August 2014   
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National Champions Board Member Laura Huerta Migus Appointed Executive Director of the ACM
The NGCP is pleased to celebrate Laura Huerta Migus's appointment as Executive Director of the Association of Children's Museums (ACM). NGCP Champions Board members are selected to give the project a balance of expertise and regional representation, including industry representatives, gender equity experts, science and mathematics education representatives, and educational policy experts. Laura joined the National Champions Board in 2011. We are excited to continue to collaborate with her in this new role at ACM, an international membership organization dedicated to advancing the work of children's museums and early learning in informal settings.  

NGCP Mini-Grant is Catalyst for Rear Admiral's Visit to Montana
In the latest NGCP blog post Suzi Taylor, Co-Leader of Montana Girls STEM Collaborative shares how an NGCP mini-grant spurred a visit from David Titley, retired rear admiral in the U.S. Navy, who travels across the country talking about the importance of climate change as it relates to National Security.

The mini-grant funds enabled girls to attend the Teen Climate & Environment Summit at Rutgers University in spring 2014. Their goal was to learn how to establish their own Youth Climate Science Program in Montana.

Dr. Titley met with the girls at the 4-H Congress on the Montana State University (MSU) campus. His visit impacted 4-H youth and provided motivation for MSU faculty, staff, and administrators to discuss the future of climate change research and education on-campus and across the state. Read more on the NGCP blog.
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Oregon Girls Collaborative Project (OGCP) Kick-off Conference
Wilsonville, OR; September 15, 2014; 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
This Kick-off Conference will be the official launch of the OGCP. Attendees will meet the OGCP Leadership Team and Champions Board members, learn about the benefits of collaboration, gain a greater awareness of exemplary practices to engage girls in STEM, and network.
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New York STEAM Collaborative Kick-off

Malta, NY; October 25, 2014; 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
Participants will learn about the New York STEAM Collaborative and how it will bring organizations and individuals who are committed to informing and motivating girls to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics (STEAM) together to network, collaborate, and share resources. 
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FabFems Spotlight FabFems 
Sara Sarnecki
Sarah Sarnecki
Meet Sara, Engineer at General Dynamics NASSCO. She loves problem solving and getting her hands dirty. In her current position she works with ships, but she also loves cars and hopes to get into the aerospace industry someday. To learn more visit Sara's profile.
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 like Sara to connect with in your area.

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STARS Webinar: Students Tackling Authentic & Relevant Science. What does "authentic and relevant" science for youth really mean?
September 5, 2014; 10:00 AM-11:00 AM Pacific
This webinar will address the question, "How do you design inquiry-worthy questions that entice youth engagement, set them up for success while still requiring youth-shaping, and stretch youth images of where science is and what science can do?" Participants will learn strategies for development and why this work is important. Register.

Triangle Coalition for STEM Education Conference

Washington, DC; October 8-10, 2014
The STEM Education Conference brings together STEM education leaders for a solutions-focused
dialogue on pressing issues impacting education, the workforce, and policy. Conference strands include Sustaining STEM Through Partnerships, Building Momentum in Unexpected Places - Broadening Participation Among the Underserved, and Planning for the STEM Paradigm of the Future. Register

Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing Conference 
Phoenix, AZ; October 8-11, 2014
This year's theme "Everywhere. Everyone." will focus on emerging trends in technology and perennially important technology areas. The conference will also have opportunities for career and professional development. Register.

National Career Pathways Network (NCPN) Conference
Orlando, FL; October 12-14, 2014
The NCPN Conference provides an opportunity for secondary and post-secondary educators and members of industry to network and share best practices. Conference strands include: Partnerships; Professional Development, and College and Career Readiness Standards. Register.

Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC) Conference ASTC 2014 Logo
Raleigh, NC; October 18-21, 2014
The ASTC is an organization of science centers and museums dedicated to furthering public engagement with science among diverse audiences. At this year's conference attendees will have the opportunity to learn best practices, network, and gain a better understanding of how to create engaging programming. Register.

