February 2019
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NGCP Updates: The National Girls Collaborative Project is thrilled to announce our partnership with Paramount Pictures for their animated feature film, WONDERPARK. Highlighting collaboration and growth mindset, WONDERPARK celebrates the creativity and engineering prowess of the main character June, taking us on a journey through her imagination as she and friends save the park of her dreams.

Ten NGCP Collaboratives will host screenings of WONDERPARK, each followed by an impactful 'Girls and Women in STEM' panel facilitated by the NGCP WONDERPARK Film Screening Toolkit. Additionally, NGCP will WONDERPARK Posterbe hosting Paramount filmmakers on a national webinar (March 6, 2019 at 12:00 PM Pacific/3:00 PM Eastern, registration link coming soon) to discuss the importance of positive messaging around girls in STEM prior to the film launch on March 15, 2019. With more information forthcoming, we hope you join us in supporting this girl-positive, STEM-championing media opportunity. Follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram using the hashtag #WONDERPARK.
New National Champions Board Member  
National Champions Board members are selected to give a balance of desirable expertise and regional representation, including industry representatives, informal learning educators, gender equity experts, science and mathematics education representatives, and educational policy
Mary Anne Jeffers
Mary Anne Jeffers
We welcome our newest member Mary Anne Jeffers. Mary Anne is an Analytics and Modeling Senior Manager at Accenture Federal Services, a subsidiary of Accenture, LLP. When asked what she appreciates most in a collaborator, she responded, "Collaborators need to understand the value they bring to the table as an individual, but also understand how the combination of unique talents can bring exceptional value. There will likely be things that you disagree upon or perceive differently and that is OK. The goal is to support and complement your respective talents."    
Research Consortium on STEM Career Pathways Student Survey 
NGCP is a founding member of the Research Consortium on STEM Career Pathways and is collaborating with the National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity, Hispanic Heritage Foundation, National Association of Biology Teachers, American Association of Physics Teachers, and Student Research Foundation to conduct research aimed at better understanding high school students' STEM interest, educational experiences, and future plans. We invite you to participate in the 2019 STEM Career Pathways Study which examines the intersection of gender and race/ethnicity in the life-cycle of STEM interest, impact of micro-messaging on STEM engagement, and the effects of structural inequalities on STEM opportunities. Findings will be valuable in shaping evidence-based interventions to strengthen the STEM pipeline and advance diversity. To make sure you receive the survey package, please complete the online request form or email info@studentresearch.org

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#LeapWeek Hashtag Leap into Science Twitter Chat
February 27, 2019; 11:00 AM Pacific (2:00 PM Eastern)
Join the conversation during National Leap into Science Week (last week of February), using the hashtag #leapweek. For instructions and participation, follow the Twitter handles: @ngcproject, @TheFranklin, and @julia_skolnik.

SciGirls Connect Educator Workshop at the National MagLab
Tallahassee, FL; March 25, 2019
SciGirls Trainings integrate inquiry-based STEM instruction with a commitment to gender equity. Attendees 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. Local educators are invited to participate and practice proven strategies for engaging girls in STEM while working out several fun STEM activities. Register.

Leap Into Science Educator Training
Keyser, WV; April 24, 2019
Developed by The Franklin Institute, this program 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. 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
Genoba Parker
Genoba Parker
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.
Meet Genoba Parker. She is a Human Resources Information Systems Specialist from Greensboro, NC. Genoba loves her area of work and has developed an immense passion for analytics and big data. She loves working outdoors, reading, and traveling. To learn more about Genoba, visit her profile
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Upcoming STEM EventsEvents
Beyond School Hours XXII   
Atlanta, GA; February 20-23, 20119
At this conference educators and leaders serving K-12 students in afterschool, summertime, and beyond will have the opportunity to engage in professional development and capacity building. Features over 250 hand-on workshops for learning and networking. Register.

International Women in Aviation (WAI) Conference
Long Beach, CA; March 14-16, 2019
Participants in the WAI Conference will be immersed in the tactics and strategies necessary for successful aviation careers. Register.

National Afterschool Association (NAA) Convention   
New York, NY; March 15-18, 2019
Attendees will have the opportunity to engage in networking, learning, and inspiration: special events, workshops, daily keynotes, and an interactive Learning Expo all designed to meet the needs of the developing professionals and emerging and current leaders of afterschool. The theme is, "Passion. Purpose. Persistence." Register

2019 ACTE Policy Seminar Logo ACTE National Policy Seminar  
Arlington, VA; March 25-27, 2019
The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) is dedicated to the advancement of education that prepares youth and adults for a wide range of high-wage, high-skill, and high-demand careers. General sessions will cover hot topics in Washington and a Perkins V symposium offering practical guidance to move from re-authorization to state and local implementation. Register.

