National Girls Collaborative Project
NGCP E-Newsletter
August 2010

in this issue
  • NGCP Updates
  • Regional Collaborative News
  • Regional Collaborative Events
  • Featured Mini-Grant
  • Upcoming STEM Events
  • Resources
  • Global Resources

  • NGCP Updates
    Telescope Girls


    Collaboration Conference
    October 21 & 22, 2010

    Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill
    NGCP brings together organizations throughout the United States that are committed to informing and encouraging girls to pursue careers in STEM. The Collaboration Conference is an opportunity for representatives from these organizations to connect and learn from each other and national level experts. Visit the Conference Web site to read about our presenters.

    Thanks to funding provided by the Noyce Foundation, NGCP is able to provide the opportunity for 50 practitioners, representing 25 organizations serving girls in STEM, to attend the Collaboration Conference at no cost. Scholarships will be provided to teams of two from selected organizations.

    Regional collaborative leadership members will be in attendance as well as representatives from a wide variety of NGCP partners. For more information, please visit the Conference Web site.


    Regional Collaborative News

    Second Annual Kentucky Girls STEM Collaborative Conference
    On June 21, 2010, the Kentucky Girls STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Collaborative, in partnership with the University of Louisville, held its Second Annual Conference, "STEM Innovations: Next Generation, Pathways to Success for Girls," at the University of Louisville Shelby Campus. Over 100 educators, business and community leaders, parents and girls came together to explore up-and-coming career opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics and to learn proactive steps to helping girls overcome roadblocks to their success in these fields.


    Regional Collaborative Events

    Annual Conference of the Indiana-Great Lakes Girls Collaborative Project
    Terre Haute, IN
    September 30, 2010
    The Indiana-Great Lakes Girls Collaborative Project is hosting their first Annual Conference. The overall goal of this conference is to extend and sustain collaboration in Indiana of girls-serving STEM project and programs. Mini grantees will present their projects and sessions for networking and professional development activities will be offered.
    Register: http://www.ngcproject.org/events/events.cfm?eventid=172


    Featured Mini-Grant

    Engineering Gets Girls "Dancing"
    Jitter Bugs became a fast favorite for girls participating in the "GECOS" (Girls Engineering Club of ScienceWorks) after school program at ScienceWorks Hands-On Museum in Ashland, Oregon. Customized creatures developed from an electric motor and controlled by girls, danced around when the circuit was completed. The GECOS program, sponsored in part by a mini-grant from the Pacific Northwest Girls Collaborative Project and in collaboration with the Ashland branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW), engaged 36 elementary and middle school girls in designing and creating STEM learning projects. Other activities included fun with Lego Mindstorm robots, MIT based Crickets, Wind Turbine Technology, and much more.
    Engineering for Girls at ScienceWorks


    Upcoming STEM Events

    National Career and Technical Education Equity Conference
    Tulsa, Oklahoma
    September 16-17, 2010
    The Conference will allow career and technical education professionals from across the nation to showcase innovative programs/services/techniques that enhance the effectiveness and visibility of Career and Technical Education.
    http://www.cteec.org

    2010 National Conference for Science and Technology Out-of-School Time
    Universal City, California
    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. The five topic strands include Curriculum and Pedagogy, Professional Development, Evaluation and Assessment, Research and Policy, and Partnerships, Networks and Systemic Pathways.
    http://www.scienceafterschoolconference.org

    ASTC 2010 Annual Conference, Science Centers as Wayfinders to New Horizons
    Honolulu, Hawaii
    October 2-5, 2010
    The Association of Science-Technology Centers Annual Conference, hosted by the Bishop Museum, provides science center professionals from across the globe with an intimate forum to exchange ideas and discuss the field's leading issues. With over 100 conference sessions, participants are challenged to explore ways of making science centers more essential to their communities.
    http://www.astc.org/conference

    USA Science & Engineering Festival
    Festival Dates: October 10-24, 2010
    Partner Spotlight: Department of Energy
    The Department of Energy (DOE) will sponsor 11 highly informative, interactive exhibits in the Festival's Expo this October at the National Mall in Washington, DC. The exhibits explore how physicists are harnessing energy from the sun to make clean and renewable energy. See a car that can run on water and sunlight, and much more.

