Collaborative Project Newsletter
the Agenda in Gender Equity for Science, Technology, Engineering, and
Add your Program to the Online Program Directory
The online program directory lists programs and reosurces which
encourage girls to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering,
and mathematics (STEM). The purpose of the directory is to help
organizations and individuals network, share resources, and collaborate
on STEM-related projects for girls.
The directory contains:
Program descriptions with Web site links
Program resources available
Potential collaboration opportunities
With the online program directory you can:
Enter a program for inclusion in the directory
Sign up for the e-newsletter listserv
Search programs using various criteria
Girl Scouts of West Central
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.
Florida Girls Collaborative Project Partners With
Florida Engineering Education Conference To Host "Engineering Your
Conference Registration Now Open
April 30 8:30 AM- 4 PM
University of Central Florida
The Florida Girls Colaborative Project is partnering
with the Florida Engineering Education Conference to bring you this
exciting free conference-"Engineering Your Future".
K12 STEM teachers, administrators, practicing
engineers, community based organizations, and other informal
educators involved in and/or interested in learning more about STEM
(science, technology, engineering, or math) education.
Morning panels will include: senior engineering administrators from
corporate and governmental organizations, K12 STEM teachers who are
actively integrating formal engineering studies into their curricula,
and representatives from industry, government and professional
engineering organizations to discuss their informal engineering
- Lunch presentation will include Florida students who received
the Award for Aspirations in Computing from the National Center for
Women and Information Technology.
- Afternoon workshops include: specialized engineering programs,
programs for girls and space related classroom activities.
- Learn about the National Girls Collaborative Project.
- Network with other professionals to share resources and
- Explore the expo area to find out more about other
organizations and resources.
Best of all,
this daylong conference is FREE.
Continental breakfast and lunch are provided.
For more details and to register, visit the Florida Engineering Education Conference
Additional details about the conference will be posted to your
account. A confirmation e-mail will be sent closer to the event
which will allow you to select your choice of meal, workshops and
affinity group for networking purposes.
This free conference is generously brought to you with
support from: University of Central Florida's College of Engineering
and Computer Science (CECS), Florida Engineering Foundation, the Florida
Space Grant Consortium, Harris Corporation, the Florida Girls
Collaborative Project, the National Center for Women and Information
Technology, and other partners.
If you would like more information about the
conference, please contact Amy Foster, Collaborative Lead, at email@example.com
, or 800.881.4475 X1764.
Florida Mini Grant
Applications Opening Soon
Application Open Date: May 17, 2010
Close Date: June 20, 2010
Decision Date: August 20, 2010
What is a mini-grant?
money (up to $1000) for girl-serving organizations to collaboratively
provide STEM programming.
Mini-grants are not
designed to supplement ongoing projects, but to enhance access,
services, and to build collaboration between programs and resources.
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.
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:
Florida Girls Collaborative Project
January Forum Update
We hear you! Many small organizations have let us know they
would like to get involved in Florida Girls Collaborative Project
activities, but budgets are tight and travel time is limited. In
January, we took the show on the road and shared resources with
organizations in and around the Jacksonville area.
Participants enjoyed speed networking and were introduced
to the goals of National Girl Collaborative Project, as well as the
tools and resources available through NGCP. They learned about
mini-grants from start to finish-while viewing sample
applications so they could see the types of questions asked and
what has successfully been funded in the past. A workshop
on collaborations and partnerships helped participants understand
the different levels of partnering and when to use which one. They
also learned successful techniques to get partners to the place where
the relationship is mutually beneficial and sharing risks and
rewards. Next, they learned that evaluation doesn't have to
be scary!! Key topics included: why qualitative and quantitative
analysis is important, conducting focus groups, and creating
surveys. Lastly, we did a few low-tech hands on activities from
Techbridge, Design Squad (PBS), and Engineer Your Life so that they
would have some hands on activities they could take back to the
classroom or organization right away. The built duct tape and newspaper
tables, disassembled a toy car, played with snap circuits in small
The following organizations participated:Communities In Schools of
Bradford County, Florida Inc., Girls Inc of Jacksonville, John E. Ford
Montersorri School, Girl Scouts of Gateway Council, Florida State
College at Jacksonville / Tri-IT Grant Program Florida State College at
Jacksonville Women's Center MDCPS, Miami Lakes Educational
Center, Upward Bound/University of Central Florida, Empowerment
Resources, Inc., University of Central Florida, and Girls Get IT.
Special thanks to Girls Inc of Jacksonville for providing our
meeting site for the day!
