National Girls Collaborative Project
NGCP E-Newsletter
January 2010

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

  • NGCP Updates

    The New Year provides us with an opportunity to reflect and to look forward. The National Girls Collaborative Project experienced tremendous growth in 2009, providing professional development, resources, and collaboration opportunities to more than 2500 programs in 28 states. We look forward to continuing to support activities that provide value and incentives to encourage organizations and individuals to work together and to use the leverage of a network or collaboration of individual girl-serving STEM programs to create the tipping point for gender equity in STEM. To further address this goal, we are planning our first National Collaboration Conference for May 2010! We will have more details and registration information available in February.

    Regional Collaborative News

    Kentucky Forum Focuses on Girls in STEM Careers
    The Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce partnered with the Kentucky Girls STEM Collaborative at University of Kentucky to offer a November forum to discuss the concern over the under-representation of females in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics careers, despite the current availability of jobs in those areas. The forum's purpose was to create awareness of STEM careers as options for girls, strengthen the connection to industry needs related to STEM careers, highlight successful STEM initiatives in Northern Kentucky and Greater Cincinnati, and strengthen understanding on how to help students find their niche in STEM related careers. The presenting sponsor was General Cable and partners included Education Alliance of Northern Kentucky.

    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 currently offering mini- grants:

  • GRITS Collaborative Project mini-grants close January 31, 2010
  • Kentucky Girls STEM Collaborative Project mini-grants close February 1, 2010

  • Regional Collaborative Events

    Florida Girls Collaborative Project Spring Forum
    Jacksonville, FL - January 22, 2010
    The Florida Girls Collaborative Project brings together organizations throughout the state that are committed to informing and motivating girls to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Network and share information about your project or organization, discuss barriers to serving girls in STEM, and learn about mini-grant opportunities. Training will be provided on building effective collaborations that are a win-win for all involved, as well as how to prove your programs are effective for funders and stakeholders.

    Upcoming STEM Events

    January is National Mentoring Month
    Created by the Harvard School of Public Health and MENTOR, National Mentoring Month (NMM) focuses national attention on the need for mentors to assure brighter futures for young people. Take time on January 25th, 2010 for Thank Your Mentor Day. Learn about ways to pay tribute to those that have been influential in your life on the National Mentor Month Web site.

    Integrating STEM in the Elementary Years: Why It's Critical to Start Early
    January 19, 2010 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM EST

    NGCP National Champions Board member, Celeste Baine, along with Diana Laboy-Rush from, will be presenting a webinar to provide information on why the elementary years are important for engaging students in the STEM disciplines. Learn how to articulate to your teachers and parents the importance of STEM and how to see its relevance to real world problems. This webinar will also give you the tools and resources to implement an integrated STEM approach in your school or district's science, technology, and math curriculum.

    WEPAN Annual Conference, Baltimore, Maryland
    April 12-14, 2010

    The National Association for Multicultural Engineering Program Advocates (NAMEPA) and the Women in Engineering ProActive Network (WEPAN) are hosting their fourth joint conference. The purpose of the conference is to share and investigate ideas that diversify the field of engineering through increasing the participation of women and minorities. The theme of the conference will be "Setting Sail for the Future: Leveraging Diversity for a Stronger Crew" where we will highlight the topics of Diversity, Policy, Funding, Cultivating Tomorrow's Talent, and Effective Messaging.

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    Name Change for the Puget Sound Center for Teaching, Learning and Technology
    The home of the National Girls Collaborative Project is changing its name to more accurately represent the global nature of our programs and fulfill our mission. We are now EdLab Group and will be expanding our current innovative projects and services as we increase our work in science and engineering and develop programs that address digital inclusion needs.

    SciGirls Museum Affiliates Program
    Let SciGirls help you spark girls' interest in STEM by becoming a SciGirls Museum Affiliate, an outreach opportunity from Twin Cities Public Television. SciGirls Affiliates will receive professional development training and multimedia educational resources based on the new PBS television series, SciGirls, funded by the National Science Foundation. Watch the archived webinar to learn about the benefits, goals, and application procedure for the pilot SciGirls Museum Affiliate Program. You will also find the RFP and Museum Affiliate application at the link below.
    Deadline: January 15, 2010

    Google Announces Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship for First Years
    In honor of Dr. Anita Borg, Google has created a scholarship opportunity for female high school seniors looking to study computer science when they attend college. The scholars will be chosen from the applicant pool, and scholarships will be awarded based on the strength of each candidate's academic background, passion for computer science, community service and leadership. Recipients of the scholarship will each receive a $10,000 award for the 2010-2011 academic year and will be invited to attend the Google FUSE networking retreat in Summer 2011.
    Deadline: February 15, 2010

    National Lab Day for Role Model Opportunities
    As a part of the new federal "Educate to Innovate" initiative, National Lab Day has been created to bring hands-on learning to 10 million students. The Web site is a hub for educators and volunteers to find one another and collaborate on projects in their communities. To sign up as a volunteer or mentor, please use the link below. Using this link will help track the volunteers that signup through the NGCP community.

    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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