March 2014


 Building the Capacity of STEM Practitioners to Develop a Diverse Workforce  


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March is National Women's History Month!

The 2014 theme is "Celebrating Women of Character, Courage, and Commitment", honoring the extraordinary and often unrecognized determination and tenacity of women. The NGCP will be celebrating women in STEM all month long! Each week we will feature a STEM field and will highlight women who have made and are currently making a significant impact in that field. We will also highlight partners engaged and encouraging girls to pursue their interests in these STEM disciplines. Themes will be:


Week 1: Women in Aviation

Week 2: Women in Energy & Climate Change

Week 3: Women in the Maker Community

Week 4: Women in Earth & Space Science


Here are ways to join in on the activities and help us celebrate!

  • Check out the weekly e-newsletter that will be sent out and share it with your networks.
  • Like, Share, and re-post our daily Facebook posts.
  • Follow us on Twitter and join the conversation using the hashtag #WNHMonth. 


The NGCP Blog features timely posts about topics relevant to encouraging girls to pursue STEM careers. Recent entries include a Q&A with Dot Harris from Women @ Energy and an interview with FabFem Nicole Ward. Have an idea for a future blog post? Contact Kate Goddard, Outreach Manager, at 

CollaborativeNews Collaborative Network Activities

TxGCP SciGirls Workshop: 4-H CAPITAL

Austin, TX; March 7, 2014; 2:00 PM - 4:30 PM 

4-H CAPITAL is hosting the Texas Girls Collaborative Project for a workshop based on SciGirls, a PBS KIDS series and website with the goal to change how millions of tween girls think about STEM. 4-H CAPITAL staff and educators are invited to attend this free professional development opportunity and discover how to engage girls (ages 8-13) through research-based, high quality activities, and resources.


Role Models Matter (CoCoSTEM/Techbridge Training)

Research shows that girls who interact with female role models are more likely to develop and maintain an interest in STEM. Bringing STEM to life is an important step in getting students interested in STEM careers. Participants will learn strategies to effectively engage with girls to explore STEM careers and will receive resources to support their work as role models at outreach events. 


Boulder, CO; March 18, 2014; 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Colorado Springs, CO; March 19, 2014; 4:30 PM - 7:30 PM 


STEM-ulating Collaboration: Sustaining Equity and Resources for Indiana Girls

Indianapolis, IN; March 19, 2014; 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM

Attendees will meet and network with influential individuals who are interested in promoting STEM fields and making STEM more accessible to people not currently represented. Keynotes include Glenda Ritz, State Superintendent of Public Instruction and Congresswoman Susan Brooks. 


SciGirls Professional Development Training for Project Scientist

Charlotte, NC; March 22, 2014; 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM

SciGirls trainings integrate inquiry-based STEM instruction with a commitment to gender equity. Educators attending this training will learn the latest research for exciting and engaging girls (and boys) in STEM, experience hands-on STEM activities, and receive free materials for video-enhanced activities with a creative twist on teaching STEM. 


Missouri Collaboration Conference: A Celebration of Equity

Kansas City, MO; April 10, 2014; 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

This is a full-day conference celebrating STEM Equity. Sessions will feature national and regional experts in STEM Equity issues, as well as presentations from NGCP Mini-Grantees. Attendees will learn how to increase opportunities to encourage girls, underrepresented youth, and youth with disabilities to pursue STEM careers.


NGCP Collaborative Mini-Grants

NGCP mini-grants are designed to enhance access to and build collaboration between programs and resources. Mini-grant application resources, including a sample application, exemplary practicesproject ideas, and frequently asked questions are available online. Open and closing dates are listed below and more information is available on the Collaborative website.


Louisiana STEM Girls Collaborative Project: 2/3/2014 - 3/17/2014

FabFemSpotlightFabFems Spotlight

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.  


Meet Melissa Reusche, a geologist at the Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey. A recent graduate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, with a bachelors degree in Geoscience and English, Melissa made outreach a priority and worked at the UW Geology Museum, where she conducted tours to school groups, designed and presented outreach material, curated collections, and assisted in fieldwork. Melissa has served as committee member for her local Expanding Your Horizons conference. Learn more about Melissa's outreach and research experiences by visiting her FabFems profile.


