National Girls Collaborative Project
NGCP E-Newsletter
April 2009

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

  • NGCP Updates
    Girl performing science experiment at Expanding Your Horizons conference.

    NGCP April Webcast
    Engaging in Science; Enhancing Gender Awareness
    April 21, 2009, 12:00 - 1:00 PM Pacific

    This webcast is designed to provide an overview of the need, rationale, and research behind embedding certain strategies into science learning opportunities. Two leaders in gender and science, Dale McCreedy and Maryann Stimmer, will highlight several exemplary programs and their impacts.

    Dale McCreedy is Director of Gender and Family Learning Programs at The Franklin Institute in Philadelphia. She has pioneered the development of science museum program structures and resources to encourage girls and young women in science through collaboration with local and national partner organizations. Maryann Stimmer is Coordinator of Science Programs at the Educational Equity Center at the Academy for Educational Development (EEC@AED) and Science Manager at The After-School Corporation (TASC). She is currently leading an initiative at TASC to build comfort and confidence in afterschool staff to deliver quality afterschool science and math experiences.

    Regional Collaborative News

    Great Lakes Girls Collaborative Kick-Off Conference
    The Great Lakes Girls Collaborative hosted the Indiana Kick-Off Event on February 21, 2009, at the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis Campus Center. The event provided networking for the 40 participants, information about mini-grant opportunities, and connected participants to resources. A panel presentation focused on informal learning strategies and programs.

    Regional Collaborative Events

    Midwest Girls Collaborative Kick-Off Conference, Naperville, IL
    April 17, 2009

    The Midwest Girls Collaborative will host a Kick-Off Conference at the Northern Illinois University Conference Center. The conference will help participants find resources and funding to create STEM activities for girls. Participants will also network with STEM partners and learn about hands-on nanotechnology.

    Pacific Northwest Girls Collaborative Forum, Portland, OR
    April 22, 2009

    At Lewis & Clark College, the Pacific Northwest Girls Collaborative (PNWGCP), along with the Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory, Institute of Education Sciences, and the Lewis & Clark College Graduate School of Education and Counseling will host a professional development workshop on engaging girls in math and science. Workshop participants will hear from an expert panel of teachers, programs directors, and role models in STEM careers. PNWGCP is also currently accepting mini-grant applications through May 22, 2009.

    PA STEM Girls Collaborative Kick-Off Conference, Philadelphia, PA
    May 5, 2009

    The PA STEM Girls Collaborative will host a Kick-Off Conference at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia. Pennsylvania is one of six states awarded funding by the National Governors Association to support STEM education. The PA STEM Girls Collaborative is an extension of this effort and assists in creating collaborations across Pennsylvania to increase girls' interest in STEM.

    Northeastern Girls Collaborative Rhode Island Forum, Warwick, RI
    May 16, 2009

    At the New England Institute of Technology, the Northeastern Girls Collaborative (NEGC) will officially kick-off its expansion into Rhode Island. The Rhode Island forum will help connect participants with resources needed to increase STEM participation and opportunities available to girls.

    Great Lakes Girls Collaborative Project Professional Development Forum, Indianapolis, IN
    May 20, 2009

    The Great Lakes Girls Collaborative - Indiana will host a professional development forum at Marian College. Topics to be presented: using ALICE software to increase girls' interest in computer science, middle school robotics, Purdue University's K-12 outreach program, and more.

    Kentucky Girls STEM Collaborative Annual Conference, Lexington, KY
    June 15, 2009

    The Kentucky Girls STEM Collaborative will host its first annual conference, designed to bring together educators, industry, mini-grant awardees, and government to explore ways to increase the number of Kentucky girls interested in STEM careers. Mini-grant awardees will present on their activities and experiences helping support girls in STEM.

    Upcoming STEM Events

    National Middle School Association Free Spring Webinars

    April 7, 2009, 3:30 PM Eastern
    Getting to the Good Stuff: Online Resources for Middle School Math and Science
    Explore the National Science Digital Library and the Middle School Portal Math and Science Pathways to find valuable Web materials.

    April 28, 2009, 3:30 PM Eastern
    Global Warming and the Polar Regions
    Find resources on climate change for the middle school science classroom.

    Wow! That's Engineering! Society of Women Engineers Event, Lowell, MA
    May 2, 2009

    Teen girls in grades 8-10 are encouraged to attend this Society of Women Engineers Boston event at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. The event will feature fun activities and projects related to chemical, mechanical, civil, and electrical engineering designed to get girls interested in these fields.

    AWIS Women in Science and Technology Conference, San Diego, CA
    May 9, 2009

    The Association for Women in Science (AWIS) San Diego chapter is hosting their ninth annual forum for women to network and to attend sessions on career development and scientific hot topics.

    International Symposium on Engineering Education and Educational Technology 2009 (EEET 2009), Orlando, FL
    July 10-13, 2009

    EEET 2009 will bring together academics and practitioners from engineering education, educational technologies, and educational systems engineering to support collaboration in these areas.

    Techbridge Summer Training Institute, Oakland, CA
    August 3-5, 2009

    Are you interested in developing or enhancing a program to encourage girls in technology, science, or engineering? Would you like to gain girl-tested, hands-on curriculum and learn strategies for success? A program of Chabot Space & Science Center, Techbridge has served over 2,500 girls in after-school and summer programs since 2000, offering hands-on engineering and technology projects and career exploration opportunities such as field trips to corporate worksites and classroom visits by role models.


    Project Exploration Discover Your Summer 2009
    Project Exploration has released Discover Your Summer 2009, its third annual resource guide to summer science education opportunities for middle and high school students. The guide highlights 175 science programs - primarily in the Midwest - and offers tips on completing applications and preparing for interviews. Discover Your Summer encourages students, especially minority youth and girls, to participate in summer science enrichment programs to broaden their horizons and prepare them for future education.

    Guidelines for Fostering Inclusion through Afterschool Math
    Developed by the Educational Equity Center at AED, the Afterschool Inclusive Math (AIM) program and guidelines were developed to provide youth with and without disabilities the opportunity to work together on real-world, inquiry-based math. AIM is based on After-School Math PLUS, an engaging curriculum that helps students find the math in everyday experiences. After-School Math PLUS creates unique partnerships between afterschool centers and science/technology museums.

    AWE Pre-College Outreach Surveys Now Available Online
    New, improved Assessing Women and Men in Engineering Project pre-college surveys are now available online. These surveys are easily adaptable for any organization's or corporate outreach activities. The AWE Core instruments address typical objectives of middle school and high school-aged participant outreach activities and are supplemented by optional modules of questions that address additional objectives. These surveys are housed online in a SurveyMonkey account and can be transferred to your own SurveyMonkey® professional account by request. Contact if interested in using these instruments.

    Innovate: Engineering Change DVD Available
    This DVD Discussion Guide Package contains highlights from Innovate: Engineering Change, a program that airs on public television beginning in April 2009 for Earth Month. This documentary-style program takes viewers behind the scenes of a creative effort to address climate change. An engineering team installs a turbine with resigned blades that successfully generate electricity from moving water. To request a copy of the DVD, e-mail Mary Swift. Preference will be given to girl-serving STEM programs who request twenty or more copies of the DVD.

    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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