Million Girls Moonshot
The Iowa Million Girls Moonshot Minute
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September 2021
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
Featured Webinars
Engineering Mindsets
Resources for Afterschool Programs: Using the IF/THEN Collection
September 14, 2021 1:00pm Central
Stereotypes about who does STEM continue to be pervasive in current society. For girls, particularly girls of color, the cultural stereotypes of STEM disciplines as male dominated and white prevent them from seeing their current or possible future selves within these communities (Kang et al., 2019). How can adults and educators address these challenges?

Curiosity Machine Design Challenges
September 16, 2021 10:00am Central

The M in STEM: Making Mathematics Meaningful - National Girls Collaborative Project 
October 5, 2021 1:00pm Central

Intel Future Skills Educator Academy
October 5 and 7th, 2021 2:00pm Central
Our goal at Intel is to create world-changing technology that enriches the lives of every person on earth. We created Intel Future Skills to ensure that future generations have access to the framework needed for a lifetime of problem solving through discovery through Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM) learning. We invite you to join us as we build the next generation of STEM leaders by attending an Intel Future Skills Employee Academy. Our virtual hands-on and interactive academy will be facilitated by the educators who helped create Intel Future Skills and the Intel Future Skills team. Everything you need to participate in our academy will be mailed to your home.
By the end of the two day, four hour Intel Future Skills Educator Academy, you will: 1) Have developed a deeper understanding of design thinking and how it acts as a framework for Intel Future Skills; 2) Know more about each of the Intel Future Skills projects and categories; and 3) Be ready to deliver Intel Future Skills content with your students and community.

Going Deeper: From Curiosity Machine to Technovation Girls Challenge 
November 4, 2021 10:00am Central
Calling all educators who are interested in teaching your students how to solve global problems with technology! While Technovation’s global program is tailored for girls, educators around the world are using this curriculum with all their students. Take your exploration of open-ended design challenges with your students to the next level by learning about this multi-week opportunity for students to dive deep into coding or AI and a passion project that could change the world and themselves. This program will prepare students not only to succeed as a STEM learner but as an entrepreneur as well.

Role Models and Mentoring
Tour of the IF/THEN Collection: Million Girls Moonshot Portal with the National Girls Collaborative Project
September 21, 2021 1:00pm Central

Going to Camp with Camp GoldieBlox and the National Girls Collaborative Project
October 19, 2021 1:00pm Central
Join NGCP and GoldieBlox as we explore the new episodes of Camp GoldieBlox and accompanying activity guides. In this webinar participants will learn about new resources from GoldieBlox designed to inspire the next generation of girls in STEM.

Role Models Matters Training for STEM Volunteers
Techbridge Girls Inc.

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.
Transformative Programming
For STEM Networks, Partners and Programs

Equity & Inclusion
Toolkit: Broadening Perspectives in Broadening Participation in STEM toolkit, developed by CAISE - To help informal STEM education and science communication groups reflect on and strengthen their efforts to broaden participation in STEM, CAISE’s Broadening Participation in STEM Task Force has developed a suite of professional development tools. If you are a staff leader or trainer working on broadening participation, these resources can help support your work. You can use them to plan and lead reflective discussions about current practices, with an eye to developing goals, strategies, and priorities that can make your ISE and science communication work more inclusive.

Article: Creating Pathways for Equity in STEM Through Family Engagement - Highlighting the experiences of hispanic/latine youths in STEM

Article: Exploring STEM Engagement in Girls in Rural Communities - Creating enriching and encouraging programs to engage girls in STEM is critical because girls and women bring unique experiences, perspectives, and ideas to scientific work. Besides benefiting the women themselves, having more women in STEM occupations will enable society to benefit from women’s expertise by maximizing innovation, creativity, and competitiveness.

Engineering Mindsets
Poster: Engineering Mindset Graphic - This printable graphic presents the 10 critical engineering practices and shows how they all contribute to the development of an engineering mindset.

Article: What STEM Mindset Is … and Why Everyone Should Have One - This article describes how 21st century skills, growth mindset, and habits of mind all contribute to a STEM mindset

Article and Activities: What is Engineering? Video For Kids | Kindergarten, 1st & 2nd Grade - activities and learning supported by videos and hands-on activities. Materials are easy to find at home and familiar to kids.

Incorporating Role Models
Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month (September) 
The following assets can be used in your programs as you celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month: 
Myria Perez Role Model Resources:

Ana Maria Porras Role Model Resources:

Dana Bolles Role Model Resources:


Activities for Youth and Families
  • Family Activity Workbooks: STEM.Teaching.Kit_for_Web.pdf Great activities from the Boston Children’s Museum.  Hands-on, minds-on activities are broken in categories: science, technology, engineering, and math.
  • Webinar Recording: Listen, Learn, Lead webinar by Flamboyan Foundation - Speakers discuss what they are hearing through their ongoing work with families, particularly their Black and Brown families facing the intersecting crises of racism and COVID-19. We hope this webinar will help spark concrete ideas to engage your most important stakeholders – students, families, and educators – in an ongoing way.
Additional Virtual Professional Development
For Programs and Partners
Resources for Afterschool Programs: Using the IF/THEN Collection
September 14, 2021 1:00pm Central
Stereotypes about who does STEM continue to be pervasive in current society. For girls, particularly girls of color, the cultural stereotypes of STEM disciplines as male dominated and white prevent them from seeing their current or possible future selves within these communities (Kang et al., 2019). How can adults and educators address these stereotypes and facilitate meaningful conversations with youth to break down STEM stereotypes, address biases, and build STEM identities? Join NGCP as we dig into this topic and hear from various perspectives on their experiences engaging in challenging conversations. Speakers will also share strategies and resources for addressing and discussing STEM stereotypes and bias with youth.

Addressing STEM Stereotypes and Biases: Facilitating Challenging Conversations with Youth
September 15, 2021 3:00pm Central
Stereotypes about who does STEM continue to be pervasive in current society. For girls, particularly girls of color, the cultural stereotypes of STEM disciplines as male dominated and white prevent them from seeing their current or possible future selves within these communities (Kang et al., 2019). How can adults and educators address these stereotypes and facilitate meaningful conversations with youth to break down STEM stereotypes, address biases, and build STEM identities? Join NGCP as we dig into this topic and hear from various perspectives on their experiences engaging in challenging conversations. Speakers will also share strategies and resources for addressing and discussing STEM stereotypes and bias with youth.
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.
Million Girls Moonshot | www.stemforiowa.org | bsamuelson@sppg.com