National Girls Collaborative Project
NGCP E-Newsletter Happy New Year!
January 2008

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

  • NGCP Updates
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    NGCP January Webcast
    Why Don't They Hear What I Say?
    Wednesday, January 9, 2008
    11:00-12:00 PST
    Have you ever felt as though you're shouting and no one hears; that your good work on gender and science is ignored by policy makers, teachers, and parents who all too often fall back on myths and stereotypes about gender?
    If your answer is yes, then join Pat Campbell and the FairerScience team to learn more about why you aren't being heard and what you can do to help people separate myth from reality. We will cover issues of language, of media reporting and just what the facts actually are. In addition, we will explore the women in science blogging community and ways blogs can be used to introduce girls to the real lives of real scientists.
    To register:
    http://www.ngcproject.org/events/webcast.cfm

    National Mentoring Month
    In honor of National Mentoring Month, we looked to the NGCP Program Directory to find some examples of mentoring at work within the NGCP. We found many examples of great local, regional, and national programs that incorporate mentoring into their work with girls in STEM. Here are two examples:

    Alliance of Technology and Women
    Alliance of Technology and Women is a career life cycle organization. Whether you already are a successful woman in technology or you are thinking you might want to be one, ATW offers valuable mentoring programs. Through the ATW Mentor Program, applicants are matched with executive-level mentors for individually prescribed mentor/mentee relationships.
    http://www.atwinternational.com/mentoring.aspx

    BioPharmaceutical Technology Center Institute (BTCI)
    Founded in 1993, BTCI is a non-profit educational organization that focuses on building effective partnerships in order to provide a wide range of programs, including: High school student biotechnology internships, mentoring, and one-year youth apprenticeship programs where student earn and learn in a variety of biotech labs.
    http://www.btci.org/


    Regional Collaborative News

    California and Florida NGCP Mini-Grants Open
    The National Girls Collaborative Project offers many tools to help strengthen the capacity of programs serving girls in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). NGCP awards mini-grants to girl-serving STEM focused programs. Mini-grant projects must relate to either informal learning or evaluation and assessment. Resources about NGCP mini-grants are available on the Web site. Currently, collaboratives in California and Florida are offering mini-grants in their regions. To view the deadlines:
    http://www.ngcproject.org/mini-grant/index.cfm


    Upcoming Events

    NGCP February Webcast
    Reaching Out to Underserved Populations in STEM
    February 13, 2008
    11:00-12:00 PST
    You've spent weeks planning and developing a program to encourage girls or other underserved populations in STEM. You carefully connected with groups who may serve those populations. Still, when the registration comes in, you notice very few participants are from those targeted groups. In this session, learn from experts in the field what research and practice tell us about developing and marketing STEM programs for underserved populations in STEM.
    To register:
    http://www.ngcproject.org/events/webcast.cfm

    Association for Gender Equity Leadership in Education (AGELE)
    CALL FOR PRESENTERS for the AGELE Annual National Conference- Building Leadership For Diversity in Education: Examining the Gender Intersect
    July 27-30, 2008 at the Boston Marriott Peabody
    Proposals are due March 1, 2008
    http://www.agele.org/i ndex.cfm?secid=83873&ssecid=136980


    Resources

    Engineering Summer Camp Directory
    This camp directory lists some of the summer camps for high school students in science, mathematics, and engineering throughout the United States.
    http://engineeringedu.com/summercamps.html

    Project Exploration Resource Guide
    Project Exploration is seeking Midwest programs (MN, WI, MI, IA, IL, IN, OH, NE, KA, MO, OK) to include in Discover Your Summer, a free resource guide of summer science opportunities for middle and high school students. This guide will reach thousands of students, teachers, and families throughout Chicago and the Midwest in print and online in mid-March, 2008. There is no cost to be included in this guide. Project Exploration is a nonprofit science education organization dedicated to making science accessible to the public - especially minority youth and girls - through personalized experiences with science and scientists.
    http://www.projectexploration.org

    The Christopher Columbus Awards Program
    The Christopher Columbus Awards Program combines science and technology with community problem-solving. Students work in teams with the help of an adult coach to identify an issue they care about and, using science and technology, work with experts, conduct research and put their ideas to the test to develop an innovative solution. Maximum Award: $25,000, an all-expense-paid trip to Walt Disney World to attend the program's National Championship Week and a $2,000 U.S. Savings Bond for each student team member. Eligibility: middle-school-age (sixth, seventh, and eighth grade) children; teams do not need to be affiliated with a school to enter. Deadline: March 17, 2008.
    http://www.christophercolumbusawards.com/

    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.
    http://www.ngcproject.org/directory/index.cfm











    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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