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Webinar: Teen Science Cafés: Keeping the STEAM Pipeline Open and Full
March 16, 2016; 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Pacific
There are many leaky points in the STEAM pipeline, and one of the biggest leaks begins in high school. Without the inspiring stories of professionals that reveal the importance of real-world STEAM in everyone's life, and its many exciting career pathways, teens will too often opt out of STEAM. By offering free Teen Science Café programs that are open to all teens interested in understanding how STEAM impacts their lives, we keep the pipeline open and fill it with many exciting opportunities to explore the STEAM that matters to teens. In this webinar, Teen Science Cafes Logo attendees will be introduced to the Teen Science Café concept, why they make a difference in teen lives, and resources for starting a teen science café program. The Teen Science Café Network is a vibrant community of practice that will support you throughout this endeavor. Register.

NGCP National Women's History Month Twitter Chat TwitterHashtag
March 29, 2016; 8:30-9:30 AM Pacific
Please join NGCP for a Twitter event during National Women's History Month, centered around the theme "Looking Toward the Future: Young Women in STEM." Connect to the conversation using the hashtag #YoungWomenMakingHistory and engage in one hour of Q&A-style chat facilitated by @ngcproject.

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Habitat Connections: Exploring Your Local Environment through Birds and Citizen Science
Seattle, WA; March 14, 2016; 9:00 AM-4:30 PM Pacific
Participants will be introduced to 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. Materials are aligned to Next Generation Science Standards and the Common Core standards. A tour of the Ornithology exhibit at the Burke Museum and a short presentation on museum resources will be available. This free workshop is appropriate for K-12 formal and informal educators. Register.

Habitat Connections: Exploring Your Local Environment through Birds and Citizen Science
Shreveport, LA; March 19, 2016; 9:00 AM-3:30 PM Central
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 March 15, 2016. Register.

Smithsonian LVM Educator Training at ImaginON
Charlotte, NC; March 19, 2016; 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM Eastern
At this free training, participants will learn about the Smithsonian Latino Virtual Museum (LVM) and its online resources and Teacher Toolkit. The training will include an in-depth review of the Toolkit and an overview of the modules and interactive tools, as well as step by step Training of the Day of the Dead module and the Cerámica de los Ancestros: Central America's Past Revealed. Interpreting Culture through Ceramics module. Register.

Habitat Connections: Exploring Your Local Environment Through Birds and Citizen Science
Bozeman, MT; March 31, 2016; 9:00 AM-3:30 PM Mountain
Participants will be introduced to 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. The first 20 qualifying registrants will receive a 7-lesson curriculum guide. Materials are aligned to Next Generation Science Standards and the Common Core standards. This free workshop is appropriate for both K-12 and informal educators; no experience with birds or citizen science is required. Register.

BirdSleuth: Habitat Connections Ornithology Curriculum for Afterschool Programs
Wilsonville, OR; April 16, 2016; 9:00 AM-4:00 PM Pacific
Whether you are a teacher, afterschool educator, or an informal educator this free workshop will provide training and educational resources to engage children ages 8-13 in inquiry-based STEM activities. No matter your location or program space, BirdSleuth can help connect the kids to fun and engaging citizen science projects and inquiry-based outdoor experiences. Participants will take home a curriculum kit and have access to ongoing support provided by Cornell Lab and the Oregon Girls Collaborative Project. Register.

SciGirls Full Day Workshop - Frisco Public Library
Frisco, TX; May 3, 2016; 9:00 AM-4:00 PM Central
Educators are invited to participate in SciGirls professional development opportunities and discover how to engage girls (ages 8-13) through research-based, high quality activities and resources. Participants will learn the latest research for exciting and engaging girls (and boys) in STEM; experience hands-on STEM activities; and gain access to free materials for hands-on, video-enhanced activities that put a creative twist on teaching. Register.

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NGCP Collaborative Mini-Grants
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.
  Montana Girls STEM Collaborative: Open 02/29/16 - Close 03/31/16

Webinar: Montana Girls STEM Collaborative Mini-Grant Informational Meeting
April 15, 2016; 4:00-5:00 PM Mountain
To be eligible to apply for a mini-grant, applicants must watch the 2016 recording of the Techbridge Role Models Matter Training webinar which includes information about the proposal process. Participants will learn the key ingredients for a successful role model experience with tools to effectively engage role models in their educational programs. Register.

