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July
2013
Our Summer of STEM Heats Up at 
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:
  • National Girls Collaborative Project Offers New Video On Disability Inclusion
  • Take Advantage of this Valuable FREE Resource: Is your program listed?
  • "I Don't Know If I'm a Scientist": The Problem with Archetypes
  • Join us for Summer Learning Day with The BlueClaws 7/31/13 11:05am
 
Mike MacEwan
Collaborative Lead, Garden State Girls STEM Collaborative

  

National Girls Collaborative Project Offers New Video: 
Ability in the Workplace: A conversation with Jenny Lay-Flurrie 

 

New Resource Offered by the National Girls Collaborative Project
 
NGCP offers many resources to strengthen Collaborative networks and advance STEM education for girls. On their website, NGCP now offers a fantastic new video, which focuses on disability inclusion in the workplace.  
 
In this 6 minute video, Jenny Lay-Flurrie shares her passion for her IT career, information about her disability, the accommodations she uses in the workplace, and the importance of the NGCP in helping promote the awareness of and discussions around disability inclusion.
 
Click here or on the image above to watch this informative video!
 
Additional Resources Offered by the National Girls Collaborative Project
 
DO-IT Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking, and Technology
The international DO-IT Center promotes the success of individuals with disabilities and the use of computer and networking technologies to increase their independence, productivity, and participation in education and careers.

Working Together: People with Disabilities and Computer Technology
This video presentation provides an overview of adaptive technology and computer applications for people with disabilities. High school and college students with a wide variety of disabilities share their experiences using computers and demonstrate the technology used. This video can be used to train teachers, computer lab staff, students with disabilities and their advocates about how everyone can operate computers.

Students with Disabilities Preparing for Postsecondary Education:
Know Your Rights and Responsibilities

This pamphlet, provided by the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) in the U. S. Department of Education, explains the rights and responsibilities of students with disabilities who are preparing to attend postsecondary schools. It explains the obligations of a postsecondary school to provide academic adjustments, including auxiliary aids and services, to ensure the school does not discriminate on the basis of disability.

ENTRY POINT!
A program of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), ENTRY POINT! offers outstanding internship opportunities for students with apparent and non-apparent disabilities in science, engineering, mathematics and computer science.
 
 
Click here for additional resources!
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. 

 

Click here to register your STEM program 

  

 "I Don't Know If I'm a Scientist": The Problem with Archetypes

 

In STEM related news, scientists recently discussed their role and the challenges of archetypes in the field during the Communicating Science 2013 workshop (ComSciCon), sponsored by Harvard University, MIT, and the Microsoft Corporation. Below is an excerpt of this fascinating article:
 
 
"I, like all young researchers starting our toils in science, sit at an interesting juncture. We have a portal to the past lives of scientists through our mentors and texts: we know some of how things were done and by whom. At the same time, as the children of this world we have our ears closer to the ground, instinctively aware of the current state of the scientific community, its interactions with the rest of the world, and what's to come.

One change I find occurring is a shift--stemming from where I'm not sure--in the cultural caricature of a scientist. It is a shift away from an arguably negative and nerdy portrayal towards a more socially favorable one (a change that is understandably welcomed by the older generation of scientists who struggled against stereotypes involving pocket protectors and poor social skills). But inasmuch as society's view of scientists remains a mere caricature, it stands in the way of a fuller acceptance of what 'scientist' can mean.

Under the new view, scientists are no longer detail-obsessed and emotionless observers, concerned only with accuracy and precision. Instead, the likes of Neil DeGrasse Tyson present the scientist as an energetic and passionate explorer of the universe--one who seeks to boldly know what no one has known before. We, as scientists, are meant to proudly and openly exclaim our love of all knowledge for knowledge's sake. As kids we tinkered and took apart our toys just to see how they worked. And as adults we continue to ceaselessly manipulate the world around us in an attempt to quench our curiosity about it. Smarts are still necessary for a scientist, but now we must be equal parts calculator and cowboy.

The transition from scientist as stoic, number-muttering and bespectacled introvert to a quirky, curiosity-fueled investigator (still bespectacled perhaps, but only as a stylistic choice) is objectively a positive one. And in acknowledging the emotional drives involved in pursuing science, it is a more well-rounded portrayal as well. But to me there is still a tension. The persona of a swashbuckling scientist doesn't fit me, or many of my peers, any better than the socially-awkward geek did. Hearing either description makes me wonder, even as I work towards a PhD in Neuroscience, am I scientist?

The problem is that, when replacing one stereotype with another, a stereotype is still what we're left with. Allowing for the definition of 'scientist' to include passion and energy is helpful, yes, but the problem really stems from trying to define 'scientist' in the first place. 'Describe the average scientist' is about as reasonable a request as 'describe the average color'. Our population is too vast, too diverse, too ill-defined, and too non-overlapping to be characterized properly by some kind of Platonic form. An arrival at a scientific career can be preceded by unknowably many paths, and the style and skills employed once there are equally diverse. 

One needn't have tinkered as a kid to do science as an adult, and the science one does may involve everything from trekking through wildlife collecting samples to sitting at a computer writing code. . ." 

Click here to read the rest of this article!
On behalf of the Lakewood BlueClaws, on Wed 7/31/13 we would like to invite the GSGSC Community to the following Lakewood BlueClaws Game:
 
 

Be sure to mention you are a friend of NJSACC for special ticket rate and the chance for youth to participate in on field activities.

 

The Lakewood BlueClaws have developed these Summer Learning activities for you to use in Summer Learning programs to learn more about Baseball.

 

Click on the activities for your grade level below and enjoy:

Contact
Michael MacEwan 
Collaborative Lead  
Garden State Girls STEM Collaborative 
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