National Girls Collaborative Project
NGCP E-Newsletter
July 2007

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

  • NGCP Updates

    Webcast Survey
    Beginning in Fall 2007, the NGCP will offer webcasts which focus on issues related to girls and informal science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) learning. In order to help us design the webcasts to match your areas of interest and expertise, we ask you to please fill out a short survey. You can find the survey here: NGCP Webcast Survey

    If you have any questions about the survey, please contact Bethany Carlson,

    Regional Collaborative News

    Northwest Girls Collaborative Project
    The Northwest Girls Collaborative will be holding a Fall Forum, "Building Capacity through Collaboration" at the Washington State University campus in Pullman. This event will be held on September 29, 2007 from 9:00- 12:00. Please save the date to join us for this opportunity to network with other girl-serving organizations in your area, participate in a hands on STEM activity, learn about opportunities to collaborate, share resources and engage in thoughtful discussions with others who serve girls. gcp/northwest/

    The Science House Girls Collaborative (North Carolina)
    The Science House Girls Collaborative Kick-Off event will be held on September 18, 2007 at the North Carolina State University campus.

    Upcoming Events

    On September 12, 2007 a national Web cast will be held focusing on evaluation and assessment strategies for informal learning programs. More details including registration information will be available in August.


    PBS Design Squad
    Design Squad, a new PBS reality competition series, plugs eight high schoolers into the big wild world of engineering. In just 13 episodes, they learn to think smart, build fast, and contend with a wide array of engineering challenges-from converting kiddie toys into dragsters to designing a low cost peanut butter machine for women in Haiti. Accompanying the show are two free educational resources that you can use with 9-13 year-olds in classrooms, afterschool programs, and event settings.

    Non-Traditional Career Videos
    The National Institute for Women in Trades, Technology and Science has created videos of women in traditionally male careers. Each video explains what the job is like and what it requires. ps.html

    Miz Wizard's Science Secrets
    Jane Curry is an author, storyteller, and performer, with a knack for provoking thought and laughter with her one-woman shows. Since 1983, she has taken her performance to forty-eight states, Israel and Japan and is available for single-show events, multiple- show tours, and residencies. She offers a one- woman show entitled,"Miz Wizard's Science Secrets." The show, which she researched and wrote, uses history and humor to educate, entertain, and address issues of gender equity.

    Survey of Women Working in IT
    The K-12 Informal Education Hub of the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT), led by the Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA), is conducting a study to determine what experiences or factors influence females to pursue work in information technology (IT). Results will help guide efforts to increase the number of women entering the IT field.
    This survey is intended for women who work in IT. Your responses are anonymous and the results will only be reported in aggregate form. If you have technical problems, or have questions about the study, please email
    Please follow the link to the online survey: eninit.htm

    National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) Outreach-in-a-Box: Discovering IT
    Many professionals in IT provide service to their community through youth education. NCWIT has made it easy for IT professionals to help introduce middle-school students to the world of computing. Outreach-in-a-Box includes everything needed to prepare for and deliver an engaging class presentation at a local middle school -- including a presentation, hands-on robotics activity, and program guide for how to use the materials.
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    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. gcp/directory/

    NGCP AWE AAUW logo

    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.

    National Girls Collaborative Project logo

    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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