FabFems Spotlight FabFems 
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.
Victoria Velez
Victoria Velez 
Meet Victoria Velez, Process Engineer at Boston Scientific. Victoria is a first generation Latina engineer who received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Columbia University. Victoria said she often hears, "You're an engineer? You don't look like an engineer." Hearing this motivates her to empower girls, especially Latinas, to use these statements as fuel to break the status quo. To learn more about Victoria visit her profile.
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National Afterschool Association (NAA) Convention
Orlando, FL; March 20-23, 2016
The NAA is dedicated to the development, education, and care of children and youth during their out-of-school hours. Participants will share successes in afterschool and summer programs and connect with leaders and experts. Register.

NSTA Logo National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) Conference
Nashville, TN; March 31 - April 3, 2016
The NSTA offers the latest in science content, teaching strategy, and research to enhance and expand professional growth. This year's theme is "Science: Empowering Performance". The conference has four strands: Setting the Stage: Scientific Literacy, Building the Band: Involving Community Stakeholders, Harmonizing Concepts: Integrating Instruction, and Stringing it All Together: Three-Dimensional Learning. Register.

National Summit for Educational Equity (NSEE)
Alexandria, VA; April 11-14, 2016
The NSEE will bring together leaders in educational equity to build capacity, knowledge, and skills to transform education and improve student success. The 2016 theme is "Solving the Education Equation: Access, Equity, and Diversity." Register.

Smithsonian Latino Center's Young Ambassadors Program (YAP)
Washington DC; June 19-25, 2016
YAP is a college preparatory and leadership program encouraging high school seniors to explore a wide range of academic and career opportunities through the lens of the Latino experience. Graduating seniors who have demonstrated interest and commitment to the arts, sciences, or humanities as it pertains to Latino communities will be selected to participate in a week long interdisciplinary training seminar in Washington DC, followed by a four-week internship in a museum or cultural center in the US and Puerto Rico. Application deadline is April 4, 2016. Apply

CSTA 2016 Conference Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA) Annual 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, while exploring issues and trends relating directly to the classroom. Early bird registration ends April 1, 2016. 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. March is National Craft Month so we are highlighting the Children's Museum of Boseman and its STEAMlab opportunities:

The Children's Museum of Bozeman (CMB) engages children and adults in the magic of shared learning and discovery. CMB is the only organization in the Gallatin Valley dedicated exclusively to providing hands-on, sensory exhibits and programs that foster imagination, stimulate curiosity, and promote self-confidence.
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Circuit Board Jewelry: Design earrings, pins, and pendants using Eagle, a professional PCB (printed circuit board) design program.

Wearables: LED Ball Caps: Create a light-up ball cap. Designed specifically for a parent and child to work through together in the STEAMlab.

Arduino: Etch-A-Sketch: Discover the inner workings of the Etch-A-Sketch, then program an updated version of this classic toy using a microcontroller.
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.

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March is National Women's History Month!
National Women_s History Month logo The 2016 theme is "Working to Form a More Perfect Union: Honoring Women in Public Service and Government", which recognizes women who have shaped America's history and its future through their public service and government leadership.

NGCP Archived Webinar: National Women's History Month
This webinar provided a comprehensive overview of the National Women's History Project (NWHP) and the planning programs and events for March 2016 as well as opportunities to participate in the celebration of the 100th anniversary of women's right to vote in 2020.

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Career Girls is a free, online platform which showcases video clips of diverse women role models sharing career and educational advice to inspire young girls to expand their horizons, improve their academic performance, and dream big about their futures. A recent website update makes it easier to search by interest or activities, to find role models, and includes a robust offering for educators with new lesson plan videos.

NCWIT's International Women's Day-in-a-Box
International Women's Day takes place each year on March 8 during Women's History Month, marking a time to celebrate women's achievements, call for change, and advocate for equality. The National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) has designed the International Women's Day-in-a-Box resource to help IT companies and departments celebrate successes, address barriers to women's full participation in IT, and promote diversity to become globally competitive.
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Global; March 8, 2016
International Women's Day celebrates the social, political, and economic achievements of women while focusing world attention on areas requiring further action. The 2016 theme is "Pledge For Parity". The website includes resources for challenging conscious and unconscious bias, gender-based leadership, and creating inclusive, flexible cultures.

DiscoverE Global Marathon     
Online; March 8-10, 2016  
DiscoverE 2016 Created for women in engineering and technology, this free, virtual event kicks off on International Women's Day and offers networking opportunities and interactive webcast showcasing prominent women from around the world. Register

Tekla Festival
Stockholm, Sweden; April 9, 2016
The Tekla Festival is a free technology festival that Grammy nominated singer-songwriter Robyn organized for girls ages 11-18. Robyn explains in a five minute video, why the festival, originally proposed as a one-time event, will continue another year. She also discusses how to create conditions that deepen and develop girls interest in technology.

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