National Girls Collaborative Project
NGCP E-Newsletter
September 2009

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

  • NGCP Updates
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    NGCP September Webcast
    National Girls Collaborative Project: A Regional Perspective
    September 22, 2009
    11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Pacific

    NGCP Regional Collaboratives will share information about upcoming events and examples of how collaboration is benefiting girl-serving STEM organizations across the country. Learn how you can get involved with a Regional Collaborative or put into practice lessons learned by our Collaboratives in their work to support girl-serving STEM organizations.

    Regional Collaborative News

    Maine Girls Collaborative Lead in Maine Women's Hall of Fame
    The Twentieth Annual Maine Women's Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Gala Celebration was held on March 21, 2009 at the University of Maine in Augusta. The Maine Women's Hall of Fame was established in 1990 by the Maine Federation of Business and Professional Women. The Hall of Fame recognizes women who make a significant impact in improving the lives of women in Maine. This year's ceremony honored Sharon E. Barker, the Director of the Women's Resource Center at the University of Maine and the lead for the Maine Girls Collaborative.

    Great Lakes Girls Collaborative Project - Michigan: Hands-on Math and Science Workshop
    On August 14-15, the Great Lakes Girls Collaborative Project - Michigan hosted a hands-on math and science workshop at the Robert H. Lurie Engineering Center on the University of Michigan's Ann Arbor campus. This workshop was funded by the University of Michigan Diversity Council, in collaboration with the Programs for Educational Opportunity at the University of Michigan School of Education and the Women in Science and Engineering Program at the University of Michigan School of Engineering. A group of 30 enthusiastic participants from K-12 schools, after school programs, post secondary institutions, and nonprofits including AAUW, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Girl Scouts, Communities in Schools, Blandford Nature Center, SEEDS Youth Corps and WINGS spent two days learning hands-on activities, networking, and planning ways in which they might collaborate in the future.

    Regional Collaboratives Fund Over 60 Mini-Grants in 2009
    Since the start of 2009, twelve Regional Collaboratives have funded over 60 mini- grant projects across the country. In total, over 100 grants have been funded by NGCP Regional Collaboratives, serving over 7,000 girls nationwide. NGCP mini-grants are designed to enhance access to and build collaboration between programs and resources. Funded mini-grant projects can be viewed at Regional Collaboratives will continue to offer mini-grant funding to programs through 2010.

    Regional Collaborative Events

    MAGiC Kick-Off Conference, Rockville, MD
    September 26, 2009

    The Mid-Atlantic Girls Collaborative (MAGiC) Kick-Off Conference is designed to bring together individuals and organizations that serve girls in formal and informal STEM education. Attendees will learn about resources to support STEM educational activities and how to gain funding to create STEM partnerships. The keynote speaker will be Catherine Didion, Senior Program Officer at the National Academy of Engineering.
    Register: eventid=143

    Michigan Lower Peninsula Kick-Off, Flint, MI
    September 26, 2009

    The Upper and Lower Peninsula Kick-Off Conferences, hosted by the Great Lakes Girls Collaborative, will offer the chance for schools and organizations committed to motivating girls to pursue careers in STEM to come together, share best practices, network, and to develop new collaborations. Along with an introduction to the Great Lakes Girls Collaborative, participants will learn how to apply for a mini-grant.
    Register: eventid=145

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

    Upcoming STEM Events

    Lights On Afterschool, Nationwide
    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.

    SWE Event at University of Alabama, Huntsville
    The Society of Women Engineers (SWE) sponsors a national road trip to get girls involved in engineering. In the second of three events, the SWE section in Huntsville will host a one day event for girls and parents on Saturday, September 19, 2009 from 8:30 AM to 3:00 PM. For more information and registration. option=com_content&view=article&id=13&Itemid=5


    Help to Evaluate a New Resource from PBS' FETCH
    If you've ever wanted to boost or launch a science program at your site, this is your chance! Veridian inSight is conducting an evaluation of a new FETCH resource for WGBH (Boston's PBS station) and recruiting sites (afterschool programs, Girl or Boy Scout troops, and libraries) from across the country to participate. Your program could earn $100 for their participation.
    To apply: h-recruitment-screener and complete a brief form by September 30, 2009.

    WAMC's Women in Science Programming
    WAMC Northeast Public Radio, the public radio station that brought you the Gracie Award-winning series The Sounds of Progress, has produced a new series with support from the National Science Foundation. The new series, Access to Advancement, features the stories of women with disabilities working and learning in science fields and the programs and practices that have helped them achieve success.

    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.

    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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