National Girls Collaborative Project
NGCP E-Newsletter
November 2009

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

  • NGCP Updates
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    NGCP November Webcast
    Design Squad: Inspiring the Next Generation of Engineers
    Tuesday, November 17, 2009
    11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Pacific
    Design Squad is a PBS engineering reality show and multimedia campaign that is all about bringing engineering to life for middle school kids. In this interactive webinar, you'll learn how to use the series' free educational resources to start up or spice up your efforts to get girls excited about engineering. Learn about Design Squad, PBS' popular engineering reality competition series, find out about Design Squad's outreach campaign and FREE resources that you can use to get kids ages 9 and up excited about engineering and the design process, and get great tips on how to talk to girls about engineering.

    Regional Collaborative News

    NGCP Regional Collaborative Mini- Grants
    NCGP 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:

    • Texas mini-grants close November 9, 2009
    • Maine mini-grants close November 14, 2009
    • Great Lakes mini-grants close November 30 and December 10, 2009
    • Northeast mini-grants close December 11, 2009

    Women Take Flight At The New England Air Museum
    The New England Air Museum will host its sixth annual Women Take Flight event on Sunday, November 8, 2009. The program features extraordinary women who have pioneered new careers for women in aviation and aerospace. Learn about the opportunities women now have working in the aviation and aerospace industries. This exciting, educational and inspirational program is presented in cooperation with the Ninety- Nines (International Organization of Women Pilots), CT Women in Aviation International, and the Connecticut Girls Collaborative Project.
    Download a flyer or download the program here.

    Regional Collaborative Events

    NEGC Forum in Western Massachusetts, Northampton, MA
    November 19, 2009
    The Northeastern Girls Collaborative Project in Western Massachusetts is hosting a day of networking where you can share information about your project or organization, discuss barriers to serving girls in STEM, and learn about mini-grant opportunities. The Northeastern Girls Collaborative Project (NEGC) brings together organizations throughout New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts and Rhode Island that are committed to informing and motivating girls to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Girl-serving organizations, professional organizations, businesses, higher education, K-12 teachers and after-school programs from Western Massachusetts are encouraged to attend.

    Florida Girls Collaborative Project Spring Forums
    Tallahassee, FL - January 21, 2010
    Jacksonville, FL - January 22, 2010
    The Florida Girls Collaborative Project brings together organizations throughout the state that are committed to informing and motivating girls to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Network and 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 are encouraged to attend. Special training will be provided on building effective collaborations that are a win-win for all involved, as well as how to prove your programs really work for funders and other stakeholders. Light snacks will be provided.

    Upcoming STEM Events

    NMSA 36th Annual Conference and Exhibit, Indianapolis, IN
    Making a World of Difference
    November 5-7, 2009

    The National Middle School Association will host over 8,000 attendees for middle level professional development. The conference will allow educators and attendees the opportunity to learn, share, and connect.

    2010 National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity (NAPE) Professional Development Institute
    Join together with national experts and your colleagues and learn how to more effectively promote equity in your state and community. Come learn how to make a difference.
    For more information:


    Engaging Girls in Digital Game Design
    Education Week featured a recent article on how researchers have begun to discover how to engage girls in digital-game design. More women and girls are playing games, but few are actually creating and designing them. This article talks about two programs, each funded by the National Science Foundation, that focus on bridging the gap between girls who play games and girls who create them. s/2009/10/21/01girlgames.h03.html

    Applications are open now through November 15, 2009 for the 2010 NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing!
    Sponsored by Bank of America, the NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing recognizes young women at the high-school level for their computing-related achievements and interests. By generating visibility for these young women in their local communities, the award encourages their continued interest in computing, attracts the attention and support of educational and corporate institutions, and emphasizes at a personal level the importance of women's participation. Complete information on the award and the application is available at: award

    Conversation with Jazmin Perez, Public Health Student Cited by Obama
    Under the Microscope publishes stories by, about, and for girls and women in science. In their October issue, Jazmin Perez shares how she succeeded in school, despite many hardships, and what inspired her to be successful. Jazmin was also recently mentioned in President Barack Obama's speech to U.S. schoolchildren. option=com_content&task=view&id=364&Itemid=53

    Engaging Diverse Learners in STEM Education and the Workforce Webinar Archive
    Hosted by the NSF ITEST Learning Resource Center at Education Development Center, Inc., this webinar focused on student/youth diversity, highlighting specific strategies, successes and challenges related to engaging these diverse learners in STEM eduction and the workforce. learners-stem-education-and-workforce

    New YouthLearn Web site Launched
    The YouthLearn Initiative offers youth development professionals and educators comprehensive services and resources for using media and technology tools to create exciting learning environments. YouthLearn, created by the Morino Institute and now led by Education Development Center, Inc. (EDC), provides the assistance you need to start or strengthen both after- school and in-school programs. Check out their updated Web site at:

    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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