National Girls Collaborative Project
NGCP E-Newsletter
July 2010

in this issue
  • NGCP Updates
  • 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.


    Regional Collaborative Events

    Annual Conference of the Indiana-Great Lakes Girls Collaborative Project
    Terre Haute, IN
    September 30, 2010
    The Indiana-Great Lakes Girls Collaborative Project is hosting their first Annual Conference. The overall goal of this conference is to extend and sustain collaboration in Indiana of girls-serving STEM project and programs. Mini grantees will present their projects and sessions for networking and professional development activities will be offered.


    Featured Mini-Grant

    Mini Grant "Spark" Fuels Interest in Renewable Energy
    Over 30 girls participated in the 'Kenton County Girls in Renewable Energy' mini-grant project at the J. D. Patton Area Technology Center. The mini-grant, received from the Kentucky Girls STEM Collaborative Project, brought the field of renewable energy to life for elementary and middle school girls in the Kenton County School District. The girls engaged in the design and construction process of their own mini-wind turbine and a solar cooking oven. Project sponsors hope the experience ignited a 'spark' that will impact the participants' future educational and career choices.


    Upcoming STEM Events

    ASTC 2010 Annual Conference, Honolulu, Hawaii
    Science Centers as Wayfinders to New Horizons
    October 2-5, 2010
    The Association of Science - Technology Centers Annual Conference, hosted by the Bishop Museum, provides science center professionals from across the globe with an intimate forum to exchange ideas and discuss the field's leading issues. With over 100 conference sessions, participants are challenged to explore ways of making science centers more essential to their communities.
    http://www.astc.org/conference/

    USA Science & Engineering Festival
    Festival Dates: October 10-24, 2010
    Partner Spotlight: Department of Energy
    The Department of Energy (DOE) will sponsor 11 highly informative, interactive exhibits in the Festival's Expo this October at the National Mall in Washington, DC. The exhibits will explore how physicists are harnessing energy from the sun to make clean and renewable energy. Come see a car that can run on water and sunlight, and much more.

    Students and teachers are also encouraged to stop by the Department of Energy's Office of Science exhibit to see and use ScienceEducation.gov, a new search tool that lets you quickly browse thousands of free and reliable science education resources from a single place.
    http://www.usasciencefestival.org

    First Annual STEMtech Conference
    Orlando, Florida
    October 31 - November 3, 2010
    The League for Innovation is proud to announce the first annual STEMtech conference. STEMtech is an interactive learning experience with a strong focus on STEM disciplines - science, technology, engineering, mathematics - in general education and workforce training and in technology use across the institution. STEM Tracks and Tec Tracks are available as is an online web seminar to complement the conference. Hosted by Polk State College, Santa Fe College, University of Central Florida, and Valencia Community College.
    http://www.league.org/stemtech/


    Resources

    NTSA Angela Award
    The National Science Teachers Association
    welcomes entries for the Angela Award. This award honors one female student in grades 5-8, who is involved in or has a strong connection to science. Any female student in grades 5-8 who is a resident of the United States, US Territories, or Canada, and is enrolled in full time public, private, or home school is eligible to apply. The award is $1,000 US EE Savings Bond or Canadian Savings Bond. The awardee will be honored at the Teacher Awards Banquet at NSTA's National Conference. Applications are due November 30, 2010. http://www.nsta.org/about/awards.aspx?lid=exp#angela

    Free High Quality STEM Resource - SMILE
    SMILE (Science and Math Informal Learning Educators) is an online resource for out-of-school educators looking for high-quality STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) activities. Activities are searchable by subject, resource type, activity time, and more.
    http://www.howtosmile.org/

    Introducing Engineer Your Life's weekly blog and e-newsletter- sign up now!
    The EYL blog is a place where teenage girls can learn about cool engineering jobs, meet inspiring female engineers and students, and find fresh info on scholarships, events and happenings in the engineering world. It's also a place for parents, educators, and engineers to find engineering resources, tips and stories to connect with young women. http://engineeryourlife.weebly.com

    Registration for Real World Design Challenge
    The Real World Design Challenge is an annual high school competition where students design a plane looking at the forces of flight with the aim of enhancing fuel efficiency. The Challenge is free to teachers and students. Each teacher gets professional engineering software and teams get access to professional mentors. http://www.realworlddesignchallenge.org

    Adobe Youth Voices Essentials
    The Adobe Foundation launched the Adobe Youth Voices Essentials website and curriculum. Educators have access to free curricula to make media projects accessible to youth. The curricula combines technology with inquiry-based projects that encourage youth empowerment.
    http://essentials.youthvoices.adobe.com

    PBS Design Squad
    The 2010 Trash to Treasure Competition challenges kids to take everyday discarded or recycled materials and re-engineer them into functional products. Three grand-prize winners will win a trip to Boston to see their designs built and will appear on the TV show and Web site. 25 finalists will also be featured on the Web site. Find out more and enter online at www.pbs.org/designsquad from April 5 to September 5, 2010.

    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.
    Program Directory


    Global Resources

    Gender Equality Universally Embraced, But Inequalities Acknowledged
    These are the findings of a 22-nation survey by the Pew Research Center's Global Attitudes Project. The majority of people express support for gender equality and agree that women should be able to work outside the home. Most also find a marriage in which both spouses share financial and household responsibilities to be more satisfying than one in which the husband provides for the family and the wife takes care of the house and children.
    http://pewglobal.org/2010/07/01/gender-equality/


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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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    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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