April 2018
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We want to hear from you! The Connectory, managed by the National Girls Collaborative, is investigating the reach and impact of our STEM Directory. Help us better serve the STEM community and the parents and caregivers seeking STEM programs for children in their care. The survey will remain open until April 20, 2018. Thank you in advance for your participation, together we can continue to grow
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and advocate for the K-12 STEM community! 
Leap into Science Nationwide Initiative
We are proud to be partnering with The Franklin Institute on the National Science Foundation funded Leap into Science nationwide initiative. Leap into Science integrates open-ended science activities with children's books, designed for children ages 3-10 and their families. The program empowers educators to offer programs in community settings, such as libraries,
State Leadership Teams - First Cohort
museums, and out-of-school time programs to engage underserved audiences. We are excited to present Arizona, New Jersey, Oregon, Tennessee, Washington, and West Virginia as the first cohort of the Leap into Science National Network. Over the next three years, each state will be recruiting educators to participate in Leap into Science trainings. For more information contact Casi Herrera.

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SciGirls Professional Development-Conservancy of Southwest Florida
Naples, FL; April 13, 2018
SciGirls Training integrates inquiry-based STEM instruction with a commitment to gender equity. Attendees will learn the latest research for exciting and engaging girls (and boys) in STEM, experience hands-on STEM activities, and gain access to free materials for hands-on, video-enhanced activities that put a creative twist on teaching STEM. Register.

SciGirls Connect Training
Albany, NY; May 10, 2018
Attendees will learn ways SciGirls can be used to encourage STEM-based learning for all students, not just girls. Explore the SciGirls Seven, and practice some of the activities created by the SciGirls team. SciGirls is an Emmy award-winning PBS Kids television series and website dedicated to changing the way millions of girls think about STEM. Local educators are invited to participate in this hands-on, minds-on professional development training and will have the opportunity to practice proven strategies for engaging girls in STEM while building a device to measure wind, speed, and lighting up a room with dough creatures. Register.

SciGirls Go Green Educator Workshop
Golden Valley, MN; June 16, 2018
Participants will learn gender equitable teaching strategies using SciGirls programming, a national educational initiative using media, activities, and professional development to empower youth, ages 8-12. Additionally, participants will hear about the SciGirls GO GREEN curriculum and hands on science inquiry lessons using recycled materials. Register.
The FabFems Spotlight highlights women from the FabFems Role Model Directory. FabFems are enthusiastic about the science and technology work they do and want to inspire a future generation of FabFems. Search the Role Model Directory to find FabFems in your area. We
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benefit from role models at all stages of our lives.

Meet Cheryl Calaustro, Conservation Biology Consultant. Cheryl is part of the Education Leadership team at the Wildlife Conservation Society and senior member of a core team of biologists at the Guam Department of Agriculture. She has worked with federal and non-profit entities including the US Department of the Interior, US Fish & Wildlife, National Audubon Society, and Rare. Through her work with the Secretariat of the Pacific Community she helped build regional capacity for early detection and rapid response to train not only first line responders but also future environmental stewards throughout the Pacific region.  To learn more about Cheryl visit her FabFems profile .
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Upcoming STEM EventsEvents
National Robotics Week
April 7-15, 2018
Robotics Week is a series of events and activities aimed at increasing public awareness of the growing importance of robotic technology development and the tremendous social and cultural impact that it will have on the future. Search events near you and/or submit your event to be included on an interactive map.

National Summit for Educational Equity (NSEE)  
Arlington, VA; April 16-19, 2018
The NSEE will bring together leaders in educational equity to build capacity, knowledge, and skills to transform education, enrich classrooms, and improve student success. The 2018 theme is "Building Bridges to Strengthen Access, Equity, and Diversity." Register.

National Environmental Education Week (EE Week)  
April 23-29, 2018
EE Week is a celebration of environmental education and inspires environmental learning and stewardship among K-12 students. To find events, toolkits, and other resources visit the National Environmental Education Foundation website.

