National Girls Collaborative Project
NGCP E-Newsletter
June 2007

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

  • NGCP Updates
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    Webcast Survey
    Beginning in Fall 2007, the NGCP will offer webcasts which focus on issues related to girls and informal science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) learning. In order to help us design the webcasts to match your areas of interest and expertise, we ask you to please fill out a short survey. You can find the survey here: NGCP Webcast Survey

    If you have any questions about the survey, please contact Bethany Carlson, BCarlson@edc.org.

    Request For Proposals For New NGCP Regional Collaboratives
    The NGCP is continuing to expand services across the United States and Puerto Rico. We are now accepting proposals from organizations or consortiums of organizations that are interested in hosting collaborative activities. The ideal lead organization is one that is already engaged in work relating to girls in STEM. The American Association of University Women (AAUW) regions are used to organize support for collaboratives. For more information about becoming a local collaborative site, contact Karen Peterson, kpeterson@psctlt.org.


    Regional Collaborative News
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    SouthCentral Girls Collaborative (SCGCP)
    The SCGCP had a great event in Austin sharing stories, success and making connections. As the final event for the SouthCentral Girls Collaborative we were fortunate enough to have Steve Wolf with Science in the Movies keynote lunch and give us a sizzling performance. His explosive techniques were stimulating and exciting for participants. We hosted men and women from around Texas and Louisiana as we reviewed and shared. The University of Texas Women in Engineering Program was our host for the day and are making plans to partner with the National Girls Collaborative to expand and keep the "Texas Girls Collaborative" moving forward.
    http://www.tcet.unt.edu/scgcp/home

    Midwest Rural-Urban Collaborative (MRU)
    The MRU Celebration Conference was held at Missouri State University on May 5. Over 197 people were in attendance. Students presented mini- grant activities. Ruthe Farmer, Girls Scouts of the USA, Project Manager, gave the keynote address titled 'Promising Practices in Informal Education for Girls and IT". Betty Shanahan, Executive Director, Society of Women Engineers, spoke on "Broadening the Appeal of Engineering". Eighty organizations in Missouri, Oklahoma, and Kansas have benefited from $40,000 in mini-grants which have reached over 1500 girls and young women.
    http://mru.missouristate.edu/home

    The Science House Girls Collaborative (North Carolina)
    Save the Date! The Science House Girls Collaborative Kick-Off event will be held on September 18 at the North Carolina State University campus. http://www.science-house.org/ngcp


    Upcoming Events

    Techbridge Summer Training Institute
    You are invited to participate in the Techbridge Summer Training Institute in Oakland, CA from August 6-8. This workshop will teach participants all facets of starting and successfully running a program in technology, science and engineering for girls.
    http://www.techbridgegirls.org/programs_institute.html


    Resources

    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.pugetsoundcenter.org/ngcp/directory

    DragonflyTV SciGirls
    Empowering science centers across the nation to deliver hands-on science encouragement and career guidance to girls in their communities.

    DragonflyTV SciGirls is a national outreach program, supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation's Program for Gender Equity. Now in its third year, SciGirls energizes after-school science programs for girls with DragonflyTV videos featuring girls doing authentic inquiry, accompanied by an educator's guide full of exciting science activities. In 2007, DragonflyTV selected ten science centers nationwide to receive funding as well as SciGirls resources including: live-action videos; extensive activity guides for informal science educators; and an intensive training program for staff educators on how to get the most out of the inquiry-based activities and materials.

    Recently, DragonflyTV received a planning grant from the NSF to develop SciGirls as a national television series. Stay tuned for more SciGirls adventures!

    For more information about SciGirls and DragonflyTV, visit:
    http://pbskids.org/dragonflytv/parentsteachers/scigirls. html

    To receive free DVDs that include SciGirls segments and PDFs of the educational materials, contact:

    Margaret Duden, Outreach Coordinator, at mduden@tpt.org or 651.229.1303 or Joan Freese, Manager of Promotion, Publication and Web, at jfreese@tpt.org or 651.229.1339

    Engineering, Go For It!
    This career guide is designed to attract high school students and their parents and teachers to the wide world of engineering and technology. It does this by focusing on the things and activities and people that inform teens' lives and values. To order:
    http://www.engineering-goforit.com

    Myra Sadker Foundation
    The Myra Sadker Foundation offers financial support to teachers, doctoral students and undergraduates committed to promoting gender equity. To learn more as well as to find useful links and articles: http://www.sadker.org


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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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