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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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Mini Grant Awardees

Girl Scouts of West Central Florida is the lead agency for the Florida Girls Collaborative Project. GSWCF serves 8 counties, 24,000 girls and 10,000 adults. Girl Scouts introduces girls of every age to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (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.   
Mini-Grants Awardees 
  • She's a Scientist?!
    Collaborating Organizations: Girl Scouts of Gateway Council and Museum of Science and History
    Region Served: Jacksonville, FL
    Girls Served: Grades 6-12

    She's a Scientist?! connects professional, youthful, vibrant STEM career women with middle and high school aged girls on a quarterly basis. Girls will hear the scientist's personal and professional story, connect with her during a networking lunch, and participate in a hands-on activity led by the scientist relating to her career field. Program participants finish off the day viewing the Museum of Science & History's current exhibits. Mini-grant funding is being used to incorporate evaluation methods, including pre and post surveys and to track repeat attendees.


  • Robles Science Girls Club
    Collaborating Organizations: National Lab Day Project, University of South Florida STARS Program, Robles Elementary, and the School District of Hillsborough County
    Region Served: Tampa, FL
    Girls Served: Grades 3-5

    Robles Science Girls Club is a free after school enrichment program for girls in grades 3-5. The goal of this club is to generate interest and excitement about STEM careers by bringing in scientists and engineers to inspire girls to compete in competitions such as the Math Bowl, science fairs, and Science Olympiad. The club features project based learning of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Projects are inquiry based and use real world content that girls have identified they care about. Scientists and engineers will provide guidance and mentoring and help girls connect their learning to how STEM can make a difference in the world they live in.


  • Beyond SciGirls
    Collaborating Organizations: The Oasis Center for Women & Girls and National High Magnetic Field Laboratory
    Region Served: Tallahassee, FL
    Girls Served: Grades 6-8

    Beyond SciGirls expands an existing summer camp program to include a full academic year of engaging STEM activities that incorporates role model involvement. Middle School girls will learn new empowerment strategies, visit a local ecological research station and investigate local sustainable farming in addition to participation in networking and mentor opportunities throughout the year.


For further questions, please contact Shari Money, State Collaborative Lead, smoney@gswcf.org


 Collaborative News 

Since June 1, 2008, leadership of the Girls Collaborative Project efforts in Florida has been the responsibility of the Girl Scouts of West Central Florida (GSWCF) under the leadership of Amy Foster. Amy recently accepted a position as National Program Manager with the National Girls Collaborative Project. Shari Money, Director of Program and Collaborations with GSWCF will assume responsibilities as state collaborative lead of the Florida Girls Collaborative. If you have any questions about present or future Florida Girls Collaborative Project activities in Florida, feel free to contact Shari at smoney@gswcf.org 800.881.4475 x1833 or 813.262.1833





STEM Club Mini-Grants

Girls Get IT is offering mini-grants of up to $1,000 a year to sponsor after-school type STEM Clubs targeting Floridas middle and high school-aged girls.


Clubs must meet regularly covering any component of science, technology, engineering, or mathematics related curriculum. To request an application and further information, please e-mail Douglas Beaven. Clubs must be up and running no later than January 2011.



All Girls Get IT girls are eligible to apply to attend the Surf n Science Camp 2011 held in Flagler Beach, FL. Surf n Science Camp is an all expenses paid 3-night/4-day camp with surfing, surf instruction woven around STEM curriculum and NASA's Summer of Innovation.

Girls Get IT is a state-wide STEM gender initiative, currently operating under the umbrella of the Florida Endowment Foundation, a 501(c)3. Girls Get IT's vision is to create a network in Florida that offers girls and young women exciting opportunities to connect and explore the worlds of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Foundation Web site www.flgraduates.org





We hope you find this newsletter filled with information and resources that helps move your organization forward in advancing the agenda in gender equity in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. If you would like to highlight an opportunity or submit a future article featuring your successful program or strategy please e-mail Shari Money.






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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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