National Girls Collaborative Project
NGCP E-Newsletter
June 2010

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

  • NGCP Updates
    Collaboration Conference


    Collaboration Conference
    October 21 & 22, 2010

    Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill
    The National Girls Collaborative Project brings together organizations throughout the United States that are committed to informing and encouraging girls to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).The Collaboration Conference is an opportunity for representatives from these organizations to connect and learn from each other and national level experts. 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.

    Highlights from the Evaluation of NGCP
    Evaluation data from the annual survey administered in 2009 showed:

    • A program's level of collaboration with others was higher depending on the number of years they were listed in the NGCP Program Directory or if they attended an NGCP event
    • 80% of those attending a NGCP event indicated they followed-up with somebody they met there
    • Over 75% of respondents indicated NGCP has the potential to create the tipping point for gender equity in STEM

    Upcoming Survey to Programs Participating in NGCP
    Evaluation & Research Associates is working with NGCP leadership to investigate the reach and impact of the project. As part of the study, we are asking all programs listed in the Program Directory to please respond to an upcoming survey. Questions ask about NGCP resources, NGCP events, and about collaboration. An e-mail link has been sent and the survey will remain open until June 30. We would like every program to respond, regardless of their level of involvement in the project. Thank you in advance for your participation. If you have questions, please contact Carrie Liston at cliston@eraeval.org .


    Regional Collaborative News

    Mid-Atlantic Girls Collaborative Hosts First Forum
    The Mid-Atlantic Girls Collaborative (MAGiC) hosted their first forum at the University of Maryland. The director of Assessing Women and Men in Engineering Project (AWE), Barbara Bogue, presented guidelines on assessing informal STEM projects. Participants viewed and discussed the NGCP webcast on AAUW's report, "Why So Few? Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math."

    Kentucky Girls STEM Collaborative Western Kentucky Forum
    The Kentucky Girls STEM Collaborative hosted a successful forum with the help of the Paducah Chamber of Commerce Business Education Partnership Committee at West Kentucky Community & Technical College. A welcome presentation by Dr. Barbara Veazey, President of the West KY Community & Technical College, was followed by a panel of six local female professionals. Parents and youth attended the forum and received a T-shirt designed by a local middle-school student. Sponsors included USEC, Swift & Staley, WellSprings Dermatology, CVS, Hank Brothers, and Paducah River City PBW.

    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.

    • Midwest Girls Collaborative Project mini-grants close June 13, 2010
    • Maine Girls Collaborative Project mini-grants close June 18, 2010
    • Texas Girls Collaborative Project mini-grants deadline has been extended to June 18, 2010
    • Florida Girls Collaborative Project mini-grants close June 20, 2010
    • Mid-Atlantic Girls Collaborative Project mini-grants close June 30, 2010


    Regional Collaborative Events

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

    The Kentucky Girls STEM Collaborative will host the 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 findings. There will be an industry showcase for Kentucky business representatives to present new technologies and highlight future career opportunities for girls.
    Register: http://www.ngcproject.org/events/events.cfm?eventid=161


    Featured Mini-Grant

    LabFest Mini-Grant Award a Success
    The mini-grant "LabFest Design Squad in Chicago," was a collaborative effort between the Society of Women Engineers and Design Squad, to host a tent at LabFest! in Chicago, IL. Elementary through high school students stopped by to test their engineering skills in the Design Squad activity, PopFly. Women engineer role models staffed the booth to provide parents and students with information on careers in engineering. Approximately 1,000 students walked away with stickers deeming each of them a "Future Engineer".


    Upcoming STEM Events

    Submit a Career Video
    Deadline June 18, 2010

    The United States Department of Labor is hosting the Career Videos for America's Job Seekers Challenge. Members of the public are invited to create and submit a short video focusing on the daily activities and career pathways of specific occupations.
    Information: http://www.dolvideochallenge.ideascale.com/

    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.
    Register: http://center.uoregon.edu/ISTE/2010/

    Techbridge Summer Training Institute
    August 2-4, 2010
    Oakland, CA

    Techbridge has served over 2,500 girls in after-school and summer programs, offering hands-on engineering and technology projects and career exploration opportunities such as field trips to corporate worksites and classroom visits by role models. At the Summer Training Institute, participants will be trained on curriculum such as Chemical Engineering, Digital Media, Product Design, and Mechanical Engineering, and will learn tools and strategies for achieving success to engage girls in technology and science.
    Information: http://www.techbridgegirls.org/Educators/SummerInstitute

    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. 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/


    Resources

    U.S. State Department Webinar Series
    The Achieving Excellence and Innovation in Family, School, and Community Engagement webinar series is a monthly presentation for national, regional, and local organizations and educators to learn about family, school, and community engagement research, best practices from the field, and new innovations that are making a difference in school improvement and student learning.
    http://www.nationalpirc.org/engagement_webinars/

    SciGirls: Find a Science Club
    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 website is a safe social networking environment where girls can connect and share their science projects. To extend girls' engagement offline, SciGirls has a science club finder inviting girls to search for science clubs near them.
    http://pbskids.org/scigirls/find-a-science-club

    Dot Diva Brochures and Posters
    Dot Diva is a Web site with the mission to create an exciting and positive image of computing for high school girls. They have developed brochures and posters to engage and educate girls about computer science. These resources are free and will be available starting this summer. Send an e-mail with your name, address, school or organization name and quantity to dotdiva@wgbh.org.

    Middle School Portal 2: Math and Science Pathways
    The MSP2 project supports middle grades educators with standards-based resources and promotes collaboration and knowledge-sharing among its users. MSP2 employs social networking and digital tools to promote the creation and sharing of resources, facilitate professional development, and support the integration of technology into practice.
    http://www.msteacher2.org/

    AAUW Why So Few Webcast Archive
    This webcast highlighted the important environmental and social barriers that continue to block women participation and progress in science, technology, engineering, and math. Included in the presentation are ideas on how to open scientific and engineering fields more fully to girls and women.
    http://www.ngcproject.org/resources/webcastarchive.cfm?eventid=168

    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/


    Global Resources

    International Humans in Space Youth Art Competition
    Deadline September 30, 2010
    This is an online competition for youth ages 10-17 to express what they think about the future of human space exploration using literary, visual, musical or video art. The winners will have their art displayed in an online gallery and will be invited to attend the Humans in Space Symposium in Houston, Texas.
    http://www.dsls.usra.edu/meetings/IAA/artContest/


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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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