December 2019
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NGCP is excited to announce a partnership with Amazon Studios surrounding their upcoming film, Troop Zero. Set in rural 1977 troop zero poster Georgia, Troop Zero follows the story of Christmas Flint, a misfit girl who loves outer space. Others tell her to "expect less," but Christmas dreams of sending her voice out into the universe. When a local Birdie Scout competition offers her the chance to be recorded on NASA's golden record, she grabs her tinfoil space helmet and dives in!
In addition to a nationwide screening program, NGCP will work with Troop Zero on several events surrounding Pasadena's iconic Rose Bowl Parade. We are currently looking for contributors for the following:
  1. Local Los Angeles students interested in participating in a Rose Bowl float building workshop (December 21, 2019). If you are interested in joining us, complete this form.
  2. Students and mentors who would like to march on and around the float during the parade itself (January 1, 2020). If you are interested in joining us, complete this form.
Celebrate Computer Science Education Week with CodeSciGirls!
SciGirls Logo December 11, 2019; 11:00 AM Pacific (2:00 PM Eastern)
A new Season of SciGirls premieres December 12, 2019 during Computer Science Education Week. The bright and relatable girls featured in five new REGISTER episodes explore computer science by coding, designing and programming their way to new adventures in technology. Participants will learn about the new season of SciGirls: the episodes, topics, the game, and new activities.

New Blog Post
A recent blog from Chantal James of Techbridge Girls, titled Scaling Our Impact: Changing Girls' Lives Through STEM with Greater Reach, celebrates their 20th anniversary.

Collaborative Network ActivitiesCollabActivity
Leap in Science Logo TemplateLeap 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 Washington - Wind Workshop
Everett, WA; January 15, 2020
Leap into Science (Light and Shadows) at Lambertville Academy     
Lambertville, NJ; March 13, 2020
Each month, this spotlight will highlight new programs, resources, and role models that are part of the IF/THEN Initiative, an initiative from Lyda Hill Philanthropies designed to activate a culture shift among young girls and introduce them to STEM careers.
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IF/THEN announced a new Saturday morning television series now airing on CBS- Mission Unstoppable. The show, hosted by iCarly star Miranda Cosgrove and created by an all-female leadership team, highlights women who are STEM superstars, including some of the IF/THEN Ambassadors. The series is produced for children ages 13-16 and showcases the many career possibilities in STEM. Episode highlights include learning how augmented reality is being used to help kids with special needs, meeting the NASA engineer taking us to Mars, and joining IF/THEN Ambassador Dr. Rae Wynn Grant as she tracks and studies bears. Geena Davis, Executive Producer of the show, says "Girls need to see themselves on and off the screen as STEM professionals, and as I always say, 'If they can see it, they can be it.' This new series strives to empower young women and showcase the many ways they can impact the world through careers in STEM."  Watch Mission Unstoppable Saturday mornings on CBS or view online.
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Upcoming STEM EventsEvents
Computer Science Education Week  
Nationwide; December 9-15, 2019
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.

Cornell Lab of Ornithology Webinar: Girls in STEM
Online; December 17 and 19, 2019
Join educators from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and SciGirls/Twin Cities PBS to explore approaches to spark and strengthen girls' interest and confidence in STEM. Learn about the SciGirls Strategies, explore ways that citizen science and inquiry can actively engage all students, and hear about free resources and hands-on lessons. Register

Joint Mathematics Meetings
Denver, CO; January 15-18, 2020
For professionals interested in learning about innovative mathematical research, advancing mathematical achievement, providing the communication and tools to progress in the field, encouraging mathematical research, and connecting with the mathematical community. Register.

Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators (AMTE) Conference
Phoenix, AZ; February 6-8, 2020
The annual AMTE conference provides inclusive opportunities for a diverse community of mathematics educators to share current research and practice findings. Register.

American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Annual Meeting   
Seattle, WA; February 13-16, 2020
The AAAS is dedicated to advancing science for the benefit of all people. The 2019 theme, "Envisioning Tomorrow's Earth" draws on the current understanding of the world and bravely experimenting with forward-thinking visions that the scientific community needs to respond with in order to help solve many pressing problems. Register.

