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The NGCP is pleased  to announce a new Collaborative in Arkansas. The Arkansas Girls Collaborative Project's convening organization is the Museum of Discovery in Little Rock, Arkansas.We are looking forward to highlighting the programs serving girls in STEM across the state of Arkansas!  The NGCP continues to grow our Collaborative network in 40 states, facilitating collaboration between 18,800 organizations serving 15.5 million girls (and 7.9 million boys) by training their program leaders in the philosophy, knowledge, and methods of NGCP.
Arkansas Leadership Team
Arkansas Leadership Team from left to right:
Cynthia VanWinkle, Kristy Kidd, Dr. Suzanne Mitchell,
Kathleen Lawson, Laveta Wills-Hale, and Brittney Kugler

Survey: High School Students' Perceptions of STEM Careers

NGCP is collaborating with the Educational Research Center of America, Destination Imagination, and  National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity on research focused on high school students' perceptions of STEM careers. High school educators may receive a package of student surveys and instructions related to this research effort. Students complete surveys so their perceptions and experiences are included. To receive the surveys, e-mail your name, high school name, and mailing address to [email protected] with the subject line: STEM Career Survey.
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Montana Girls STEM Collaborative: Inspire Tomorrow's Innovators: Add Science and Technology to Your CAP Mentoring
Bozeman, MT; January 21, 2016; 5:30-7:00 PM Mountain
At this free event participants will learn about research regarding the current state of STEM, receive SciGirls Seven: Strategies for Engaging Girls (and Boys) in STEM, learn about STEM resources/events in Bozeman, and hands-on STEM activities that can be shared during the mentoring process. 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.
Rachel Gitajn
Rachel Gitajn
Meet Rachel Gitajn, Lead Design Engineer at Quality Bicycle Products. Rachel's path to engineering stemmed from a lifelong passion for art. She was inspired by engineers who could make products that not only look beautiful, but were also functional. This led her to a Product Design and Innovation program which combined a full-fledged mechanical engineering degree program with hands-on design product studios. Four years later she landed her dream job working with the design engineering team at Burton Snowboards. She recently transitioned to her newest dream job - in the bicycle industry. Rachel says, "I get to design, engineer, and develop products I love. And I also work with a dynamic team of dreamers, makers, and designers that share my love for all things bikes and outdoors." Visit Rachel's profile to learn more.  
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21st Century STEM: Integrate to Innovate Conference
Phoenix, AZ; January 21-23, 2016
Designed by teachers for teachers, this conference highlights the integration of STEM into engineering, computer science, biotechnology, sustainability, and other CTE-based programs. The conference begins with field trips followed by two days of workshops and keynote addresses for teachers to develop their content and pedagogical skills for teaching. Register

Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators Conference
Irvine, CA; January 28-30, 2016
This conference features thought-provoking sessions, and opportunities to network and collaborate with mathematics teacher educators. Session topics include: Mathematics Teacher Education: Normal Schools to Now, and Re-branding the Teaching Profession: Ideas and Strategies for Effective Recruitment of Mathematics Teachers. Register

American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Annual Meeting
Washington, DC; February 11-15, 2016
The 2016 theme focuses on how the 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. Early bird registration ends January 29, 2016. 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". Early bird registration ends February 5, 2016. 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. Early bird registration ends February 1, 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 FIRST:

is a non-profit organization that designs accessible, hands-on robotics programs for K-12, which combine team work, competition, and fun to build self-confidence, 21st-century life skills, and open up new career paths. The FIRST season attracts over 400,000 students and over 100,000 mentors, coaches, and volunteers from 50+ countries culminating in an international robotics competition.

FIRST has listed all of its upcoming competitions in The Connectory. Search The Connectory to find competitions near you.

FIRST® LEGO® League Jr. (grades K-3): Captures young curiosity by exploring real-world scientific challenges, learning teamwork, and working with motorized LEGO® elements.

FIRST Logo FIRST® LEGO® League (grades 4-8): Elementary and middle school-aged students research a real-world engineering challenge, develop a solution, and compete with LEGO-based robots of their own design.

FIRST® TECH CHALLENGE (grades 7-12): Teams of middle and high school-aged students are challenged to design, build, and program a robot to play a floor game against other teams' creations .

FIRST® Robotics Competition (grades 9-12):
High school-aged teams compete head to head on a special playing field.
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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January is National Mentoring Month
National Mentoring Month focuses national attention on the need for mentors to guide our youth. Research shows girls benefit from relationships with role models and mentors who can provide valuable information about STEM careers.

The FabFems Project
A collection of resources for role models, educators, and parents to inspire and educate girls about science, computer science, technology, engineering, and mathematics courses and careers. The website includes Resources for Role Models and Resources for Girls.

SciGirls Role Model Strategies
SciGirls Role Model Strategies: Encouraging Girls to Consider STEM Careers offers basic training for role models, introducing them to best practices for their volunteer efforts.

A Role Models Matter Online Training Toolkit is available to help develop skills to engage girls and underrepresented youth in STEM through readings, videos, and questions.

NGCP Role Models and Mentoring Resources  
Visit the NGCP Role Models and Mentoring page for more resources.

MakerEd Logo Maker Corps 2016 - Apply Now
Maker Corps is a professional development program that combines online training with hands-on practice to create and provide maker education programming within youth-serving organizations. The goal is to support and train partner organizations to establish and develop making programs and to diversify and expand the network and community of maker educators. Application deadline is January 15, 2016.

NASA Logo NASA Summer Internships for Students with Disabilities
NASA wants to increase the number of students with disabilities pursuing STEM careers by recruiting more students with disabilities into their internship programs. All student interns get paid. Applicants must be U.S. citizens, with a minimum GPA of 3.0 for college and 3.0 for high school. High school students must be at least 16 years old at the time the internship begins. Internships are available at all NASA centers nationwide. Deadline for submitting summer internship applications is March 2, 2016.

NCWIT Tips: 8 Ways to Give Students More Effective Feedback Using a Growth Mindset
Effective feedback gives students information they actually use to increase their learning and improve their performance. The National Center for Women and Information Technology (NCWIT) offers this resource to help employ a "growth mindset" that focuses on developing intelligence through effort, practice, and "wise feedback" that spurs additional effort.

ProjectCSGIRLS Competition for Middle School Girls 
ProjectCSGIRLS LogoThe ProjectCSGIRLS competition challenges girls (6-8th grade) to build something using computer science and technology that can help solve an imminent social problem under one of three themes: Global Health, A Safer World, and Intelligent Technology. Finalists will be invited to Washington DC where they will participate in workshops, listen to guest speakers, tour tech companies, participate in an awards ceremony, and showcase their projects to the public. Registration deadline is February 15, 2016.

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G20 Logo G(irls)20 Summit
China, August 2016
Launched in 2009 at the Clinton Global Initiative, G20 galvanizes the world's greatest resource - girls and women and cultivates a new generation of female leaders through entrepreneurship, education and global experiences. G20 focuses on the fact that girls with economic opportunities grow in value in their communities and their communities grow with them. Girls invest in themselves, their families and other girls, creating a ripple effect that can lift entire communities out of poverty. Applicants must be female, between the ages of 18-23 (at the time of Summit). Application deadline is January 30, 2016.
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