International Technology and Engineering Educators Association (ITEEA) Conference
Kansas City, MO; March 27-30, 2019
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. This year's theme is "Technology and Engineering Bring STEM to Life." Early bird registration deadline is February 28, 2019. Register.

NSBE Logo National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) Convention
Detroit, MI; March 27-31, 2019
This year's theme is "NSBE 45: Explore. Engineer. Elevate." Activities are designed to enhance participants' knowledge to enable them to master academia, lead the revolution, explore inner creativity, and solve the challenges of industry. Register.

Women in Cybersecurity Conference
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Pittsburgh, PA; March 28-30, 2019
This event brings together industry, students, educators, government, and research to share knowledge and experience, network, learn, and mentor. Register.

Scientista Symposium
Boston, MA; March 29-31, 2019
The Scientista Symposium gathers undergraduate, graduate, and young professional women for a poster sessions, pitch competition to investors, career fair, and professional development workshops. This event inspires young women to continue pursuing careers in STEM fields, by introducing them to inspirational role models and providing them with opportunities to hone professional development skills and showcase their work. This year's theme is "Science without Borders". Register.

National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) Conference on Science Education
St. Louis, MO; April 11-14, 2019
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. Keynote speaker is retired Astronaut Scott Kelly. New this year, NSTA will offer a livestream on April 13. Advanced registration deadline is March 1, 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. 

Leap into Science is a nationwide program from The Franklin Institute that integrates open-ended science activities with children's books, designed for children ages 3-10 and their families. National Leap into Science Week is the last week of February and we are highlighting just a few of the program providers who currently have Leap into Science opportunities listed in The Connectory. Search for a Leap into Science opportunity near you!
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Join The Connectory to collaborate with STEM programs and promote your upcoming STEM opportunities to families. Our Getting Started Guide makes it easy!
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STEM ResourcesResources
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 is designed to increase the numbers of young women of color in the field of digital and computer technology by providing skills, exposing them to technology role models, and increasing self-confidence to become tech creators and entrepreneurs.

The Black Inventor Online Museum. Focuses on the ingenuity and accomplishment of the top black inventors over the last 300 years. Inventors are profiled with a section dedicated to female inventors.

Science NetLinks has developed a number of resources that help honor the achievements and scientific work of African Americans.

SEEK (Summer Engineering Experience for Kids) This three 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 2019 dates and locations are now available.

MathWorks Math Modeling Challenge Logo Moody's Mega Math Challenge
Moody's Mega Math (M3) Challenge is a mathematical modeling contest. Students gain the experience of working in teams to tackle a real-world problem under time and resource constraints akin to those faced by industrial applied mathematicians. The Challenge is entirely Internet-based with no participation fees. Each high school may enter up to two teams of three to five junior and/or senior students. Homeschool and cyberschool students may also participate. Registration deadline is February 22, 2019.

NCWIT's Enrich PK-8 Computing Education
This National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) publication provides student influencers with key points and resources that can be used to integrate computing skills into existing curricula, encourage diverse participation in computing, and/or connect students to informal learning environments that emphasize hands-on experience with technology.

 ProjectCSGIRLS LogoProjectCSGIRLS 2019 Competition
Open to middle school girls (grades 6-8). Individuals and teams of up to three girls may compete. The Challenge: Build something using computer science and tech to solve a social problem under one of four themes: global health, a safer world, bridging inequalities, and intelligent technology. Registration Deadline is March 1, 2019.

Global ResourcesGlobal
International Day of Women and Girls in Science
February 11, 2019
The International Day of Women and Girls in Science recognizes that full and equal access to and participation in science, technology, and innovation for women and girls of all ages is imperative for achieving gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls. The United Nations created a website that includes resources around this resolution.

Girl Day: Introduce a Girl to Engineering DiscoverE Girl Day Logo      
DiscoverE Girl Day LogoFebruary 21, 2019   
Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day (Girl Day) is an international event that helps focus a growing movement to inspire girls' futures so they learn they have a place in engineering a better world. DiscoverE provides resources to plan your Girl Day activities, online training for volunteers, and tips for starting conversations about engineering.
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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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