If you would like to host an Florida Girls Collaborative Project
activity in an area outside of Central Florida, please contact Amy
Foster, Collaborative Lead, at firstname.lastname@example.org
or 1.800.881.4475 X1764.
||Opportunities for Girls|
Event Name: Surf 'n Science Camp (2 Sessions )
Session I, June 14-17
Check-In 9:00 AM Monday, Check-Out 3 PM Thursday
Explore the Ocean and its surroundings from a
different perspective! Girls Get IT will offer a 4-day, 3-night
camp which will introduce young women, ages 14-18, to the world of
surfing & science. In addition to surf lessons taught by a
local surf professional, participants will explore other topics such as
Astrology, BioChemistry, & Ecology
25 each sessionEvent Location:
N. Oceanshore Boulevard, Flagler Beach, FL 32136
questions or to register contact: Douglas Beaven, 386.439.5730 or e-mail
Douglas Beaven, email@example.com
Event Name: Minds for Design
: July 19 - 23, 9 AM - 5 PM (early
drop off and late pick up available 30 minutes prior/after)
Minds for Design is a unique summer day camp where girls will
go on field trips, meet female engineers and explore careers,
learn about the design process and how to improve our world through
design. Girls must bring a sack lunch daily; drinks and snacks provided.
Event Location: Girl Scouts of West
Central Florida, 5002 W. Lemon Street, Tampa, FL 33609
For questions contact: Shari Money 813.262.1833 or
e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org
||Training Opportunities |
Incorporate Math into Your Program!
"You Can DO The Rubik's Cube" workshop!
Tuesday, April 27
This workshop provides great
teaching tools to help your group heighten their math skills, build
confidence and have fun while challenging themselves within the group. 1
Free cube and 1 solution guide mailed to each trainee.
Girl Scouts of West Central Florida
Tampa Service Center
5002 W. Lemon Street, Tampa, FL 33609
||Upcoming STEM Conferences and Events|
USA Science Festival Satellite Events
The USA Science & Engineering Festival
the country's first national science festival and will be held this Fall
in Washington D.C. To make the Festival a truly national experience,
the Festival Team are encouraging organizations across the country to
host Satellite Events in their communities the weekend of October 23 and
24, 2010. Your event can be customized, and the USA Science &
Engineering Festival team will help you market it by including your
information on the Festival website. Registration Information
Development of Women in Technology Annual Conference, Columbia, Maryland
The theme of this year's Multinational Development of Women
in Technology (MDWIT) Conference is "Global Diversity: Enriching
Technology." The conference will include a series of speaker
presentations, networking opportunities, and workshops focused on tips
and tools for achieving entrepreneurial success, increased performance
in the workforce, and strategies on educating individuals in
technological professions. The "Sponsor a Girl" program will allow high
school girls to attend the conference and meet women leaders in the
field, as well as the chance to shadow a top level engineer. Registration Information
Engineering Video released!
This is Engineering is a 4 ˝ minute video for
middle school students and adults of all ages incorporating material
from Changing the Conversation: Messages for Improving Public
Understanding of Engineering (National Academy of Engineering, NAS 2008)
and targeting women in engineering.
This WEB SITE
has a This is Engineering section with resources for
engineering and other STEM disciplines: annotated lists of books, TV and
Radio Programs, Movies, Websites, Videos, Power Point Presentations,
Experiments and Games.
National Conference on Science and Technology in Out-of-School Time was
held in September 2008. A Watershed Moment contains the key findings
of the conference. From Dr. Eric Jolly's inspiring keynote address, to
the informal breakout sessions, to the culminating panel of experts that
surfaced the big ideas, the conference reinforced the Noyce
Foundation's conviction that out-of-school science, technology,
engineering, and math (STEM) experiences can be the spark that leads to a
life-long passion for discovery and innovation.
Television Series Premiers Nationwide SciGirls
a new PBS KIDS
GO! series targeting tween girls, showcases bright, curious real girls
putting science and engineering to work, as they answer real-life
questions and make unexpected discoveries in the world around them. Each
half-hour episode follows a different group of middle school girls,
whose passion to find answers to their questions and eagerness to
understand their world provides an energetic model of inquiry-based
science, appealing to tweens, parents and educators alike. The show
invites viewers to go on to the Web site, a safe social networking
environment where girls connect, create personal profiles and avatars,
share projects and watch the episodes. NGCP has been involved from
creation to dissemination and we invite you to share in our goal - to
change how millions of girls think about science, technology,
engineering, and math! Every girl can be a SciGirl!
The Design Squad Web site is the online companion to
the television series airing on PBS Kids. The site targets kids ages 8
and older, and features a mixture of magazine-style articles,
interactive features and downloadable content that can be used away from
Like the show,
the goal of the Web site is to give kids a stronger understanding of
the connection between engineering and the things we all use in everyday
Space Grant Consortium
Maintaining Florida's leadership in
the space industry The Florida Space Grant Consortium (FSGC)
was formed in 1989, when NASA implemented the national Space Grant
College and Fellowship Program. It is a voluntary association of
seventeen public and private Florida Universities and colleges. The
Consortium also includes all of Florida's community colleges, as well as
the Astronaut Memorial Foundation, Space Florida, Higher Education
Consortium for Science and Mathematics, Kennedy Space Center, and
Orlando Science Center. FSGC supports the expansion and diversification
of Florida's space industry, through providing grants, scholarships, and
fellowships to students and educators from Florida's public and private
institutes of higher education.
FSGC is administered by the
University of Central Florida through the Florida Space Institute at the
Kennedy Space Center.
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.