National Girls Collaborative Project
NGCP E-Newsletter
September 2010

in this issue
  • NGCP Updates
  • Regional Collaborative News
  • Regional Collaborative Events
  • Featured Mini-Grant
  • Upcoming STEM Events
  • Resources
  • Global Resources

  • NGCP Updates
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    Water Works
    The Texas Girls Collaborative Project partnered with Girlstart and the Women in Engineering Program at The University of Texas at Austin to host Water Works, a week-long underwater robotics summer camp for 9th and 10th grade girls. Equipped with LEGO Mindstorms kits, pool noodles, and the engineering design process, teams of girls designed and programmed their own robots to participate in four separate missions in an above ground swimming pool. The robots were able to skim the surface in figure-eight patterns, dive underwater to investigate a "sunken ship", and maneuver around the bottom of the pool collecting objects into bins. Each day the girls had lunch with real women engineers and scientists from the local community. The Water Works camp was based on curriculum developed by a project of the Stevens Institute of Technology's Center for Innovation in Engineering and Science Education (CIESE) entitled WaterBotics, funded by the National Science Foundation.

    NGCP Collaboration Conference
    October 21 & 22, 2010
    Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill
    The NGCP Collaboration Conference is an opportunity to connect with others who are working to increase girls' interest and engagement in STEM courses and careers. Professional development sessions will be offered by presenters from the Educational Equity Center at AED, Assessing Women and Men in Engineering Project, Techbridge, and SciGirls. Additional resource-rich sessions will be offered by the Society of Women Engineers, NCWIT, and more. Join us in celebrating the power of collaboration!
    Collaboration Conference Web site

    Regional Collaborative News

    Discover the Fun of Engineering
    Girl Scouts of West Central Florida recently hosted a week long engineering day camp for more than fifty girls who participated in hands-on activities with professional women engineers. The girls learned about the design process by researching and developing ideas, brainstorming, building prototypes, problem solving, and testing, while doing fun activities. Activities included designing a better paperclip, building a crank shaft, materials testing, taking apart clocks to see how they operate, building a simple circuit by creating a dance pad with buzzers and lights. The highlight of the week included a field trip to the University of South Florida. Through a partnership with the Florida Girls Collaborative Project and AAUW, women engineers from both the University and the Trane Corporation taught about climate control systems. Girls learned that engineering is fun and many said they would now consider choosing engineering as a possible future career.

    Regional Collaborative Events

    Great Lakes Girls Collaborative Project
    STEM Education and Careers Summit

    Indiana State University, Myers Technology Center
    Terre Haute, IN

    Thursday, September 30, 2010
    8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
    This event is a summit for stakeholders, policy makers and leaders in education, government, business, and the community dedicated to fostering girls' participation in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields. Join us in formulating strategies and building collaborations!

    Maine Girls Collaborative Project Annual Conference
    Wells Conference Center, University of Maine
    Orono, ME
    November 5, 2010
    8:00 AM - 3:30 PM
    The Maine Girls Collaborative Project Annual Conference is an opportunity for individuals that are committed to informing and encouraging girls to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics to connect with one another and learn from each other and experts. This conference is also a way for the Maine Girls Collaborative Project to demonstrate overall collaborative success thus far and provides an opportunity for mini-grant recipients to showcase the work completed by their projects.

    Featured Mini-Grant

    Girls Reach For the Summit
    Over 150 girls attended the Florida Girls Collaborative Project's second annual Girls STEM Summit. The University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee, in collaboration with four local AAUW chapters, the Florida Commission on the Status of Women, the Kates Foundation, Raytheon, GWIZ Children's Science Museum, Girls Inc. and others offered a one-day summit, filled with 13 workshops, 8 activities, a parent workshop with 80 parents in attendance, a panel of women STEM leaders, with expertise ranging from nursing to molecular genetics. Included was a workshop titled "Diving In: The Ocean World" where girls learned about the oil spill and its impact.

    Upcoming STEM Events

    Afterschool Research Convening - Webinar
    September 14, 2010 - 2:00-3:00 ET
    To herald efforts to date and elevate STEM workforce development in out-of-school time, the ITEST LRC recently convened researchers, practitioners, and policymakers - with funding from the National Science Foundation. This follow-up webinar will share results from the gathering including an array of recommendations generated by attendees to advance research in STEM content and career exploration.
    Webinar link:
    Toll free: 1.888.450.5996
    Participant Access Code: 424447#

    2010 National Conference for Science and Technology Out-of-School Time
    Universal City, California
    September 22-24, 2010
    This conference, hosted by the Coalition for Science After School and Project Exploration, will highlight developments in the field of science after school with a focus on access and equity issues. The five topic strands include Curriculum and Pedagogy, Professional Development, Evaluation and Assessment, Research and Policy, and Partnerships, Networks and Systemic Pathways.

