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InventionX Educator Workshops
Earlier this summer, the National Girls Collaborative partnered with InventionX to bring nine NGCP Collaboratives together in Seattle, WA to attend a pilot Master Trainers Workshop. Each Master Trainer will provide Educator Workshops this fall. InventionX is built on a five-stage framework and uses strategies to bring the excitement of real-world invention and entrepreneurship to K-12 STEM education. Learn more about InventionX, read an article on the NGCP Blog and stay tuned to the NGCP Events page as Educator Workshops are scheduled this fall. InventionX Logo

Smithsonian Latino Virtual Museum Webinar
September 23, 2015; 1:00-2:00 PM Pacific
The Smithsonian Latino Virtual Museum (LVM) is a transmedia hub for 2-D and 3-D collections, online games, simulations, and virtual worlds highlighting the Smithsonian's art and science collections as they relate to U.S. Latinos. The LVM provides a Teacher Tool Kit that supports educators with integrating this robust collection of transmedia and virtual exhibits into their existing STEM +Arts programs. The Educator Training and materials are geared towards grades 5-8. Participants will hear from recent workshop participants who have learned how to utilize the Teacher Tool Kit modules. Register

Do You See Your Students in Future STEM Careers?
NGCP is pleased to be collaborating with the Educational Research Center of America,   Destination Imagination, and   National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity on a research project focused on high school students' perceptions of STEM careers. If you are a high school educator, you may receive a package of student surveys and instructions related to this research effort. We encourage you to have your students complete the surveys so their perceptions and experiences will be included. If you want to make sure you receive the surveys, please send your name, high school name, and complete school mailing address to with "STEM Career Survey" in the subject line. Thank you for your participation!
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Oregon Girls Collaborative Project: SciGirls Professional Development Workshop
Wilsonville, OR; September 19, 2015
Participants will learn the latest research for exciting and engaging girls (and boys), and underrepresented populations in STEM, experience hands-on STEM activities, receive curriculum that puts a creative twist on teaching STEM, learn how to modify activities to engage kids in STEM using the SciGirls Seven Strategies. The first 20 registrants will also receive SciGirls Season 1-3 on DVD.

Indiana Girls Collaborative Project: SciGirls Professional Development Workshop
Indianapolis, IN; September 21, 2015
This professional development workshop will focused on inquiry-based STEM instruction and is based on the hit PBS series, SciGirls whose goal is to encourage girls to choose careers in STEM. 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 STEM.
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Using Narrative to Engage Young Women in STEM Webinar
September 30, 2015; 12:00-1:00 PM Pacific
This webinar will highlight educational books and related resources for encouraging young women in STEM. Author Penny Noyce will discuss Magnificent Minds and Remarkable Minds that chronicle the contributions of 33 women over four centuries to science fields and will inspire girls and young women who are curious about the world and want to make a difference. Beth McGinnis-Cavanaugh, Isabel Huff, and Sonia Ellis will discuss Through My Window, a multimedia educational website that brings engineering alive through stories, mysteries, explorations, and adventures, including Talk to Me, a STEM-focused novel for teens.

Oregon Girls Collaborative Project: InventionX Educator Workshop
Wilsonville, OR; October 3, 2015
The InventionX five-stage invention process teaches students how to think, not what to think. The process and exercises can be applied to any area of STEM content. Participants will receive a copy of the InventionX Education Guide, experience the invention process though hands-on activities, and create strategies for implementing the process in their own program or classroom.

Maine Girls Collaborative Project: SciGirls Professional Development Workshop
Bangor, ME; October 3, 2015
This professional development workshop will focused on inquiry-based STEM instruction and is based on the hit PBS series, SciGirls whose goal is to encourage girls to choose careers in STEM. 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 STEM.
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Great Plains Girls Collaborative Project: STEMwise Forum
Sioux Falls, SD; October 8, 2015
STEMwise 2015 will forge and enhance partnerships in the Northern Plains (SD, ND, MN, IA) between STEM professionals, educators, and community leaders. Participants will have the opportunity to contribute to collaborative sessions and discussions on topics such as: industry-education partnerships, dual credit and early college, utilizing trans-disciplinary approaches, project design and execution, connecting innovation and transformative technologies with education, and maximizing use of regional STEM resources.
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Swirls   NGCP Collaborative Mini-Grants  MiniGrants
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.
swirl  Kentucky Girls STEM Collaborative: August 28, 2015 - September 30, 2015

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.
Pamela Vong
Pamela Vong
Meet Pamela Vong, Tech Wizard at InfernoRed Technology. She has been applying her knowledge and skills in software engineering and user experience to craft mobile applications for a variety of private, nonprofit, and government organizations. Pamela says, "The more I learn about technology and the people who use it, the more I enjoy my choice of being a woman in this field. I hope that my hard work and achievements will make a difference and bring more diversity and inclusion to the magical world of Software Development."
Visit Pamela's profile to learn more.
We benefit from role models at all stages of our lives. The FabFems Role Model Directory is excited to have more college students joining the directory and recognizing the power they have as role models.
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Swirls   Upcoming STEM Events  STEM_Events
CO-NAME Educator Conference
Thornton, CO; September 25, 2015
The Colorado chapter of the National Association for Multicultural Education (CO-NAME) promotes and supports multicultural education as a means of achieving the full academic potential of every learner. Participants will gain skills and knowledge to form equity literacy, a framework for creating and sustaining equitable and just classrooms and schools. Register

Astronomical Society of the Pacific Annual Meeting
Oakland, CA; October 10, 2015
This year's conference will feature astronomy activities for families, science teacher workshops, Chabot's interactive exhibits and an Astrophotography contest. Participants will engage and network via presentations, panels, and workshops. 
Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing Conference  
Houston, TX; October 14-18, 2015
The 2015 theme is #OurTimeToLead. Deadline for redeeming registration codes is September 18, 2015.

Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day (Girl Day) Workshop
Austin, TX; October 16-17, 2015
This workshop is for educators, organizations and others interested in learning how to run their own Girl Day program or similar STEM outreach event. The workshop includes a Role Models Matter session, activity selection and logistics processes, community engagement resources, and a live Mini-Girl Day experience with upper elementary and middle school girls. Register
Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC) Conference
Montreal, QC, Canada; October 17-20, 2015

The ASTC is an organization of science centers and museums dedicated to furthering public engagement with science among diverse audiences. At this year's conference attendees will have the opportunity to learn best practices and gain a better understanding of how to create engaging programming. 
Lights On Afterschool
Nationwide; October 22, 2015
Organized by the Afterschool Alliance, Lights On Afterschool celebrates Lights On Afterschoolafterschool programs and their important role in the lives of children, families and communities. It also draws attention to the many ways afterschool programs support students by offering them opportunities to learn new things. Visit the Lights On Afterschool website to register an event, access planning tools, and find an event in your area.

Society of Women Engineers: WE15
Nashville, TN; October 22-24, 2015
WE15 offers professionals, collegiates, and employers an opportunity to network, meet role models and mentors, find new talent, provide professional development to current employees and support women in engineering and technology. Register

Invent it. Build it. Invent It. Build It.
Nashville, TN; October 24, 2015
Invent It. Build It. is an experience designed to encourage girls to choose a career in engineering. Girls (grandes 6-8) will participate in a hands-on engineering experience with members of the Society of Women Engineers. While the girls are having fun building and inventing, parents and educators will learn about engineering careers, scholarships, college admission, and resources. Register

Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) National Conference
Washington DC; October 29-31, 2015
The SACNAS Conference motivates, inspires, and engages participants to achieve their highest goals in pursuing education and careers in STEM fields. Conference programming is specifically tailored to support undergraduate and graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and career professionals at each transition stage of their career as they move towards positions of science leadership. 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. This month we highlight Edheads:

Edheads is an online educational resource that provides free science and math games and activities that promote critical thinking. All of these online opportunities come with a Teacher's Guide that include worksheets, quizzes, and extension activities.

Edheads Logo Crash Scene Investigation is a science and math game for students to help the highway patrol recreate a deadly crash by examining the evidence, calculating the forces, and determining contributing factors to the accident. Students use pre-calculus, trigonometry and forensic science principles.

Virtual Knee Replacement Surgery is a science game for students to take on the role of a surgeon and complete a knee replacement surgery while learning about the procedure, the technology, and health risks and benefits. Activity includes photos of real surgery.

Design a Cell Phone is a science game for students to help an engineer design a cell phone interface to help a particular audience segment get the most out of the technology.

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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The National Academy of Engineering has launched a new website to support implementation of preK-12 engineering education in the U.S. LinkEngineering provides resources and aims to build a professional community for three groups: educators working in preK-12 classrooms and out of school settings; those engaged in preservice teacher education and professional development; and school, district, and state administrators.
NCWIT Aspirations in Computing NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing
The National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) Award for Aspirations in Computing honors young women at the high school level for their computing-related achievements and interests. Recipients receive opportunities for scholarships, internships, research experiences, and other educational and employment opportunities. Applications are available in English or Spanish and are open September 1 - October 26, 2015. Apply.

National Hispanic Heritage Month
In recognition of Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15th - October 15, 2015), here are some resources that serve to promote Latino(a) students in STEM:
  • Latinas in Computing: Promotes leadership and professional development among current and next generations of Latinas in technology. Resources include links to Hispanic-serving organizations, mentoring, and scholarship opportunities.
  • The Coalition to Diversify Computing: Aims to increase the number of minorities successfully transitioning into computing-based careers in academia, federal labs, and industry.
  • Computing Alliance of Hispanic-Serving Institutions: Seeks to increase the number of Hispanic students who enter the computing workforce with advance degrees.
  • LOFT Coder Summit October 3, 2015: A free one-day event in Los Angeles, CA featuring workshops, discussions, and opportunities to expand the network of Latin coders.
October 7th is National Youth Science Day
4-H National Youth Science Day is a youth-led science experiment. This year's experiment is "Motion Commotion" and will explore physics, speed, and safety. Visit the 4-H website to register your event, download the experiment guides, access tool-kits and media materials, and purchase science kits.

SciGirls Season 3 Activities
SciGirls Season 3 focuses on citizen science. These six new activities are available online to help kids explore their world and engage in real scientific research. SciGirls Izzy Logo
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TechGirls TechGirls
TechGirls, a U.S. Department of State initiative, is an international exchange program designed to inspire and empower girls from the Middle East and North Africa to pursue deeper level of training in technology through hands-on skills development. The TechGirls program improves the participants' ability to enter tech fields and gain access to higher education, as well as offering them a rich cultural immersion experience.
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