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Florida Girls Collaborative Project Newsletter

Advancing the Agenda in Gender Equity for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.


In This Issue

Annual Conference Held

Program Directory

Mini-Grant Applications Open

HerWorld Event


Year of Science 2009



Florida Girls Collaborative Project Annual Conference Held

 On Oct. 10, more than 70 people from across the state attended the Florida Girls Collaborative Project Annual Conference at the University of Central Florida (UCF) in Orlando. The
organization's mission is to bring together organizations throughout the U.S. and Puerto Rico that are committed to informing and encouraging girls to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).
Community-based organizations,
teachers,administrators,professors, and
industry members participated in the
day-long conference.

Workshops included Building a Successful STEM
Program, Demystifying STEM and Galactic Girls, among others. The keynote speaker was Terri Walker-Spoonhur, vice president/operations manager, Analysis, Simulations,
Systems Engineering & Training (ASSET) Business
Unit, Science Actions into Solutions (SAIC), one of the largest tech employers in Central Florida. Terri supervises more than 5,000 engineers who build, design and analyze systems for the Department of Defense.  In addition to the keynote speaker, participants heard from a panel of UCF staff, including Talat Rahman, chair, physics; Cherie Geiger, environmental chemistry; Parveen
Wahid, electrical engineering; and Linda Walters, marine biology.  During the discussion, the panelists were frank about their  experiences as women in a male-dominated workplace, but all agreed that women who go into to the sciences and
stay involved can create the tipping point. Surprisingly, out of all the female professors UCF employees in STEM, Cherie Geiger is the only tenured employee. She spoke to
the need of "plugging the leaky pipeline"
and noted that many women begin a career
in the field and then drop out.

For archived conference slides: go to




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
  • 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


An advanced search option is now available for NGCP Program Directory users. The advanced search allows users to locate programs by populations served, collaboration interests, and service delivery format. The service delivery format is especially useful for parents and educators looking for after school programs, summer offerings, special events, and more.

Try it now: 
NGCP Program Directory





   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 Mini-Grant Applications Open in February   

Applications Open:
February 16, 2009


Applications Close:

March 16, 2009


Decisions Announced: 

April 6, 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:  In this interactive webcast you'll learn how to create collaborations using NGCP mini-grant funding. 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: 




HerWorld Event


Science and Technology Careers are Chic - not Geek!  Learn more at the upcoming HerWorld event at DeVry University Orlando Campus.

DeVry University's Orlando campus is hosting its first-ever HerWorld event, a day long conference for high school junior and senior girls aimed at helping them learn more about careers in technology, science and business.  Some 450 girls from Central Florida region are expected and will attend workshops and participate in panel discussions with women professionals in their fields.

"HerWorld was created to show young women that careers in science, math, technology and business are on the rise and that jobs in these fields are not just for men," Laura Brunsman, Assistant Director of High School Programs for DeVry University Orlando campus.  DeVry University HerWorld event will be held on Thursday, April 30 from 8:30 AM to 2:00 PM.  The keynote speaker for the event is Debra Kral, Launch Vehicle Division Kennedy Space Center Constellation Project Office.  Kral began her career with NASA in June of 1983 at the GSFC Wallops Flight Facility (WFF) in Virginia. At Wallops, she spent seven years as a project engineer and test director, leading the planning and execution of literally hundreds of scientific sounding rocket launches (including a two-month campaign in Norway). She was also the manager of Wallops Space Shuttle support. While at Wallops, she was recognized by Glamour Magazine as one of Ten Outstanding Career Women of 1988, and was interviewed by newscaster Harry Smith on "CBS This Morning."  In addition to listening to Ms. Kral's presentation, girls attending HerWorld will participate in group discussion and activities.  At the end of the day there will be a prize giveaway.  

"We are very excited to have this unique opportunity to communicate with young women on a personal basis, to introduce them to women who are role models and leaders in their fields, and introduce them to career ideas that they may never have considered before," said Brunsman.
The event is open to high school junior and senior girls. 


For more information, contact Laura Brunsman at lhurley@devry.edu or 407-373-9371.                                           





NGCP February Webcast

Best Practices in Creating Successful Collaborations: Lessons Learned from the National Girls Collaborative Project
February 11, 2009
2 - 3 PM Eastern Time

NGCP uses a number of strategic activities to encourage collaboration among girl-serving STEM projects and programs. This webcast will examine the key elements of effective collaboration by providing lessons learned from NGCP project staff and partners.



Year of Science 2009

Welcome to the first month of the Year of Science 2009 -- a year long celebration where participants in the Coalition on the Public Understanding of Science are leading a celebratory journey with you to share how science works, what it is like to be a scientist, and why science matters. In nearly every state, participants in the celebration will be demonstrating how we know about our natural world and why science continues to be so vitally important to our communities, our country, and the world.


The January theme highlighs the process and nature of science and why it is important to celebrate science. With this theme, the scientific community launches an exciting new Web resource -- Understanding Science -- that introduces a new way to talk about science and its contributions to society. Take some time to explore the sites' content and check back often to see what is new as this site will be building throughout the year.  


For more information and resources, http://www.yearofscience2009.org/home/



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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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