August 2016
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The National Girls Collaborative is pleased to announce a new convening organizations and Collaborative Lead for the Louisiana STEM Girls Collaborative Project River Parishes Community College Logo. The new convening organization is River Parishes Community College located in Gonzales, LA and is being led by Esperanza Zenon, Associate Professor.
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NGCP Webinar: The Importance of a Growth Mindset: Action Steps for Educators
September 21, 2016; 10:00-11:00 AM Pacific (1:00-2:00 PM Eastern)
Having a growth mindset can lead to big changes in our educational system. Access to education for everyone depends on the shift from a fixed to a a growth mindset. In this conversation, we will discuss the effects that micromessages can have on underrepresented youth mindset and talk about steps we can take to be more inclusive in STEM education and careers. We will further discuss key issues and barriers that affect underrepresented youths' access to and persistence in STEM. We will continue to examine barriers and discuss the importance of a growth mindset. 
NGCP Webinar: Lessons Learned for Effective Evaluation of Girl-Serving CS Programming
September 29, 2016; 10:00-11:00 AM Pacific (1:00-2:00 PM Eastern)
Participants will hear from girl-serving programs about what they learned from participating in the Computer Science Outreach Program Evaluation Network (CS OPEN) led by Google and NGCP. Twelve computer science programs focused on serving girls engaged in a year-long community REGISTER of learning and left with both theoretical and practical skills. This informational webinar will focus on exemplary practices in non-profit program surveying and evaluation.

Do You See Your Students in Future STEM Careers?
NGCP is pleased to be collaborating with the Educational Research Center of America, Destination Imagination, and National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity on a research project focused on high school students' perceptions of STEM careers. In previous research, we found that the majority of STEM students (51%) saw their STEM courses as "extremely" or "very important" to their future careers. Our ultimate objective is to stimulate a dialogue on career pathways among parents, teachers, and students. If you are a high school educator, you may receive a package of student surveys and instructions related to this research effort. We encourage you to have your students complete the surveys so their perceptions and experiences will be included. To receive the surveys fill out out a simple on-line form or email to make sure you are on the list. Thank you for your participation!

afterschool alliance logo Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) Educator Guide
The NGSS offer a powerful opportunity for afterschool programs to partner with schools for a new way of engaging students in STEM. The emphasis is on actively investigating topics by exploring cross-cutting concepts and solving problems, to reflect how science and engineering is actually done. To help afterschool programs and educators make sense of this new vision for science education, the Afterschool Alliance has developed a new resource called " Getting Started with the Next Generation Science Standards: A primer and resource guide for afterschool educators". The guide is intended to help afterschool educators and programs understand what the standards are, help programs think about why they are important, provide selected resources for further reading, and ideas for what to do next.

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SciGirls Educator Training Greater Capital Region
Johnstown, NY
August 23, 2016; 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM Eastern
This professional development workshop is appropriate for educators working with students in  grades 4-8 and will focus on inquiry-based STEM instruction with a commitment to gender equality. Based on the hit PBS series SciGirls, whose goal is to encourage girls to choose careers in STEM, participants 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.

Arkansas Girls Collaborative Kick-Off Event
Little Rock, AR
September 9, 2016, 9:00-11:00 AM Central
Connect, communicate, and collaborate at the Arkansas Girls Collaborative Kick-Off event as they launch a statewide initiative to increase girls' involvement in STEM. Participants will hear a panel of empowered women relay their experiences as accomplished females in STEM fields and explore ways Arkansans can ensure more girls see the same success. Program managers, guidance counselors, business partners, technical professionals, K-12 teachers, parents, representatives from professional organizations, and higher education are invited. 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 benefit from role models at all stages of our lives. 
Romiya Barry
Romiya Barry

Meet Romiya Barry. Romiya's interest in science and technology, a desire to help people improve their quality of life through better healthcare, and her natural tendency to want to lead teams to overcome obstacles and barriers have led her to a career in trial management for clinical product development. Romiya aims to integrate her personal and professional lives to advance multicultural learning and address diversity in her field through the promotion of STEM education and careers to underrepresented populations. To learn more about Romiya visit her profile.
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Upcoming STEM EventsEvents
Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC) Conference ASTC 2016
Tampa, FL; September 24-27, 2016
The ASTC is an organization of science centers and museums dedicated to furthering public engagement with science among diverse audiences. The Preliminary Conference Program is available and sessions are available to browse in an interactive online conference schedule. Register.

National Career Pathways Network (NCPN) Conference
Indianapolis, IN; October 5-7, 2016
The NCPN Conference provides an opportunity for secondary and post-secondary educators and members of industry to network and share best practices. This year's theme is "Building Your Career Pathways SYSTEM." Register.