    ASTC 2010 Annual Conference, Science Centers as Wayfinders to New Horizons
    Honolulu, Hawaii
    October 2-5, 2010
    The Association of Science-Technology Centers Annual Conference, hosted by the Bishop Museum, provides science center professionals from across the globe with an intimate forum to exchange ideas and discuss the field's leading issues. With over 100 conference sessions, participants are challenged to explore ways of making science centers more essential to their communities.

    USA Science & Engineering Festival
    Festival Dates: October 10-24, 2010
    Partner Spotlight: Department of Energy
    The Department of Energy (DOE) will sponsor 11 highly informative, interactive exhibits in the Festival's Expo this October at the National Mall in Washington, DC. The exhibits explore how physicists are harnessing energy from the sun to make clean and renewable energy. See a car that can run on water and sunlight, and much more.

    Students and teachers are encouraged to stop by the Department of Energy's Office of Science exhibit to see and use, a new search tool for browsing thousands of free and reliable science education resources.

    Annual Conference on STEM Education Policy, "STEM Innovation...Leveraging Government, Business, and Education"
    L'Enfant Plaza Hotel, Washington, DC
    October 21-22, 2010
    This year's conference will examine issues confronting STEM education leaders at all levels. It will focus on the transition from policy to practice with panel discussions on Congress' legislative agenda, the Administration's education priorities, the implications of these issues to Federal Agencies with STEM Education programs, and how education leaders can build on these policies and influence educational excellence in their own communities.

    The 11th Annual Lights On Afterschool
    October 21, 2010
    Registration is open for Lights On Afterschool. More than one million Americans celebrate Lights On Afterschool at 7,500 events nationwide. Register now and be part of this important effort to call attention to the importance of afterschool programs that keep our kids safe, inspire them to learn, and help working families.

    First Annual STEMtech Conference
    Orlando, Florida
    October 31 - November 3, 2010
    The League for Innovation is proud to announce the first annual STEMtech conference. STEMtech is an interactive learning experience with a strong focus on STEM disciplines - science, technology, engineering, mathematics - in general education and workforce training and in technology use across the institution. STEM Tracks and Tec Tracks are available as is an online web seminar to complement the conference. Hosted by Polk State College, Santa Fe College, University of Central Florida, and Valencia Community College.

    Save the Date
    The National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity Professional Development Institute

    Arlington, VA
    Doubletree Crystal City
    Monday, April 11 - Thursday, April 14 2011

    NCWIT Award

    Calling all tech-savvy young women, coders, gamers, and Web divas!
    The National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) is seeking applications from young women for the NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing. Competition for the 2011 Award is open to any U.S. high school-level female (grades 9-12). Applications will be accepted beginning September 13, 2010, and must be submitted online at no later than 11:59 PM ET on October 15, 2010.

    The NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing acknowledges the computing aspirations of young women, introduces them to leadership opportunities in the field and generates visibility for women's participation in computing-related pursuits.

    Girl Scouts Unveil a New National Brand
    After extensive research and development, Girl Scouts debuted a long-term, multichannel brand campaign that is designed to reacquaint the country with the iconic organization and communicate the power girls have to change the world through Girl Scouting. The campaign is also keyed to boosting the number of girls and adult volunteers who participate in Girl Scouting annually.
    Girl Scouts is an influential leader in informal STEM education and is an important collaborative partner with the National Girls Collaborative Project. Girl Scout STEM programming provides many opportunities for girls to explore activities that are relevant to everyday life. Girl Scout Councils have collaborated with universities, school districts, business and Industry and the AAUW, as well as many more agencies and programs. Through this collaboration and sharing of resources, thousands of girls are closer to understand that a career in STEM is within their reach.

    Engineering Education Service Center (EESC) 2010 Poster Contest
    "Civil Engineering" is the theme for the EESC's Fall 2010 poster contest. This year's winning entry will be found in a display of inspiration, excitement, wonder and curiosity. Posters should be fun, motivational and inspire students to pursue a degree in engineering, technology, mathematics and/or science.
    The contest deadline is 11:59 PM November 3, 2010.

    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.
    Program Directory

    Global Resources

    The Global Education Conference
    November 15- 19, 2010.
    Free, online, virtual conference
    The Global Education Conference is seeking participants, presenters, and partners. The focus is on global collaboration and bringing interested parties together to explore best practices in helping students and educators develop global competencies.

    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

    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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