Million Girls Moonshot
The Iowa Million Girls Moonshot Minute
June 2021
Welcome to the Iowa Million Girls Moonshot Minute! This new, 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
Featured Webinars
Recorded Webinars: Engineering Mindset

How to Lead Engineering Design Challenges 

Deep Dive into each Engineering Mindset Practice
Christine Cunningham

Skill Development in STEM Programming 
National Girls Collaborative Project
Listen to the recording here (Slides are also available for use in training)
Best Practice and Professional Development
For STEM Networks, Partners and Programs
World Oceans Day (June 8, 2021) 
The below assets are free profile videos of IF/THEN Ambassadors. These can be used in marketing, presentations, social media, embedded on websites, during conferences, and so much more.  

International Women in Engineering Day (June 23, 2021) 
The below assets feature IF/THEN Ambassadors and engineers Ciara Sivels and Ritu Raman. These can be used in marketing, presentations, social media, during conferences, and so much more. 

For Programs and Providers
The below assets can all be used in your programs as you celebrate International Women in Engineering Day (June 23).
Together at Home – Activities for Youth and Families

  • Student Activity: Design Your Own Snazzy Sneaker Youth use an engineering design process to design a shoe that meets design requirements they specify.

  • Student Activity: Team Building for STEM Challenges In this team building activity, youth work together to lift an object by by using a set of strings attached to a center ring. Each student grabs a few strings and must work together to raise the item in the center. The task requires concentration and communication and introduces the value of teamwork.

  • Guide for Educators: Hear Here: A 'Pi in the Sky' Math Challenge | NASA/JPL Edu The "Pi in the Sky" math challenge gives students in grades 10-12 a chance to find solutions to real-world problems all while using math and pi just like NASA scientists and engineers. This structured activity includes hands-on, minds-on extensions. 

  • Posters and Printables For Educators: Free Printable Summer Math Games ( Get a free month of activities, videos, and fun experiences. Appropriate for grades 1-8. Kids “build” a Math Monster who leads them through the activities. The website adapts to the child’s capacity—gently, but constantly increasing the difficulty of the activities. 

Additional Virtual Professional Development
  • Curious about Curiosity Camp? IF/THEN Collection Resources to Support Girls in STEM - Tuesday, June 22nd 1:00 - 2:00pm CT - GoldieBlox is educating and empowering girls by creating engaging content, fun toys and interesting resources. In this webinar you’ll learn more about the IF/THEN Collection and Curiosity Camp resources, produced by GoldiBlox, and how to use them to support gender equity in STEM programs. Hear from the founder of GoldiBlox, Debbie Sterling, and the stars of Curiosity Camp, about why having role models and resources for girls in STEM is important.
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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