March
2014
STEM Marches On w/ Great News in March at Girls STEM Collaborative (GSGSC) 
 
Greetings from GSGSC! The Garden State Girls STEM Collaborative is the New Jersey initiative of the National Girls Collaborative Project, a program focused on providing high quality STEM activities to girls. Our primary goal is to strengthen the capacity of girl-serving STEM programs to effectively reach and serve underrepresented girls in STEM by sharing promising practice research and program models, outcomes, products and by connecting formal and informal educators, business and industry in order to maximize the resources that can positively influence our girls. 
As always, this newsletter is for you as members of the Collaborative. It can serve as a forum to promote events and to highlight the good work that you all do, so please let me know what is going on so we can include your program in upcoming issues.
 
In this issue:
  • Teen Invents Flashlight That Could Change The World
  • Reminder to Register for TeenTech 2014 Thurs 5/29/14 
  • TEDxYouth@Mt.Olive Asks 'Have an Idea Worth Sharing?' 
  • GSGSC joins the pledge to #banbossy 
  • Educating Google Generation Demands Change, Will After-School Take Lead? 

  • Take Advantage of this Valuable FREE Resource: Is your program listed?
  • STEM in New Jersey: Strengthen a Strength  
 
Mike MacEwan
Collaborative Lead, Garden State Girls STEM Collaborative

Teen Invents Flashlight That Could Change The World

  

By Andrew Lampard

 

Ann Makosinski was just another teenager with another science project when she joined her local science fair in Victoria, Canada, last year. Her invention, a flashlight that is powered solely from hand heat, took second place at the competition.

Ann, 16, and her parents, both of whom are HAM radio operators and like to fiddle with electronics, were satisfied with that result.

"It's a very simple project," said Arthur Makosinski, Ann's father. "It has four electrical components. Let's move on and do something different."

But had Ann left her project in Victoria, situated just 25 miles north of Washington State, the world may have missed out on a light source that doesn't use batteries, solar power or wind energy.

Think about that for a moment: a flashlight that shines for as long as you hold onto it. No more scrambling for and chucking away AA batteries. It could have an immediate impact on more than 1.2 billion people -- one-fifth of the world's population -- who, according to the World Bank, lack regular access to electricity.

Stunningly, no one on record has thought to use thermoelectric technology to power a flashlight. But for Ann, peltier tiles, which produce an electrical current when opposite sides are heated and cooled at the same time, were a convenient solution to a friend's study problem. 
 
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Reminder to Register for TeenTech 2014 

Thursday 5/29/14

 Click here to download the brochure (PDF)
 
Register now by clicking here and submitting the form!
Spaces are limited!  
 
teentech™ 2014, which will take place on Thursday, May 29, 2014 at Georgian Court University, will be a day of hands-on workshops that are designed to make technology, science, engineering, and math exciting and relevant and to interest girls in high-demand careers in the global economy where women are still greatly underrepresented. High school girls from around the state will have the opportunity to learn problem-solving skills by engaging in hands-on workshop sessions with faculty and students in Technology and Engineering disciplines.
 
To register, download and print the registration form here and then sign/mail it back.

Fore more information on teentech™ 2014, send an e-mail to: JSWPAAUWNJ@aol.com

Have an idea worth sharing?

DEADLINE IS FRIDAY, MARCH 21st 
Click here to apply!
 
Speak at TEDxYouth@Mt.Olive 
 
We're still looking for youth presenters (10 to 20ish.) Presentations can be:
  • A talk or a performance (dance, play an instrument, sing, multimedia)
  • About technology, science, entertainment or design
Tell us your "Idea Worth Sharing" that Challenges the Impossible or nominate someone else. 
 
Challenge the Impossible! 
 
We need your help to spread the word!We need submissions from youth around the world. How can you help?  
  1. Tell us something you think is Impossible on our website.
  2. Share the challenge link with EVERYONE you know - students, friends, family, co-workers, next door neighbors and anyone else you know. #ChallengeTheImpossible (you might have to explain TEDx)
Important!
GSGSC joins the pledge to #banbossy
Help our Young Girls Become Excellent Leaders!

Click here to learn more

  

When a little boy asserts himself, he's called a "leader." Yet when a little girl does the same, she risks being branded "bossy." Words like bossy send a message: don't raise your hand or speak up. By middle school, girls are less interested in leading than boys - a trend that continues into adulthood. Together we can encourage girls to lead.
 
