Million Girls Moonshot
The Iowa Million Girls Moonshot Minute
March 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
Women's History Month
March marks the beginning of Women’s History month. What was originally known as “Women’s History Week” in 1982, has deservedly transformed over the years into an entire month aimed at recognizing and celebrating the contributions of women in our society, throughout history.
This month, the Million Girls Moonshot will pay tribute to the brilliant minds and contributions of female STEM leaders who have impacted not only their field, but the world around them in meaningful ways. In celebrating the lives of these women and Women’s History Month, we must realize that in order for our world to solve some of our biggest challenges — public health, climate change, and cybersecurity — we must remove barriers for girls and women in all STEM disciplines so they can truly thrive!
Quality Improvement Opportunity
Are You Leading Engineering Activities in Summer of 2022?
If you expect to be conducting an engineering camp or leading engineering activities for middle school youth this summer, you may be able to help with the Million Girls Moonshot (MGM) evaluation. In exchange for your assistance, we will provide $2,000 for program expenses and a $1,000 stipend for the facilitator. 

Learn more about the opportunity HERE. Apply HERE by April 15, 2022!
Featured Webinars
STEM Innovation
Join the Discussion: Celebrate Women in STEM
Thursday, March 24, 2022 from 1:30 p.m. CST
Join Rio Salado College as they host a webinar on "Women in STEM Careers" to celebrate Women's History Month. The STEM-focused (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) event will feature keynote speakers Nichole Neal and Dr. Tara Nkrumah. 

Technovation Parent Workshop: The Engineering Design Process At Home
Friday, April 1, 2022 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.

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.

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.

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.

Role Models Matters Training for STEM Volunteers
Ready to train volunteers and role models in your Network, school, or afterschool program? Complete the registration form to gain access to the Role Models Matter training developed by Techbridge Girls.
Transformative Practices
Equity & Inclusion
Toolkit: Managing American Spaces Resource Toolkit - For Women’s History Month, this Resource Toolkit contains lesson plans, discussion guides, posters, social media, and movies about the struggle for women’s equality in the United States, as well as, women’s rights globally.

Toolkit: Math Equity Toolkit - This tool kit layers professional development into “Strides” that educators can take along a path to equitable education. Topics include Dismantling Racism in Mathematics Instruction and Creating Conditions to Thrive.

Engineering Mindsets
Professional Development Guide: The National Center for Quality Afterschool - Math in Afterschool - The National Partnership for Quality Afterschool Learning developed professional development guides for four content areas of the toolkit: literacy, math, technology, and the arts.

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.

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

Microbiologist Dr. Harshini Mukundan

Environmental Scientist Dr. Luz Claudio

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
  • Activity Toolkit: STEM Educators Academy Activity Toolkit from ExpandED Schools - This Activity Toolkit offers hybrid learning engineering design challenges, STEM facilitation skill builder videos, and engineering design activities categorized by content areas.
  • Student Activities: 30 Active Math and Activities for Kids Who Love to Move - 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.
  • Student Activities: 21 Cool Math Games and Activities for Kids in Elementary School - The following list of cool math games and activities for kids includes math video games, math board games, math puzzles and brain teasers, and other fun math game and activity ideas. These cool math games and activities are perfect for lesson plans, at home learning, summer session, and more. Which one will be your favorite?
  • Student Activity: Smart Skies - In these small-group NASA activities, learners assume the roles of pilots, air traffic controllers, and NASA scientists to solve five Air Traffic Control (ATC) problems. Age range 8-18 Welcome to Smart Skies! Fly By Math
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
  • Playlist: STEAM Activities for Middle School at Home
  • Module: Making it Move Invention Camp
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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