National Girls Collaborative Project
NGCP E-Newsletter
April 2010

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

  • NGCP Updates
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    NGCP April Webcast
    Why So Few? Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics
    Tuesday, April 27, 2010
    11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Pacific

    Learn from eight recent research findings profiled in the new report from the American Association of University Women (AAUW) titled "Why So Few? Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics." The report highlights the important environmental and social barriers that continue to block women's participation and progress in science, technology, engineering, and math. The presentation will include ideas on how to open scientific and engineering fields more fully to girls and women.

    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 offering mini-grants:

    • Ohio Girls Collaborative Project mini-grants close April 12, 2010
    • Midwest Girls Collaborative Project mini-grants open April 8, 2010 and close June 13, 2010
    • Florida Girls Collaborative Project mini-grants open May 17, 2010 and close June 20, 2010

    Regional Collaborative Events

    Connecticut Girls Collaborative Project April Forum
    Hartford, Connecticut
    April 5, 2010

    Both formal and informal educators will come together to network with peers who support programs for girls in the science, technology, engineering and math. Three workshops will be available to choose from: Resources and Learning Strategies for Middle School Girls, Family Engineering activity showcase, and Evaluating Your Program as well as a panel of women scientists and engineers. The new Connecticut Science Center will be open for participants after the forum.
    Register: cfm?eventid=165

    Midwest Girls Collaborative Project April Forum
    Normal, Illinois
    April 8, 2010

    This forum will focus on mini-Grant evaluation and assessment, and will include a walk-through of the application process. A panel of current awardees will discuss projects and evaluation methods. One-to-one project consultation will be available.

    Minnesota Girls Collaborative Project Kick-Off Event
    Medtronic World Headquarters, Fridley, Minnesota
    April 16, 2010

    The second statewide gathering of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) practitioners and policy makers in Minnesota welcomes K-12 educators, non-profits, and businesses to discuss ways to increase STEM access for youth. This event is also the kick-off of Minnesota's involvement in the National Girls Collaborative. There will be professional development including a session on SciGirls, networking opportunities and an overview of mini-grants.
    Register: Contact Brenda Lyseng

    Kentucky Girls STEM Collaborative May Forum
    Paducah, Kentucky
    May 6, 2010

    The Kentucky Girls STEM Collaborative, in partnership with the Paducah Area Chamber of Commerce Business Education Partnership committee will bring together area high school students, educators, parents and industry representatives to participate in the forum. Attendees will hear from prominent local female professionals.

    Upcoming STEM Events

    Public Voting for the Spirit of Innovation Awards
    Deadline: April 9, 2010

    The Spirit of Innovation Awards is looking for volunteers to help choose the 2010 winners of their high school competition on innovative product designs using science, technology, and entrepreneurship. The winners will receive the Pete Conrad Scholars recognition along with $300,000 in grants, scholarships and research opportunities. View videos and blogs from the contestants, and vote for your favorite teams.

    Wow! That's Engineering! Signature Event
    Cleveland, Ohio
    April 10, 2010

    This Wow! That's Engineering! event, will bring together high school girls and engineers to learn about engineering. Girls will engage in hands-on activities and meet role-models who will lead the sessions and answer questions. The deadline to register is April 3, 2010. This event is sponsored by the Society of Women Engineers.

    AWE at WEPAN 2010
    April 13, 2010

    The Women in Engineering ProActive Network (WEPAN) and the National Association for Multicultural Engineering Program Advocates (NAMEPA) are jointly hosting their 2010 conference on April 12-14. Assessing Women and Men in Engineering (AWE) will present at the conference Showcase on April 13. They will discuss managing AWE instruments and data, how to use research to improve activities and AWE in general. Attend the showcase from 3:15 - 5:30 PM in the University Ballroom.

    Celebrate Solar Week
    April 12-16, 2010

    Solar Week is a collection of games, lessons and activities for middle and high school students that focus on studies of the Sun. Students can interact on-line with female solar physicists participating as role models and mentors. Students learn about the Sun-Earth interaction through a series of daily topics and an online Q&A session with the scientists. Solar Week is a joint project of the University of California, Berkeley and Rice University.

    Engineering Innovation Courses
    Deadline: May 3, 2010

    Engineering Innovation, a program of Johns Hopkins Whiting School of Engineering, is a summer college-level course for high school students who attend lectures and do hands-on activities as they learn to think and work like engineers. Programs are held in California, Maryland, Pennsylvania and New York.


    AAUW Report Released
    A new research report by the American Association of University Women (AAUW) funded by the National Science Foundation has been released. The report "Why So Few? Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics" presents research findings on the important environmental and social barriers that continue to block women's participation and progress in science, technology, engineering, and math. The report is free and available for download.

    Take a Survey for Engineer Your Life
    Engineer Your Life (EYL) is a program designed to help young women explore new career options. The Concord Evaluation Group and WGBH will be evaluating this initiative. For completing the survey, you will be entered into a monthly drawing to win $100. You do not need to have used EYL materials in the past to participate.
    For engineers:
    For female high school students:
    For guidance counselors and teachers:

    New Women in Science stories available
    WAMC's Women in Science audio series highlights stories about women, programs and practices in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields from throughout the U.S. The two newest stories highlight the TechGirlz program, a weeklong summer camp that provides hands-on learning opportunities to make science fun and interesting for middle school girls who are deaf or hard-of-hearing. Provide online feedback on the audio stories and receive a free Access to Advancement CD-set when it becomes available this summer.

    Share Feedback for DESIGN SQUAD
    The PBS engineering reality series, DESIGN SQUAD, is evaluating its outreach efforts. If you have used DESIGN SQUAD resources with your students, share your feedback by taking a short online survey. Of those who respond to the survey, 10 will be chosen at random to win $50.

    New Partnerships for Learning Publication
    The new report from the Harvard Family Research Project entitled "Promising Practices in Integrating School and Out-of-School Time Program Supports" aims to help school and Out of School Time (OST) program leaders, decision-makers, and funders, to understand and implement effective OST-school partnerships for learning. The report describes the benefits of these partnerships and presents research, strategies and examples of the different principles of OST-school partnerships.

    USA Science Festival - Science Video Contest
    The USA Science & Engineering Festival is a national science festival being held this Fall in Washington D.C. In collaboration with the Kavli Foundation, the Festival is hosting the Kavli Science Video Contest where students will create videos to answer the question "Why is science cool?" The winning videos will be screened on the National Mall and the creators will win up to $1000 for science education at their school, plus a stipend for them to come to the Festival. Registration forms available April 1, 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.

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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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