Enhancement to the NGCP Online Program Directory
Have you ever wondered if there are other affiliates or organizations
like yours registered in the NGCP online Program Directory? Program
Affiliation has been added as a searchable option. Affiliations
currently include: 4-H, American Association of University Women,
Appalachian Information Technology Extension Services, Girl Scouts,
Girls Inc., Great Science for Girls, National Academy of Engineering
Center for the Advancement of Scholarship on Engineering Education, STEM
Equity Pipeline, and Society of Women Engineers.
If your program was entered prior to September 2010, your affiliation is
currently set to none. Login today, update your listing, and search for
affiliates for networking and collaboration.
State of STEM in Afterschool & Summer Survey
The Afterschool Alliance and the National AfterSchool Association
are conducting a series of surveys to assess the state of STEM in after
school and summer programs around the country. Data obtained through
these surveys is vital to helping us better describe and promote the
STEM learning that occurs in after school and summer learning settings.
Your responses to these surveys are critical to shaping policy and
promoting funding in support of STEM education in after school. Please
complete the first survey in the series: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/STEMinAfterschool. Contact the Afterschool Alliance's Director of STEM Policy, Anita Krishnamurthi with questions.
NGCP Webcast NCWIT Resources: Inspiring Girls to Pursue Careers in Information Technology
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Pacific
NCWIT is the National Center for Women & Information Technology, a
coalition of over 200 corporations, academic institutions, government
agencies, and non-profits working to increase women's meaningful
participation in information technology (IT). This webcast will
highlight free materials and information for attracting more girls and
underrepresented groups to computing and information technology and
share how formal and informal educators are using these resources to
strengthen programming for girls.
NGCP Collaborative Mini-Grants
are designed to enhance access to and build collaboration between
programs and resources. Mini-grant application resources, including a
sample application, research based strategies, and evaluation
requirements are available online at http://www.ngcproject.org/mini-grant/app-resources.cfm. These collaboratives are currently offering mini-grants:
- GRITS (TN) mini-grants close January 14, 2011.
- Midwest (IL, KS, MO) mini-grants close January 30, 2011.
Science and the Magic of Macy's
Physics in Philadelphia and Mall Science
collaborated to host an event to explore STEM at Macy's in
Philadelphia. Thirty-five middle school girls braved a Nor'easter storm
to travel from Drexel University, hear a speaker, and travel to Macy's
where they explored science in action at the department store. During
the transit ride to the city, girls completed a challenge on Newton's
Laws of Motion. Once at Macy's, they faced challenges: finding chemical
elements in jewelry, chemical compounds in make-up, natural and
synthetic fibers in clothing, the torque required to turn a revolving
door, the electrical wattage of appliances, and the pressure exerted by
high heel shoes.
|Upcoming STEM Events
National Mentoring Month 2011
National Mentoring Month focuses
national attention on the need for mentors to guide our youth.
Research shows girls benefit from relationships with role models and
mentors who can provide valuable information about STEM careers. The
online NGCP Program Directory is a great resource for finding scientists
and engineers to meet with girls, as well as finding other programs
that offer mentoring.
In honor of National Mentoring Month, we used the Program Directory to
find examples of mentoring at work within the NGCP. We found many local,
regional, and national programs that incorporate mentoring into their
work with girls in STEM. Here are two examples:
Science Club for Girls: This organization brings women
scientists and girls together in free after-school science clubs that
focus on developing girls' leadership skills through hands-on science
programs. Girls work with mentors who model and foster leadership,
affirm college as an expectation and promote careers in science and
technology as goals and options.
Louise's Angels: This organization works to increase awareness
among middle and high school females about the opportunities that are
available within engineering. Louise's Angels provides mentoring,
tutoring, and guidance to females in inner-city areas.
Spirit of Innovation Awards
The Spirit of Innovation Awards program, challenges students ages 13-18
to solve real-world problems by creating innovative products in three
fields of science: Clean Energy, Aerospace Exploration, and Cyber
Security. Using science, technology and entrepreneurship, teams develop
innovative products to compete for over $80,000 of funding, and support
to pursue the commercialization of their ideas. Register by January 17,
Improving Spatial Visualization Skills Webinar
Thursday, January 27, 2011
2:00 - 3:00 PM Eastern
Join Sheryl Sorby, Ph.D. in a NSF funded WEPAN professional development
webinar. Gather ideas for your own work and learn more about becoming
an ENGAGE school.
Cyberlearning Tools for STEM Education
March 8 - 9, 2011
The goal of this conference is to bridge the research to practice gap
and address important trends and issues on how cyberlearning tools can
improve and reform K-12 STEM education. Day one will focus on research
and development and day two will explore implementation and integration
of cyberlearning tools in STEM learning environments.
National Science Teachers Association National Conference
San Francisco, CA
March 10 - 13, 2011
This year's theme is "Celebrating the Joy of Science: Imagine and Create". Conference strands include:
For agenda and more details visit: http://www.nsta.org.
- Embracing Technology in the 21st Century Classroom
- Accessing Language Through Science and Mathematics Content
- Exploring Earth, Wind, and Fire
- Building Scientific Minds: Inspiring Teaching and Effective Learning
International Technology & Engineering Educators Association (ITEA) Annual Conference
March 24 - 26, 2011
This year's theme is "Preparing the STEM Workforce: The Next Generation".
A sample of sessions topics include Engineering by Design Labs,
educational industry tours, grant writing, and teaching the design
process to grades K-6.
March 26 - April 3, 2011
will feature a week of community-based educational outreach events to
raise public awareness of nanoscale science, technology, and engineering
throughout the United States. Events are organized by participants in
the Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network (NISE Net), and take
place at more than 200 science museums, research centers, and
universities from Maine to Hawaii. NanoDays resources are will be ready
for digital download beginning on January 15, 2011.
The National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) Announces Winners of the Award for Aspirations in Computing
The NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing acknowledges the computing
achievements and aspirations of young women, and generates visibility
for women's participation in computing-related pursuits. Each qualified
National award winner receives: $500, a laptop, and a trip to attend
the Bank of America Technology Showcase and Awards Ceremony. National
Winners have been posted online.
New NOVA Series: "Making Stuff: Stronger, Smaller, Smarter, Cleaner"
Beginning January 19, 2011, NOVA will premiere a new series. "Making
Stuff: Stronger, Smaller, Smarter, Cleaner" will inspire youth with
technologies like self-healing military vehicles, spider silk stronger
than steel, and invisibility cloaks. Find resources for this and other
NOVA topics at http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/teachers.
Middle School Portal 2: Math and Science Pathways (MSP2)
MSP2 Resource Pages not only allow you to peruse, view, and access
resources, but you can add to the content too. Share tools, learn about
grants, and explore upcoming learning opportunities for both teachers
Microsoft's Imagine Cup 2011
Microsoft's Imagine Cup 2011
program provides inspiration for high school and college students
looking to help solve the world's toughest problems. Imagine Cup is a
global competition of more than 325,000 students from 100 countries who
define the problems they solve through research, personal passion for
social causes and inspiration from the UN Millennium Development Goals.
Competitions are still open in a variety of categories including:
Software Design, Game Design, Windows Phone 7, IT Challenge, and
Interoperability. The finals will be held July 8-13, 2011 in New York
Organization for Women in Science in the Developing World (OWSDW)
OWSDW is an international forum uniting women scientists and recognizing
women scientists working and living in developing countries who have
made significant contributions to the advancement of scientific
knowledge. Each year four winners will be selected: from Asia and the
Pacific; Africa; Arab countries; and Latin America and the Caribbean.
Apply by April 30, 2011 at http://www.twows.org.
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....