April
2014
April Rains Down with Sensational STEM News at Girls STEM Collaborative (GSGSC) 
 
Greetings from 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:
  • Join us for TEDx Youth@MT Olive Fri 4/11/14
  • Five-Minute Film Festival: 8 Videos to Encourage Girls in STEM 
  • Check out NJ's Statewide Youth Advisory Boards via Rutgers
  • Take Advantage of this Valuable FREE Resource: Is your program listed? 

  • Super-Cheap Paper Microscope Could Save Millions of Lives
  • Female Scientists Share Research and Career Stories with Teenage Girls 

  • Bullying Victims' Video Strikes a Chord
  • Reminder to Register for TeenTech 2014 Thurs 5/29/14

 
Mike MacEwan
Collaborative Lead, Garden State Girls STEM Collaborative
Click here to register free today

TEDxYouth@Mt.Olive is a forum created to bring middle and high school students into the TEDx movement.

This years theme is Challenge the Impossible.

What do you think is Impossible?
Our presenters will give you engaging stories, inspiring performances, and intriguing presentations, we will explore ideas together and explore what they mean to each of us. Is it the incredible passion and dedication of youth? Is it their boundless creativity and imagination? Is it their enthusiasm and optimism?

During TEDxYouth@Mt.Olive, we will discover that, for empowered youth, the possibilities are amazing!

When? Friday, April 11, 2014 11:00 AM

Where? Mt. Olive PAC 
Corey Road 18
Mount Olive Township, NJ 07836

Click here to contact the organizer
Five-Minute Film Festival: 8 Videos to Encourage Girls in STEM
 
There are some wonderful discussions in the Edutopia community right now about girls and STEM education -- have a peek at Women (and Girls) in STEM or Are We Getting Too Aggressive Promoting STEM to Girls? The fact is, women still make up less than a quarter of the STEM workforce in the United States, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce. The good news is that there are some amazing people, organizations, and companies working to remedy this. I've collected some videos to ignite your imagination about what girls can do in science, technology, engineering, and math -- when given opportunities and encouragement.
 
Click here to check out this fantastic video playlist plus more resources!

Check out NJ's Statewide Youth Advisory Boards via Rutgers

 
Rutgers has been awarded a grant through the State to re-launch the Statewide Youth Advisory Board (YABs) program for young people between the ages of 14 and 22 who have been or are involved with DCF or DCP&P. There will be 15 YABs in total that are spread out throughout the state. They are an awesome way for young people who have been or are still involved with DCF to develop skills, participate in fun activities, and improve experiences for other youth. The meetings serve as a safe space for young people to come to and share their experiences and discuss how the system can be improved. Along the way, they will also receive trainings and have the opportunity to join in a variety of activities that will allow them to network with other youth and professionals.
 
Click here to download a FAQ page about the YABs (PDF)
 
Also, just a few more perks to get them excited about potentially becoming a member is that within each county's YAB, there will be 4 paid officers (president, vice president, secretary, and treasurer). The YAB meetings will be held twice a month after school hours and will also have food and we can give the youth train or bus tickets to get there.
 
We basically want to see them grow personally and professionally and plan on doing everything we can to help nurture that growth. There will be skills trainings, enrichment activities, and community service events throughout the year for them to look forward to. They will even have the chance to make policy suggestions to the DCF!
Take Advantage of this Valuable FREE Resource: Is your program listed?
 
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.

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.

 

Click here to register your STEM program
Super-Cheap Paper Microscope Could Save Millions of Lives

  

By ABC News
 
Imagine if clinics in developing countries were equipped with an inexpensive yet durable tool that could help medical personnel identify and diagnose a variety of deadly diseases like Malaria, Chagas disease, or Leishmaniosis? For millions of people around the world waiting to be diagnosed and treated, such a tool could be a life-saver.
 
Manu Prakash, a professor at Stanford University and his students have developed a microscope out of a flat sheet of paper, a watch battery, LED, and optical units that when folded together, much like origami, creates a functional instrument with the resolution of 800 nanometers - basically magnifying an object up to 2,000 times.
 
Called Foldscope, the microscope is extremely inexpensive to manufacture, costing between fifty-cents and a dollar per instrument. And because the microscope is assembled primarily from paper and optical components the size of a grain of sand, it is virtually indestructible.
 
Foldscope also differs from the microscopes typically found in science labs because it's not only portable, but it also has the ability to project an image on any surface, allowing a larger group of people the ability to look at an image simultaneously.

 

Click here to read the rest of this informative article!

Female Scientists Share Research and Career Stories with Teenage Girls  

 
By Peggy McGlone/The Star-Ledger

Princeton graduate student Hannah Zanowski was running an experiment that linked a rise in carbon dioxide in the atmosphere to the destruction of coral reefs in the ocean. A few yards away, three female FBI agents were discussing the science of evidence recovery, while chemist and "space geek" Lenore Rasmussen was describing her work creating synthetic muscle, work that is scheduled to continue at the International Space Station.
 
These women were among 25 scientists from fields ranging from astrophysics to oceanography to biogeochemistry to robotics who participated in the Young Women's Conference in Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics, or STEM, at Princeton University on Friday.
 
An annual event, the conference tries to increase the number of women who pursue STEM careers by bringing female students in seventh to 10th grades to the science labs to hear and see what women can do.
  
Click here to read the rest of this informative article.
 
Bullying Victims' Video Strikes a Chord

 

For most of them, it was not an easy choice. Five Los Angeles teens who had been cyber-bullied while in high school decided to read the hurtful comments on camera.

 

Click here to watch this powerful video!

Reminder to Register for TeenTech 2014 

Thursday 5/29/14

 Click here to download the brochure (PDF)
 
Register now by clicking here and submitting the form!
Spaces are limited!  
 
teentech™ 2014, which will take place on Thursday, May 29, 2014 at Georgian Court University, will be a day of hands-on workshops that are designed to make technology, science, engineering, and math exciting and relevant and to interest girls in high-demand careers in the global economy where women are still greatly underrepresented. High school girls from around the state will have the opportunity to learn problem-solving skills by engaging in hands-on workshop sessions with faculty and students in Technology and Engineering disciplines.
 
To register, download and print the registration form here and then sign/mail it back.

Fore more information on teentech™ 2014, send an e-mail to: JSWPAAUWNJ@aol.com
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Michael MacEwan 
Collaborative Lead  
Garden State Girls STEM Collaborative 
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