June 2016

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  NGCP Updates: Connected STEM Learning Roundtable with Senator Patty Murray
On May 31, 2016 Senator Patty Murray, the top Democrat on the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, met with community leaders, education advocates, and students at an event hosted by the Pacific Science Center and the National Girls Collaborative in Seattle, WA. The meeting focused on the importance of expanding access to STEM education. In her remarks, Murray discussed the need to invest in and support programs both inside and outside of the classroom. Senator Murray also recognized Karen Peterson the CEO of the National Girls Collaborative during her remarks stating, "Your organization is doing such important work to encourage more girls to pursue their interests in the STEM fields. Expanding opportunities for young women is not only important for their future. It should be an economic imperative for our country." Read the full text of Senator Murray's remarks.
NGCP Collaborative Updates
The National Girls Collaborative is pleased to announce new convening organizations for California and New York.
NGCP Collaborative
New Convening Organization
California Girls in STEM
New York STEAM Girls Collaborative
Children's Creativity Museum
Intrepid Museum

New Report Available - STEM Classroom to Career
The National Girls Collaborative is a proud partner in the Research Consortium on STEM Career Pathways. The Research Consortium, led by the Educational Research Center of America, conducted a national survey of high school students in STEM classes during Spring 2015. A new report, STEM Classroom to Career: Opportunities to Close the Gap, draws on those data to identify opportunities, challenges, and promising practices for leveraging equity to meet STEM workforce needs.

Jennifer Goodall Receives President's Award for Excellence
Congratulations to Jennifer Goodall (New York STEAM Girls Collaborative Leadership Team Member), who recently received the University at Albany President's Award for Excellence in Professional Service. This award recognizes consistently superior professional achievement within and beyond the position by full-time and contingent professional staff.

TwitterHashtag Growing a Nation of Makers TweetChat
June 21, 2016; 9:00-10:00 AM Pacific (12:00-1:00 PM Eastern)
NGCP is partnering with Design Squad and the Society of Women Engineers to host a special Twitter event around the theme "Growing a Nation of Makers". Connect to the conversation using the hashtag #GrowMakers and provide your input on topics such as: How to increase equity in making and where to find making opportunities. Connect: @ngcproject, @the_connectory, @DesignSquad, and @SWEtalk.

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Role Models Matter: Strategies for Effectively Engaging Girls in STEM
Denver, CO; June 10, 2016; 1:00-4:00 PM Mountain
The Role Models Matter Project brings resources to role models and girl-serving organizations to help prepare volunteers for their STEM outreach with girls. Participants will receive tips and practical advice for connecting and communicating meaningfully with young girls and inspiring them in STEM careers, hands-on activities that demonstrate effective facilitation techniques, ideas for icebreakers and hands-on projects, and video examples of role models in action. Register.

Habitat Connections: Exploring Your Local Environment through Birds and Citizen Science
Pineville, LA; June 15, 2016
Participants will be introduced to a curriculum developed by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and will discover how to engage girls and boys (ages 8-13) through inquiry-based STEM instruction. Teaching materials are aligned to Next Generation Science Standards and the Common Core standards. The workshop is appropriate for both K-12 and informal educators; no experience with birds or citizen science is required. Registration closes on June 13, 2016. Register.

Role Models Matter Training
Pittsburgh, PA; June 15, 2016
ASSET STEM Education, in cooperation with the PA STEM Girls Collaborative Project will be holding a full-day Role Models Matter Training Forum. 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. Participants will receive role model training, promising practices, and resources. Register

NGCP Mini-GrantsMiniGrants
NGCP mini-grants are designed to build collaboration between programs and resources. Mini-grant application resources, including a sample application, exemplary practices, project ideas, and frequently asked questions are available online. Open and closing dates are listed below with more information available on Collaborative websites.
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Colorado Collaborative for Girls in STEM (CoCoSTEM)
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The FabFems Spotlight highlights women from the FabFems Role Model Directory. FabFems are enthusiastic about the science and technology work they do and want to inspire a future generation of FabFems. Search the Role Model Directory to find FabFems in your area. We benefit from role models at all stages of our lives. 
Paige Gutierrez

Meet Paige Gutierrez, an Assistant Aquarist who works with sharks, octopuses, fish, eels, and other sea critters. She received a bachelor's degree in biological sciences with a concentration in EEO (Ecological, Evolutionary, and Organismal). Paige is passionate about taking care of marine animals and spreading information to the public. Her advice is: "Find your passion and stick with it. Do anything to make your dream career happen. It won't always be easy, but trust me when I say, you want to LOVE what you're doing. It makes life so much more fulfilling and exciting." To learn more about Paige visit her profile.

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Upcoming STEM EventsEvents
Women in Engineering ProActive Network (WEPAN) Change Leader Forum
Broomfield, CO; June 14-16, 2016
This Forum will bring together leading experts in culture change to discuss the impact of culture on engaging and retaining diverse communities of women in engineering. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn, share, network, and form collaborations with both novice and expert participants, all working to promote inclusion and diversity initiatives within their organizations. The Forum will be organized around the Framework for Promoting Gender Equity in Organizations which describes the four ways (prepare women, create equal opportunity, value difference, and re-envision work culture) organizations can promote gender equity. Register.

