National Girls Collaborative Project
NGCP E-Newsletter
May 2009

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

  • NGCP Updates
    Girls looking at birds through a telescope and binoculars.

    As of May 2009 more than 10,000 girls have benefited by mini-grants funded by the National Girls Collaborative Project. Programs currently listed in the Program Directory represent more than 2,000,000 girls! Visit the NGCP Web site for valuable resources, such as webcast archives, evaluation resources, local events, and programs looking for collaborators.

    Regional Collaborative News

    Pacific Northwest Girls Collaborative Forum
    The Pacific Northwest Girls Collaborative (PNWGCP), along with the Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory, Institute of Education Sciences, and the Lewis & Clark College Graduate School of Education and Counseling hosted a professional development workshop on engaging girls in math and science on April 22, 2009 at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, OR. Sixty participants enjoyed opportunities to meet and network together and attend panel presentations by teachers, program directors and inspirational women in STEM careers. Participants also learned about PNWGCP mini-grants, currently available through May 22, 2009, and engaged in collaborative action planning.

    Regional Collaborative Events

    NEGC Forum in Rhode Island, Warwick, RI
    May 16, 2009

    The Northeastern Girls Collaborative Help kick-off the Northeastern Girls Collaborative Project (NEGC) in Rhode Island with a day of networking, sponsored by the NEGC in partnership with the New England Institute of Technology, Rhode Island Commission on Women, and the Tech Collective. Share information about your project or organization, Discuss barriers to serving girls in STEM, and Learn about Mini-grant opportunities. Girl-serving organizations, professional organizations, businesses, higher education, K-12 teachers, and after school programs from Rhode Island and Massachusetts are encouraged to attend.

    Great Lakes Girls Collaborative Project Professional Development Forum, Indianapolis, IN
    May 20, 2009

    The Great Lakes Girls Collaborative - Indiana will host a professional development forum at Marian College. Topics to be presented: using ALICE software to increase girls' interest in computer science, middle school robotics, Purdue University's K-12 outreach program, and more.

    Empowering Girls through Collaboration Connecticut Forum, Windsor Locks, CT
    May 28, 2009

    The Connecticut Girls Collaborative will host a forum providing a free and unique opportunity to network with peers who support and create programs for girls in STEM. Workshops include a session with Techbridge, launched in 2000 by Chabot Space & Science Center to expand the options of girls in underserved communities and to address the shortage of women and under-represented groups in technology and engineering; participants will also have the opportunity to learn about mentoring programs, research based assessment tools, and strategies on how to successfully reach out to underserved populations.

    Kentucky Girls STEM Collaborative Annual Conference, Lexington, KY
    June 15, 2009

    The Kentucky Girls STEM Collaborative will host its first annual conference, designed to bring together educators, industry, mini-grant awardees, and government to explore ways to increase the number of Kentucky girls interested in STEM careers. Mini-grant awardees will present on their activities and experiences helping support girls in STEM.

    Upcoming STEM Events

    WEPAN 2009 National Conference, Austin, TX
    Center Stage: Effective Strategies for Recruitment and Talent Development
    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.

    International Symposium on Engineering Education and Educational Technology 2009 (EEET 2009), Orlando, FL
    July 10-13, 2009

    EEET 2009 will bring together academics and practitioners from engineering education, educational technologies, and educational systems engineering to support collaboration in these areas.

    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.


    Assessment Tools in Informal Science
    This searchable Web site provides assessment tools for informal science learning. The goal is to provide practitioners, evaluators, researchers, and policy makers with the information to choose appropriate tools for assessing program quality and outcomes for children and youth. Supported by the Noyce Foundation, PEAR (Program in Education, Afterschool and Resiliency) located at Mclean Hospital and Harvard Medical School, reviewed existing tools and published the findings in a report. This Web site is based on the findings of that report and will be continuously updated in collaboration with the Youth Development Researchers at 4-H.

    NGCP included in Landmark Conference Publication: A Watershed Moment
    The first National Conference for Science and Technology in Out-of-School Time, held in Chicago September 17-19, 2008, brought together more than 300 practitioners, researchers, policy makers, and funders. Convened by the Coalition for Science After School and Project Exploration, the conference provided in-depth, interactive sessions with a particular focus on equity and access issues for underrepresented populations. A Watershed Moment: The First National Conference on Science and Technology in Out-of-School Time documents the conference and includes an article focused on the National Girls Collaborative Project. Download A Watershed Moment at

    Evidence-Based Science Curriculum for Girls Webinar
    The Educational Equity Center (EEC) and Center for Youth Development and Policy Research (CYDPR) at AED hosted a Science, Gender, and Afterschool webcast. Over 100 national and international visitors participated in this session. Great Science for Girls highlights four unique curricula that have proven to impact girls' interest and engagement in science learning. Included are resources and strategies that work. Presented by Dale McCreedy from the Franklin Institute Science Museum for Girls at the Center, Lisa Regalla for SciGirls, Linda Kekelis for Techbridge, and Maryann Stimmer from the Educational Equity Center at AED for After-School Science PLUS.

    NCWIT By the Numbers Fact Sheet
    The National Center for Women in Technology (NCWIT) has recently released a new 2009 version of their By the Numbers fact sheet. The fact sheet is a colorful one-page document with startling statistics about women in information technology careers and majors. NCWIT is a coalition of more than 170 prominent corporations, academic institutions, government agencies, and non-profits working to increase women's participation in IT.

    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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