National Girls Collaborative Project
NGCP E-Newsletter
February 2010

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

  • NGCP Updates
    SciGirls Izzy

    SciGirls Television Series Premiers Nationwide
    SciGirls is a new PBS KIDS weekly television series and companion Web site that aims to change how girls think about science, technology, engineering, and math. In each episode, animated characters Izzie and her best friend Jake find themselves in a dilemma only science can fix. Izzie calls on smart, curious real-life SciGirls, who put their science skills to work to save the day. The show invites viewers to go on to the Web site, a safe social networking environment where girls connect, create personal profiles and avatars, share projects and watch all of the episodes: girls. NGCP programs are invited to create project pages to share with SciGirls nationwide. SciGirls use ordinary science and engineering to do the extraordinary. Be a SciGirl - sign up today!

    Regional Collaborative News

    Kentucky Girls Collaborative Broadcast at Basketball Game Halftime
    On Saturday, January 23, the Big Blue Sports Network aired an interview of Kentucky Girls STEM Collaborative Chair and Vice Chair, Sue Scheff and Dr. Carol Hanley, at a live radio broadcast of the Arkansas at UK men's basketball game. The broadcast highlights the importance of providing scientific career options for girls and expanding diversity in the science workforce. Find an audio clip of the broadcast here:

    Florida Girls Collaborative Project Hosts Successful Forum
    The Florida Girls Collaborative Project hosted a forum at Girls Inc of Jacksonville on January 22, 2010. Attendees participated in networking exercises, learned about the mini-grant process, and attended a session on program evaluation by Monika Martin, Outcomes Research Manager and Grant Coordinator of the Girl Scouts of West Central Florida. The forum concluded with hands-on activities from Techbridge, Design Squad and Engineer Your Life.

    Regional Collaborative Events

    Ohio Girls Collaborative Network Kick-Off Conference, Columbus, OH
    March 8, 2010
    In conjunction with the Governor's Statewide Women's Summit, Momentum 2010, the Ohio Girls Collaborative Network (OGCN) will host a Kick-Off Conference at the Riffe Center in Columbus. The event will be held on International Women's Day. Momentum 2010 will focus on the Governor Strickland's three priority areas - education, economics and health. The OGCN will present sessions on collaboration and networking, host a panel discussion, and give an overview of the mini-grant process. The conference will assist participants in creating collaborations across Ohio to increase girls' interest in STEM.

    Upcoming STEM Events

    Introduce A Girl To Engineering Day
    February 18, 2010
    As part of National Engineering Week, Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day is day to recognize the need for more women in engineering. The goal is to reach out to K-12 girls with positive messages about math and science education and engineering careers.

    Dare 2B Digital Conference
    February 27, 2010
    Presented by Invent Your Future Enterprises and partners, this conference offers young women in 7th - 10th grades the opportunity to discover a wide range of computing technology applications in a fun and engaging environment. Examples include: how to use programming to create cool pictures, animations, stories and games; how Pixar and Electronic Arts use computing technologies to make films and video games; how to make a Farmville Facebook game and more. The Conference also features presentations and interactive discussions for parents on how to best prepare their daughter for academic and career success.

    Infinite Possibilities Conference, Los Angeles, California
    March 19-20, 2010
    The Infinite Possibilities Conference (IPC) is a national conference that is designed to promote, educate, encourage and support minority women interested in mathematics and statistics. Sponsors include Building Diversity in Science (BDIS), The Institute for Pure and Applied Mathematics (IPAM), the National Security Agency (NSA), Symantec, Oracle, and UCLA Office of Faculty Diversity. The conference will include workshops, panel discussions, student poster sessions, activities for high school students and round-table discussions on experiences in mathematics.

    National Science Teachers Association Conference, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    March 18-21, 2010
    This national conference on science education offers the latest in science content, teaching strategies, and research to enhance professional growth. NSTA conferences include innovative presentations and hands-on workshops, special speaker presentations, educational field trips, short courses, Professional Development Institutes, and the opportunity to network with peers.

    USA Science Festival Satellite Events
    The USA Science & Engineering Festival will be the country's first national science festival and will be held this Fall in Washington D.C. To make the Festival a truly national experience, the Festival Team are encouraging organizations across the country to host Satellite Events in their communities the weekend of October 23 and 24, 2010. Your event can be customized, and the USA Science & Engineering Festival team will help you market it by including your information on the Festival website.

    Multinational Development of Women in Technology Annual Conference, Columbia, Maryland
    April 29, 2010
    The theme of this year's Multinational Development of Women in Technology (MDWIT) Conference is "Global Diversity: Enriching Technology." The conference will include a series of speaker presentations, networking opportunities, and workshops focused on tips and tools for achieving entrepreneurial success, increased performance in the workforce, and strategies on educating individuals in technological professions. The "Sponsor a Girl" program will allow high school girls to attend the conference and meet women leaders in the field, as well as the chance to shadow a top level engineer.

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    National Lab Day Informational Video
    National Lab Day is a resource for teachers working with volunteers from their communities to give students access to high quality science education and to the STEM professionals who can inspire them. For more information on NLD and how to build a support network within your community around science education, view a brief "how to" video.

    Great Science for Girls is looking for partners
    The Educational Equity Center at the Academy of Educational Development (EEC/AED) is looking for partners to join Great Science for Girls (GSG), a nationwide initiative funded by the National Science Foundation. Working with its partners, GSG builds the capacity of afterschool programs to provide a learning environment for girls and boys that includes opportunities for leadership and engagement with fun, hands-on, inquiry-based science experiences. Applications are encouraged from intermediaries (organizations that provide training and technical assistance to afterschool programs in their region), direct service providers operating multiple afterschool programs, school districts, and other organizations. GSG provides partners with access to ongoing training and technical assistance, evidence-based curricula, research and resources, and support materials.

    Become a Dot Diva!
    The Dot Diva Initiative is sponsored by New Image for Computing (NIC), an initiative to improve the image of computer science among college-bound high school girls. Dot Divas are the new face of computing; young women with the passion to make a difference. They believe in the potential of computing to redesign the future and build a better world. Dot Diva is looking for young women in Computer Science as potential subjects for profiles on their web site. Preferred candidates are in their early 20s, and are just starting out in their careers.

    AAUW Report to be Released
    In early March 2010, AAUW will release its new report Why So Few? Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. The AAUW report identifies leading research that documents the measurable impact of stereotypes, bias and the educational environment on the achievement and interest of women and girls in the STEM fields. The report sheds light on this puzzling question and provides new ideas for what each of us can do to more fully open the fields of science and engineering to girls and women. Contact an AAUW regional liaison for more information.

    WAMC Radio Stories Highlight Support for Minority Students with Disabilities in Science Education
    WAMC's The Best of Our Knowledge program aired the fourth story in the series, Access to Advancement: An Audio Exploration of the National Effort to Increase the Role of Women with Disabilities in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. The series, funded by the National Science Foundation Research in Disabilities Education Program, sheds light on the opportunities for, and achievements of, women with disabilities in science fields. The stories are now available for listening online.

    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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