Click here and pledge to #banbossy!

Educating Google Generation Demands Change, Will After-School Take Lead?  

 
By Leonard Witt

NEW YORK - Jaime Casap, Google's official global education evangelist, told a gathering of afterschool educators in New York City that they must learn to work with a generation of students who have never known life without Google. He added, "How they learn to do things is fundamentally different from the way we learned to do things."

When he grew up, the local branch of the New York City library system was his main source of knowledge. Today, he said, "We have all the world's information at our fingertips."

He told National AfterSchool Association (NAA) conference attendees of buying his daughter a ukulele. Then he asked if she wanted any of the DVDs or how-to books in the shop. She gave him the clueless look. She knew where to learn. It would be by watching YouTube videos and then in time she would connect with someone via those videos who would give her even more instructions. 
 
Our youth, Casap said, "are not waiting for someone to tell them what to do, they are doing it themselves. When we try to control things, when we say this is the curriculum, or this is the box, we are limiting their potential and what is possible."
He said to think of a five-year-old and then think of your favorite device, be it a smartphone or a tablet, "and realize that technology that you have is the worst technology that that five-year-old will ever see in her life. It's their Commodore 64."

The swift advances in technology mean afterschool programs must prepare kids for jobs that haven't yet been invented, Casap said. Yet for all these changes, classrooms look much the same as they did when he went to school, Casap said.

"Education is not about homework and worksheets. Education is a big thing," he said. "It happens in the home, it happens in whatever school is, it happens in afterschool programs, it happens at night and it happens forever." 

  

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Take Advantage of this Valuable FREE Resource: Is your program listed?
 
The Online Program Directory lists organizations and 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. 


When you sign up for the Program Directory, you will enter your program description, resources available within your organization, program and/or organizational needs, and contact information.

The Directory contains program descriptions, resources available within each organization, program and/or organization needs, and contact information. Submitted entries undergo review and verification prior to publication.

 

Click here to register your STEM program
 
STEM in New Jersey: Strengthen a Strength

Written by Anthony S. Cicatiello

 

By 2018, New Jersey needs to fill over 269,000 jobs in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math). To give a sense of the size of this undertaking, this is the equivalent of the entire population of Jersey City, plus another 15,000 people.

 

In many ways, this should not be a challenge. New Jersey is known as the "medicine chest of the world." It houses seventeen of the world's top twenty biopharmaceutical companies. It holds the nation's highest concentration of scientific professionals. It is the state where transformative inventions such as streptomycin, the transistor and phonograph were invented.

 

But despite these favorable conditions, New Jersey continues to be a national leader in exporting people. In 2008, New Jersey had a net loss of 27,343 college students, which was the largest outflow of any state. In comparison, the next closest state was Texas with a net loss of 11,291 students. Migration data paint a similarly troubling picture with New Jersey having the highest percentage of people leaving for another state. In the most recent census, the state had a net loss of 70,000 people in a single year. With these numbers in mind, filling 269,000 STEM jobs is not something New Jersey should leave up to chance, so we need a plan.

 

The Research & Development Council of New Jersey, of which I am president, has one. The Council's plan to help address this jobs challenge is through the Governor's STEM Scholars, a unique public-private program developed in partnership with the Governor's Office, New Jersey Department of Education, and Secretary of Higher Education. The program seeks to cultivate a diverse group of 50 of the best and brightest student leaders from across the state and expose them to all that New Jersey has to offer in STEM. A mentorship program, student participants will not only be encouraged to foster their own passion for STEM, but will be trained to be STEM ambassadors, advocating to classmates to pursue a STEM education and career in New Jersey.

 

Our goal is both to help educate students about the opportunities within the state, as well as to encourage New Jersey's economic development. At the heart of our program is four conferences that aim to mentor, educate, and inspire our scholars, in grades 10-20, by introducing them to accomplished STEM professionals and cutting edge research done in the state. The scholars will also make trips into the field where they will be exposed to labs demonstrating things like 3D printing, nanotechnology, and more. Our expectation is that engaging our state's top student STEM leaders with their professional peers will open up mutually beneficial doors of research, opportunity, and professional development.


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Michael MacEwan 
Collaborative Lead  
Garden State Girls STEM Collaborative 
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