June 2017

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Is your program hosting a summer STEM camp or event? Be sure to add it as an opportunity in The Connectory so families and caregivers can find you. The Getting Started Guide makes it easy!
The Connectory Bulk Uploads
The Connectory, operated and managed by the NGCP, offers a streamlined way to add dozens of opportunities via bulk upload. Email info@theconnectory.org to request the customized upload instructions.
NGCP Webinar Google-Gallup CS Education Data: Further Explorations of Underserved Communities
August 15, 2017; 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Pacific (2:00 - 3:00 PM Eastern)
Google Logo To understand the landscape of computer science (CS) education, Google and Gallup have surveyed 16,000 students, parents, teachers, principals, and superintendents across the U.S. each year for two years. In this webinar, they will share further insights into underserved communities, including new data on those in rural REGISTER areas and small towns, as well as insights on girls, Black students, and Hispanic students. With this data, they hope educators and advocates can realize the unique circumstances of these groups and better serve their needs for equitable CS education.  
CryptoClub Leader Trainings
The NGCP is hosting CryptoClub Leader Trainings in Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Montana, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Washington, and West Virginia this summer. You are invited to attend a professional development experience in a state near you. Club Leaders will receive training for the curriculum, materials for implementing, and access to online resources as well as an active community of practice. To connect with a Hubsite near you, please contact Casi Herrera.  
Design Squad Global Design Squad Global (DSG) 
Announcing new dates for DSG Clubs, where kids (age 9-13) in afterschool programs around the world connect through hands-on engineering projects designed to tackle real-world problems. This summer DSG clubs registered through the NGCP from Maine, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Wyoming, North Carolina, New Mexico, Oregon, and Paraguay will be partnering with DSG clubs from around the globe to work together on engineering projects that make a difference in their communities!  Register your youth program to participate in the next round of clubs launching Fall 2017.    

Collaborative Network ActivitiesCollabActivity
SciGirls STEM training hosted by Concordia University Chicago
River Forest, IL; August 12, 2017
Based on the Emmy-award winning PBS KIDS television series SciGirls, educators who work with middle and high school girls are invited to participate in this hands-on, minds-on professional development training. Attendees will learn the latest research for exciting and engaging girls (and boys) in STEM, experience hands-on STEM activities, leave with curriculum that puts a creative twist on teaching STEM, learn how to modify activities to engage kids in STEM using the SciGirls Seven and discover additional online resources that enhance teaching and learning experiences for all kids. Register.
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.
Isha Renta
Isha Renta

Meet Isha Renta. Isha graduated with a master's degree in atmospheric sciences and is currently a meteorologist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) National Weather Service. She is also a Latina SciGirls role model. Her interests in meteorology goes back to 1989, when Hurricane Hugo moved over Puerto Rico and left extensive damage over the island. Images from the storm and its devastation initiated her fascination with meteorology. In her spare time she enjoys organizing weather and climate-related outreach events, mentoring high school and undergraduate students, and spending time with her family.

To learn more about Isha visit her FabFems profile.

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Upcoming STEM EventsEvents
Women in Engineering ProActive Network (WEPAN) National Conference
Westminster, CO; June 12-14, 2017
This year's theme is "Creating the Mindset for Action" and will inspire attendees to take action and make real progress in advancing cultural change and responsibility within their own organizations and institutions. Participants will have the opportunity to engage with diversity and inclusion advocates, and learn research based best-practices related to gender equity and inclusion in engineering. Register.

National Week of Making
June 16-22, 2017
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 big and small, young and old, urban and rural.

National Marine Educators Association Conference
Charleston, SC; June 25-29, 2017
Attendees will have the opportunity to make professional connections, share innovative ideas, and learn about new resources, tools and technologies for use in classrooms, laboratories, and education programs. Register.
2017 CSTA Annual Conference Logo Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA) Conference
Baltimore, MD; July 8-11, 2017
CSTA 2017 is a professional development opportunity for computer science teachers and others who wish to include computing in their teaching. Participants will have the opportunity to learn, network, and build community while exploring issues and trends relating directly to the classroom. Register.