Looking for a FabFem like Melissa to connect with in your area? Search

UpComingSTEMeventsUpcoming STEM Events

Discover e logo Discover e Global Marathon   

Online; March 5-7, 2014  

The Global Marathon is a free, virtual forum designed for, by, and about women. In conjunction with International Women's Day, the Marathon is a collaborative place for individuals and organizations to gain knowledge, network, and inspire and share personal and professional contributions that women make in the world.


Teaching & Learning 2014

Washington, DC; March 14-15, 2014
Participants will discuss current challenges facing educators and learn about and share solutions that work. Topics include common core state standards, education technology, and advancing issues of equity in the classroom.


National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) Conference
Boston, MA; April 3-6, 2014
Participants will discover strategies for improving science teaching and learning, engage in professional discussions and receive the latest information on science education. Conference strands include: Science and Literacy: A Symbiotic Relationship; Teaching Elementary Science with Confidence; Leading from the Classroom; and Engineering and Science: Technological Partners.  


National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity (NAPE) Professional Development Institute
Arlington, VA; April 7-10, 2014  

Sessions will provide practitioners with research-based strategies and innovative tools to help implement best practices. The latest research and policy considerations related to equity, education, and careers will be presented.

Midwest Afterschool Science Academy (MASA)

Kansas City, MO; April 9-11, 2014

This professional development opportunity focuses on positive youth development, informal STEM learning, and out-of-school-time leadership training. MASA is designed for frontline afterschool professionals facilitating STEM exploration with youth, program administrators wanting to elevate the levels of STEM education, and community leaders looking to coordinate resources and advance policies that result in more informal STEM learning opportunities for all youth. 


Mutual Concerns of Air and Space Museums Conference

Crystal City, VA and Washington, DC; April 11-14, 2014

Mutual Concerns is an international meeting focused on the needs of the air and space museum community. The conference features three days of panel discussions and concurrent sessions, offering practical and in-depth information.

National Women in Cybersecurity Conference
Nashville, TN; April 11-12, 2014
This conference brings together women in cybersecurity from academia, research, and industry. Participants will have the opportunity for networking and mentoring.


U.S. News STEM Solutions National Conference

US News STEM Solutions LogoWashington, DC; April 23-25, 2014

Participants will have the opportunity to learn how to initiate the action necessary to improve STEM education and increase employment in STEM fields. Tracks include: Focus on Advanced Manufacturing; Changing the Face of STEM; STEM Change-Makers; and Expert Roundtables.


USA Science & Engineering Festival

Washington, DC; April 26-27, 2014

This event will feature over 750 STEM organizations presenting hands-on science and engineering activities for people of all ages.


BOOST (Best of Out-of-School Time) Conference
Palm Springs, CA; April 29 - May 2, 2014
Conference participants will have the opportunity to network, participate in team-building activities, and learn about the latest trends and research in innovative and quality out-of-school time programming.


Women in Engineering ProActive Network (WEPAN) National Conference

Minneapolis, MN; June 9-11, 2014 WEPAN Logo

This conference will provide a forum for women in engineering leaders, corporate advocates, researchers, academic leaders, and government officers. Practitioners will have access to current research, statistics, and best practices on women in engineering.


Smithsonian Latino Center's 2014 Young Ambassadors Program

Washington DC; June 22- August 1, 2014

The Smithsonian Latino Center's Young Ambassadors Program is a college preparatory and leadership program to encourage high school seniors to explore a wide range of academic and career opportunities through the lens of the Latino experience. Students will be selected for an all-expense paid, interdisciplinary training to be held in Washington, D.C., and a four-week paid internship in a museum and cultural institution. Application deadline is April 7, 2014. 


2014 Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA) Annual Conference
St. Charles, IL; July 14-15, 2014

The CSTA annual conference is a professional development opportunity for computer science and information technology teachers who need practical, classroom-focused information to help prepare their students for the future.

