California Girls in STEM Collaborative

Girls holding water sample.The California Girls in STEM Collaborative brings together organizations throughout California that are committed to informing and motivating girls to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) serving as a regional network of the National Girls Collaborative Project.

Too often programs that serve girls in STEM are limited in service and impact due to size, location, funding, expertise, and equipment. In other cases, projects compete with each other, duplicating services and seeking the same resources. California Girls in STEM provides the opportunity for programs to increase their ability to maintain interest and participation of girls in STEM within California through collaboration.

California Girls in STEM is based upon a model developed by the National Girls Collaborative Project, and replicated through a grant from the National Science Foundation. Project activities are designed to facilitate connections between organizations to maximize access to shared resources. Collaboration, as an interactive process, enables professionals across projects and communities to generate and carry out creative solutions and strategies that maximize benefit beyond what one project or community could accomplish. The model is structured to bring organizations together to leverage resources, share information and exemplary practices, and plan strategically to expand STEM-related opportunities for girls.

Collaborative activities are facilitated with the support of a Collaborative Leadership Team and Champions Board

The current goals of the California Girls in STEM Collaborative are to:
•Support partnerships among girl-serving programs throughout California and provide them with collaborative opportunities to leverage and share resources.
•Encourage existing girl-serving programs in California to use the NGCP program directory.
•Provide professional development opportunities to increase the quality of STEM content for all California girl-serving organizations.
•Build an online presence for California Girls in STEM (through the NGCP website, Facebook, and other online venues.)
•Identify leaders in California-based informal science learning centers to help them advance the mission of California Girls in STEM. Targeted institutions may include science centers, zoos, aquariums and other programs. Sites will be asked to contribute in-kind support, provide resources, share best practices and share space if feasible.