National Girls Collaborative Project
NGCP E-Newsletter
October 2008

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

  • NGCP Updates
    Four girls laughing and looking at a sphere for NGCP mini-grant.

    NGCP October Webcast
    Creating Collaborations with NGCP Mini-Grants
    October 8, 2008
    11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Pacific

    In this interactive webcast you'll learn how to create collaborations using NGCP mini-grant funding. NGCP mini-grants are designed to support collaboration, assessment activities, and projects related to sharing promising practices. Past mini-grant recipients will share inspiring stories and outline strategies for successful partnership and program development. Since 2002, NGCP has awarded over 100 mini-grants to organizations in California, Kansas, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Oregon, Texas, Washington, North Carolina, Florida, Kentucky, and Wisconsin that support girl-serving STEM programs.

    NGCP Welcomes New Northeast Girls Collaborative: Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont
    On Friday, October 26, members of the newly formed leadership team of the Northeast Girls Collaborative Project attended an on-site Collaboration Institute facilitated by Brenda Britsch, Patricia MacGowan, and Karen Peterson from the NGCP National Leadership Team. The full-day event was hosted by The Joan and James Leitzel Center for Mathematics, Science, and Engineering Education at the University of New Hampshire. Planning is already underway for a kick-off conference on Saturday, November 8 at the University of New Hampshire at Manchester (see full description below).

    Regional Collaborative News

    Girls Raised in Tennessee Science Kick-Off Conference
    The Girls Raised in Tennessee Science (GRITS) Collaborative Project Kick-Off Conference was held on Friday, September 26, at Middle Tennessee State University. The event was attended by over seventy teachers, administrators, STEM professionals, and government representatives. The morning began with a panel discussion of women STEM professionals. Dr. Leslie Wisner-Lynch of BioMimetics Therapeutics, Inc. delivered the keynote address, using her own inspirational story to impart to attendees the importance of girls' STEM education.

    Project Launch: New Look/Great Lakes Girls Collaborative-Illinois/STEM Equity Pipeline
    On Thursday, October 2, more than sixty individuals from community colleges, K-12 schools, community based organizations, and career and technical education centers participated in a unique collaborative event in Springfield, Illinois: New Look, STEM Equity Pipeline, and Great Lakes Girls Collaborative Project-Illinois Launch Workshop. These three initiatives share common elements and provide a wealth of research-based resources for special populations, especially non-traditional occupations and females in STEM. Participants attended breakout sessions on Documenting Performance Results, Goal Setting and Alignment, and Collaborations and Sustainability.

    Florida Girls Collaborative Project Annual Conference
    University of Central Florida, Orlando
    October 10, 2008

    The Florida Girls Collaborative Annual Conference promises something for everyone - whether your organization is already offering STEM programs for girls or you are just learning what STEM is. Learn about NGCP, meet others to share resources and collaborate, and learn how to add evaluation to your programs.
    Register: nts.cfm?eventid=99

    Maine Girls Collaborative Project Kick-Off Conference
    Wells Commons, University of Maine
    October 10, 2008

    The Maine Girls Collaborative Kick-Off event will bring together individuals and organizations throughout Maine committed to increasing the participation of girls in the STEM fields. Speakers with expertise in girls' development will present their views and women with careers in science and engineering will provide insights and practical tips on successfully encouraging girls in STEM.

    Connecticut Girls Collaborative Kick-off Conference: Girls in STEM
    Choate Rosemary Hall, Wallingford, CT
    October 28, 2008

    Join the Connecticut Girls Collaborative for an eventful day of speakers and workshops designed to connect the girls in organization to mentors and programs in the world of STEM. Learn how to form collaborations that will introduce girls to science and technology careers. Network and exchange information and resources with other organizations and businesses that share your vision for girls in Connecticut.
    Register: eventid=100

    Northeastern Girls Collaborative Kick-off Event
    University of New Hampshire, Manchester
    November 8, 2008

    Help us kick-off the Northeastern Girls Collaborative Project with a day of networking: share information about your project or organization, discuss barriers to serving girls in STEM, and learn about mini-grant opportunities. The goal of the event is to create a strong network of leading organizations and influential individuals that supports girls to succeed in STEM.

