Pacific Northwest Girls Collaborative Project
PNWGCP E-Newsletter
March 2009

Welcome! In this newsletter you will receive information about the Pacific Northwest Girls Collaborative Project as well as other resources that may be valuable for STEM-related programs. We've changed our name from the Northwest Girls Collaborative Project to the Pacific Northwest Girls Collaborative Project to recognize our outreach to Alaska, Idaho, Hawaii, and Montana. We will continue to serve Oregon and Washington. Watch for upcoming events in Idaho and Hawaii!

in this issue
  • PNWGCP Updates
  • Events and Opportunities
  • Resources

  • PNWGCP Updates
    Girls petting a cat at Seattle Expanding Your Horizons.

    Pacific Northwest Girls Collaborative Forum
    April 22, 2009, 8:00 AM - 3:30 PM
    Lewis & Clark College, Portland, OR

    The Pacific Northwest Girls Collaborative, along with the Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory, Institute of Education Sciences, and the Lewis & Clark College Graduate School of Education and Counseling will host a professional development workshop on engaging girls in math and science. Workshop participants will hear from Dr. Diane Halpern, an expert panel of teachers, guidance counselors, directors of out-of-school enrichment programs, and women in STEM careers on how to support girls' pursuit of these fields. There will be opportunities to apply for mini-grants from the Pacific Northwest Girls Collaborative.

    Pacific Northwest Girls Collaborative Mini-Grants Open April 1, 2009
    The Pacific Northwest Girls Collaborative will begin accepting mini-grant applications from Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Alaska, and Hawaii April 1, 2009, through May 22, 2009. Decisions will be announced in June. NGCP mini-grants are designed to build collaboration between existing programs and organizations in order to encourage girls to pursue STEM-related educational programs and careers. Register your program and preview mini-grant applications now at For more information, contact Mary Swift.

    Events and Opportunities

    Family and Science Technology Day on Robotics
    Portland State University
    April 4, 2009

    Space is still available at the Family Science and Technology Day on Robotics, hosted by the Oregon University System and John Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth. Content and delivery are aimed at TAG students in grades 7-10.

    MESA 2nd Bi-Annual Engineering Your Future Family Conference 2009
    It's All Engineering
    Portland State University
    April 11, 2009

    The Oregon MESA (Mathematics Engineering Science Achievement) Engineering Your Future Family Conference is an event designed to engage and educate our future engineering and computer science workforce. Geared towards middle and high school students, our goal is for students and their families to learn about engineering career paths and the college planning process.

    Communities Connect Network Fundraising Webinar
    Online, April 16, 2009

    In this Communities Connect Network webinar, learn eye-opening facts about the best sources of funding for Community Technology, and how to approach donors and funders to set up a win-win situation. Hear from expert non-profit fundraiser Susan Howlett about tried and true strategies to outlast the down economy.

    AccessComputing Capacity Building Institute
    Seattle, Washington
    April 23-24, 2009

    AccessComputing, led by DO-IT of the University of Washington, will host a Capacity Building Institute in Seattle focused on increasing the participation and success of students with disabilities in IT and computing. Work at the Institute will involve how units supporting students with disabilities and those offering computing/IT courses/degrees can work together to make computing/IT programs welcoming and accessible to students with disabilities. For more information, contact Lisa Stewart.

    Women in Trades Career Fair 2009
    Three Days of Education, Inspiration, and Opportunity
    Portland, Oregon
    May 14-16, 2009

    The Women in Trades Career Fair is an effective way to discover career possibilities in the construction, mechanical, utility, and other trades. This is a chance for women and girls to meet tradeswomen, use power tools, operate equipment, and learn about career opportunities in the trades.


    GET Ready for Math and Science Conditional Scholarship
    Beginning with the class of 2010, low-income and middle-income high school students with top math and science test scores may be eligible to apply for up to four years of free college tuition through the new GET Ready for Math and Science Conditional Scholarship program. Students can use their scholarship at any eligible public or private two-year or four-year college or university in Washington. The new scholarship program is a partnership of the Washington Higher Education Coordinating Board, the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, and the College Success Foundation.

    Innovate: Engineering Change DVD Available
    The DVD Discussion Guide Package contains highlights from Innovate: Engineering Change, a program that will air on public television beginning in April 2009 for Earth Month. This documentary-style program takes viewers behind the scenes of a creative effort to address climate change. An engineering team installs a turbine with resigned blades that successfully generates electricity from moving water. To request a copy of the DVD, e-mail Mary Swift. Preference will be given to girl-serving STEM programs who request five or more copies of the DVD.

    Northwest Summer Program Opportunities for Youth
    The Puget Sound Center for Teaching, Learning and Technology TechREACH program has put together a listing of Northwest Summer Programs for Youth. This Northwest 2009 summer camps and programs list includes more than 60 programs for youth throughout Western Washington.

    Expanding Your Horizons March Madness
    Expanding Your Horizons in Science and Mathematics conferences (EYH) nurture girls' interest in science and math courses to encourage them to consider careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Many EYH conferences are in March, including six out of the ten conferences held in Washington State. The Seattle EYH featured 46 hands-on workshops led by local women professionals in STEM. Over 400 middle school girls descended on Seattle University, receiving STEM-related resources, attending an opening session and three hands-on workshops, and eating pizza. One attendee wrote, "I met a lot of people and I learned so much. It put me in the right direction for college and my life."

    Many conferences also feature a workshop for adults, focusing on how to encourage and support girls' interest in STEM. PSCTLT received funding from OSPI to create the EYH Gateway Project to help these conferences connect, coordinate, and share resources. See for more information.

    NGCP Program Directory - Register your Program Today!
    The online Program Directory lists organizations and programs that focus on motivating girls to pursue STEM careers. The purpose of the directory is to help organizations and individuals network, share resources and collaborate on STEM-related projects for girls. When you sign up for the Program Directory you will enter your program description, resources available within your organization, program and/or organizational needs and contact information.

    AAUW logo

    American 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.

    National Science Foundation

    The Pacific Northwest Girls Collaborative Project (PNWGCP) brings together organizations in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Alaska, and Hawaii that are committed to informing and motivating girls to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

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