National Girls Collaborative Project
NGCP E-Newsletter
May 2010

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

  • NGCP Updates
    girls doing science

    NGCP June Webcast
    The SciGirls Seven: Strategies to Engage Girls in STEM
    Tuesday, June 1, 2010
    11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Pacific

    The PBS Kids television series, SciGirls, features middle school girls modeling girl-focused approaches to inquiry-based science and engineering projects. The SciGirls television series, Web site, and outreach initiatives emphasize current research on strategies proven to increase girls' engagement in STEM. Participants will leave with tips for implementation of these strategies and resources for girls, parents and educators.
    Register: cfm?eventid=174

    Summer Program List and Watchlist Features in the Program Directory
    The NGCP Program Directory allows users to search for summer programs in their area and nationwide. The advanced search feature is especially useful for educators, parents, and students looking for a particular service delivery format such as an afterschool program or special event. Another feature of the Program Directory is the Watchlists tool. Be notified if a particular program, the programs in a state, or programs with a keyword make register in the directory or make changes to their entry.

    Regional Collaborative News

    Midwest Girls Collaborative Hosts First Forum
    The Midwest Girls Collaborative Project hosted their first forum at the Illinois State University Alumni Center in April. Past mini-grant awardees spoke about their projects. Keynote speaker, Society of Women Engineer's Executive Director & CEO Betty Shanahan, discussed effective evaluation methods and past AAUW President, Ruth Sweetser, gave an overview of the AAUW research findings from "Why So Few?"

    Connecticut Girls Collaborative Hosts Successful Forum
    The Connecticut Girls Collaborative Project's Spring Forum, held at the Connecticut Science Center, brought together formal and informal educators, as well as participants from the private sector, to learn about mini-grants, Resources and Learning Strategies for Middle School Girls, Family Engineering Days, and how to creatively connect girls to technology.

    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:

    • Texas Girls Collaborative Project mini-grants close May 14, 2010
    • Minnesota Girls Collaborative Project mini-grants close May 15, 2010
    • Midwest Girls Collaborative Project mini-grants close May 18, 2010
    • Connecticut Girls Collaborative Project mini-grants close June 4, 2010
    • Maine Girls Collaborative Project mini-grants close June 18, 2010
    • Pacific Northwest Girls Collaborative Project mini-grants will open May 17, 2010 and close June 4, 2010
    • Florida Girls Collaborative Project mini-grants will open May 17, 2010 and close June 20, 2010

    Regional Collaborative Events

    Mid-Atlantic Girls Collaborative May Forum
    College Park, MD
    May 22, 2010

    The Mid-Atlantic Girls Collaborative Forum will bring together individuals and organizations interested in advancing girls in science, technology, and math fields. Attendees will learn about mini-grants, best practices in assessment and receive an overview of the AAUW report "Why So Few: Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics."
    Register: cfm?eventid=173

    Kentucky Girls STEM Collaborative Annual Conference
    Louisville, KY
    June 21, 2010

    The Kentucky Girls STEM Collaborative will host their 2nd Annual Conference at the University of Louisville Shelby campus. Speakers will discuss STEM education and the author of the American Association for University Women report, "Why So Few," will discuss her findings. There will be an industry showcase for Kentucky business representatives to present new technologies and highlight future career opportunities for girls.

    Upcoming STEM Events

    National Lab Day Video Contest
    Deadline: June 1, 2010

    National Lab Day is a nationwide initiative to build support for local collaborations of volunteers, students and educators in youth science programs. They are currently hosting a video contest for programs to submit a short video of their science project. The first place winner will receive a $1,500 Gift Card and a Flip Video Camcorder.

    Afterschool Universe Accepting Applications
    Deadline: June 30, 2010

    Nasa's Afterschool Universe is a hands-on out-of-school-time astronomy program for middle school children. They are currently accepting applications for a Train-the-Trainer workshop in December 2010. Participants will attend an all-inclusive three day workshop at NASA Goddard in Maryland that will prepare attendees to run workshops in their own communities.

    2010 Annual ISTE Conference
    Denver, CO
    June 27-30, 2010

    The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) will host it's 2010 conference and exposition featuring professional learning and collaborative networking opportunities. There will be more than 600 sessions to choose from, including formal sessions, hands-on labs, poster presentations, and discussions. There will also be three keynote speakers and ISTE member events.

    NASA Applications For INSPIRE
    Deadline: June 30, 2010

    High school students are invited to participate in NASA's Interdisciplinary National Science Program Incorporating Research Experience (INSPIRE). Students and parents participate in an online learning and interact with peers and NASA scientists. Students in the INSPIRE program can apply for summer opportunities at NASA facilities and participating universities.

    USA Science Festival Kavli Video Contest
    Deadline: July 15, 2010

    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 create videos to answer the question "Why is science cool?" Winning videos will be screened on the National Mall and the creators can win up to $1000 for their school, plus a stipend for them to attend the Festival.

    2010 National Conference for Science and Technology Out-of-School Time
    Universal City, CA
    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. Workshops will include curriculum, professional development, evaluation and assessment, research and policy, and funding trends.


    Gender Equity in Math and Science Education Roundtable
    On April 30, Dr. Sally Ride, President and CEO of Sally Ride Science, led a round table discussion about gender equity in math and science education. Panelists included Dr. John Holdren, Director of Office of Science and Technology Policy, Dr. Laurie Leshin, NASA's Deputy Director for Science and Technology, and Dr. Cora Marrett, Acting Deputy Director of the National Science Foundation. Panelists discussed the critical need for students, particularly girls, to pursue science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

    New Design Squad Animations
    Design Squad created animations for their parent and educator resources that will help explain physical science and engineering concepts. The short animations can be used to introduce a concept, enhance a presentation, or inspire project ideas. Animations are categorized by topic, correlate with national standards, and have a link to the related Design Squad episodes.
    http://pbskid ations.html#chemistry

    AAUW Report: Why So Few?
    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.

    SciGirls Project Pages
    SciGirls is a PBS KIDS weekly television series and companion Web site that aims to change how girls think about science, technology, engineering and math. The interactive Web site is a safe social networking environment where girls can connect and share their science projects. NGCP programs are invited to create project pages to share with SciGirls nationwide.

    Engineering, Go For It!
    The American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Web site, Engineering, Go For It (eGFI), promotes efforts to improve K-12 STEM and engineering education. Their collection of engineering videos, E-tube, show kids and engineering students and professionals working on cutting edge engineering projects. A compilation of videos, Trailblazers, showcase a diverse group of prominent engineers currently working in the field.

    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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