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Florida Girls Collaborative Project Newsletter
Advancing the Agenda in Gender Equity for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.
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Program Directory
Conference Registration Now Open
Mini Grants Open Soon
January Conference Update
Opportunities for Girls
Training Opportunities
Upcoming STEM Events
Add your Program to the Online Program Directory
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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
    Program needs
  • 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 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.   
Florida Girls Collaborative Project Partners With Florida Engineering Education Conference To Host "Engineering Your Future"
UCF Eng. Conf. 
Conference Registration Now Open 
April 30  8:30 AM- 4 PM
University of Central Florida
Student Union
Orlando, FL
The Florida Girls Colaborative Project is partnering with the Florida Engineering Education Conference to bring you this exciting free conference-"Engineering Your Future".   
Appropriate for:
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.
Highlights include:
  • 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 education programs.
  • 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 collaborate with.
  • 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 Web site.  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 afoster@gswcf.org, 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?
Incentive 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.
·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:  

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 groups. 
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 afoster@gswcf.org or 1.800.881.4475 X1764.
Opportunities for Girls
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Event Name: Surf 'n Science Camp (2 Sessions )
Event Dates/Times: 
Session I, June 14-17
Session II, June 21-24
Check-In 9:00 AM Monday, Check-Out 3 PM Thursday
Event Description:
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
Cost: Free
Event Capacity: 25 each session
Event Location:2481 N. Oceanshore Boulevard, Flagler Beach, FL 32136
For questions or to register contact: Douglas Beaven, 386.439.5730 or e-mail Douglas Beaven, dgbeaven@girlsgetit.org
Event Name: Minds for Design 
Event Date: July 19 - 23, 9 AM - 5 PM (early drop off and late pick up available 30 minutes prior/after)
Event Description:
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.
Cost: $55/girl
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 smoney@gswcf.org
Training Opportunities
 Incorporate Math into Your Program!
Rubik Cube
"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. 
Cost: FREE
Event Location:
Girl Scouts of West Central Florida
Tampa Service Center
5002 W. Lemon Street, Tampa, FL 33609
For more information contact Candy Strong cstrong@gswcf.org 
Register 2-4 PM or 6-8 PM  
Upcoming STEM Conferences and Events
USA Science Festival Satellite Events
The USA Science & Engineering Festival will be 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
Multinational Development of Women in Technology Annual Conference, Columbia, Maryland
April 29, 2010
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 
New 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.   
A Must Read!
The first 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.
SciGirls 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!                                                                                             
Design Squad
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 the computer.
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 life.
Florida 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.
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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
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