August 2019
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Leap into Science Widget The Connectory has created a new Leap into Science widget providing instant access to the nationwide Leap into Science opportunities. The Franklin Institute has embedded the new custom build widget on the Leap into Science " Join Us" page (external audiences) as well as the " Educators Page" (must be logged in to view) for partners. 

Anyone can visit The Connectory to obtain the free widget and gain easy access to the ever-growing directory of camps, competitions, festivals, and other STEAM opportunities for K-12 youth, including Leap into Science opportunities. 
Customize widget size, location and number of opportunities to display on your website. Get the code at: 
NGCP National Webinar: Exploration of Other Worlds Using NASA Solar System Treks
NASA Solar System Trecks Logo October 8, 2019; 11:00 AM Pacific (2:00 PM Eastern)
This hour long webinar will introduce NASA's Solar System Treks (SST) which is a free resource that contributes to STEM learning. The SST portals enable students to study the surfaces of the Moon, Mars, Vesta, Ceres, Titan, and Icy Moons. The portals aim to provide interactive and innovative ways to inspire, inform, and educate a worldwide audience. Participants will hear directly from REGISTERoutreach specialists from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory and Ames Research Center, and have the opportunity to ask questions about the visualization tools.

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Leap in Science Logo Template Leap into Science Educator Training
Leap into Science is a nationwide program developed by The Franklin Institute Science Museum that integrates open-ended science activities with children's books, designed for children ages 3-10 and their families. The program empowers educators to offer workshops in community settings like libraries, museums, and out-of-school time programs to engage underserved audiences in accessible and familiar settings. Below are upcoming training sessions being offered:
Leap Into Science Wind Training at the Discovery Center
Murfreesboro, TN; August 16, 2019
Leap Into Science Wind Training at the Discovery Center
Murfreesboro, TN; September 20, 2019
Leap into Science - Wind Training at North Central Kansas Library
Manhattan, KS; October 10, 2019
LEAP into Science - Wind Training at Southeast Kansas Library
Fredonia, KS; November 15, 2019
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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.
Meet Christine Sinagra. In order to drive at age 16, she was required to change a tire, gap spark plugs, and change the oil/filter on the family car. This led her to take auto-shop in high school where she caught the 'fixing' bug. Christina joined the USAF as an aircraft mechanic, spent 20 years in aviation maintenance at United Airlines, and worked for the Federal Aviation Administration. She currently works as an Aviation Safety Inspector in San Jose, CA. To learn more about Christine, visit her FabFems profile.
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Upcoming STEM EventsEvents
Wicked6 Cyber Games
Las Vegas, NV; August 8, 2019
Wicked6 is a fundraiser and cybersecurity exhibition. Cybersecurity leaders from around the world are welcome to experience this unique cyber competition as a player, sponsor, or avid fan. Wicked6 will raise funds for the Women's Society of Cyberjutsu, a national nonprofit that promotes training, mentoring, and more to advance women and girls in cybersecurity careers. Play or Watch.

ACM Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing Conference  
San Diego, CA; September 18-21, 2019
The goal of the Tapia Conferences is to bring together undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, researchers, and professionals in computing from all backgrounds and ethnicities to celebrate and promote diversity. This year's theme is "Diversity: Building a Stronger Future". Register.

ASTC 2019 Logo Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC) Conference
Toronto, Canada; September 21-24, 2019
ASTC is an organization of science centers and museums dedicated to furthering public engagement with science among diverse audiences. An online conference program features detailed session, networking, and event listings. This year's theme is "Moonshots: Rendezvous with the Future" and will inspire leaders to go beyond their own institutions and launch the 21st-century Moonshots that will shape the world. Register.

Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing
Orlando, FL; October 1-4, 2019
Promoted as the world's largest gathering of women technologists. Those unable to attend in person may learn more about attending virtually. Virtual attendees will be able to stream keynotes and sessions and interact with presenters and other virtual attendees.

American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) Conference
Milwaukee, WI; October 10-12, 2019
Conference focuses on educational, professional and workforce development. This year's theme is "Indigenizing the Future of STEM." Attendees include American Indian, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander, and First Nation high school and college students, educators, professionals, tribal nations and tribal enterprises, universities, corporations, and government agencies. Register.

National Career Pathways Network (NCPN) Conference  
Orlando, FL; October 11-13, 2019
The NCPN conference provides an opportunity for secondary and post-secondary educators and members of industry to network and share best practices, focusing on Career Pathways implementation at the state and local levels. Register.

