December 2016
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NGCP Celebrates CSEdWeek
This month we celebrate Computer Science Education Week (CSEdWeek). Throughout the week we will host online activities and spotlight computer science (CS) programs in the NGCP network that help engage girls in CS education. View the schedule of events and join the conversation online using the hashtag #NGCPCSEdWeek16. Be sure to follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook to stay connected.
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miSci SciGirls Training
Schenectady, NY; December 17, 2016
SciGirls is a groundbreaking project designed to engage girls ages 8-13 in STEM. At the heart of SciGirls is an Emmy Award-winning PBS television series, website, and outreach initiative produced by Twin Cities Public Television in St. Paul, Minnesota. Each half-hour SciGirls episode follows the science and engineering adventures of real-life middle school girls mentored by female STEM professionals. This SciGirls training will provide resources to implement SciGirls programs. Register.

SciGirls Professional Development Training for Curious Minds, LLC
Bloomington, MN; January 7, 2017
Local educators are invited to participate in this free, hands-on, minds-on professional development training. Participants will learn the latest research for exciting and engaging girls (and boys) in STEM, experience hands-on STEM activities, leave with curriculum that puts a creative twist on teaching STEM, and discover additional online resources that enhance teaching and learning experiences for all kids. Register.

SciGirls Educator Training at WSKG Public Media
Vestal, NY; January 16, 2017
Participants will learn how to engage students in STEM through PBS Kids SciGirls. SciGirls Training integrates inquiry-based STEM instruction with a commitment to gender equity. Educators (working with 4th-8th grade students) are invited to attend. 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.

SciGirls SD Squared Educator Workshop
Annandale, VA; February 11, 2017
SciGirls is a PBS Kids television series out to change how tweens think about STEM. Educators working with 4th-8th grade students are invited to learn how to integrate inquiry-based STEM instruction with a commitment to gender equity. 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.
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. 

Caroline Karanja FabFem
Caroline Karanja 
Meet Caroline Karanja. Caroline is a maker, creator, and a curious soul with a need to code. At a young age, she became obsessed with Leonardo da Vinci's ingenuity and ability to merge creativity and technology. This, combined with a can-do spirit, empowered her to learn to code. Caroline is a techie by trade and fell in love with building online products immediately after graduating college. She has worked for Fortune 500 companies as well as startups before pursuing her own ventures. To learn more about Caroline visit her FabFems profile.
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Upcoming STEM EventsEvents
Computer Science Education Week
Nationwide; December 5-11, 2016
Computer Science Education Week (CSEdWeek) provides an opportunity to raise awareness about the impact of computing, the richness of computing careers, and the critical need for computer science (CS) education. CSEdWeek is a call to action to inspire students and colleagues about CS education, to employ new and better strategies for engagement, and to connect with the broader community around the need for and value of CS education. Learn more.

Association for Science Teacher Education (ASTE) International Meeting
ASTE 2016 Logo Des Moines, IA; January 12-14, 2017
ASTE is dedicated to continuing the professional growth and development of individuals who work in, or have a strong interest in issues related to science teacher education. Participants will have the opportunity to attend a wide-range of professional development workshops. Equity and diversity sessions include: How Picture Books on the National Science Teacher's Association Recommend List Portray Scientists, SciGirls Strategies: Gender Equitable Teaching Strategies in STEM-CTE, and The Beliefs and Attitudes Toward STEM Fields of Female Sixth Grade Students of Color. Register.

Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators Conference
Orlando, FL; February 9-11, 2017
This conference features thought-provoking sessions, and opportunities to network and collaborate with mathematics teacher educators. Session topics include: Learning About Equity in Secondary Mathematics Teacher Education Programs, Empowering Mathematics Teachers and Creating Equitable Learning Environments Through Professional Development in Ethnomathematics, and Clarifying the Role of Equity Research Around the Standards for Mathematical Practice. Register.

American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Annual Meeting
Boston, MA; February 16-20, 2017
The AAAS is dedicated to advancing science for the benefit of all people. The 2017 theme, "Serving Society Through Science Policy" focuses on how to inform policies with the best scientific evidence. This event features Family Science Days, plus lectures and seminars that explore a diverse range of recent developments in science and technology. Register.

Beyond School Hours XX
Beyond School Hours XX Atlanta, GA; February 22-25, 2017
At this conference educators and administrators will have the opportunity to network, share ideas, and engage in professional development and capacity building. New this year is the Summer Learning workshop strand. Register.

