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Computer Science for All
The White House recently launched a new Computer Science Initiative -  Computer Science for All to provide all students the chance to learn computer science (CS) in school.  White House Logo
According to the White House press release ,  the funding w ill allow more  hands-on CS courses to be offered, get students involved early in CS learning opportunities, and expand access to rigorous science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) coursework.
SciGirls Receives 2016 Parents' Choice Gold Award
NGCP is proud to partner with Twin Cities Public Television on production and outreach for SciGirls which has received the 2016 Parents' Choice Gold Award. "One of the challenges in bridging the gender gap for STEM studies is presenting these subjects in an appealing but not pandering way. SciGirls does an excellent job of getting the balance just right by creating easy to follow projects and activities that are a gateway of sorts to the sciences." Read the full review. The award is given to those books, toys, games, videos, software, magazines,
SciGirls Logo audio recordings, and TV programs judged as the highest quality, most appealing products in their genre. 

The Afterschool Alliance and NGCP Partnership 
In 2015 the NGCP's National Science Foundation grant: Building the Capacity of STEM Practitioners to Develop a Diverse Workforce, transferred to the Afterschool Alliance as the new fiscal sponsor. We are pleased to be partnering with the Afterschool Alliance to encourage more girls to consider STEM and look forward to increased impact resulting from this partnership.
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The Afterschool Alliance, is a nonprofit public awareness and advocacy organization working to ensure that all children and youth have access to quality afterschool programs. They are dedicated to raising awareness of the importance of afterschool programs and advocating for more afterschool investments.

Anita Krishnamurthi, Vice President, STEM Policy serves as Co-Principal Investigator for NGCP. In 2012 she was awarded the Outstanding Individual Commitment to Collaboration Award by the NGCP. Anita said, "The Afterschool Alliance is delighted to be working with NGCP on this project. Our America After 3PM report shows that girls attend afterschool STEM programs in equal numbers to boys. We need to make sure that this equal participation is leveraged to address imbalances in girls' participation in high school and college STEM courses and careers in STEM fields. We look forward to working with our NGCP partners to achieve this goal."

Jenny Lay-Flurrie Appointed New Chief Accessibility Officer at Microsoft
Jenny Lay-Flurrie, chair of the Disability Employee Resource Group at Microsoft, has been named the company's new chief accessibility officer. The appointment bolsters Microsoft's efforts to drive accessibility throughout its product portfolio. In this new role, Jenny will lead a cross-company advisory team focused on accessibility, inclusion, and transparency.
Jenny Lay-Flurrie
Jenny, who is profoundly deaf, has been a long-time partner with the NGCP and has served as key note speaker at many NGCP events. To learn more about her and the importance of promoting the awareness of disability inclusion, check out a six minute video, produced by NGCP, called Ability in the Workplace: A conversation with Jenny Lay-Flurrie. Congratulations Jenny!

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MAGiC Forum: Solving the Equation: Variables for Women's Success in Engineering and Computing
College Park, MD; February 13, 2016; 9:00 AM-12:00 PM Eastern
Organizations and individuals interested in the advancement of girls in STEM fields are invited to attend this free forum featuring a presentation of the newly released research report by the American Association of University Women - Solving the Equation: The Variables for Women's Success in Engineering and Computing. Participants will learn how to become involved in MAGiC, connect with organizations, K-12 educators, community college educators, university educators, and informal educators working in the Mid-Atlantic region to advance girls in STEM fields. Register.

BirdSleuth: Habitat Connections Ornithology Curriculum for Afterschool Programs
Wilsonville, OR; February 27, 2016 9:00-4:00 PM Pacific
Participants will explore curriculum developed by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, discuss strategies for implementing 10 lessons of hands-on science activities, and learn how to use citizen science tools to create learning opportunities in the field. Training participants will receive seven hours of Set Two credit from the Oregon Registry in the Core Knowledge category of Learning Environments and Curriculum and receive curriculum kits from Cornell University. Register.

Habitat Connections: Exploring Your Local Environment through Birds and Citizen Science
Seattle, WA; March 14, 2016; 9:00 AM-4:30 PM Pacific
Participants will be introduced to curriculum developed by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and will discover how to engage girls and boys (ages 8-13) through inquiry-based STEM instruction. Materials are aligned to Next Generation Science Standards and the Common Core standards. A tour of the Ornithology exhibit at the Burke Museum and a short presentation on museum resources will be available. This free workshop is appropriate for K-12 formal and informal educators. Register.

Habitat Connections: Exploring Your Local Environment through Birds and Citizen Science
Bozeman, MT; March 31, 2016; 9:00 AM-3:30 PM Mountain
Participants will be introduced to curriculum developed by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and will discover how to engage girls and boys (ages 8-13) through inquiry-based STEM instruction. The first 20 qualifying registrants will receive a 7-lesson curriculum guide. Materials are aligned to Next Generation Science Standards and the Common Core standards. This free workshop is appropriate for both K-12 and informal educators; no experience with birds or citizen science is required. Register.

SciGirls Full Day Workshop - Frisco Public Library
Frisco, TX; May 3, 2016; 9:00 AM-4:00 PM Central
Educators are invited to participate in SciGirls professional development opportunities and discover how to engage girls (ages 8-13) through research-based, high quality activities and resources. 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. Register.

