May
2015
May Blossoms with 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:
 
Mike MacEwan
Collaborative Lead, Garden State Girls STEM Collaborative
Join us SAT 5/30 in New York for The Smithsonian Latino Virtual Museum (LVM) Educator Training
Click here to learn more

Date: Saturday, May 30, 2015
10:00am - 3:00pm
Time Zone: Eastern

Location:
National American Indian Museum
One Bowling Green
New York City, NY 10004
United States

The Smithsonian Latino Virtual Museum (LVM) is an innovative bi-lingual lab for online games, simulations and virtual worlds that highlights Smithsonian arts and science collections. The LVM enhances visitor knowledge and appreciation of Latino cultural heritage through online activities. The LVM Teacher Toolkit supports educators with integrating this robust collection of on-line resources into their existing STEM +Arts programs.

This free training is open to teachers and informal educators including full access to the on-line Teacher Toolkit and take home curriculum. Recommended for grades 5 to 8 classrooms and out of school time programs. 

The toolkit includes six bilingual modules that explore three themes:
  • American Experience
  • Sustaining a Bio Diverse Planet
  • World Cultures
The New York Training will include:
  • In-depth review of Educator Toolkit and overview of the six modules and interactive tools available
  • Step by Step Training of the CerĂ¡mica module that explores archeology activities related to World Culture
  • Overview of the Watershed module related to Sustaining a Bio Diverse Planet
  • Lessons learned from pilot programs
  • Optional tour of CerĂ¡mica exhibition at museum
Criteria and commitment to participate in Educator Training:
  • Access to computers and internet to fully utilize the transmedia resources in your classroom
  • Implement at least one module into classroom or program curriculum in Summer 2015 or Fall 2015
  • Your program/classroom has Latino students
  • Participate in a Webinar that will address additional questions after attendees have had an opportunity to use LVM on their own.
  • Complete evaluation
No cost for training and access to all LVM materials, including the Educator Tool Kit.
REGISTER TODAY by signing up below
NYSUT will provide in-service hours and certificates to teachers who attend

Click  here  to read more.

Does Your Organization Need STEM Mentors?
Does Your Company Mentor?

During these two calls, Million Women Mentors will offer a strategic overview of the movement, including our five suggested pathways to mentor, an update of the State of the States (30 teams mobilizing across the nation), and a deep-dive on the new MWM web-portal, powered by Tata Consultancy Services. Hope you can join us for whichever call is most aligned withy our needs.



Click  here  to register for May 26th
Click  here  to register for June 3rd

About Million Women Mentors: An initiative of STEMconnector, MWM is a collaboration of companies, government entities, non-profit organizations, professional associations and state leadership teams to advance girls and women in STEM careers. This initiative drives mentorship for girls and women ages middle school through careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Launched in January, 2014, MWM already has 60 national partners reaching 30 million girls/women, 30 major sponsors, 30 state leadership teams and 250,000+ pledge commitments to mentor.
Click here to apply

NEW! National Afterschool Matters Fellowship

Offered by the National Institute on Out-of-School Time and the National Writing Project. 

The National Afterschool Matters (NASM) Fellowship is for mid-career OST, education, or youth development professionals who demonstrate a commitment to the field. NASM fellows are selected by application, and over a two-year process engage in reflection, inquiry and writing activities that position them to inform and contribute to the quality of OST programs, practice, and the broader field.

One of the unique aspects of the NASM Fellowship is the use of technology as a platform for learning:
  • Fellows will meet virtually in small groups with a facilitator on a monthly basis. 
  • Email will be utilized regularly and fellows will be required to post to or read materials that are located on a custom shared site.
In addition, the fellowship includes two retreats held in Wellesley, MA (travel stipend provided), one in the fall of 2015 and the second in the fall of 2016. 

Application deadline is June 15, 2015. To learn more about the fellowship and to access the application, please visit the  NIOST website here.

   

Now enrolling afterschool sites for the 2015-2016 school year.

Enrollment is now open for this full-year program that includes six science projects. Each of the six projects lasts approximately one month, with youth (ages 8-12) meeting in their "Science Explorers" club once a week for the duration of the program. Selected Explore It! projects for 2015-2016 include - Cake Chemistry, Heating a House and an Oven, Measuring Ourselves, Sinking and Floating, Siphon Systems, and Wiring a House. Youth work in teams to explore familiar phenomena using simple materials to foster science learning. Enrollment form and deposit for the 2015-2016 school year are due June 12, 2015. For more information, visit the program's website. 

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 Explore 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 12. See the website for details, enrollment packages and options, and an enrollment form.

Click  here  to read more.
   

Now enrolling afterschool sites for the 2015-2016 school year.

Enrollment Form (274k PDF)
Enrollment Options

Enrollment form and payment due June 12, 2015.

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 (NPASS) through support of the National Science Foundation.

Rutgers 4-H and NJSACC will provide the following to school and community based afterschool organizations who enroll by June 12.
  1. materials kits
  2. curricula guides
  3. professional development
  4. ongoing support
This is a full-year program that includes six engineering projects. Each of the six projects lasts approximately one month, with youth meeting in their "Junior Engineer" club once a week for the duration of the program. Selected Design It! projects for 2015-2016 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.

Click  here  to read more.
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Through support from the Noyce Foundation and the C.S. Mott Foundation, we are pleased to announce the launch of STEM Uncovered: Telling Our Afterschool Stories video competition.

STEM Uncovered is a new national video competition in which afterschool and summer programs are invited to create a short (3 minute) video highlighting how they support innovative activities and help their students in identifying STEM careers. This is the time to spotlight the great work that is happening throughout the STEM field in your state!

Six videos from afterschool and summer programs will be recognized at a national convening and be awarded $1,000.

Share with your state! Below, please find more information to send to programs in your state: 

ANNOUNCING

STEM Uncovered: Telling Our Afterschool Stories
2015 Video Competition

Deadlines:
June 1 - school-year afterschool program deadline
August 1 - summer program deadline

Prizes: 6 winning videos (3 from each category) will receive recognition at a national STEM Summit and $1,000

Every day a light goes on in a young person's head as they grasp new concepts in science, mathematics, engineering and technology, all because an afterschool or summer learning program has created a hands-on experience where interests are sparked and passions are fueled. Now is the time to tell that story.

Afterschool and summer learning programs are invited to create a short (3 minute) video highlighting how they support innovative activities and help their students in identifying with STEM careers. Shine the spotlight on why your program uncovers STEM learning and how your students are accelerating in this field!

Visit  www.stemvideocompetition.org  for more information about the competition and video guidelines.

Click  here  to read more.
  Got STEM? Let us Know How You're Supporting STEM or STEAM in Afterschool!
Click here to get started

NJSACC knows that a lot of great things are being achieved through STEM education in afterschool programs, but we need to know more. Help us make a difference by pinpointing STEM activity taking place in your programs and let's find out what is being accomplished!

With that in mind, please take a moment and fill out our quick survey to express your interests in incorporating STEM or STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) into your programs or how you are currently implementing STEM.  Please note that programs that do not currently offer STEM are encouraged to complete the survey as well. We'd like to hear from all of you!

We encourage as many programs to respond as possible, whether or not you have strong involvement with STEM.

Thank you, in advance, for your help.

Click  here to access the survey and begin!
Contact
Michael MacEwan 
Collaborative Lead  
Garden State Girls STEM Collaborative