January 2020
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  New NGCP Board Chair
At a pivotal time in its history, the National Girls Collaborative Project (NGCP) is pleased to announce the election of Jennifer Stancil to lead its board into the next decade.  
Jen Stancil
Jennifer Stancil is an innovative and visionary C-Suite executive living in North Carolina. As a specialist in start-up nonprofits, particularly those aligned with museum environments, she excels by leading teams to not just strive for, but establish, new best practices in informal education.

For 20+ years, Stancil's ethos of inclusion has permeated her roles, leading educational organizations (Glazer Children's Museum; Girls, Math & Science Partnership at Carnegie Science Center), creating impactful media through work with PBS, WQED, Twin Cities Public Television and inventing her own, Emmy-award winning TV show, iQ:smartparent. Early in her career she helped open two museums in the SouthEast (McWane Science Center; Marbles Children's Museum (previously known as Exploris) that still thrive today. She is a sought out national speaker and advisor for national conferences and TV and blogs on wide-ranging preK-12 educational topics, about creativity, innovation and equity (especially in the STEM fields) in education. Stancil is a former advisor to The White House Council on Women and Girls, formed by President Obama in March of 2009. For more information view the press release.
NGCP National Webinar: Connecting Out-of-School-Time (OST) Activities and Student Interest in STEM
February 26, 2020; 11:00 AM Pacific (2:00 PM Eastern)
Which specific types and characteristics of OST activities increase student interest in STEM? What are the barriers that prevent students from participating in these programs? The Center for Astrophysics | Harvard & Smithsonian (CfA) surveyed over 15,000 college students nationally to identify factors that strengthened their interest in STEM. Students were asked about their experiences in a variety of precollege STEM activities including afterschool clubs, summer camps, and competitions as well as opportunities such as interacting with mentors, participating in hands-on REGISTER activities, and designing and carrying out their own STEM projects. Presenters, Susan Sunbury, Ed.D. and Jacqueline Doyle, Ph.D., will share those programs and attributes most successful in increasing STEM interest.

NGCP Blog Highlights
Here are a couple of recent guest posts:
Suiting Up for Space and STEM: Q&A with Sharon McDougle, former Space Shuttle Crew Escape Equipment Manager

Creating Connections with NASA's Universe of Learning and Museum Alliance

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
Leap Into Science Training - Indiana State Museum         
Indianapolis, IN; April 13, 2020
LEAP into Science Training- Jennings Co Library     
North Vernon, IN; April 20, 2020
LEAP into Science- Hammond Co Library    
Hammond, IN; April 27, 2020
LEAP into Science
Terre Haute, IN; May 4, 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.
Rae Wynn-Grant
Rae Wynn-Grant
As part of National Mentoring Month, we are highlighting IF/THEN Ambassadors in January through the FabFems, Twitter, and Facebook!  We're kicking it off by introducing you to Dr. Rae Wynn-Grant, a National Geographic Society Fellow, a Visiting Scientist at the American Museum of Natural History, and adjunct professor at Columbia University and Johns Hopkins University. Rae is a large carnivore ecologist studying grizzly and black bears in the United States. You can watch Rae on Mission Unstoppable as she explains some of the coolest facts about bears (like how they can smell food from over a mile away!) or watch as she inspires a future scientist. Check out her interview on Black America to hear Rae speak about her journey into STEM, and the importance of mentors and role models. To learn more about Rae visit her IF/THEN Ambassador profile, visit her website, or follow her on Instagram.
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Upcoming STEM EventsEvents
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 2020 logo 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.
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. In recognition of National Mentoring Month, we are highlighting the Teen Teen Science Cafe Logo Science Café program.

The Teen Science Café program is a series of free, fun, out-of-school events where teens socialize over food and refreshments and have the opportunity to talk with local scientists and engineers about current cutting-edge ideas in science and technology, all in a relaxed and informal (out-of-school) setting.
Teen Science Cafés are for teens, by teens. A core group of Teen Leaders, with the committed mentorship of an adult, plan and run the café themselves. They make welcome as diverse of a teen crowd as possible, diverse in ethnicity, culture, gender, and motivations for learning about science. Teen Science Cafés are not just for the science geeks; they are for all curious teens. Along the way, teen organizers gain a host of leadership skills.

Join The Connectory to collaborate with STEAM programs and promote your upcoming STEAM opportunities to families. Our Getting Started Guide makes it easy!

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STEM ResourcesResources
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.
FabFems Logo FabFems
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.

Girls Who Code Clubs
This free and flexible afterschool program is for 6-12th grade girls. Participants learn hard coding skills, computational thinking, project management skills, collaboration, bravery, resilience, and how to positively impact their community. Start a GWC Club and gain access to free resources, flexible plug and play curriculum, funding opportunities, ongoing support, and alumni opportunities for young learners. No computer science experience needed. Apply now, learn more by joining the next informational webinar, or email clubs@girlswhocode.com.

National Mentoring Resource Center
A collection of mentoring resources including handbooks, curricula, manuals, and other resources that practitioners can use to implement and further develop program practices.

NCWIT Mentoring Resources
The National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) developed Mentoring-in-a-Box: Technical Women at Work, to help women excel in the technical professions and advance to positions of leadership. Another resource is Evaluating a Mentoring Program Guide, which provides a step-by-step plan with example metrics for evaluating a workplace mentoring program (in either industry or academia).
SciGirls Logo 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.
Role Model Training and Resources are available to help develop skills to engage girls and underrepresented youth in STEM through guides, videos, and questions.
NGCP Role Models and Mentoring Resources   
Visit the NGCP Role Models and Mentoring page for more resources.

The Connectory - Winter Camps!
The Connectory is the go-to place to find STEM year-round. Many girl focused winter STEM/STEAM 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
Young Women in Bio Young Women In Bio
Young Women In Bio is an initiative of Women In Bio. The nonprofit, volunteer organization encourages young girls to explore opportunities, education, and careers in STEM. With chapters across the U.S. and Canada, they partner with leading companies, universities, hospitals, and organizations to host engaging, educational, and motivational programs.
About Us
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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