February 2024

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NGCP Webinar:

The Power of Collaboration: Strategies and Lessons Learned

from the NGCP Network

February 6, 2024, 1:00 PM Pacific / 4:00 PM Eastern

Join us for an exciting discussion on the power of collaboration in STEM. Learn strategies to join forces with others in the field and create partnerships that can lead to innovative solutions and amplify the impact of your work. We'll explore the NGCP collaboration model, showcase exemplary practices, and share inspiring success stories from our network.

To align with our mission and commitment to raise youth voices, NGCP is thrilled to announce the addition of two new members to our Board of Directors. We are excited to welcome Sandra and Madeline, who currently serve as NGCP Youth Advisory Board Co-Chairs.

NGCP Board of Directors Madeline and Sandra

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Black History Month

Black History Month

February 1 marks the beginning of Black History Month. This month, we will learn, celebrate, and honor the contributions and achievements of African American women in STEM to create awareness about how we can learn from our past to create a more equitable future..

Check out these resources that serve to promote Black youth and the experiences of Black women STEM professionals:

  • 13 Black Women in STEM You Should Know. Explore this list, curated by GoldieBlox, of 13 Black women in STEM that are paving the way for others.
  • 16 Black History Month STEM Activities. iD Tech has created a list of 16 STEM activities for youth to help them learn about contributions of Black scientists and STEM professionals.
  • The IF/THEN Collection includes Black women STEM professionals from diverse fields. Use this digital library of photos, videos, posters, and activities to integrate Black women STEM role models into programming – all resources are available for educational and other non-commercial use.

The Black Girls Create Project: A Pilot Culturally Responsive Informal STEM Learning Program

Black Girls Create is a culturally responsive STEM program that seeks to increase underserved girls' interest and confidence in science and math. The program model encourages the use of social history, culturally responsive instruction, mentorship from young, diverse scientific role models, and the development of transferable STEM skills through design and digital fabrication. Read the report.

IF/THEN® Collection

Celebrate Engineers Week with Mission Unstoppable and the IF/THEN® Collection.

Did you know that you can make a radioactive particle detector out of household products? Nuclear Engineer Dr. Ciara Sivels teaches us how! Dr. Sivels is a nuclear engineer at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, where she works on a variety of projects using radiation detection and modeling. She was the first Black woman to earn a PhD in nuclear engineering from the University of Michigan. Learn more about Dr. Sivels.

Ciara Sivels on Mission Unstoppable - Black woman with braids in a bun working at a table covering in supplies

Upcoming STEM Events


Breaking STEM Stereotypes: Discussion and Planning Webinar - Virtual, February 8, 2024. Register.


Beyond School Hours Conference - New Orleans, LA, February 14-17, 2024. Register.


American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Annual Meeting - Denver, CO, February 15-17, 2024. Register.


National Afterschool Association Conference - Dallas, TX, March 17-20, 2024. Register.


National Science Teaching Association Conference - Denver, CO, March 20-23, 2024. Register.


National STEM Festival - Washington DC, April 11-13, 2024. Learn more.


Best Out of School Time (BOOST) Conference - Palm Springs, CA , April 30-May 3, 2024. Register.


InterActivity 2024: Flourish! - Madison, WI, May 15-17, 2024. Register.


Discover E engineers week February 18-24 2024

Engineering Week

February 18-24, 2024

Engineering Week is an annual event hosted by DiscoverE. This year’s theme, “Welcome to the Future, is about celebrating today’s achievements and paving the way for a brighter and more diverse future in engineering. Visit DiscoverE.org/EngineersWeek for free resources, activities, lesson plans, and more.

DIscover E Girl Day February 22 2024

Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day

February 22, 2024

DiscoverE’s Girl Day is a time when volunteers, educators, and others act as role models, facilitate engineering activities, and show girls how engineers change our world. DiscoverE’s Despite the Odds research found that this simple formula helps girls develop an interest in engineering, build their confidence in their problem-solving skills, and creates a STEM identity. Learn more at DiscoverE.org/GirlDay.

Quantum To-Go

Quantum To-Go's goal is to inspire students of all ages to pursue quantum science and technology careers by matching classrooms with quantum professionals. In honor of World Quantum Day, the American Physical Society is celebrating all April-long with these virtual classroom visits. This classroom experience with a quantum professional will provide early exposure to science and build excitement among students to discover more.The deadline to sign up is March 11, 2024. Learn more.

NASA Earthrise Initiative

NASA's "Earthrise" initiative offers monthly resources on Earth and climate science for K-12 educators and learners. Register now to stay informed and access a wealth of resources. Sign up.

National Fluid Power Association Scholarship

The National Fluid Power Association (NFPA) offers two different scholarships to students interested in fluid power education. With nearly 300 companies in their membership, the NFPA is a trade association serving manufacturers of fluid power (hydraulic and pneumatic) components and systems, their distributors, suppliers, and related educators.

2024 NFPA Fluid Power Scholarship – multiple $2,000.00 scholarships are awarded to high school seniors and students enrolled at community colleges, technical colleges, and universities to pursue their interests in fluid power. Application deadline is April 1, 2024.

2024 NFPA Robotics Challenge Scholarship – one $30,000.00 scholarship is awarded to a high school senior who participates in a FIRST® Robotics, National Robotics League, or VEX Robotics Competition Team and uses fluid power in their robot. The money awarded is used to study engineering at any accredited technical college or university in the U.S. Application deadline is May 5, 2024.

If you have any questions, please email Haley Nemeth at [email protected].

EarthEcho International: OurEcho Challenge

EarthEcho International’s OurEcho Challenge is open for entries. The OurEcho Challenge STEM competition empowers and engages young changemakers (ages 13-16 in the U.S.) in understanding and restoring the amazing diversity of species essential for the future of our planet. Teams identify threats to natural resources in their communities, develop an innovative solution, and create an action plan in the form of a sustainable process or prototype. Learn more.

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