 ChampionsCollaborative Leadership Team Member Spotlight
This month we feature Georgia Armstrong, Asset Management at Raytheon Missiles Systems and an officer at Society of Women Engineers (SWE). She was nominated for this spotlight because of "her strong commitment to collaboration and her willingness to step into leadership positions. She is quick to make connections and introductions between organizations, educators, program facilitators, funders, and other stakeholders in the area of STEM for girls. Most recently, Georgia led the Arizona Science, Technology, and Engineering Collaborative (ASTEC) Project for Girls Mini-Grant program, which included high school girls in the selection process, and spearheaded the ASTEC's upcoming forum featuring TechBridge's Role Models Matter."


Georgia Armstrong What excites you most about the work you do every day?

I work with engineers and provide them a business voice, supporting their efforts to create innovation and navigate business and contractual requirements. Kids are innovators too and they need a voice, - I provide that connection, with projects such as Imagine Engineering with the support of the Girls Scouts.


What drew you to participate in the ASTEC Collaborative Project in a leadership capacity? In action, that's what got me involved. SWE Tucson was invited to participate in a STEM conference but it was cancelled. After the event cancellation I met Michelle Higgins from the Girls Scouts of Southern Arizona at an NGCP event and said we should do our own STEM event! She has supported SWE and STEM every step of the way.


Which NGCP resources do you find most valuable? I value the networking and support I get from the NGCP national team. It can be difficult to find connections and support in our individual efforts. The NGCP provides that spark or line that can be tugged by user. Finding something that can be recreated in our communities helps early planning.


How has being involved in NGCP impacted your work? I found a new appreciation for the adults I work with. They started somewhere and now I can see future generations working towards educational and life goals. It encourages me that so many kids and parents are willing to go the extra effort to support engineering and innovation. 


Who are your role models? My mom was and is my most important role model.  She taught us that community services was important and that you don't know what you don't know. Getting out and meeting people through public service makes you more aware of and willing to tackle community problems.    

ResourcesSTEM Resources

Change the Equation (CTEq) Accepting Applications for STEMworks

STEMworks is a resource for businesses looking for proven programs that meet their philanthropic priorities. It houses an expanding number of STEM learning programs that have met CTEq's rigorous Design Principles and Rubric for Effective STEM Philanthropy. Business leaders, funders, and STEM advocates search STEMworks for programs most likely to maximize the impact of their investments. Application deadline is March 7, 2014.


This article examines middle school girls' participation in science classes and out-of-school time science clubs to understand the girls' identification with and relationship to science. Looking at girls' science experiences across settings, researchers compared how the identities developed from these experiences supported or worked against the girls' future trajectories in STEM.


Maker Corps Recruiting Maker Corps Members

The Maker Education Initiative seeks creative individuals who enjoy DIY art or science projects and are passionate about sharing their love of learning with others for the Maker Corps program. Maker Corps Members serve as mentors at a host site (museum, school, library, or other youth-serving organization) for the summer of 2014 to engage children and families in creative projects to develop problem-solving skills, while serving as a community leader. Application deadline is March 21, 2014.


Motorola Solutions Foundation Grants

Motorola Solutions Foundation is accepting applications for the Innovation Generation grants. These grants provide funding to STEM education programs that engage students in innovative, hands-on activities, teach innovative thinking and creative problem-solving skills, focus on girls and underrepresented minorities, collaborate with other STEM education providers or institutions, and demonstrate measurable change in STEM awareness, skills, or education through the use of evaluation systems and appropriate measurement tools. Application deadline is April 11, 2014.


Science: It's a Family Affair

A guide for families that highlights strategies for parents to do science and engineering at home. This guide includes exciting hands-on activities, tips to promote growth mindset, and career exploration.


NGCP Program Directory - Search for Collaborating Programs or Register Your Program 

The online Program Directory highlights programs that focus on motivating girls to pursue STEM careers. The purpose of the directory is to help organizations and individuals network, share resources, and collaborate on STEM-related projects for girls. 

 Global Global Resources

No Ceilings Initiative 

The Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation have announced a new partnership to gather and analyze data about the status of women and girls' participation around the world, as part of the Clinton Foundation's No Ceilings initiative. The full participation of women and girls is critical to global progress, development, and security. This new effort will help chart the path forward to accelerate full participation for women and girls in the 21st century.

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