NGCP Webcast NCWIT Resources: Inspiring Girls to Pursue Careers in Information Technology
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Pacific
NCWIT is the National Center for Women & Information Technology, a
coalition of over 200 corporations, academic institutions, government
agencies, and non-profits working to increase women's meaningful
participation in information technology (IT). This webcast will
highlight free materials and information for attracting more girls and
underrepresented groups to computing and information technology and
share how formal and informal educators are using these resources to
strengthen programming for girls.
New Focus Fields added to the NGCP Online Program Directory
Many programs approach STEM from an interdisciplinary angle and combine
science, technology, engineering, and mathematics with other relevant
content. The Program Directory has added additional fields to more
appropriately reflect these intersections. The program focus fields now
include the following: science, technology, engineering, math, computer
science, business, humanities, and the arts. Login today and search for
programs with a similar focus to collaborate with: http://www.ngcproject.org/directory/programs.cfm.
Science Club for Girls Receives Award from the AfterSchool Alliance and MetLife Foundation
Last fall, the Afterschool Alliance and the MetLife Foundation awarded Science Club for Girls with
a prestigious Afterschool Innovator Award. The grassroots organization
was selected from over 300 nominations and is one of only two STEM
programs selected, as well as the only girl-focused organization to
receive the award. Science Club for Girls also serves as the Convening
Organization for the Southern New England Girls Collaborative Project, which serves Massachusetts and Rhode Island using the NGCP model.
NGCP Collaborative 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 http://www.ngcproject.org/mini-grant/app-resources.cfm. These collaboratives are currently offering mini-grants:
- GRITS (TN) Collaborative Project mini-grants close February 20, 2011.
- Kentucky Girls STEM Collaborative Project mini-grants close February 28, 2011.
All Girls Rockets for Schools Team
The "Girls Rock-ets" All Girls Team is a collaboration between the Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE) and Sheboygan County 4-H.
The goal is to introduce girls to STEM through the process of
constructing an 8-foot rocket. Girls spend six months preparing the
rocket by sanding, measuring, epoxying, and designing the theme for
their rocket. Teams design a functional and original payload for the
rocket. The "Girls Rock-ets" had the honor of being the first all-girls
team in Wisconsin to compete in the Rockets for Schools event held in
The team helped lead rocket activities at
the Sheboygan County 4-H Fun Fair, conducted a rocket building
workshop, presented at the Wisconsin Girls Collaborative Conference in
Madison ,and participated in a booth promoting the STEM fields at
STEMfest in Milwaukee.
|Upcoming STEM Events
Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day
February 24 - May 8, 2011
Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day serves as a call to action for
parents and professionals to focus on getting more girls into
engineering and technology. Each year during Engineers Week, "Girl Day"
encourages thousands of women engineers, with support from their male
counterparts, to directly mentor girls and young women in K-12 with
hands-on experiences in engineering. In honor of its tenth anniversary,
Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day 2011 has set a goal to reach 10,000
10-year-old girls with positive engineering experiences during a
ten-week period (February 24 - Mother's Day).
Engineering Education Service Center's (EESC) 2011 Music Contest: Sing the Song of Engineering
Create a two to three minute song about engineering, technology, or
computer science that shows your appreciation for the amazing inventions
that make our lives better, easier, and more fun. From speakers and
microphones to the instruments, amps, computers, and other technology --
engineers have designed it all. Deadline is March 22, 2011. For more
complete contest regulations or to enter, visit: http://www.engineeringedu.com/musiccontest.html.
March 9 - 11, 2011
The Institute of Museum and Library Services hosts the WebWise
Conference annually to bring together representatives of museums,
libraries, archives, systems science, education, and other fields to
explore the many opportunities made possible by digital technologies.
National Science Teachers Association National Conference
San Francisco, CA
March 10 - 13, 2011
This year's theme is "Celebrating the Joy of Science: Imagine and Create". Conference strands include:
For agenda and more details, visit: http://www.nsta.org.
- Embracing Technology in the 21st Century Classroom
- Accessing Language Through Science and Mathematics Content
- Exploring Earth, Wind, and Fire
- Building Scientific Minds: Inspiring Teaching and Effective Learning
International Technology & Engineering Educators Association (ITEA) Annual Conference
March 24 - 26, 2011
This year's theme is "Preparing the STEM Workforce: The Next Generation".
A sample of sessions topics include Engineering by Design Labs,
educational industry tours, grant writing, and teaching the design
process to grades K-6.
NanoDays 2011: March 26 - April 3, 2011
will feature a week of community-based educational outreach events to
raise public awareness of nanoscale science, technology, and engineering
throughout the United States. Events are organized by participants in
the Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network (NISE Net), and take
place at more than 200 science museums, research centers, and
universities from Maine to Hawaii. NanoDays resources are available for digital download.
Google Launches a Global Online Science Fair
Google has partnered with NASA, CERN, National Geographic, Scientific
American, and the LEGO Group to create a global STEM competition.