Beyond School Hours XXII   
Orlando, FL; February 26-29, 2020
Educators and leaders serving K-12 students in afterschool, summertime, and beyond will have the opportunity to engage in professional development and capacity building. The theme is "20/20 Focus on a Brighter Future." Register.
NAA 2020 Show Up Speak Up Logo National Afterschool Association (NAA) Convention
Washington D.C.; March 15-18, 2020
NAA is dedicated to the development, education, and care of children and youth during their out-of-school hours. This year's theme is, "Show Up Speak Up For Afterschool" and includes a new type of session called Community Showcase, which is being called NAA's version of TED talks. Register.

National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) Conference on Science Education
Boston, MA; April 2-5, 2020
Attendees have the opportunity to learn classroom tested, educator-developed teaching strategies; hear from nationally known experts who inspire attendees to engage their students with new enthusiasm; and try new products and software. The 2020 theme is "20/20 Science: Expanding the Vision." Early bird registration ends February 21, 2020. Register.
The Connectory Spotlight highlights tips, resources/events, 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, and showcase STEAM opportunities for youth to families.

Twitter Chat Alert: December 18, 2019; 11:00 AM Pacific (2:00 PM Eastern)
The Connectory, The Toy Association, and the Mathematical Science Research Institute will co-host a Twitter Chat titled "Identifying Quality STEAM Gifts for Youth." Join the conversation using the hashtag #QualitySTEAMgifts to increase understanding and help identify the elements of high-quality STEAM gifts for youth. Be sure to follow @the_connectory @TheToyAssoc, and @mathmoves.
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STEM ResourcesResources
CSEdWeek Resources
You will find many Computer Science Education Week (December 9-15, 2019) resources online. Browse the resources on or look to your local public libraries for additional materials. also features hands-on, computer-free "unplugged" coding basics for those without devices, without reliable internet, or for kids who may learn better this way as well as information on Inspiring Girls to Learn Computer Science.

Quorum Logo Accessible Hour of Code
For students who use a screen reader, the Quorum tutorial for beginners or the Quorum tutorial for comfortable students is a great place to start. Quorum started as an interpreted language designed to be accessible to screen reader users. Eventually, it became a general purpose programming language designed for any user.

Black Girls Code
Black Girls Code reaches out to the community through workshops and afterschool programs, and introduces computer coding lessons to young girls from underrepresented communities in programming languages such as Scratch or Ruby on Rails.

Hour of Code
Hour of Code is an introduction to computer science, designed to demystify "code" and show that anyone can learn the basics to be a maker, a creator, an innovator. The tutorials work on PCs, smartphones, tablets, and some require no computer at all. Tutorials stay up year-round and are available in over 45 languages. Ages 4 and up. No experience needed. Tutorials are all designed to be used with or without sound. All the videos have captions.

K-12 Pair Programming Toolkit
This Toolkit, made possible by a National Science Foundation grant, is a how-to guide from conception to implementation for educators who are interested in using Pair Programming in their classes. ETR compiled this guide for educators that includes the what, why, and how of a collaborative computing strategy that can be used to engage and address a greater range of students and their varied styles of interacting.

Libraries Ready to Code
The American Library Association's Ready to Code Collection provides resources and strategies for coding and computational thinking activities that are grounded in research, aligned with library core values, and support broadening participation. They have three experience levels to help library staff connect with resources that reflect their own computational thinking (CT) experiences, communities, goals, and interests.

The Connectory - Winter Camps!
The Connectory is the go-to place to find STEM year-round. Many girl focused winter STEM opportunities are available. Search by location, dates, area of interest, and/or age group. If you are program provider, join The Connectory to collaborate with STEM programs and promote your upcoming STEM opportunities to families.

Global ResourcesGlobal
Rails Girls Logo 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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The National Girls Collaborative Project™ has been partially funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation, GSE/EXT: National Girls Collaborative Project: Building the Capacity of STEM Practitioners to Develop a Diverse Workforce, Grant No. HRD-1532643.
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