I ISEA Logo SEA STEM Expo 2016 
Branson, MO; October 9-11, 2016
The International STEM Education Association (ISEA) supports STEM Educators in the K-12 classroom and promotes STEM Education as the cornerstone of innovation and excellence in educational experiences that are imperative for success in the technological world of today and tomorrow. This year's keynote speaker will be NGCP National Champions Board member Olivia Pavco-Giaccia. Register 

Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing Conference  
Houston, TX; October 19-21, 2016
This year the Conference is putting a greater focus on diversity and will feature leading technical speakers, career development sessions, a poster session, a hackathon and the industry's largest career fair for women in computing. Register.

Society of Women Engineers: WE16
Philadelphia, PA; October 27-29, 2016
WE16 offers professionals, collegiates, and employers an opportunity to network, meet role models and mentors, find new talent, provide professional development to current employees and support women in engineering and technology. Register
The Connectory Spotlight highlights programs and opportunities in The Connectory. The Connectory is a free online collaboration tool for STEM program providers to find partners based on interests as well as a platform to showcase STEM opportunities to families. This August the National Park Service turns 100 years old. The Centennial celebration is all about embracing "opportunities to explore, learn, be inspired, or simply have fun."

With that spirit in mind, we are showcasing Camp EDMO. Its summer offerings include park programs that bring arts and science into the natural environment, turning the outdoors into classrooms. Campers experiment and build in beautiful natural settings where they develop eco-consciousness, enjoy guided hikes, and learn to identify and respect flora and fauna.  

Cupertino Park Program: This park is the ideal spot for nature-loving, adventurous campers to discover a jewel of a regional park. A reservoir, hiking trails, native trees, and wildlife are just a few of the attractions surrounding the gorgeous, canopied outdoor classroom.

Camp EDMO LogoSan Francisco Park Program: The Presidio provides campers with an emerald forest escape within the city limits. The Julius Kahn Park clubhouse and its incredible playground serve as base camp for adventures into the park's nature trails, spying native wildlife, and hiking to Chrissy Field beach.

Oakland Park Program: Campers will be hopping, skipping, and jumping over rocks and tree stumps as they explore the park's grassy meadow, forest, and lake.

San Mateo Park Program: The outdoor canopied classrooms are truly "made in the shade." Surrounded by trees, campers are just steps away from hiking trails, beautiful bay views, and one of the Bay Area's best playgrounds.

Join The Connectory to collaborate with STEM programs and promote your upcoming STEM opportunities to families. Opportunities are visible publicly to families. Programs are visible to other STEM providers.
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STEP Ahead Logo 2017 STEP Ahead Nominations: Now Open
The STEP Ahead initiative was designed to showcase the impact of women in manufacturing to help attract and retain the talent needed to succeed. This national honor identifies the best of women in manufacturing, and further encourages women to mentor and support the next generation of female talent to pursue manufacturing careers. This year the STEP Ahead theme will focus on impact and how women are making a difference in their companies and communities. The Nomination deadline is October 7, 2016.

Furthering Girls' Math Identity
FHI 360, IMPAQ International, and the New York Academy of Sciences are leading a capacity-building project for the National Science Foundation to support the groundwork necessary to advance research and practice on girls' math identity. In June, they convened a select group of researchers and practitioners. It was streamed live online and the recorded proceedings are now available.
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Science at the Olympics
Science NetLinks offers Olympics- and sports-related resources that will allow students to see the excitement, hard work, and dedication that takes place during the Games, and at the laboratories and on computer screens beforehand. Resources are able to be filtered by grade level.

Who Wants to Be a Mathematician National Contest
The American Mathematical Society invites high school students to participate in its national contest, Who Wants to Be a Mathematician. Students compete for cash and prizes by answering multiple choice mathematics questions. The first round of qualifying is September 19 through October 3, 2016.

Women's Equality Day: August 26, 2016
The National Women's History Project (NWHP) is carrying the theme from Women's History Month, "Working to Form a More Perfect Union: Honoring Women in Public Service and Government" to Women's Equality Day. Visit the NWHP website for Women's Equality Day event ideas and resources.
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Youth Astronomy Network (YouthAstroNet)
The Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics is seeking educators of middle-school-age youth to join a NSF-funded research project, called YouthAstroNet, to create and study a nationwide online learning community (grades 5-8 students, educators, and STEM mentors) that features remotely-controlled, online telescopes and complementary resources and activities. Using the MicroObservatory Robotic Telescope Network, youth and their adult program facilitators can take their own images to explore the Moon, Sun, planets, stars, and galaxies; and then do hands-on activities to investigate more about space, and the technologies that operate the robotic telescopes. Project staff will provide all resources necessary for participation. Educators chosen to take part in the project must be willing to participate in the research study that is associated with the program, and will receive $250 for participation. View the recruitment flyer for more information. Apply to participate by completing a brief survey. Application deadline is August 24, 2016.

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Laboratoria Logo Laboratoria
Laboratoria is a tech social enterprise that empowers young women from low-income backgrounds by giving them access to education and work in the digital sector. The education program is designed to teach students the technical and soft skills needed to start working as web developers. Laboratoria has a presence in Peru, Mexico, and Chile.
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