    Upcoming Events

    NGCP November Webcast
    Inspiring Girls in Science and Engineering: Interactive Program Models and Resources
    November 12, 2008
    11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Pacific

    Learn about two exciting programs focused on inspiring girls in science and engineering. SciGirls offers fun science experiences for girls across the country, based on DragonFly TV videos that showcase girls and women doing science. Engineer Your Life is a national messaging campaign designed to reposition engineering as a rewarding career choice for girls.

    2008 National Youth Science Day
    October 8, 2008

    The 4-H Youth Development Program is launching the first annual 4-H National Youth Science Day to help build America's future science, engineering, and technology workforce. The National Science Experiment will focus on the environment and will use science principles to teach youth across the country about the importance of water conservation. Download a National Science Experiment at

    Fall 2008 WEPAN Webinars
    Headlines from the Field: National Experts Share Research with WEPAN

    Nationally-recognized experts will present their work - the basis for proven and promising practices in outreach and student support programs. These webinars explain the experience of girls, women, and faculty in engineering and STEM fields.

    October 9, 2008, 10-11 AM Pacific
    "Social Influences on Girls Interested in Math and Science"
    Jacquelynne S. Eccles, Ph.D, University of Michigan

    October 16, 2008, 10-11 AM Pacific
    "We Can't Get There from Here: High School Girls Consider Engineering"
    Margaret Eisenhart, Ph.D, University of Colorado

    2008 ASTC Annual Conference
    In the Public Eye - Science Centers at the Crossroads of Science and Culture
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    October 18-21, 2008

    The 2008 Association of Science - Technology Centers (ASTC) Annual Conference, hosted by the Franklin Institute, will feature discussions and dialogue focusing on science centers' place at the crossroads of the scientific community and the general public.

    Society of Women Engineers 2008 Conference
    AWE Implementation Workshop
    Baltimore, Maryland
    November 8, 2008

    NGCP representatives will lead a hands-on session on how to integrate assessment into program planning cycles and use the Assessing Women in Engineering (AWE) pre-college instruments developed in collaboration with NGCP. NGCP affiliates and members may attend at a special, one-day conference rate.


    New AWE Web Site Now Available
    Visit the new Assessing Women and Men in Engineering Web site at The new page is designed to provide quicker and easier access to the AWE assessment tools, including STEM-focused survey instruments, data entry tools, research overviews, assessment capacity building tools, and more. You can register for free or use your existing ID and password. Send suggestions and questions to

    SMILE Web Site Available with STEM Resources
    The NSF grant Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE) pathway has launched a new Web site, SMILE is a group of science museums dedicated to bringing STEM to the wider world. SMILE is collecting the best educational materials on the Web and creating learning activities, tools, and services. SMILE spotlights hands-on and interactive activities, both physical and virtual.

    Sounds of Progress Radio Series Available Online
    WAMC Northeast Public Radio's series, The Sounds of Progress: The Changing Role of Girls and Women in Science and Engineering, is now available through WAMC's Women in Science Web site. Listen to the series as streaming audio, download a podcast, or request a free CD set. Supported by NSF, the series highlights the role of women, past and present, in science and engineering education and careers.

    National Disability Employment Awareness Month
    October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) and the Office of Disability Employment Policy has produced a 2008 NDEAM Poster. Other activities are planned for October to increase the public's awareness of the contributions and skills of American workers with disabilities. To order a print copy of the poster, e-mail

    Learning Point Associates Appoints New Member to Board of Directors
    In August, the Learning Point Associates Board of Directors appointed Donna Gerardi Riordan, DGR Associates and NGCP Champions Board member, as the newest director. Most recently, Gerardi Riordan was the director of programs for the California Council on Science and Technology (CCST) where she worked to analyze and develop policy recommendations to improve K-12 science and mathematics education. Learning Point Associates is a nonprofit education research and consulting organization that helps clients achieve breakthroughs that improve teaching and learning.

    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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