Astronomical Society of the Pacific Logo Astronomical Society of the Pacific Annual Meeting
San Francisco, CA; October 18, 2019
A broad science education and outreach conference featuring plenary speakers, panels, contributed workshops/sessions, and oral/poster presentations addressing a wide range of professional work, research, and evaluation in education, communication, and diversity in science. This year participants will be celebrating ASP's 130th anniversary. Register.

Summer Changes Everything NSLA Conference
Atlanta, GA; October 21-23, 2019
This National Summer Learning Association (NSLA) conference is an opportunity for stakeholders in the summer learning movement to share resources, best practices, and solutions for summer learning and afterschool programs. Special summer discount rate end August 31, 2019. Register.
The Connectory Spotlight highlights tips, resources, program providers, and STEAM opportunities for youth listed in The Connectory. This free online collaboration tool for program providers helps them find partners based on interests, as well as showcase STEAM opportunities  for youth to families.
NCWIT Aspire IT Logo
NCWIT AspireIT connects high school and college women with K-12 girls interested in computing. Using a near-peer model, program leaders teach younger girls fundamentals in programming and computational thinking in fun, creative environments that are supported by program partners from the NCWIT community. The relationship between the program leaders and their program partners fosters mentoring with technical professionals, increases young women's confidence in their computing abilities, and develops valuable leadership skills. Here is a selection of opportunities that have recently been added to The Connectory:

Minnecoders (Aug 19-23 in Minneapolis, MN): Participants will learn HTML, CSS, and JavaScript to create a website for a social cause they care about.

Bytes of Code (Sept 21 - Oct 16 in Santa Ana, CA) Focusing primarily on underserved girls (grades 6-8) in the Santa Ana and Tustin school districts. Participants will experience coding and interactive robotic workshops in a fun environment with a potential visit to high-tech companies.

Girl's Game Jam (Oct 2-13 in Yonkers, NY): Tutorials will teach girls how to code and develop games that have a social impact. Participants will show their work to a panel of judges that will select the top three teams for prizes.

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Digital Youth Divas
Digital Youth Divas Digital Youth Divas Logo is an out-of-school program that engages middle school girls, especially those from non-dominant communities, in design-based engineering and computer science activities driven by a narrative story. The program supports girls to develop STEM identities by participating within face-to-face and online spaces to design, create, and re-imagine everyday artifacts (jewelry, hair accessories, music) and activities (dancing and talking to friends) using techniques including collaboration, critique, circuitry, coding, and fabrication.

Fast Forward Girls Promo2 Fast Forward Girls
New YouTube series created in collaboration between If/Then and GoldieBlox. In each episode, an aspiring young maker will meet two women who are showing just how transformative STEM can be. She'll then choose which one will be her mentor for life. Fast Forward Girls satisfies the glaring need for more programming that shows women in STEM in a positive light. Watch new episodes every Wednesday.

NCWIT's Guide to Inclusive Computer Science Education: How educators can encourage and engage all students in computer science.
This guide provides educators with context and concrete steps to build and expand inclusivity in CS education. By actively engaging students in CS, educators can build an even stronger pipeline of creativity and innovation to tackle the world's challenges and help ensure students have the skills needed to thrive today and tomorrow.

Who Wants to Be a Mathematician Logo Who Wants to Be a Mathematician National Contest
The American Mathematical Society is organizing the 2020 Who Wants to Be a Mathematician contest and is seeking young women to try for the top prize of $5,000 for the student and $5,000 for the math department of that student's high school (U.S. and Canada). The first round of qualifying takes place September 9-26, 2019. The contest is free to participate and will take place January 18, 2020 in Denver, CO as part of the Joint Mathematics Meetings.

Women in Cybersecurity (WiCyS)
Created through an NSF grant, WiCyS is a non-profit membership organization with national reach that is dedicated to bringing together women in cybersecurity from academia, research and industry to share knowledge, experience, networking and mentoring. WiCyS provides resources about cybersecurity and diversity stats, as well as sources for education and certification. Website includes a section for student resources.

The Connectory - Find Summer Camps!
The Connectory is the go-to place to find STEM year-round and summer is the peak season. Many girl focused summer STEM opportunities are available. Search by location, dates, area of interest, and age group. Find an opportunity near you.

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Lesbians Who Tech is committed to convening queer women in technology (and allies) in a vibrant and inclusive community. They promote the visibility and inclusion of women, LGBTQ+ people, and people from other backgrounds underrepresented in technology. Individuals don't have to identify as a lesbian to be in this community. They are primarily known for inclusive conferences, with 42 chapters worldwide in major tech hubs. They also offer coding scholarships.
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