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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:
  • TED-Ed Pairs Educators with Animators to Produce a New Library of Educational Videos 
  • Take Advantage of this Valuable FREE Resource: Is your program listed? 
  • The Musem of Science + Industry Chicago Offers Summer STEM Activities 
  • Girls STEM Initiatives in the News
  • Summer Learning Day With The NY Liberty 7/18/13 11am
  • Design It! Afterschool Engineering Program:
    Now enrolling afterschool sites for the 2013-2014 school year! 
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. 



TED-Ed Pairs Educators with Animators to
Produce a New Library of Educational Videos 


TED's new educational website benefits both STEM and non-STEM initiatives by pairing educators with animators to create creative new videos. TED-Ed's commitment to creating lessons worth sharing is an extension of TED's mission of spreading great ideas. Within the growing TED-Ed video library, you will find that these carefully curated educational videos represent various collaborations between talented educators and animators nominated through the TED-Ed platform. This platform also allows users to take any useful educational video, not just TED's, and easily create a customized lesson around the video. Users can distribute the lessons, publicly or privately, and track their impact on the world, a class, or an individual student.

To explore TED-Ed's new educational website, click here.


 The Musem of Science + Industry Chicago 
Offers Summer STEM Activities: Summer Brain Games


If you're itching to get started with some fun, hands-on science, you can try all eight weeks of last year's Summer Brain Games program! Explore nature by building a woodland terrarium, launch water balloons with a catapult, shoot rockets into the sky and more. Link to each weekly activity on the left, where you'll also find video previews and helpful hints. Are you ready to stir up some fun?

Try It!

Download our 'Week 1 activity guide' here for materials and instructions. You can also watch our video preview on YouTube for tips on your terrarium here.



Girls STEM Initiatives in t
he News

STEM has been making news headlines more and more in recent months and the focus has been around girls and STEM education. For instance, part of the immigration reform bill is a fund for STEM education, created by a fee on H1-B visas that was similar to the SKILLS Act. This was passed in the House last year. As a result of its passage, the money raised from the fee will go toward strengthening STEM education in the hopes that more students pursue high-need STEM careers.


In other STEM related news, New York City Public Schools have begun to focus their efforts on girls and STEM education after statistics were released, which indicated that only about one in four students in many of the public schools' top tech programs is a girl, a statistic that mirrors women's participation in tech jobs nationwide. To combat this, teachers are trying to introduce more girls to STEM related programs.1


1 Chapman, Ben. "Girls are being left out of New York City schools' high-tech revolution." New York Daily News, June 3, 2013. Web:

Summer Learning Day w/ The NY Liberty, in partnership w/ NJSACC, The Afterschool Alliance & the National Summer Learning Association 7/18/13 11am (new workbook cover below)
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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