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Nancy Scales-Coddington

YAB Chair & Director of Strategic Partnerships (she/her)

Nancy Scales-Coddington is passionate about creating dynamic partnerships and engagement opportunities, bringing awareness to STEM projects that broaden participation of traditionally marginalized audiences. She has worked as a STEM advocate in museums, classrooms, and public media for over twenty-three years. She is an award-winning producer, pushing boundaries in digital and social media content. Nancy is a science communicator, practicing, teaching, and lecturing at universities and organizations globally.

She has served as a science advisor and trainer on museum exhibits and PBS series including Climate Change, SciGirls, Hero Elementary, and Mashopolis. She has been part of the Science Teachers Association of New York State for over a decade, serving in various roles. Sharing how girls can reach their potential through a variety of available STEM career paths is at the heart of her work. Nancy calls the Finger Lakes of New York home, residing in Ithaca where you can find her outside hiking with her dog, paddling, or skiing.

Amanda K, youth advisory board member

Amanda K.

Summer STEM Institute Participant and Founder of Pop for a Cause

Ever since middle school, when an exceptional science teacher taught and inspired her, Amanda has been extremely passionate about STEM and plans to continue on this path in the future. She first discovered the gender gap in STEM when she showed up to a biology club meeting and was the only girl! She didn’t let this stop her, and this year, Amanda was one of the few underclassmen in her AP Biology class full of upperclassmen, and Amanda is now the president of the Biology Club at her school. Amanda is also captain of her school’s Ethics Bowl Team, where she regularly incorporates bioethics. STEM-wise, Amanda had the fantastic opportunity to intern at Novavax, Inc. last summer and worked in the Clinical Immunology Department, reinforcing her interest in biotech. Amanda is a social entrepreneur and founder of two impactful nonprofit organizations.

Amanda founded a nonprofit, 501(c)3 organization Pop for a Cause, which donates 100% of its profits towards charitable causes and conducts monthly community events. Pop for a Cause has raised $23,000 for charitable organizations thus far, engaged 150 volunteers in community events, and was featured on 20+ news outlets. Amanda also founded iDream of Dance to close the opportunity gap of elementary school-aged children by offering free dance lessons and confidence-building workshops. iDream of Dance currently has 12 active chapters worldwide and 50+ free online course lessons. The organization has donated 1,250+ costumes and accessories and impacted 400+ children. Amanda is also a pre-professional competitive hip hop dancer and earned First Place and the Award of Excellence for her choreography, performance, and direction in the National PTA Reflections Art Contest from the Montgomery Council of PTA.

Ava N.

Ava N.

Co-founder, META (Mathematics, Engineering, Technology development, and Art) Club

Ava is a rising sophomore in high school who has developed a passion for STEM as a whole and is particularly fascinated with subcategories such as engineering, artificial intelligence, and computer science. As a young adult, Ava feels that it is her duty to help her fellow school and community members gain access to useful, hands-on, and informative resources that have the potential to encourage high school-aged girls to pursue a STEM-related career. She has participated in and received awards for several clubs at her school including Model United Nations, Economics Club, and Future Business Leaders of America, which have provided her insight into the rapidly advancing scene of technological progression. Additionally, Ava is one of two co-founders of her school’s META (mathematics, engineering, technology development, and art) Club. While the club is relatively new, Ava and her partners plan to expand the influence of their group throughout their community and state in order to provide an extensive variety of projects, experiments, programs, and more to aid young students in their exploration of STEM.

Caroline O.

Caroline O.

Equality in STEM Advocate

Caroline is a junior in high school from Great Falls, Virginia. She enjoys anything STEM and hopes to pursue a career in engineering. She also has a STEM blog, where she encourages and spreads awareness of STEM for high schoolers. She also volunteers at the Children's Science Center, a local interactive STEM museum, where she continues to spread the love of STEM through community outreach. In her free time, she loves baking, hiking, and playing the piano

Elizabeth V.

Elizabeth V.