Society of Women Engineers WE14
Los Angeles, CA; October 23-25, 2014
WE14 offers collegiate and professional women in engineering career and professional development resources. Collegiate attendees will attend a career fair, network, and meet role models and mentors. Professional attendees will attend professional development workshops and sessions, learn about cutting-edge innovations, and network. Register.
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NGCP Champions Board members are selected to give the NGCP a balance of desirable expertise and regional representation. We highlight Champions Board members to inspire and inform

your work to engage girls in STEM. This month we feature one of our newest Champions Board

Jennifer McNelly
Jennifer McNelly

members Jennifer McNelly.   


What excites you most about your work?  

The most exciting thing about my career is the passion I have for helping kids think about learning in a different way and inspiring our young generations to move forward with their creative interests. Cultivating and educating a future of leaders all plays into what I love about my job. It's exciting to motivate kids to explore these new opportunities for their futures. As president of the Institute, I feel and hope that I am making a real difference with these initiatives. In addition, nothing gives me more passion than seeing a young student build and launch their first rocket, or meeting an adult who is pursuing an industry-recognized credential to return to work. At the end of the day, my passion is deeply rooted in impacting the lives of individuals.  


Most importantly, what excites me is working with young girls to break the manufacturing stereotypes and pursue STEM-related careers. The reality is young girls are becoming more and more interested in manufacturing careers. The excitement of this progression is why I strive to make a difference.

What do you most appreciate in a collaborator?
In a collaborator, I think the two most valuable and vital qualities are honesty and follow-through.

Who are your role models? My mom is one of my biggest role models. I give credit to her for who I am today.  But, switching this question around a little bit, in my career I have had experiences with bad managers. From these experiences, I learned about the manager that I didn't want to be. As I grew to learn the type of leader I didn't want to be, I recognized my responsibility to grow and develop my staff members and to help them figure out their paths in life. I learned to pay it forward every day and help my team excel at their passions.

What advice would you give to the NGCP community? Lead your future - destiny is something you set for yourself. It is essential to never give up, and work hard for what you want out of life. Do not be afraid to take chances and lead with passion. And most importantly, hold yourself accountable for tomorrow.  


If you want to make a difference in the world, then you must take action and take responsibility for that difference. There is a need for women in STEM-related careers as there is a huge deficit in the skills gap. Women positively impact the manufacturing industry and are essential to what our economy needs.   

Swirls   STEM Resources  STEM_Resources

ITEST Program Findings
The STELAR website features a collection of publications, webinars, and curricula based on findings from the National Science Foundation's ITEST program. With a focus on STEM workforce development, the collection includes resources on educator professional development, STEM in afterschool and informal learning, and STEM career opportunities and workforce development.


Smithsonian Latino Virtual Museum (LVM) Interactive Archive
The LVM Interactive Archive is a convergent media archive exploring Latino identity and connecting communities through trans-media experiences. 3D Games, Augmented Reality, and Second Life are includes in the media archive. 


NCWIT's Moving Beyond Computer Literacy: Why should schools teach computer science?

This resource provides information about the value of computer science curriculum for students, educators, and local and national economies. It offers steps schools can take to successfully incorporate computer science education.

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New report on the impact of afterschool STEM programs 

Examining the impact of afterschool STEM programs, recently released by the Afterschool Alliance, presents an overview of research findings about the importance of afterschool STEM learning experiences and summarizes evaluation data from a selection of strong afterschool STEM programs, including girl-focused programs.


Sally Ride EarthKAM
Images from the Sally Ride EarthKAM allow teachers and students to learn about Earth from a unique perspective of space. The website features an image collection and accompanying activities that can be used to engage students in Earth and space science, geography, mathematics, and art. 

NGCP Program Directory: Search for Collaborating Programs or Register Your Program! The online Program Directory highlights programs that focus on motivating girls to pursue STEM careers. The purpose of the directory is to help organizations and individuals network, share resources, and collaborate on STEM-related projects for girls.
Swirls   Global Resources GlobalResources
VHTO LogoVHTO, National Expert Organization Girls/Women and Science/Technology
VHTO, the Dutch national expert organization on girls/women and science/technology, works to increase the involvement of women and girls in STEM. VHTO uses knowledge gained from working with partners abroad to bring best practice into the Netherlands, and shares Dutch experiences with international partners. Their publication Trend Analysis: Gender in Higher Education examines the current state of affairs with regard to gender and STEM and provides strategies for improving the gender balance in STEM.
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