Esri Education GIS Conference     
San Diego, CA; July 8-11, 2017
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.

National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) STEM Forum and Expo
Kissimmee, FL; July 12-14, 2017
The NSTA STEM Forum and Expo brings together informal and formal educators and exhibiting companies interested in, and/or who have tools and resources to share to ensure successful implementation of STEM education in schools and communities. Register.

Girl Up Leadership Summit
Washington DC; July 16-19, 2017  
Through mentorship by Girl Up experts, Teen Advisors, celebrity champions, and corporate executives, Participants will gain core leadership skills, training in community-building and advocacy, and experience interacting with members of Congress on Capitol Hill. The Summit strives to empower, educate, and embolden the potential of every girl there. Register.

Serious Play Conference
Manassas, VA; July 18-2 SeriousPlay logo 0, 2017
This leadership conference is for both those who create serious games/simulations and those who implement game-based learning programs. Speakers are experienced developers and designers, top academic researchers, and senior program heads from education, corporate, healthcare, government/military, museums, and other emerging areas. 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.
National Making Week is June 16-22, 2017. Hosted by Nation of Makers, the week is designed to highlight the diversity of makers big and small, young and old, urban and rural. This month we are turning The Connectory Spotlight on three great Maker/DIY opportunities this summer.
3D Printing & Engineering Camp: Using Computer Automated Vision Tech Camps LogoDesign (CAD) and industrial design processes, students will design a solution from scratch, 3D model it, test their idea, and refine it through multiple iterations. When satisfied, they will use a 3D printer and watch the object get created. 
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Design Camp Summer 2017: Fashion, Engineering, and 3D Printing: Teens will spend time brainstorming ideas, sketching, turning those sketches into 3D models, and then using sewing and 3D printing to bring designs to life. Weekly themes range from jewelry design to wearable tech to industrial design.

Eugene Mini Maker Faire: Meet makers, hackers, artists, Science Factory Logohobbyists, and do-it-yourself enthusiasts of all stripes ready to share their experiments and projects. With robots, rockets, arts and crafts, 3D printers, and even lasers, there's something amazing around every corner!

Join The Connectory to collaborate with STEM programs and promote your upcoming STEM opportunities to families. Opportunities are visible publicly to families. Programs are visible to other STEM providers. And thanks to our partnership with VolunteerMatch, you can link your accounts and recruit volunteers to grow your non-profit STEM program, taking advantage of our new Volunteer Listings page.

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STEM ResourcesResources
Girls Who Code Girls Who Code Clubs
Girls 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.

Maker Ed
Maker Ed provides educators and institutions with the training, resources, and community of support they need to create engaging, inclusive, and motivating learning experiences through maker-centered education. They work to make it possible for every educator in America (particularly those in underserved communities) to facilitate interactive, student-driven, and open-ended learning experiences for youth.

Tapestry Workshop-in-a-Box
This resource from NCWIT contains materials for organizing professional development workshops that train high school educators in research-based, field-tested ways to attract and retain more and diverse students to computing courses.

The Simple Truth about the Gender Pay Gap (Spring 2017)
AAUW's report, The Simple Truth about the Gender Pay Gap, goes beyond the widely reported 80 percent statistic and explains the pay gap in the U.S.; how it affects women of all ages, races, and education levels; and what you can do to close it.

The Connectory - Find Summer Camps!
The Connectory is the go-to place to find STEM year-round and summer is the peak season. Many girl focused summer STEM opportunities are available. Search by location, dates, area of interest, and age group. Find an opportunity near you.

Global ResourcesGlobal
World Oceans Day World Oceans Day
June 8, 2017
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 includes free resources and information about how to get involved.
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