    Students and teachers are encouraged to stop by the Department of Energy's Office of Science exhibit to see and use ScienceEducation.gov, a new search tool for browsing thousands of free and reliable science education resources.
    http://www.usasciencefestival.org

    The 11th Annual Lights On Afterschool
    October 21, 2010
    Registration is open for Lights On Afterschool. More than one million Americans celebrate Lights On Afterschool at 7,500 events nationwide. Register now and be part of this important effort to call attention to the importance of afterschool programs that keep our kids safe, inspire them to learn, and help working families.
    http://www.afterschoolalliance.org

    First Annual STEMtech Conference
    Orlando, Florida
    October 31 - November 3, 2010
    The League for Innovation is proud to announce the first annual STEMtech conference. STEMtech is an interactive learning experience with a strong focus on STEM disciplines - science, technology, engineering, mathematics - in general education and workforce training and in technology use across the institution. STEM Tracks and Tec Tracks are available as is an online web seminar to complement the conference. Hosted by Polk State College, Santa Fe College, University of Central Florida, and Valencia Community College.
    http://www.league.org/stemtech


    Resources

    2010 SWE Literature Review
    The Society of Women Engineers (SWE) has released a comprehensive review of the most impactful STEM- related literature. The compilation spans the past nine years of the SWE Magazine annual reviews of social science literature on women in engineering. The reviews provide expert analysis of published documents in the engineering and technology fields with a focus on women's issues, ranging from work/life balance to outreach to diversity in higher education.
    2010 SWE Literature Review

    National Center for Women and IT
    By the Numbers: Statistics about Women and IT. This NCWIT-produced resource presents the most compelling statistics on women's participation in computing and information technology, on a single page.

    NCWIT (National Center for Women & Information Technology) is a coalition of over 200 prominent corporations, academic institutions, government agencies, and non-profits working to increase women's participation in information technology (IT). NCWIT believes that inspiring more women to choose IT careers will create a larger and more competitive workforce, and will foster the design of technology that is as broad and creative as the population it serves. NCWIT's work spans K-12 and higher education through industry, academic and entrepreneurial careers, offering resources for every segment of the education/workforce pipeline.
    http://www.ncwit.org

    WEPAN Knowledge Center
    The WEPAN Knowledge Center (WKC) is one year old! The WKC is an online resource for research, best practices, and professional communities dedicated to advancing all women in engineering. http://www.wepanknowledgecenter.org

    Great Science for Girls Updated Web site
    Great Science for Girls (GSG) has updated their Web site with several new resources. The Family Page provides links and information on GSG. The new "Taking Action" section is filled with tools, resources, and support material to help strengthen your program. Also updated is a way to subscribe to the GSG listserve to exchange information, questions, ideas and best practices.
    http://www.greatscienceforgirls.org

    Access to Advancement Series - New Story!
    The story features Space Camp for Interested Visually Impaired Students (SCI-VIS). SCI-VIS is a week long camp at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama that helps middle and high school students who are blind or have low vision to learn about space and space-related technology. Access to Advancement is funded by the National Science Foundation's Research in Disabilities Education program. The series airs on WAMC's The Best of Our Knowledge and 51% radio programs. Find the stories here:
    http://womeninscience.org/series.php?seriesID=1

    Achieving Excellence and Innovation in Family, School, and Community Engagement Webinar Series
    August 10, 2010, 3:30-5:00 PM (EDT)
    The U.S. Department of Education presents the third webinar in the series -- Data Driven: Making Student and School Data Accessible and Meaningful to Families. The webinar will take a look at practical examples of how districts and schools are using data to engage families in their children's education. The webinar will also introduce tools that enable practitioners, districts, and schools to incorporate data into their own family engagement strategies.
    Data Driven: Making Student and School Data Accessible and Meaningful To Families Webinar

    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.
    Program Directory


    Global Resources

    Camfed Fights Poverty and HIV/AIDS in Africa by Educating Girls and Empowering Women to become Leaders of Change
    This week in Washington DC, Abigail Kaindu, an alumnus of Camfed's scholarship program from rural Zambia and now a champion for change in her country, is participating in a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity: President Obama's Forum with Young African Leaders, a unique event designed to highlight a "new generation of Africans who will shape sub-Saharan Africa's next 50 years."


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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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