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Florida Girls Collaborative Project Newsletter
Advancing the Agenda in Gender Equity for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.
In This Issue
Operation Filmmaker
Feature your Organization
Free STEM Training
Mini-Grant Deadline Extended
STEM Summer Programs
 Operation Filmmaker
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 The Character & Heritage Institute

FSU Mag Lab & The Character & Heritage Institute in Tallahassee, FL are hosting a very special educational outreach program June 8-26.  This program focuses on character education through the art of filmmaking, while providing a hands-on experience in creating a documentary film.  Topics include global warming, space exploration, and conservation of resources.  Classes are held 10 AM - 4 PM and the cost is $500 per student; spaces are limited.  For more information contact: info@TheCHinstitute.org

Feature Your Program or Organization Here
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 Share your success!  Want others to know about a great program you are doing?  Have you tried a model that others may benefit from?  We want to hear about it.  The Florida Girls Collaborative Project e-newsletter reaches approximately 2,000 people in the state of Florida that care about gender equity and STEM.  Submit story ideas, pictures, successes, and other info to:

   Girl Scouts of West Central Florida

Girl Scouts of West Central Florida is the lead agency for the Florida Girls Collaborative Project.  GSWCF serves 8 counties, 33,000 girls and 13,000 adults.  Girl Scouts introduces girls of every age to science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) with activities that are relevant to everyday life. Whether they're discovering how a car's engine runs, becoming math whizzes, or learning about careers in STEM fields, girls are moving forward into the future.   

Free STEM Training
April 22, 1-3 PM Live, 4 PM Webcast
Tampa, FL
Join the Florida Girls Collaborative Project for networking and an informative training brought to you by Techbridge from the Chabot Science Center in Oakland, CA.  For a more detailed workshop description please click here. 

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To register for workshop or webcast please e-mail:

Florida Mini-Grant Applications Deadline Extended!!

Applications Close:
March 31, 2009
Decisions Announced: 
April 30, 2009 
What is a mini-grant?
Incentive money (up to $1000) for girl-serving organizations to collaboratively provide STEM programming.
 What are the essential elements to apply?
Mini-grants are not designed to supplement ongoing projects, but to enhance access, services, and to build collaboration between programs and resources.
·At least two programs each from a different organization must collaborate on the mini-grant project.
·All programs collaborating on the mini-grant must be registered in the Program Directory.
·Projects proposed must include content from the Research Based Strategies in informal learning or evaluation and assessment.

The following webcast has been archived with helpful information on how to apply:  Mini-grants are designed to support collaboration, assessment activities, and projects related to addressing gaps and overlaps in service, and sharing promising practices. Mark Thielmann from Girls Inc.-Pinellas and Maile Martinez from Reel Grrls will share inspiring stories and outline strategies for successful partnership and program development. Mini-grant application basics and requirements will be presented. Since 2002, the NGCP has awarded over 100 mini-grants to organizations in California, Kansas, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Oregon, Texas, Washington, North Carolina, Florida, Kentucky, and Wisconsin that support girl-serving science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) focused programs.
To access archived webcasts: 

Free FETC Virtual Conference
APRIL 23, 2009  11:00 AM-7:00 PM
The award-winning producers of FETC and T.H.E. Journal invite you to participate in a FREE virtual conference for K-12 educators and technology staff exploring the most pressing issues related to 21st Century Skills.
Join your peers and industry experts as they investigate a range of compelling topics including the Obama administration's global workforce development agenda. Registration is Required.  To register:
Designed to Inspire: Free Activity Guides
NASA, Design Squad, and Lemelson-MIT InventTeams have teamed up to create two new resources that will inspire a new generation of engineers and inventors!  

On The Moon- This guide contains six open-ended challenges with multiple solutions that will develop kids creative-thinking and problem-solving skills. Along the way, kids will learn about and consider key issues related to living and working on the moon, while gaining insight into NASA's history and future plans for lunar exploration. The activities are appropriate for kids in grades 3-12 in classrooms, afterschool, and at events.

Invent It, Build It-  This guide (with limited printed copies available in English or Spanish) delivers five hands-on challenges designed to spark the inventive spirit of kids aged 9-12. These challenges bring invention to life for kids, inspire them to think like engineers and inventors, and illuminate how invention improves people's lives. The challenges in both guides take about an hour, use readily available materials, give kids many ways to succeed, and are aligned with national science and technology standards. 
Access the guides online in pdf format at http://www.nasa.gov or http://www.pbskids.org/designsquad/parentseducators.
NASA Education Do-It-Yourself Podcasts
NASA Education is excited to introduce the Do-It-Yourself Podcast activity in the For Educators section of NASA.gov. Students can preview and download audio and video clips of astronauts performing work in space and on the ground. They can then use these clips to build their own podcast or similar audio/video project.
National Middle School Association Free Spring Webinars
March 31, 2009, 3:30 PM
FunWorks: Inspiring Students to Pursue Math and Science Careers!
The FunWorks is a digital resource library designed to encourage middle school students to explore math and science careers by showing how these subjects have real-world connections.

April 7, 2009, 3:30 PM
Getting to the Good Stuff: Online Resources for Middle School Math and Science
This webinar will explore the National Science Digital Library and the Middle School Portal Math and Science Pathways to help teachers find valuable materials on the Internet.

For more information and to register for either free webinar: click here
STEM Summer Programs 
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Thinking about summer?  A new search feature in the NGCP Program Directory allows you to search for programs with summer offerings.  This feature is especially useful for educators and parents looking for STEM summer programs.
Have you registered your summer programs? 
Don't delay-you can still partner with another listed organization and apply for mini-grant funding that will be available just in time for summer!
Register now:
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The Florida Girls Collaborative Project is a collaborative effort funded through the National Girls Collaborative Project and the National Science Foundation.  Partners of the National Girls Collaborative Project are featured above.  Agencies involved in the leadeship of the Florida Collaborative include Girl Scouts of West Central Florida, Girls Inc. of Pinellas, University of Central Florida and the Women's Research Center, AAUW, and Girl Scouts of Apalachee Bend.  To learn more about the National Girls Collaborative Project or to contact one of the above agencies
click here.
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