Million Girls Moonshot
The Iowa Million Girls Moonshot Minute
February 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.
Million Girls Moonshot Resources
STEM Transforming Communities
DiscoverE Engineers Week: Reimagining the Possible
Calling all engineers! Show tomorrow's leaders what is exactly possible with a career in STEM with these special days and resources.
  • Sunday, Feb. 20: #Eweek2022 Kickoff
  • Monday, Feb. 21: Launch of #WhatEngineersDo Campaign
  • Thursday, Feb. 24: Celebrate #GirlDay2022
  • Saturday, Feb. 26: Last Day of #Eweek2022
  • Friday, March 4: Celebrate #WorldEngineeringDay
During this week, explore the variety of roles needed in these fields. Students are also invited to tune into Chats with Change Makers to hear directly from professionals. See the full calendar of events!
Featured Webinars
STEM Innovation
Technovation Parent Workshop: The Engineering Design Process At Home
Friday, April 1 at 8 a.m. CST
Life is messy and your child doesn’t always deal with clear-cut problems. Join Technovation to learn about the Engineering Design Process and how this framework can help anybody approach all sorts of complex problems both within STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) and out. In this session, we will focus on the different steps of the Engineering Design Process, including iteration and developing resistance to failure in STEM.

Quality Trainings
ACRES March Cohort: Asking Purposeful Questions
March 2, 9, and 16 from 5:30-7 p.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.
Transformative Practices
Equity & Inclusion
Toolkit: 5 Strides of Math Instruction for Black, Latinx, and Multilingual students - A Pathway to Equitable Math Instruction is 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. The Pathway offers guidance and resources for educators to use now as they plan their curriculum, while also offering opportunities for ongoing self-reflection as they seek to develop an anti-racist math practice. The toolkit “strides” serve as multiple on-ramps for educators as they navigate the individual and collective journey from equity to anti-racism.

Activity Spotlight: Preparing Rural Middle Schoolers for Future Work - MPACT’s hands-on, minds-on projects will engage students in using low-tech and high-tech materials—everything from quick-drying clay to 3D printers—in the service of learning mathematics and computer science with creative STEM-rich activities.

Incorporating Role Models
The below assets are free profile videos and photos of IF/THEN Ambassadors. These can be used in marketing, presentations, social media, embedded on websites, during conferences, and so much more.

For Black History Month and Engineer's Week

For Black History Month and National Heart Month

For Families
Activities: Make Math Joyful - is creating an inclusive community around math by providing free access to joyful, collaborative activities designed by professional mathematicians and educators for K-12 students and teachers.

Research: Engaging Families In Mathematics Education - Families are a child’s first educator and this role does not halt on day one of school. Families lay the foundation for future educational success. When schools, families and community groups work together to support learning, children tend to do better in school, stay in school longer, and like school more.
Activities for Programs
  • Activities: Exploring STEM in Space - EiE®, Museum of Science is excited to offer a suite of free NASA-funded STEM resources for students in grades 3-8. All resources are research-based and classroom-tested. They are designed to support students’ understanding of space, while helping them see themselves as capable problem solvers.
  • Toolkit: STEM Educators Academy - ExpandED Schools and New York Hall of Science partnered to provide activities and instructions for hybrid-learning design challenges, STEM facilitators skill-builder videos, and more!
  • Activities: Math Games for Kids Who Love to Move STEM - When kids think of math, they usually picture worksheets and flashcards. But math doesn’t have to be dull! These active math games get kids up and moving, using their whole bodies to learn facts and skills. Lots of these ideas can be adapted to suit a variety of math concepts, so choose a few to try out with your math students soon.
  • Activities: Cool Math Games for Elementary Students - Using cool math games and activities in your lesson plans is a great strategy for boosting student engagement and excitement for learning math inside and outside of the classroom. These cool maths games and activities are perfect for lesson plans, at home learning, summer session, and more. Which one will be your favorite? 
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: Habitat Planning by NASA
  • Playlist: STEM Activities for Grades K-5
  • Activity: Balloon Rockets Challenge
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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