Girls in STEM Advocate

Elizabeth is a junior in high school in Central Valley, California. She is passionate about computer science and advocating for girls in STEM! Her passions led her to start an initiative, Pursue Her Passion. She runs coding classes, publishes blog articles, and holds interviews with women in STEM. As part of this she also launched a Classroom Outreach Program to teach STEM lessons to schools/classes with no STEM education.

In school, she is in the PLTW Computer Science Pathway program. Elizabeth is also part of the Hackathon Club, where she attends coding competitions, and the VEX Robotics Team, where she is in the coding department. She has been an active Varsity Science Olympiad member for 7 years, earning numerous awards on the local, regional, and state level. Outside of STEM, she is a competitive swimmer for her high school’s team and loves to bake and travel! She is thrilled to have the honor of sitting on the Girls Advisory Board and encourage girls to pursue their dreams in STEM!

Erika VK

Erika VK

Girls in STEM Advocate

Erika is a sophomore at her high school in Libertyville, Illinois. She is passionate about the STEM fields, especially science and math, where she plans to focus her future. Erika is part of her school’s Mu Alpha Theta Club as well as Girl Scouts, where she is currently leading a project focused on introducing young girls to STEM. She is also committed to her academics and will be taking college courses including language, calculus, history, and physics in the near future. In her free time, Erika plays lacrosse, enjoys cooking, and likes creating art. She also loves to travel and visit countries with particularly unique cultures. Finally, Erika is excited to be a part of the Girls Advisory Board to help the National Girls Collaborative Project inspire young girls to pursue their STEM futures!

Lindsey H

Lindsey H.

Girls in STEAM Advocate

Lindsey H. is a sophomore in high school and has always had a strong interest in the STEM field. She has always loved science and hopes to pursue a career in genetics. In school, she is involved in her school’s HOSA-Future Health Professionals chapter. She has competed in HOSA events and continues to be very involved. She is also a part of her school’s Math Team and STEAM Girls Club. She loves to get hands-on experiences with the STEM field and has participated in summer camps at Michigan Technological University that offered courses based on science and technology. In her free time, she likes to read, play board games and card games, play tennis, and compete in archery tournaments. She is very excited to be involved with other girls in STEM and can’t wait to explore new opportunities!

Megan M, YAB Member

Megan M.

Co-founder, META (Mathematics, Engineering, Technology development, and Art) Club

Megan M. is a rising sophomore who has always demonstrated a strong passion for STEM, specifically biology, biomedical engineering, computer science, coding, and data informatics. From a young age, Megan was inspired by her parents, both in the IT field, to get involved with computer engineering. Her goal is to normalize girls in STEM and spark the interest of young women to pursue STEM-related occupations through her community. She is committed to encouraging and providing young women access to resources such as volunteer services, speakers in the STEM field, competitions, and programs. As a result, she hopes more students participate and explore the various fields to minimize the STEM gender gap.

Megan is an active participant in numerous clubs at her school including Model United Nations, Medical Club, Economics Club, and Junior Math League. Additionally, she is a part of her school’s cross-country team, crew team, and plays travel lacrosse. Megan is one of the two co-founders of the META (mathematics, engineering, technology development, and art) club at her school. The club focuses on exposing high school girls to STEM through creative competitions, experiments, and provides mentoring. Megan is excited to be a part of NGCP’s Advisory Board to make a difference in motivating young women to be engaged in STEM.

Nicole X.

Nicole X.

Girls in STEM Advocate

Nicole is a junior in high school, and her long-held passion for STEM mainly lies in the area of computer science and technology. She loves to program in several languages and solve algorithmic problems, and she currently competes within the Gold Division of the United States of America Computing Olympiad. She is also currently working on several outreach projects as the president of her school’s computer science team, as well as her city’s Girls Who Code organization, which is working to bridge the gender gap in computer science.

Outside of her academic career, Nicole enjoys working on various art and music projects. She plays the 1st violin in her high school’s varsity string orchestra. Furthermore, her artwork has earned several Scholastic Art Competition Gold Keys and placed in Blick’s Celebrating Art Contest National Top 10. Nicole is super excited to be on the Youth Advisory Board and continue supporting girls who are looking into the field of STEM!

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