Million Girls Moonshot
The Iowa Million Girls Moonshot Minute
April 2022
Welcome to the Iowa Million Girls Moonshot Minute! This monthly publication from the Iowa Afterschool Alliance provides dozens of STEM out-of-school time professional development opportunities and activities to strengthen the quality of programs across the state. We hope that you find these resources valuable! Learn more about the national Million Girls Moonshot movement here.

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Million Girls Moonshot Resources
STEM Transforming Communities
Earth Day and Environmental Education Week
This month the Million Girls Moonshot celebrates Earth Day and Environmental Education Week! Now is the time for all of us — education, business, and civic leaders — to take action on climate in order to preserve and protect our health, our families, and our livelihoods. To do this, we need to inspire the next generation of creative thinkers and problem solvers to design the solutions that will get us there. This Earth Day, let us act boldly, innovate broadly, and implement equitably. It is going to take all of us!
  • Video: Earth Day Math - This 8-minute video has a short Trivia game about our planet. Great way to introduce Earth Day using math facts.

Assets from IF/THEN Ambassador Collection for Earth Day April 22, 2022

Forest Ecologist Lindsey Rustad

Carnivore Ecologist Dr. Rae Wynn-Grant

Climate Scientist Victoria Herrmann
Featured Webinars
STEM Innovation
The M in STEM: Math in Everyday Life
Wednesday, April 20, 2022 1 p.m. CST
This webinar will focus on ways math is prevalent and relevant in everyday life, including in afterschool spaces. We will learn about ways to recognize and embrace authentic math moments and activities to help engage afterschool youth in math.

The M in STEM: Making Math Meaningful
Thursday, May 19, 2022 1 p.m. CST
This webinar will focus on engaging and supporting youth in mathematics. We will learn from an AAAS IF/THEN® Ambassador who uses mathematics to positively impact society and share best practices and resources to help make the M in STEM meaningful and accessible in afterschool.

Role Models Matters Training for STEM Volunteers
Ready to train volunteers and role models in your Network, school, or afterschool program? COMPLETE THIS REGISTRATION FORM to gain access to the Role Models Matter training developed by Techbridge Girls. Want to promote this training in your network? Click here to access the Media Asset.

Quality Trainings
ACRES April Cohort: Ready, Set, STEM! & Asking Purposeful Questions
Wednesdays April 27th, May 11 and 25th from 9-10:30 a.m. CST
Are you ready to bring meaningful STEM learning into your program? This module offers educators who are new to facilitating STEM the opportunity to build supportive relationships with other educators while exploring the principles of STEM learning. This module combines an introduction to STEM facilitation with the skill of Asking Purposeful Questions. *The expectation is that you will be at all three sessions and an active member of this coaching cohort. Stipends are offered to participants who complete feedback surveys before and after a module.

ACRES April Cohort: Elevating Youth Voice and Choice
Tuesdays April 26th, May 10 and 14th from 8-9:30 a.m. CST
Are you ready to bring meaningful STEM learning into your program? This module offers educators who are new to facilitating STEM the opportunity to build supportive relationships with other educators while exploring the principles of STEM learning. This module combines an introduction to STEM facilitation with the skill of Asking Purposeful Questions. *This ACRES skill and cohort is designed for participants who have ideally already done either Asking Purposeful Questions of Ready Set STEM.

STEAM Resources for Libraries
Tuesday, May 17, 2022 from 1-2 p.m CST
Libraries are instrumental in bringing high-quality STEAM experiences to their communities. Join us to learn about resources and opportunities specifically designed for libraries. In this webinar, we are joined by representatives from NASA's Universe of Learning, The National Citizen and Community Science Library Network, and Leap into Science who will share about resources and opportunities that support STEAM programming at libraries.
Transformative Practices
Equity & Inclusion
Toolkit: A Pathway to Equitable Math Instruction Toolkit | SABES - This resource was created to help math teachers develop an anti-racist, culturally responsive math practice. It offers “an integrated approach to mathematics that centers Black, Latinx, and Multilingual students in grades 6-8, addresses barriers to math equity, and aligns instruction to grade-level priority standards.”

Article: Equity in Math Class: 5 Tips for Teachers - WeAreTeachers - Ways to Build Equity into Your Math Lessons  discusses how equity and social justice play a critical role in math instruction.

Engineering Mindsets
Activity Toolkit: Growing Math - Provides ready-to-roll-out lessons and games combining math, agricultural science and Indigenous history and culture that can be easily used in classrooms, via hybrid models or through distance learning. The project will provide resources, curriculum, training and tech support to teachers and students in Grades 3-8 at schools in six states: Arizona, Minnesota, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon and South Dakota. For schools in the region, all participation and resources are supported through USDA funds.

Article: Critical Issue: Remembering the Child: On Equity and Inclusion in Mathematics and Science Classrooms ( - The North Central Regional Education Laboratory (NCREL) addresses equity and inclusion in STEM classrooms as a critical issue in a paper that includes six effective practices for equity.

Incorporating Role Models
The below assets are free profile videos and photos of IF/THEN Ambassadors for National Environmental Education Week, April 18-22 and more. These can be used in marketing, presentations, social media, embedded on websites, during conferences, and so much more. Featured IF/THEN assets include:

Article: Incorporating the Stories of Women, People of Color, and LGBTQ+ Scientists Into the Physics Classroom - Short article from NSTA about the contributions of women, people of color, and other diverse scientists to the field of Physics. Includes a link to lesson plans for lesson plans that could be adapted for K9-12.

Environmental Education Week - April 18-22

For Families
Website: Math Communities - Students, parents, and educators coming together to play with math! Math Communities creates a virtual community that provides free access to joyful collaborative activities designed by professional mathematicians and math educators for K-12 students, educators, and families. There are lots of ways to communicate with other folks interested in math.

STEM Transitions, Handoffs, and Coordination
Toolkit: Brokering Youth Pathways: A Toolkit for Connecting Youth to Future Opportunity - This toolkit from Hive Research Network shares ways in which various out-of-school educators and professionals have approached the challenge of brokering. We provide a framework, practice briefs and reports that focus on a particular issue or challenge and provide concrete examples, as well as illustrate how our partners worked through designing new brokering routines in partnership with our research team.
Activities for Programs
Mizzen by Mott Moonshot Connection
The Mizzen By Mott app delivers inspiring and engaging activities that spark learning in young people. Supported by the Mott Foundation, Mizzen is available at no cost to afterschool professionals! Encourage partners to download the Mizzen By Mott app to access STEM activities at your finger-touch! You’ll find it in Mizzen here.

Featured Activities & Playlists
  • Playlist: Helping the Planet for 3rd - 5th Grade at Home - This playlists allows younger students to go outside and learn about ways to help the environment.
  • Playlist: Outdoor Activities for Middle School - This playlist is all about getting outside and trying some STEM outdoors for middle school youth. Activities include building a mini greenhouse, egg drop and making a kite.
  • Module: S.INQ Up Earth and Space - Earth and Space is an inquiry and exploration-based curriculum that uses hands-on activities focused on the relationship between the earth, the solar system, and human impacts on our global environment. Best for grades 6-8th.
This work of the Iowa Afterschool Alliance is made possible by funding from STEM Next and the Million Girls Moonshot Innovator Grant. The mission of MGM is to expand STEM opportunities, specifically in the field of Engineering, for girls across the United States, which is made possible through state partnerships.
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