National Week of Making
June 17-23, 2016
The Week of Making is an opportunity for individuals throughout the U.S. to participate in Making activities locally, celebrating the innovation, ingenuity and creativity of Makers. This year will highlight the diversity of Makers. To celebrate, the White House will be announcing new actions by organizations as well as by recognizing individuals who are making significant contributions to Making and the Maker Movement.

Esri Education GIS Conference    
San Diego, CA; June 25-28, 2016
Attendees will explore how geographic information system (GIS) technology fosters critical thinking skills and improves decision making. Participants will receive hands-on training, learn best practices, and receive updates on all things GIS for both inside the classroom and policy making. Register.

CSTA 2016 Conference Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA) Conference
San Diego, CA; July 10-12, 2016
CSTA 2016 is a professional development opportunity for CS and IT teachers/administrators who need practical, classroom-focused information to help prepare their students for the future. Participants will have the opportunity to learn, network, and interact, exploring issues and trends relating directly to the classroom. Register.

Girl Up Leadership Summit
Washington DC; July 11-13, 2016
Participants (between the ages of 12-22) will gain core leadership skills, training in community-building and advocacy, and experience interacting with members of Congress on Capitol Hill. Geared toward middle school, high school, and college students, most workshops and breakout sessions will be divided by age group to allow for targeted learning. Register.

Serious Play Conference
Chapel Hill, NC; July 26-28, 2016
Speakers will share their experience creating or using games in their corporation, classroom, healthcare institution, government and military, and offer tips on how to move game-based education programs ahead. Conference sessions will help educators upgrade their knowledge about using games to engage students in the learning process as well as how instruction in game design can bring at risk students back to class. Register.
The Connectory Spotlight highlights programs and opportunities in The Connectory. The Connectory is a free online collaboration tool for STEM program providers to find partners based on interests as well as a platform to showcase STEM opportunities to families. June is National Zoo and Aquarium Month, this month we are highlighting the Seattle Aquarium's Creativity Inspiring Conservation (CIC) program.

At CIC, teens receive hands-on visual arts training from professional artists while using the educational resources and scientific knowledge of the Seattle Aquarium's informed marine conservation staff. Each class is paired with a specific environmental topic, and teens will receive scientific and conservation education from Aquarium staff in the form of field trips, experiments, demonstrations, and discussions. Here are three of CIC's upcoming opportunities.

Creativity inspiring conservation logo Batik Fabric Workshop: Batik and Our Biospheres - In this hands-on workshop, teens will have the opportunity to design a textile using a faux batik painting process. They will explore habitats, discovering animals and plants that depend on the ecosystem that supports each habitat. Through sketching, drawing with glue, and painting, each student will create a hand-painted textile depicting abstract imagery inspired by their exploration of a specific habitat.

Engineering: Robotics and Tinkering - An immersion into the basics of engineering, Engineering 1 is a hands-on study of how things work. Kids will both break apart and build up a variety of different styles of robots, discovering how they can create their very own. Kids will learn a variety of skills including soldering, 3D printing, controller building, and printed circuit board design.

Sculpture Class: The Plastic Ocean - Using polymer clay as a starting point, students will be challenged to connect their newly formed sculpture-skills with the topic of ocean pollution. It is estimated that 4.8 million metric tons is dumped into our waters each year worldwide. Students will learn how to create an armature, build up clay, and finish with paint, mixed media or beach clean-up waste.

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#GirlsGovern #GirlsGovern
GlobalGirl Media has launched a non-partisan campaign to make sure girls' voices and girls' rights are a larger part of the 2016 political election dialogue. #GirlsGovern gives girls and young women, middle school through college age, an opportunity to bring their voice and their concerns into the national election. The initiative includes an online hub for resources and tips, a digital video contest, media training in key states, and a Town Hall forum in Washington D.C. this fall.

Girls Who Code Clubs
Girls Who CodeGirls Who Code clubs are free afterschool programs designed for 6-12th grade girls to explore coding in a fun and friendly environment. Clubs are typically hosted in schools, colleges, libraries, and community centers during the academic year. Start-up is simple and requires identifying space, computers and internet for each club student, and a facilitator to lead the club and communicate with Girls Who Code.

June is National Zoo and Aquarium Month

This month is a good time to explore your local zoo and aquarium. The Association of Zoos and Aquariums provides a collection of links. Many of the websites have educational resources such as videos, wild life facts, lesson plans, and activities.

NCWIT's Women in Tech: The Facts (2015-16 Update)

One of the National Center for Women & Information Technology's (NCWIT) most popular reports has been updated for 2015-16. This report brings together the latest findings from recent research including the current state of affairs for technical women, a summary of the key barriers to women's participation in technology, promising practices for addressing these barriers, and tools to support your organization's change efforts.

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World Oceans Day World Oceans Day
June 8, 2016
World Oceans Day is a global day of ocean celebration and collaboration for a better future. This year's theme is "Healthy Oceans, Healthy Planet". Organizations and individuals around the world are promoting prevention of plastic ocean pollution with events in their communities. The website serves as a central coordinating platform and includes free resources and information about how to get involved

Clinton Global Initiative Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) America
Atlanta, GA; June 12-14, 2016
The mission of CGI is to turn ideas into action. The core of the CGI America meeting is the Working Group model, which consists of nine topic-specific groups (including STEM Education), each bringing together diverse industry leaders in business, philanthropy, government, and nonprofits. Each group will convene several iterative sessions over the course of the meeting to share knowledge, build partnerships, and generate Commitments to Action.
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