National Girls Collaborative Project
NGCP E-Newsletter
October 2009

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

  • NGCP Updates

    Aspire Web Seminar
    Tuesday, October 6, 2009
    1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (EDT)
    Join the Society for Women Engineers for a webinar: Role Modeling 101: Inspire Girls in Engineering sponsored through a generous grant from the ExxonMobil Foundation. Participants will learn tips and techniques to become more effective role models. Dr. Linda Kekelis and Meg Shimizu from TechBridge ( bridge will be presenting.
    Register: in.log in_page

    NSF ITEST Scale-Up Grant Awarded!
    In August, the Stevens Institute of Technology's Center for Innovation in Engineering and Science Education (CIESE), in partnership with the National Girls Collaborative Project was awarded a National Science Foundation ITEST Scale-Up grant. The grant will scale the CIESE's successful Build IT Underwater Robotics Program for underserved middle and high school youth to four new regions across the United States, including two NGCP collaboratives and two member colleges of the League for Innovation. To learn more: ch? v=A0kMWVU273o

    Regional Collaborative News

    Mid-Atlantic Girls Collaborative Kick-Off Conference
    The Mid-Atlantic Girls Collaborative hosted the MAGiC Kick-Off on September 26, 2009, at the Universities at Shady Grove in Rockville, Maryland. Keynote speaker Catherine Didion, senior program officer at the National Academy of Engineering, set the stage with an engaging discussion about Winning Strategies to Engage Female Students. Additional activities included an overview of NGCP and the MAGiC Collaborative, speed networking (always a hit), a panel discussion of "Theory to Practice - Designing Effective Programs", the launching of the MAGiC Mini-Grants, and ended with community presentations featuring various programs represented at the conference.

    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:

    • Mid-Atlantic mini-grants close October 30, 2009
    • Maine mini-grants close November 14, 2009

    Regional Collaborative Events

    Michigan Upper Peninsula Kick-Off, Marquette, MI
    October 3, 2009
    Register: ts.cfm? eventid=144

    Wisconsin Kick-Off Conference, Wausau, WI
    October 10, 2009
    This conference offers the chance for schools and organizations committed to informing and motivating girls to pursue classes and careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) to come together to share best practices, develop new collaborations, and share resources. Along with an introduction to the Great Lakes Girls Collaborative Project, participants will learn about how to apply for a mini-grant, and have time for networking.
    Register: ter.cfm? eventid=152

    Upcoming STEM Events

    Lights On Afterschool
    October 22, 2009

    Lights On Afterschool is celebrated nationwide to call attention to the importance of afterschool programs for children, families, and communities. More than 7,500 communities and one million Americans celebrate Lights On Afterschool every year. Lights On Afterschool is a project of the Afterschool Alliance, a nonprofit organization dedicated to ensuring that all children have access to quality, affordable afterschool programs.
    Register your afterschool event:

    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.


    EDC Works with Middle School Girls to Promote Interest in Science and Engineering
    The Girls Communicating Career Connections (GC3) media series - short video segments produced by middle school aged girls - captures the inquiry-based learning experiences of six girls as they investigate what it means to be a scientist or engineer. Education Development Center, in collaboration with partners, the Young Women's Leadership Charter School and Spy Hop Productions, has created this youth-produced, Web-based media series and companion educator materials on science and engineering careers targeting girls from underserved groups.

    EESC's Annual Engineering Poster Contest is Now Underway
    "Engineers of America" is the theme for the Engineering Education Service Center's 2009 poster contest. Posters should be fun, motivational and inspire students to pursue a degree in engineering, technology, math, and/or science.
    Contest deadline: November 6, 2009
    To enter:

    Informal Science Assessment Web site Needs Your Feedback
    This searchable Web site developed by PEAR (Program in Education, Afterschool and Resiliency), with the support of the Noyce Foundation, 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. The Web site offers users the opportunity to post ratings for each assessment tool. We encourage you to take the time to review tools you have used (or try out new tools) and provide feedback on the Web site to inform others in the field of informal science. http://atis.pearw

    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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