Collaborative Network for Engineering and Computing Diversity Conference (CoNECD)
Crystal City, VA; April 29 - May 2, 2018
The vision of the CoNECD (pronounced, "connected") conference is to provide a forum for exploring current research and practices to enhance diversity and inclusion of all underrepresented populations in the engineering and computing professions including gender identity and expression, race and ethnicity, disability, veterans, LGBTQ+, 1st generation, and socioeconomic status. Register.

BOOST (Best of Out-of-School Time) Conference
Palm Springs, CA; May 1-4, 2018
Participants will have the opportunity to network, participate in team-building activities, and learn about the latest trends and research in innovative and quality out-of-school time programming. Register.

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Omaha, NE; July 7-10, 2018
The Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA) conference is a professional development opportunity for CS and IT teachers/administrators who need practical, classroom-focused information to help prepare their students for the future. Participants will have the opportunity to learn, network, and interact, while exploring issues and trends relating directly to the classroom. Register.

Education Summit @ Esri UC    
San Diego, CA; July 7-10, 2018
Attendees will explore how geographic information system (GIS) technology fosters critical thinking skills and improves decision making. The Esri Education Summit @ Esri UC, formally the Esri Education GIS Conference, is a forum to learn, collaborate, and get updated on all things GIS for both inside the classroom and policy-making. Register.
The Connectory Spotlight highlights programs and opportunities in The Connectory. This free online collaboration tool for STEM program providers helps them find partners based on interests, as well as showcase STEM opportunities to families. This month we are turning the spotlight on one of our partners - VolunteerMatch.

VolunteerMatch is the largest volunteer engagement network on the web with a mission to make it easy for good people and good causes to connect. They have been around since 1998 and celebrate their 20th anniversary this month. VolunteerMatch Logo

Our partnership with VolunteerMatch means programs in The Connectory can link accounts and recruit volunteers to grow their nonprofit STEM program. If you have an existing VolunteerMatch account you may link that account with your Connectory account and start connecting with volunteers. Our website lists the four easy steps to link accounts: https://theconnectory.org/volunteer-match.

Bulk Uploads for Opportunities: A streamlined way to add dozens of opportunities (summer and afterschool camps, workshops, career fairs, competitions, and other time-bound STEM events) to The Connectory. Email  info@theconnectory.org to request the customized bulk upload instructions.
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STEM ResourcesResources
April is Mathematics and Statistics Awareness Month
April marks a time to increase the understanding and appreciation of math and statistics. Both subjects play a significant role in solving real-world problems (internet security, sustainability, disease, climate change, etc.) Mathematics and statistics are important drivers of innovation in our technological world, in which new systems and methodologies continue to become more complex.    
Celebrate Earth Day in April
Teach the importance of civic responsibility and environmental sustainability this month to celebrate Earth Day on April 22nd and Environmental Education Week, April 23-29, 2018. Below are some additional Earth Day resources.

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This year's theme is "End Plastic Pollution" including creating support for a global effort to eliminate single-use plastics along with global regulation for the disposal of plastics. The Earth Day Network has developed a Plastic Pollution Primer and Action Toolkit as a resource.

National Education Association (NEA) Earth Day Curriculum Resources
The NEA Earth Day Curriculum Resources website includes: lesson plans, projects, and activities for grades K-12.

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A collection of lessons and resources to help teachers and students prepare for Earth Day. These resources will also help educators who want to incorporate the holiday's messages of ecology and environmentalism in the classroom year-round.

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International Girls in Information & Communication Technology Day
International Girls in Information & Communication Technology Day April 26, 2018
International Girls in ICT Day aims to create a global environment that empowers and encourages girls and young women to consider careers in the growing field of information and communication technologies (ICTs). It is celebrated every year on the 4th Thursday in April. The website includes a toolkit for organizing your own Girls in ICT Day event.
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