FabFems Spotlight FabFems 
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.
Christi Whitworth
Christi Whitworth 
Meet Christi Whitworth, Education Director at Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute (PARI). Christi enjoys learning new technology and uses radio and optical telescopes to investigate the universe with children and adults that are learning about astronomy. Christi is a Leadership Team member for the North Carolina Girls STEM Collaborative and was instrumental in PARI becoming the convening organization for the North Carolina Collaborative. To learn more about Christi visit her profile.    
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American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Annual Meeting
Washington, DC; February 11-15, 2016
The 2016 theme focuses on how scientific enterprise can meet global challenges in need of innovation and international collaboration. This event features Family Science Days, plus lectures and seminars that explore a diverse range of recent developments in science and technology. Register.

Association for Career & Technical Education (ACTE) National Policy Seminar
Arlington, VA; February 29 - March 4, 2016
The ACTE National Policy Seminar provides participants with advocacy tips and tools to promote their programs at the local, state, and federal levels. Participants will discuss policy issues affecting their programs and have the opportunity to meet with members of Congress to share state-specific success stories and CTE programming needs. Register.

International Technology and Engineering Educators Association (ITEEA) Conference
Washington DC; March 2-4, 2016
ITEEA is a professional association focused on providing and meeting the professional development needs of classroom teachers, supervisors, curriculum writers, and teacher educators who are interested in developing technological literacy. The 2016 theme is "Collaborating to Build a Diverse STEM-Literate Society". Register.

Beyond School Hours XIX
Beyond School Hours XIX
Dallas, TX; March 9-12, 2016
At this conference educators and administrators will have the opportunity to network, share ideas, and engage in professional development and capacity building. Strands include: Meeting the Needs of Diverse Learners, Equipping Students for 21st Century College and Career Pathways, and Captivating Students through STEM, Literacy and More. Register.

National Afterschool Association (NAA) Convention
Orlando, FL; March 20-23, 2016
The NAA is dedicated to the development, education, and care of children and youth during their out-of-school hours. Participants will share successes in afterschool and summer programs and connect with leaders and experts. Register.

NSTA Logo National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) Conference
Nashville, TN; March 31 - April 3, 2016
The NSTA offers the latest in science content, teaching strategy, and research to enhance and expand professional growth. This year's theme is "Science: Empowering Performance". The conference has four strands: Setting the Stage: Scientific Literacy, Building the Band: Involving Community Stakeholders, Harmonizing Concepts: Integrating Instruction, and Stringing it All Together: Three-Dimensional Learning. Register.

National Summit for Educational Equity (NSEE)
Alexandria, VA; April 11-14, 2016
The NSEE will bring together leaders in educational equity to build capacity, knowledge, and skills to transform education and improve student success. The 2016 theme is "Solving the Education Equation: Access, Equity, and Diversity." Early bird registration ends February 29, 2016. 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 month we highlight Project Scientist:

Project Scientist was started by Sandy Marshall while working as the Executive Director and Founder of The NASCAR Foundation. Sandy learned of the disadvantages that girls and women have in STEM majors and careers, and became committed to making a difference in her community. Project Scientist sets goals Project Scientist and tracks the outcomes that research has proven to affect girls with an interest in STEM. Two full-day STEM Expeditions begin on February 15. These Expeditions are offered when schools are closed, giving parents an exciting educational option for their girls ages 4-12.

Charlotte, NC, STEM Expedition: Participants will join the kick-off of the Women and Video Games Festival at UNC Charlotte, conduct a mini-game jam bringing STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) to life, and tour the UNC buildings that are LEED certified while learning about their sustainable elements.

Pasadena, CA, STEM Expedition: Participants will begin the day with an overview of Boston Scientific, a hands-on look at their products, learn about the career journeys and life lessons from some Boston Scientific employees, visit with a patient who has a Boston Scientific device implanted, receive a demo of the 3-D printing machine, and finish the day with a tour of the cadaver lab at Caltech.
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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African American History Month: In recognition of African American History Month, resources that serve to promote African American students in STEM are highlighted below:

Black Girls Code
Black Girls Code is designed to increase the numbers of young women of color in the field of digital and computer technology by providing skills in computer programming, exposing them to technology role models, and increasing self-confidence to become tech creators and entrepreneurs.

Black History: A Math Hunt Activity
In this historic hunt, students (grades 5-8) visit an online fact-finding mission to answer math-related questions about extraordinary leaders and culture of African-American history. Includes a Math Hunt Teacher's Guide.

SEEK (Summer Engineering Experience for Kids)
This 3-week program is designed to expose black children to STEM fields (grades 3-12). The program utilizes student mentors, the majority of whom are black and majoring in STEM fields. The 2016 dates and locations are now available.

NCWIT's Top 10 Ways Families Can Encourage Girls' Interest in Computing
Technology is a fast-growing, high-paying, creative field. The National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) provides resources that lists ways families can encourage the girls in their life to study, and have a career in, computer science and related technology fields. Available in Spanish.

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Design Squad Global Design Squad Global
Launching on February 24, 2016 (DiscoverE's Global Day) DESIGN SQUAD is going global, connecting U.S. kids to their peers in other countries, challenging them to solve global engineering problems, and expanding their cross cultural understanding. Engineers and educators are encouraged to take the pledge to conduct hands-on activities with students on Global Day.

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