National Afterschool Association (NAA) Convention
Dallas, TX; March 19-22, 2017
The NAA is dedicated to the development, education, and care of children and youth during their out-of-school hours. This year's theme is, "Rising to the Challenge. Game On!" Early bird "Draft Day Rate" registration ends December 15, 2016. Register.

National Summit for Educational Equity (NSEE)
Arlington, VA; April 24-27, 2017
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 2017 theme is "Reach Greater Heights with Access, Equity, and Diversity." Proposal submission deadline is December 18, 2016. Early bird registration ends March 18, 2017. 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. In recognition of CSEdWeek we are highlighting the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) Aspirations in Computing.

NCWIT Aspirations in Computing provides a community for female technologists, from K-12 through higher education and beyond, encouraging persistence in computing through continuous engagement and ongoing encouragement at each pivotal stage of their educational and professional development. NCWIT offers opportunities throughout the year and across the country. Here are three that start in December.

NCWIT Logo Catwalk Coding: Participants will learn electronics and coding while constructing their own individualized version of "Illumi-cize," the invention that Program Leader Maureen Botros brought to the 2015 White House Science Fair. Maureen hopes to dispel any notions that girls in technology are "tomboys" by creating a vehicle for them to display their electronic-savvy skills while embracing their "girly" nature through creative, fashion-forward bling. The camp culminates in a runway extravaganza followed by inspirational speeches and a Q&A with incredible women who have tech careers.

Women Programming Code: Girls (grades 6-8) who have an interest in or want to learn about technology and computing in a fun and friendly environment will learn the basics of coding apps, games, graphic design, and web development by completing the curriculum, along with project-based learning and problem solving.

The IT Girls: Using block code curriculum, such as Sphero and Scratch, girls will learn about IT and apply their knowledge to create a program based off the negative implications of beauty standards. Presentations from various women in technology will show participants how opportunities in the tech world are diverse and plentiful. A mentorship program also pairs the participants with girls from a local high school club called Girls of the Center for Information Technology. The end goal of this program is to not only introduce middle school girls to technological concepts, but to also empower girls and inspire them to pursue IT.

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STEM ResourcesResources
Careers with Code logo Careers with Code
Careers with Code is a magazine and online resource (ages 14-18) that shows how computer science can intersect with students' passions to create a dream career in health, sports, business, virtual reality, and many other fields.

Code Studio
Code Studio is home to online courses created by Users learn basic computer science with a suite of classroom-ready courses for different ages (K-12). Lessons blend game-like tutorials with unplugged classroom activities, and short video lectures with Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Angry Birds and more. Includes teacher notes for no-cost teacher workshops and curriculum overview.

lightbot logoLightbot
Lightbot is an educational game for kids that introduces several principles of programming and uses problem solving skills to complete puzzles. Children will practice concepts like sequence, conditions, and loops without typing or coding. Website includes teacher resources.

Minecraft Designer
This new Hour of Code tutorial lets kids code their own Minecraft rules and bring a world to life. If the user chooses to, the cows can lay eggs, sheep can explode, and zombies can run away from players. Kids can then share their unique Minecraft experience with friends or play it on their phones.

Moana: Wayfinding with Code
Kids 8+ help Disney characters Moana and Maui sail through unknown territory while learning basic coding commands to help steer the boat. With this new Hour of Code tutorial, kids will learn how to use sequences, loops, and conditionals to master the art of navigation.

Global ResourcesGlobal
Hour of Code Logo Hour of Code Around the World
The Hour of Code is a global movement reaching tens of millions of students in 180+ countries. Hour of Code is a one-hour introduction to computer programming, designed to demystify code. Students of all ages choose from self-guided tutorials. Participants do not need prior computer programming experience. Tutorials are available in 45 languages and work on any modern browser, tablet, smartphone, or even with no computer at all. How-to guides, lesson plans, Teacher Forum, and an FAQ are available.

Rails Girls
Rails Girls is a global nonprofit that empowers girls by opening up technology and making it more approachable. The goal is to provide a great first experience on building web apps. Participants learn sketching, prototyping, basic programming paradigms, and get a quick introduction to the world of Rails. Workshops are organized with local sponsors and are suitable for girls and women who want to take a look under the hood of technology and web development. Gatherings generally last one or two days. Boys may attend, but must accompany a girl.
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