Northwest Girls Collaborative Project
NWGCP E-Newsletter
October 2008

Welcome! In this newsletter you will receive information about the Northwest Girls Collaborative Project as well as other resources that may be valuable for STEM-related programs.

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

  • NWGCP Updates
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    Save the Date: NWGCP Fall Forum
    Eugene, Oregon

    Tuesday, December 2, 2008
    Location and Agenda available by November 1, 2008. Opportunities will be available for program displays. Questions? Contact Karen Peterson.

    NGCP RSS Feed Launched
    NGCP has launched an RSS Feed (Really Simple Syndication) for NGCP updates, STEM resources, and recent articles about girls in STEM. The Feed allows those interested in NGCP to receive e-mail or live bookmark updates on a regular basis. This feed will not replace this monthly resource. View and subscribe to the feed:

    Events and Opportunities

    NGCP November Webcast
    Inspiring Girls in Science and Engineering: Interactive Program Models and Resources
    November 12, 2008
    11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Pacific

    Learn about two exciting programs focused on inspiring girls in science and engineering. SciGirls offers fun science experiences for girls across the country, based on DragonFly TV videos that showcase girls and women doing science. Engineer Your Life is a national messaging campaign designed to reposition engineering as a rewarding career choice for girls.

    Bridge from School to Afterschool and Back 2008 Conference
    Today's Learners, Tomorrow's Leaders
    Vancouver, Washington
    October 20-21, 2008

    Hosted by School's Out Washington, this conference brings together a dynamic blend of professionals to provide them with the latest research balanced with effective strategies available to support those serving tomorrow's leaders in grades K-12.

    National Indian Education Association (NIEA) 39th Annual Convention
    Crossroads - Pulling Together our Indigenous Knowledge
    Seattle, Washington
    October 23-26, 2008

    The Annual NIEA Convention will host vendors, exhibitors, organizations and businesses looking to connect with Native educators. Keynote speakers and over 100 workshops will be offered this year. All parents, teachers, educators, professors, and education advocates are encouraged to attend the four day event.

    WSAME Fall Conference
    Seattle, Washington
    October 25, 2008
    The 14th Annual Washington State Association for Multicultural Education (WSAME) Fall Conference will feature keynote speaker Lena Williams, New York Times' Notable Book of the Year author. The conference will include multiple breakout sessions, a special cultural performance, complimentary diversity resource materials, and a silent auction scholarship fund raiser.

    UW College of Education Fall Lecture Series
    Pathways to Excellence and Equity in Science, Math and Engineering Education
    UW Tower, Seattle, Washington
    October 28, 2008

    Please join the University of Washington College of Education and the UW Alumni Association for a special lecture by Philip Bell, associate professor of learning sciences. Dr. Bell will examine why institutions should provide youth with a broad set of life opportunities and choices associated with science and math learning.

    NSTA Conference on Science Education
    Sustainable Science
    Portland, Oregon
    November 20-22, 2008

    The National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) conference will include discipline-specific, day-long programs, short courses for content strategies, fields trips and socials, as well as the Exhibition Hall where more than 150 top companies display new products and provide giveaways for teachers.

    Washington State Mathematics and Science Contests
    Highlighted below are some opportunities for math and science contests in Washington State. A number of Pacific Northwest science and technology fairs and events will also be added to the NGCP online event calendar.


    CCN Capacity Building Training
    Three workshops, hosted by Communities Connect Network (CCN), designed specifically for Community Technology providers are available in Washington State in a mix of in-person and online formats. Topics include outcomes measurement and evaluation, fundraising for community technology, and hosting an effective open house. Fill out the CCN online survey to suggest training topics.

    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. Recipients can use the scholarship at any eligible public or private two-year or four-year college or university in Washington. The scholarship award cannot exceed resident undergraduate tuition and required state fees at the University of Washington.

    New AAUW Report Addresses Gender Equity in Education
    The American Association of University Women (AAUW) recently released the report Where the Girls Are: The Facts About Gender Equity in Education. The report presents a comprehensive look at girls' education achievement over the past 35 years, paying special attention to the relationship between girls' and boys' progress. To request of copy of the AAUW report, e-mail Mary Swift.

    Microsoft Expression Web Software Available for NGCP Members
    Microsoft has donated their Expression Web Software to the National Girls Collaborative Project to distribute to non-profit organizations working with high school girls. The software allows students to learn how to build a Web site from the ground up. Tutorial and curriculum units available online through Microsoft's Pre-Collegiate Connection. Request the software at

    Women and Minorities Not Getting Mentoring in STEM
    Women and minorities on track to careers in STEM overwhelmingly reported a lack of mentoring opportunities, according to a new study released by MentorNet. MentorNet surveyed more than 2,500 students and scholars in STEM. Over 70 percent of the women responding said they did not have a consistent source for advice and support, even though they expressed their need for a role model. MentorNet works to further the progress of women and others underrepresented in scientific and technical fields through the use of a dynamic, technology-supported mentoring network.

    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

    Americ an 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 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).

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