USA Science & Engineering Festival
Dogwood GEMS Club Attends USA Science & Engineering Festival
Thanks to a grant from the National Girls Collaborative Project urban school children from Reston, Virginia were able to attend the USA Science & Engineering Festival
in Washington, DC. Fifty girls in grades 3 - 6 who are members of
Dogwood Elementary's GEMS Club (Girls Excelling in Math and Science)
packed a lunch and headed for the festival.
At the festival the girls experienced many hands-on activities lead by
the biggest names in science - NOAA, EPA, National Geographic, the
Smithsonian, to name just a few. It was such an exciting day! The girls
learned about fossils, chemistry, aeronautics, robotics and came back
wanting to know more.
A dozen chaperones also attended and as parents of girls who are
enthusiastic about math and science, they were able to learn more about
career opportunities. When asked how Nikayla enjoyed the day, her only
response was, "I'm going back tomorrow!" And she did!
NGCP Webcast Recommendations from the July 19, 2010 Meeting
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
9:00 AM Pacific
On July 19th, 2010, a group of people who know the research and practice
on women and girls in science and engineering met in Washington, DC.
Their goal was to pick best strategies for increasing the numbers of
girls pursuing STEM careers and recommend them to the Educate to Innovate Campaign launched by President Obama in 2009.
What's the use? The "July 19th Collaboration" offers a refreshed list of
39 focused areas that describe current work as a systemic effort to
change and correct for historical biases and exclusion. Every strategy
can be tied to root causes for the low numbers of girls and women
identified in research, and pilot programs with results. The Memo and
report are available at www.stemcollaboration.org.
Register for the webcast.
NGCP Webcast NGCP Collaboration Conference Highlights
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
11:00 AM Pacific
The National Girls Collaborative Project held the first national NGCP Collaboration Conference
on October 20th-22nd in Washington, D.C. Over 160 participants engaged
in meaningful networking and professional development activities, all
focused on engaging more girls in science, technology, engineering, and
mathematics. This webcast will feature highlights from the conference,
including a summary of resources provided for those who were not able to
attend. Participants will also share their perspective of the event and
outcomes for their projects or organizations.
Register for the webcast.
Scientists in the Garden
The Giving Back Kids Science Camp was a collaboration between the Felege Hiywot Center and the Marion County Commission on Youth, Inc.
in Indianapolis, IN., helping girls learn basic skills in gardening,
health and nutrition. Girls did hands-on science in the garden and had
the opportunity to meet and work with women scientists from the
community. The participants developed hypotheses related to growing
vegetables and then carried out real-life experiments in the garden to
test those hypotheses. The girls involved thought that science was out
of their reach, but experiencing it first hand and meeting real women
scientists helped the girls see science in a new and exciting way and
believe that they, too, can 'do' science.
|Upcoming STEM Events
STEM 2011: Bridging Research and Practice Conference
Renaissance Hotel in Austin, Texas
January 19-21, 2011
Goals for this conference include raising awareness and promoting STEM
education best practices and the importance of STEM careers. There will
be opportunities for individuals, both students and professionals, to
present posters and workshop sessions.
Register for the STEM 2011 Conference.
New Digital Library Offers Informal Learning Fun in Science and Mathematics
Check out howtosmile.org
- a new Web portal created by UC-Berkeley's Lawrence Hall of Science
and funded by the National Science Foundation. Howtosmile.org serves
educators and others who teach school-aged children in museum-based
programs, zoos, aquaria, planetariums, libraries, science festivals,
camps, clubs and homes.
Howtosmile.org includes thousands of freely accessible online
interactive activities that include lesson plans, field trips, how-to
videos, and online games. Sign up for the newsletter at howtosmile.org blog, and on Facebook.
NCWIT Talking Points - Moving Beyond Computer Literacy: Why schools should teach computer science.
NCWIT Talking Points
are short advocacy and conversation cards to help people talk to others
about computing and IT. This card provides information about the value
of computer science curriculum for students, educators, local and
national economies as well as global society.
AWE Online Resources
Spanish versions of elementary-level school surveys, new adult surveys
for parents and caretakers of children attending elementary activities
(English and Spanish versions) and revised mentor surveys. Where to find
them? Go to AWEonline.org.
Facing the Future
Facing the Future is an inter-disciplinary standards-based curriculum
that includes hands-on lessons to engage students in learning by making
academics relevant to their lives. Through inquiry based learning,
simulations, and differentiated instruction, Facing the Future empowers
students to think critically, develop a global perspective, and
participate in positive solutions for a sustainable future. Many
curriculum resources are free of charge at www.facingthefuture.org
and can be sorted by subject, grade level, and resource type. The Web
site also features webinars, service learning projects and 60-second
tours of various topics like biodiversity, food and water security,
energy, and health.
NGCP Program Directory - Register your
The online Program Directory lists
programs that focus on motivating girls to
STEM careers. The purpose of the directory
organizations and individuals network, share
resources, and collaborate on STEM-related
for girls. When you sign up for the Program
you will enter your program description,
available within your organization, program
organizational needs, and contact
2010 Global Education Conference
November 15 - 19, 2010
Online and Free
The Global Education Conference
is a collaborative community effort to significantly increase
opportunities for globally-connecting education activities and
initiatives. Sessions will be held in multiple time zones and multiple
languages over five days. All sessions are public, will be broadcast
live, and will be available in recorded formats post-conference.
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....