Welcome! In this newsletter you will
receive information about the Northwest Girls
Collaborative Project as well as other
be valuable for STEM-related programs.
New Mini-Grants Awarded to Northwest
The Northwest Girls Collaborative Project is
proud to announce the latest mini-grant
awardees. Please check out the projects to
learn more about the great work happening at
these organizations. Mini-grant awardees will
provide outcome information and presentations
at the next NWGCP event, to be held in the
fall. Stay tuned for a save-the-date
announcement during the summer.
Got Curiosity - AWSEM Symposium for Young
Collaborating Organizations: AAUW-Ashland and AWSEM
Girls Served: Grades 6-8
AWSEM (Advocates for Women in Science,
Engineering, and Mathematics) Southern Oregon
University's Symposium for Young Women
introduced 100 southern Oregon middle school
girls to professional women role models and
hands-on workshops in science, math,
engineering, and technology.
Media Boot Camp
Collaborating Organizations: Reel
Grrls and King
County Superior Court Juvenile Probation
Girls Served: Ages 15-18
This three-day intensive project allowed
low-income, "at-risk" teen girls with little
or no prior video production skills to learn
how to conceive, write, shoot, edit, and
animate a short video piece. The project was
designed to help the girls overcome
"technophobia" in an all-girl environment by
learning video production skills.
Hillsboro/Forest Grove High School Girls
Collaborating Organizations: Pacific
University and AAUW-Hillsboro/Forest Grove
Girls Served: Grade 11
This one-day event was held at Pacific
University for high school junior girls who
demonstrated ability in
science, technology, or math. Women in STEM
careers described their work and how they
moved from high school to their
present status. The girls also toured the
science facility at Pacific University.
Palouse Kids Judge! Neuroscience
Collaborating Organizations: AAUW-Dayton, Palouse
Discovery Science Center, and Graduate Women in
Science - Psi Chapter (WA)
Girls Served: Grade 5
This grant sent 5th grade girls from Dayton,
WA to the Washington State
University (WSU) Neuroscience Fair to
judge 24 science projects developed by WSU
neurophysiology undergraduates. The program
also helped the Dayton girls prepare their
own science projects with AAUW mentors for
their upcoming local science fair.
Women in Neuroscience
Collaborating Organizations: Graduate Women in
Science - Psi Chapter (WA) and Palouse
Discovery Science Center
Girls Served: Ages 15-18
High school girls in the Palouse region of
eastern Washington and northern Idaho visited
the newest exhibition, "Brain Power," at the
Palouse Discovery Science Center and were
recruited to become "Youth Explainers" at the
science center. The girls learned about
possible career choices in neuroscience and
met with regional brain scientists.
Girls and the Environment: Connection
to Pre-Service Teacher Preparation
Collaborating Organizations: WSU
Spokane CityLab and the Woodland Park
Girls Served: K-12 Science Teachers
At the one-day "Girls and the Environment"
(GATE) workshop at the Woodland Park Zoo
(Seattle, WA), university science methods
faculty members met with governmental
agencies and informal science education
representatives. The workshop emphasized ways
to build confidence and competence of K-12
girls out-of-doors and in the study of
environmental subject areas.
TechREACH: Girls/Mentors Soaring
Collaborating Organizations: Puget
Sound Center for Teaching, Learning and
Technology and the Museum
Girls Served: Ages 11-14
The Museum of Flight (Seattle, WA) partnered
to provide an innovative and educational
experience to create strong bonds between
girl participants and their mentors.
Activities included an interactive simulated
space exploration mission, "a day in the life
of a pilot," including a virtual flight, and
a self-guided tour of the Museum galleries.
|Events and Opportunities
NGCP June Webcast
The Gender Chip Project
June 11, 2008
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Pacific
How can we use media to inspire young girls
to enter the science and technology fields?
In this webcast, participants will watch a
short clip of "The Gender
Chip Project" and then discuss ways to
use the film, accompanying online toolkits
and curricula for their different
stakeholders. When presented in a range of
public settings - from professional group
meetings to college peer clusters and
presentations for high school students - "The
Gender Chip Project" provokes deep and
wide-ranging conversations among women in the
STEM fields, and serves as a springboard to
build awareness and affect change at the
institutional and policy levels.
Student Biotech Expo 2008
Creativity, Community, Bioscience
May 28, 2008
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Association for Biomedical Research's
Student Biotech Expo is a unique science fair
that engages high school students in creative
ways to demonstrate their understanding of
life sciences. The fair also connects the
scientists and resources in the community.
The mission of the Student Biotech Expo is to
promote an understanding of bioscience
research among high school students.
STORY TIME: Reel Grrls Spring Showcase
Market Theater, Post Alley
June 1, 2008
The Spring Showcase is a celebration and
screening of the latest
short films produced by Reel
Grrls, the nation's first after-school
media and technology training program
exclusively for girls. A trailer
for one of the films is available to view
online. Tickets are $10 for
adults and free for youth ages 19 and under.
To purchase tickets online, visit http://www.reelgrrls.org/purchase.html.
Volunteer Scientists Needed to Judge
Ballard High School
June 5-6 and June 9-11, 2008
9:00 - 11:30 AM
Every year Biotechnology Academy students at
give a presentation on an
ethical issue in science. They prepare a
speech, construct a visual aide, prepare a
mathematical graphic, and present the
information to their peers, teachers, and
scientists from the community. Judges are
needed for this fun and exciting project.
Anyone with a science background is welcome
to participate as a judge. For more
information or to sign up, contact Ellen
Reimer at firstname.lastname@example.org
or 206-252-1039 (after 3 PM).
Details forthcoming over the summer
NWGCP Annual Conference
Details forthcoming over the summer
NGCP Program Directory - Register your
The online Program Directory lists
programs that focus on motivating girls to
STEM careers. The purpose of the directory is
organizations and individuals network, share
resources and collaborate on STEM-related
for girls. When you sign up for the Program
you will enter your program description,
available within your organization, program
organizational needs and contact information.
Science of Music: Exploratorium's
How do opera singers sustain those high Cs?
Is a birdsong music? Visitors can consider
these and other queries through interactive
exhibits, a "questions" section, and movies
offered by the Accidental Scientist Music Web
site. By browsing through the "Online
Exhibits" area, visitors can experiment with
innovative ways to make music.
Celeste Baine's Engineering Education
Celeste Baine of the Engineering Education Service Center
has a new blog on marketing engineering
programs, replacing the Engineering Education
Advocate e-newsletter. The blog is about
finding, educating, inspiring, and recruiting
students in engineering and other technical
fields. Short articles about engineering
recruitment, retention, camps, events, or
programs that could help others can be
forwarded to Celeste on the blog site.
Association of University Women (AAUW)
members across the country are serving as
Regional Liaisons for the National Girls
Collaborative Project. These Regional
Liaisons help the people involved in the NGCP
to make connections - to one another, to
resources on gender equity, and to AAUW.
The Northwest Girls Collaborative Project
(NWGCP) brings together organizations in
Idaho, Oregon, and Washington that are
committed to informing and motivating girls
to pursue careers in science, technology,
engineering, and mathematics (STEM).
Find out more....