September 2017
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  NGCP Fifteenth Anniversary!    
In September of 2002, NGCP leadership received funding from the National Science Foundation to serve educators in the Pacific Northwest by providing networking and professional development opportunities. We developed the Program Directory as a way to find STEM opportunities and as a collaboration tool which has grown and transitioned to The Connectory, the largest national database of programs and opportunities for young people.

Fifteen years later, Collaboratives are serving 41 states connected locally and nationally to provide more opportunities for girls to engage in STEM activities. The NGCP collaborative model is transforming the way educators work to advance the participation of girls in STEM. More than 20.15 million girls (and 9.5 million boys) are served by programs participating in the NGCP network.

To celebrate, we are turning the spotlight on program providers that are doing great work with girls. Join us using #NGCPShineOn #NGCPShineOn to tag a STEM or CS program that NGCP should shine a light on!      
NGCP Webinar Building Bridges: How to Partner Across In-School and Out-of-School
CS for All and AIR combo logos October 18, 2017; 4:30 PM Pacific (7:30 PM Eastern)
The NGCP has partnered with CS for All Teachers, an initiative funded by the National Science Foundation and managed by the American Institutes for Research to bring you this joint webinar. Designed to be useful for both in-school, formal educators and out-of-school time, informal educators, this webinar will first focus on the benefits for youth of bridging in-school and out-of-school time learning. After support for this approach is covered, practitioners who have successfully built this REGISTER bridge in their communities will share their experiences and lessons learned. This will be a participatory webinar, and you are encouraged to come with your own successes and challenges to share with the group.  
NGCP and Science Action Club is Seeking Afterschool Programs
NGCP is proud to partner with the California Academy of Sciences again on the Science Action Club (SAC) project. SAC is a nationwide STEM program for middle school youth in out-of-school time. Through games, projects, and hands-on activities, youth investigate nature, document their discoveries, connect with scientists, and design strategies to protect our planet.    
SAC Group photo Collaboratives throughout the nation are seeking afterschool programs to participate in the SAC project. Programs will join a community of educators in their region that will be trained on and implement this environmental science curriculum with their youth. Activity Leaders that participate in this professional development will receive an activity guidebook with lesson plans for 12 one-hour club sessions and a teaching kit that contains tools and supplies for 20 youth. For information about a Science Action Club Collaborative near you, please contact Casi Herrera
STEM and Wellness: A Powerful Equation for Equity
The National Girls Collaborative is pleased to announce the release of its latest resource document, STEM and Wellness: A Powerful Equation for Equity. Created in partnership with the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, National AfterSchool Association, and
Afterschool Alliance , Girl studying in park this document is intended for STEM program providers, school teachers and   administrators, and parents to help bolster the argument for blending STEM and wellness  education and practices, and to provide the resources in order to do so. The ultimate goal of this document is for more youth to benefit from educators having the necessary information and resources and to combine STEM, physical fitness, and healthy eating rather than sacrificing one to implement the other. Feedback is welcome. Please direct comments to Erin Hogeboom.    

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Pacific Northwest Girls Collaborative Project Collaboration Forum
Seattle, WA; September 18, 2017
Organizations and individuals interested in the advancement of girls in STEM fields are invited to attend this Collaboration Forum at the Woodland Park Zoo. Learn about the climate of STEM from a panel of girls, explore exemplary practices for engaging girls in STEM, meet potential collaborators, explore new ideas for hands-on STEM, and contribute your own thoughts and resources for how we as a community can support girls and girl-serving programs. Register.
PA STEM Girls Collaborative Project CryptoClub Training
Clarion, PA; September 25, 2017 
Teachers and afterschool providers are invited to take part in this training. The CryptoClub Project consists of classroom and web-based materials, which teach cryptography and related mathematics to students in grades 5-12 in both formal and informal settings. The CryptoClub curriculum was developed with National Science Foundation support and has been nationally field-tested. Register. 
PA STEM Girls Collaborative Project CryptoClub Training
Indiana, PA; September 26, 2017
Teachers and afterschool providers are invited to take part in this training. The CryptoClub Project consists of classroom and web-based materials, which teach cryptography and related mathematics to students in grades 5-12 in both formal and informal settings. The CryptoClub curriculum was developed with National Science Foundation support and has been nationally field-tested. 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.
Jill Rosenberg
Jill Rosenberg

Meet Jill Rosenberg. When Jill was in high school her biology teacher put a picture on the board of all the signaling pathways in a cell that have to go wrong in order to get cancer. From that point on she was hooked and thought cell signaling was absolutely amazing. She attended Tulane University to major in Cell and Molecular Biology and is now a graduate student pursuing a PhD in Cancer Biology at the University of Chicago. Jill is a new FabFem looking for ways to get girls interested in science.

To learn more about Jill visit her FabFems profile.

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Upcoming STEM EventsEvents
ACM Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing Conference
Atlanta, GA; September 20-23, 2017
The goal of the Tapia Conferences is to bring together undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, researchers, and professionals in computing from all backgrounds and ethnicities to promote and celebrate diversity. This year's theme is "Diversity: Simply Smarter!" Register.

Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing Conference   
Orlando, FL; October 4-6, 2017
The Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing is the world's largest gathering of women technologists. It is produced by the Anita Borg Institute and presented in partnership with Association for Computing Machinery. Due to high demand, general registration is sold out, but that does not mean you have to miss out. They will be streaming all keynotes. Visit their website for more information.

ISEA STEM Expo 2017   
Branson, MO; October 8-10, 2017
The International STEM Education Association (ISEA) supports STEM Educators in the K-12 classroom and promotes STEM Education as the cornerstone of innovation and excellence in educational experiences that are imperative for success in the technological world of today and tomorrow. Register

ASTC2017 logo Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC) Conference
San Jose, CA; October 21-24, 2017
ASTC is an organization of science centers and museums dedicated to furthering public engagement with science among diverse audiences. The conference is full of professional development and networking opportunities. An online Conference Program is available to browse. Register.

Lights On Afterschool  
Lights on Afterschool 2016 Nationwide; October 26, 2017  
Organized by the Afterschool Alliance, Lights On Afterschool draws attention to the many ways afterschool programs support students by offering them opportunities to learn new things such as science, community service, robotics, Tae Kwon Do, and poetry. The events send a powerful message that millions more kids need quality afterschool programs. Visit the Lights On Afterschool website to get event ideas, register an event, access planning tools, and find an event in your area.

National Career Pathways Network (NCPN) Conference
St. Louis, MO; October 26-27, 2017
The NCPN Conference provides an opportunity for secondary and post-secondary educators and members of industry to network and share best practices. This year's focus is on Career Pathways implementation at the state and local levels. Conference strands will be based on the Ten Components of a Program of Study and Career Pathways Toolkit: An Enhanced Guide and Workbook for System Development. Register.

We17 Logo Society of Women Engineers: WE17  
Austin, TX; October 26-28, 2017
WE17 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. This year's theme is  "Always Connecting, Always Engineering". 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 are featuring two afterschool opportunities that kick off with the 2017-1018 school year. Have you added your back-to-school and afterschool opportunities to The Connectory? Our Getting Started Guide makes it easy.

Young Women in Computing Graphic Young Women in Computing Afterschool Programs: YWiC high school afterschool workshops in Las Cruces, NM will host 20 YWiC alumnae, who have previous experience in computer science through coding, building games, programming in C (Arduino), and robotics. This afterschool program is for girls (grades 9-12) that have previously participated in a YWiC summer camp. No cost to participate.
Girls Inc. Logo Girls Inc. After School Program: Available to girls (grades 4-8) in the Twin Cities, the program addresses four learning goals: academic success in science and math, financial literacy, leadership development, and healthy decision-making. The multifaceted program creates an enriching and fun community that supports girl-led learning, great friendships, and real personal growth. Trained staff inspire girls to be strong, smart, and bold through a variety of fun hands on activities and events.

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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STEM ResourcesResources
eGFI logo eGFI
eGFI is committed to promoting and enhancing efforts to improve K-12 STEM and engineering education. Resources include an interactive website, print and digital magazines, and teacher tools to boost students' math, science, and engineering skills.

National Hispanic Heritage Month
In recognition of Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15th - October 15, 2017), here are some resources that serve to promote Latino(a) students in STEM:

Latinas in STEM: Primary purpose is to spread awareness about STEM and inspire and encourage middle and high school Latinas, especially within underserved communities, to strongly consider pursuing a STEM career. Latinas in STEM educates students as well as parents so they may be better positioned to support their daughters. Secondary purpose is to help Latinas thrive in college and careers through mentorship, networking, and recognition.

Noche de Ciencias - Family Science Nights: Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) student and professional chapters across the U.S. and Puerto Rico engage their local communities with activities for K-12 students and informative bilingual workshops for their parents. The goal of Noche De Ciencias is to provide access and awareness of STEM fields in order to broaden the participation of Hispanics along all segments of the science and engineering pathway. Find a chapter in your region.

TECHNOLOchicas: Designed to raise awareness among young Latinas and their families about opportunities and careers in technology. TECHNOLOchicas features powerful stories of Latinas from diverse backgrounds and environments who share a passion for technology and its power to change the world.

null NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing
The National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) Award for Aspirations in Computing (AiC) honors high school women who are active and interested in computing and technology, and encourages them to pursue their passions. This multi-tiered competition includes recognition at national and local levels, serving all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, and all U.S. overseas military bases. Award for AiC recipients are chosen for their demonstrated interest and achievements in computing, proven leadership ability, academic performance, and plans for post-secondary education. Applications deadline is November 6, 2017.

Global ResourcesGlobal
Global Collaboration Day 2016 Global Collaboration Day
September 21, 2017
Global educators and professionals will host connective projects and events and invite public participation. The primary goals of Global Collaboration Day are to demonstrate the power of global connectivity in classrooms, schools, institutions of informal learning, and universities around the world, as well as introduce tools, resources, and projects that are available to educators. Visit the Global Collaboration Day website for resources and to view online listing of events.
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