Students aged 13 - 18 can enter as individuals or as teams of up to
three. The Google Science Fair
will culminate in a celebratory event at Google headquarters in
California in July 2011, where finalists will compete for internships,
scholarships, and prizes in front of a panel of celebrity scientist
judges including Nobel Laureates and household names. The deadline is
April 4, 2011.
National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity (NAPE) Professional Development Institute 2011
April 11 - 14, 2011
This year's theme is "Equity Matters in College & Careers".
Learning opportunities and sessions include increasing the
participation of women in STEM careers and implementing best practices
for ensuring the success of special population students.
To register: http://www.napequity.org/page.php?24
2011 National AfterSchool Association Annual Conference
April 16 - 18, 2011
This year's convention will feature themes focused on the key issues
afterschool professionals face every day: STEM Beyond the Classroom,
Global Learning in Afterschool, Advancing the Afterschool Profession,
and Leading Afterschool. Observe projects and interact with young
scientists at the NAA Science Fair and network with your peers and
colleagues to share promising practices.
Program is dedicated to honoring the acclaimed and unsung heroes who
have helped improve our lives through invention. Applications are
currently being accepted for 2011 - 2012 InvenTeams, which are teams of
high school students, educators, and mentors. Teams receive grants up to
$10,000 to invent technological solutions to real-world problems. The
InvenTeam initiative is designed to excite high school students about
invention, empower students through problem solving, and encourage an
inventive culture in schools and communities. Register by April 22, 2011
International Year of Chemistry
The International Year of Chemistry 2011
(IYC 2011) is a worldwide celebration of the achievements of chemistry
and its contributions to the well-being of humankind. IYC 2011 offers
interactive, entertaining, and educational activities for all ages. The
year 2011 coincides with the 100th anniversary of the Nobel Prize
awarded to Madame Marie Curie and provides an opportunity to celebrate
the contributions of women to science.
Outreach-in-a-Box: Discovering IT
NCWIT Programs-in-a-Box are comprehensive resources for accomplishing a parity goal. Outreach-in-a-Box: Discovering IT
is a program to strengthen and diversify the IT pipeline through
outreach to middle schools. Schools and informal education organizations
can provide this resource to IT professionals who are interested in
providing programs. IT professionals then use the resources to customize
and deliver a classroom presentation and engage youth in hands-on
activities that inspire and inform them about opportunities in IT.
American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Become an educator associate member of AIAA and access resources free of
charge. Resources available for K-12 include: scholarships, design
competitions, classroom grants, ask an engineer, and curriculum and
homework help. Visit: http://www.aiaa.org.
Spotlight on African American Scientists
African Americans have made great strides as scientists, engineers,
mathematicians, and inventors but are still largely underrepresented in
many fields. In honor of Black History Month, introduce your students to
the voices of African American scientists who are leaving their mark on
science today. Free podcasts include discussions with engineers,
pediatric surgeons, evolutionary biologists, and more.
Get the Math
Get the Math, a new multimedia project from THIRTEEN and the team behind
the hit PBS series Cyberchase, inspires middle and high school students
to solve real-world problems with Algebra.
The reality-style TV show and interactive Web site will include video,
games, music, and educator resources. See how professionals working in
fashion, videogame design, and music production use algebraic thinking
with celebrity talents like: Hip-Hop Duo DobleFlo, Project Runway Winner
Chloe Dao, and Video Game Developer Julia Detar. The show premieres
February 20, 2011.
Podcasts Available from the Conference on Science and Technology in Out of School Time
Download free podcasts from the 2010 National Conference on Science and Technology in Out of School Time. Some of the most popular selections include:
- Summer of Innovation and Partnerships for Afterschool STEM
- How National Youth Organizations are Approaching STEM
- From Science for Some to Science for Most
- Building Capacity for Science and Youth Development in OST
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.
United Nations Women Officially Launches Empowerment Agenda
The United Nations Entity for Gender Equality, developed by the U.N.,
has officially launched and is focused on promoting the rights of women
worldwide. Speaking at United Nations headquarters in late January,
Michelle Bachelet, Executive Director, presented her vision and 100 day
Join the National Engineers Week Foundation in a live worldwide forum on
topics for, by and about current and future generations of women in
engineering and technology. During the week of March 7 - 12, 2011, women
in engineering and technology will "meet" with girls via live Internet
chats, telephone conversations, webcasts and face-to-face events.
Presenters and participants can join in the experience in any of six
general regions including North America, Mexico/Latin America,
UK/Europe, India, Africa/Middle East, and China.
Association of University
(AAUW) members across the
country are serving as
Regional Liaisons for the National
Collaborative Project. These
Liaisons help the people involved
in the NGCP
to make connections - to one
resources on gender equity, and to
is the Assessing Women and Men
Project, which provides exportable
instruments, literature resources,
for Women in Engineering and
similar programs. AWE is developing
use by K-12 STEM programs as part of
The goal of the National Girls
is to maximize access to shared
projects and with public and private
organizations and institutions
expanding girls' participation in
Find out more....