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Girls  STEM Collaborative (GSGSC)
The Garden State Girls STEM Collaborative is the New Jersey initiative of the National Girls Collaborative Project, a program focused on providing high quality STEM activities to girls. Our primary goal is to strengthen the capacity of girl-serving STEM programs to effectively reach and serve underrepresented girls in STEM by sharing promising practice research and program models, outcomes, products and by connecting   formal and informal educators, business and industry in order to maximize the resources that can positively influence our girls. 
As always, this newsletter is for you as members of the Collaborative. It can serve as a forum to promote events, and to highlight the good work that you all do, so please let me know what is going on so we can include your program in upcoming issues.
In this issue:
  • Take Advantage of this Valuable FREE Resource: Is your program listed? 
  • National Girls Collaborative Project: PA STEM Girls Collaborative Project Role Models Matter - The Franklin Institute Forum 5/10/13 
  • Spring 2013 Afterschool Matters Journal features GSGSC's own Mike MacEwan
Mike MacEwan
Collaborative Lead, Garden State Girls STEM Collaborative
Take Advantage of this Valuable FREE Resource:
Is your program listed?
The Program Directory (at no fee) lists organizations and programs that focus on motivating girls to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). The purpose of this Directory is to help organizations and individuals network, share resources, and collaborate on STEM-related projects for girls.


The Directory contains program descriptions, resources available within each organization, Program and/or organization needs, and contact information. Submitted entries undergo review and verification prior to publication. 


 National Girls Collaborative Project:

PA STEM Girls Collaborative Project Role Models Matter
The Franklin Institute Forum 5/10/13
There is an exciting girl-focused STEM event happening here at The Franklin Institute on Friday May 10th, to which you and your networks are invited. The Franklin Institute is a member of The National Girls Collaborative Project™ (NGCP) which is designed to reach girl-serving STEM organizations across the United States. The vision of the NGCP is to bring together organizations throughout the United States that are committed to informing and encouraging girls to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Dale and I have been involved in this project for many years, both as part of the Pennsylvania Girls Collaborative (statewide branch of NGCP) Champion's Board and Leadership Team, respectively.

On Friday May 10th, from 9am to 4pm, the PA Girls Collaborative will be hosting a workshop here called Role Models Matter Project. The goal of the project is to increase girls' interest in STEM by creating resources to train STEM professionals to interact with girls in a meaningful way. It is very inexpensive ($25), and should be very helpful to you or your staff who are interested in being or working with role models, and better reaching girls in STEM learning. Please share this information broadly with your staff or other partners that you think will be interested.


Click here to register online! 

Spring 2013 Afterschool Matters Journal features
GSGSC's own Mike MacEwan

We're pleased to announce the spring 2013 publication of Afterschool Matters. In this issue, generously funded by The NOYCE Foundation, all articles are focused on STEM: 

  • Where It Gets Interesting: Competing Models of STEM Learning After School by Bronwyn Bevan and Vera Michalchik
  • How How Wide Is a Squid Eye? by Marlene Kliman, Nuria Jaumot-Pascual, and Valerie Martin
  • Effective STEM Programs for Adolescent Girls by Harriet S. Mosatche, Susan Matloff-Nieves, Linda Kekelis, and Elizabeth K. Lawner
  • Implementing Out-of-School Time STEM Resources by Christine Andrews Paulsen
  • Variations on a Theme: Characteristics of Out-of-School-Time Science Programs Offered by Distinct Organization Types Sandra L. Laursen, Heather Thiry, Tim Archie, and Rebecca Crane
  • Shifting Expectations: Bringing STEM to Scale through Expanded Learning Systems by Jessica Donner and Yvonne Wang
  • Getting Intentional about STEM Learning by Michael MacEwan

Read the Entire Afterschool Matters journal Online (pdf)


Summer Learning Day With The NY Liberty, in partnership with NJSACC, The Afterschool Alliance and the National Summer Learning Association 7/18/13 11am
Click here to download a pdf of this invite!


The New York Liberty cordially invite the youth from New Jersey's summer programs and camps to Summer Learning Day with the Liberty! The day is in partnership with NJSACC: The Statewide Network for New Jersey's Afterschool Communities, The Afterschool Alliance and the National Summer Learning Association.

Use code NJSACC to be entered into a Special Drawing! All summer programs in attendance will have the opportunity to be included in a drawing for a special ONCE-IN-A-LIFETIME on-court Liberty experiences.

165 Mulberry St 
Newark, NJ 07102

Thursday, July 18th at 11AM 
Includes one (1) game ticket, a customized Summer Learning E-Book and Thunderstix

Contact Jake at 212-631-5606 or
Design It! Afterschool Engineering Program:
Now enrolling afterschool sites for the 2013-2014 school year!
Spaces Are Filling Up! 

Enrollment is now open for this full-year program that includes six engineering projects. Each of the six projects lasts approximately one month, with youth (ages 8-12) meeting in their "Junior Engineer" club once a week for the duration of the program. Selected Design It! projects for 2013-2014 include - Balls and Tracks, Gliders, Paper Bridges, Rubber Band-Powered Cars, Straw Rockets, and Trebuchets. Youth work in teams to design their project, test it, and make adjustments - repeating the process as they try to optimize their design.  Enrollment form and deposit for the 2013-2014 school year are due June 7, 2013.  For more information, visit the program's  website here


Rutgers Cooperative Extension 4-H Youth Development and the New Jersey School-Age Care Coalition (NJSACC), The Network for New Jersey's Afterschool Communities, are proud to offer Design It!, an engaging, inquiry based, and fun STEM program designed specifically for afterschool. This comprehensive and high-quality program was developed by the Education Development Center, Inc. (EDC) in Boston and the National Partnerships for After School Science (NPASS2) through the support of the National Science Foundation.


Rutgers 4-H and NJ SACC will provide (1) materials kits, (2) curricula guides, (3) three full-day professional development workshops, and (4) ongoing support and technical assistance to school and community based afterschool organizations who enroll by June 7. 


See the website for details, enrollment packages and options, and an enrollment form. 


For questions regarding the program, contact Chad Ripberger, Rutgers 4-H at:


For questions regarding enrollment and payment, contact Mike MacEwan, NJ SACC at: (checks, purchase orders, and credit cards are accepted).

Michael MacEwan 
Collaborative Lead  
Garden State Girls STEM Collaborative 
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