National Girls Collaborative Project
NGCP E-Newsletter
November 2008

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

  • NGCP Updates
    Girl in hat conducting science experiment up close.

    NGCP November Webcast
    Inspiring Girls in Science and Engineering: Interactive Program Models and Resources
    November 12, 2008
    11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Pacific

    Learn about two exciting programs focused on inspiring girls in science and engineering. SciGirls offers fun science experiences for girls across the country, based on DragonFly TV videos that showcase girls and women doing science. Engineer Your Life is a national messaging campaign designed to reposition engineering as a rewarding career choice for girls.
    Register: http://www.ngcproject.org/events/webcasts.cfm

    NGCP is on Facebook
    Join the NGCP Facebook Group and stay up-to-date on NGCP events, news, and STEM resources. You can share resources and events with other group members and receive updates from NGCP. The NGCP Facebook Group has over 230 members.


    Regional Collaborative News

    Maine Kick-Off Conference Report
    The Maine Girls Collaborative Project held its kick-off conference on October 10, 2008, at the University of Maine. With more than 80 people in attendance, a wide variety of sectors and all geographic parts of the state were represented. Dr. Amy Arnett, environmental scientist at Unity College and Fulbright Scholar, delivered the keynote address. A panel presentation provided context for discussions among participants. Most of the day was devoted to describing the various resources and tools of the National Girls Collaborative Project, and providing opportunities for the participants to network and strategize plans to develop collaborative partnerships. The first round of Maine mini-grant proposals is now active, and the Maine Girls Collaborative Project has up to $10,000 to distribute in this cycle.

    Connecticut Kick-Off Conference Highlights
    On Tuesday, October 28, 2008, the Connecticut Girls Collaborative Project held a Kick-off Conference to introduce its STEM initiative to schools, organizations, businesses, and institutions across the state. Both formal and informal educators learned about the mini-grant application process, how to use the online program Directory, the value of evaluation, and how to replicate promising practices for reaching girls. The conference also featured a panel discussion by women in various stages of STEM careers, speaking about what influenced them to choose STEM. This initiative hopes to reach young girls at an early age who will ultimately be equipped to enhance Connecticut's reputation as a high-tech leader in innovation and productivity.

    Northeastern Girls Collaborative Kick-off Event
    University of New Hampshire, Manchester
    November 8, 2008

    Help us kick-off the Northeastern Girls Collaborative Project with a day of networking: share information about your project or organization, discuss barriers to serving girls in STEM, and learn about mini-grant opportunities. The goal of the event is to create a strong network of leading organizations and influential individuals that supports girls to succeed in STEM.
    Register: http://www.ngcproject.org/events/events.cfm? eventid=104


    Upcoming Events

    Science House Girls Collaborative Project Fall Forum
    The Science House Girls Collaborative Project (North Carolina) will cooperate with the Northeastern Satellite Office to present a Fall Place-Based Learning Forum on November 14, 2008. Research-based strategies in informal learning and place-based learning will be presented, focusing on our northeastern regional service area. The meeting will also kick off the next round of mini-grant applications from November 14, 2008 through January 1, 2009.
    Register: http://www.science- house.org/ngcp/fall08.html

    Regional Fall Forums Scheduled Around Texas
    The Texas Girls Collaborative Project welcomes participants from K-12 and higher education institutions, industry, not-for-profit and informal learning organizations, museums, and government agencies from across the state to join us at one of four remaining Regional Fall Forums.
    Register: http://texasgirls.engr.utexas.edu/news.cfm

    Houston Fall Forum, November 13, 1 - 4 PM
    Austin Fall Forum, November 21, 9 AM - 12 PM
    Corpus Christi Fall Forum, December 5, 9 AM - 12 PM
    El Paso Fall Forum, December 11, 9 AM - 12 PM

    STEM Equity Pipeline Webinar
    Interactive Effects in the Theory of Planned Behavior: Examining Attitudes, Norms, Control, and Stereotype Threat to Predict Girls' Math Performance and Intentions
    December 17, 2008
    11:00 AM Pacific, 2:00 PM Eastern

    Bettina Casad will review research on stereotype threat and provide evidence for why STEM educators should consider this phenomenon in their classrooms and educational practices. Findings from a study with eighth grade Algebra students who participated in an experiment on stereotype threat will be highlighted.
    http://www.stemequitypipeline.org/


    Resources

    NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing
    NCWIT is encouraging all tech-savvy girls, coders, gamers, and Web divas to apply for the NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing. Award-winners receive $500, a new laptop computer, and a trip to the Bank of America Technology Showcase and Awards in Charlotte, NC. Applications are due December 1, 2008.
    http://www.ncwit.org/ award

    NASA 2008 INSPIRE Program
    Applications are being accepted for NASA's new program, the Interdi sciplinary National Science Program Incorporating Research Education Experiences (INSPIRE) that will encourage the future generation of explorers in grades 9-12 to pursue and education and careers in STEM fields. INSPIRE STEM experiences include a one-day VIP tour of a NASA facility, a two-week learning experience on a participating college campus, and paid summer internships at a NASA facility.

    Math Skills Suffer in U.S., Study Finds
    A recent article published in the New York Times, "Math Skills Suffer in U.S., Study Finds" reports that the U.S. if failing to develop the math skills of both girls and boys, especially among those who could excel at the highest levels. Girls who do succeed in the field are almost all immigrants or the daughters of immigrants from countries where mathematics is more highly valued.

    Microsoft Expression Web Software Available for NGCP Members
    Microsoft has donated their Expression Web Software to the National Girls Collaborative Project to distribute to non-profit organizations working with high school girls. The software allows students to learn how to build a Web site from the ground up. Tutorial and curriculum units available at www.microsoft.com/facultyconnection/preco llegiate.
    Request a free copy: http://www.ngcproject.org/softwarerequest/

    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/


    NGCP,  AWE,  AAUW  logos


    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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