboration!

    Kentucky Girls STEM Collaborative Project Kick-Off Conference
    May 23, 2008
    10:00 A.M. - 3:00 P.M.
    University of Kentucky - Lexington
    This event will launch the start of the Kentucky Girls STEM Collaborative. The Conference will provide information on mini-grant availability, showcase girl-serving STEM programs in Kentucky, and provide networking activities. Kentucky Secretary of Education, Helen Mountjoy, will welcome the group, followed by a panel of phenomenal women from the community. Exhibits, roundtable discussions, and lunch will be included. For more information, contact Sue Scheff at

    Upcoming Events

    NGCP May Webcast
    You Can Make a Difference: Learn How to Plan Role Model Visits and Field Trips to Inspire Girls in Technology, Science, and Engineering
    May 14, 2008
    11:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M. PDT
    How can I get my students excited about a career in technology, science, or engineering? How can I work better with industry professionals and corporate partners to encourage outreach to students? When a role model visits my classroom, how can I make sure they are engaging and able to excite my students about careers in science, technology, and engineering? Participate in this Webcast to learn how to address these questions and help role models connect with girls in your community. Since 2000, Techbridge has served over 2,000 girls, 7,000 educators, and corporate partners through trainings and resources. With hands-on projects like the Green Dollhouse Project and Cars and Engines that capture girls' interest Techbridge has successfully put girls into the STEM pipeline.

    WEPAN National Conference
    Gateway to Diversity: Getting Results through Strategic Communications
    Hyatt Regency St. Louis
    St. Louis, Missouri
    June 8-10, 2008
    The Women in Engineering Programs and Advocates Network's (WEPAN) National Conference is a lively forum with opportunities to foster conversations among educators, researchers, academic leaders, women in engineering and science staff, corporate and government advocates and others who work to effect gender equity in STEM fields.

    AGELE National Conference
    Building Leadership for Diversity in Education: Examining the Gender Intersect
    Boston Marriott Peabody
    Peabody, Massachusetts
    July 27-30, 2008

    The Association for Gender Equity in Leadership in Education's (AGELE) National Conference is themed "Building Leadership for Diversity in Education: Examining the Gender Intersect." The program includes three excellent pre-conference sessions, a workshop for Title IX Coordinators, a workshop on Single Sex Education, and a workshop on investigating complaints and reports of harassment, along with plenty of fascinating concurrent sessions.


    CSTA's "Imagine Your Future in Computing" Brochure in Spanish
    Too often, young women do not receive the information they need about available careers. We continue to find that young Hispanic/Latina women are far less likely to consider STEM career opportunities because their families have little accessible information. To address this problem the Computer Science Teachers Association has created a Spanish-language version of its highly-popular "Imagine Your Future in Computing" brochure. If your project serves students in this community, free copies are available for girls and parents. To order copies, contact Chris Stephenson at or 1-800-401-1799.

    Project Exploration - Discover Your Summer 2008
    This summer science resource guide includes more than 160 programs for middle and high school students throughout the Midwest. Thanks to a special partnership with the Self Reliance Foundation, students can also access information about programs in Spanish. The guide is free and available at:

    Student Interview Podcasts Now Available
    Thanks to support from Cisco Systems, The Science House and Expanding Your Horizons (EYH) teamed up to create podcasts of student interviews with scientists and engineers for North Carolina's annual EYH conference. EYH and The Science House created four podcasts, three in English and one in Spanish. To access the podcasts, visit and choose "Physical and Mathematical Sciences."

    FairerScience - Women in Science Blogs
    The FairerScience "Using Women in Science Blogs to Encourage Girls in Science" Web site provides information about and links to blogs by women in scientific fields. Girls interested in STEM fields can read what real women in science are writing about their lives as scientists and students. The blogs also allow girls to network with women in STEM fields. Women in science blogs are available on numerous topics, including biochemistry, sport science, engineering, art and biology, and more.

    Year of Science 2009 - Explore, Empower, Engage
    The Coalition on the Public Understanding of Science is hosting the Year of Science 2009, a national year-long celebration to engage the public in science and improve public understanding about how science works, why it matters, and who scientists are. The Web site provides fun activities to celebrate the Year of Science and also provides a networking site to locate coalition members.

    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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