July 2016
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The National Girls Collaborative is pleased to announce a new convening organizations and new Collaborative name for Arizona. The new Collaborative name is Arizona Girls Collaborative Project (AzGCP) and the new convening organization is the University of Arizona STEM Learning Center.
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APEC Lima, Peru NGCP Represented at APEC 
On June 28, 2016 the National Girls Collaborative participated in the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Women and The Economy Forum hosted in Lima, Peru. The NGCP was represented by Erin Hogeboom, Community Development and Network Strategy Manager, she participated on a panel titled, Nurturing the Pipeline - Opportunities in Formal Education and Lifelong Learning, as part of the 'APEC Women in STEM: Expanding Opportunity and Innovation by Strengthening the Presence of Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math' workshop. Erin was joined by Mariana Costa, Co-Founder of Laboratoria, Gabriela Gonzalez, Sr. STEM Strategist for Intel, and Dr. Judith Zubieta, Director of Social Research at the National Autonomous University of Mexico. Erin discussed the importance of fostering confidence and resilience in girls and young women, and the tactics which have worked for the NGCP network. Thanks to the dedication and collaborative spirit of each one of our network members, 20 other economies in APEC had the chance to learn from our exemplary practices and research.  

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Arkansas Girls Collaborative Project Kick-Off Conference
Little Rock, AR
September 9, 2016; 9:00 AM - 10:45 AM Central
More information including registration link will be available soon!
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. 
Allison Lee
Allison Lee 

Meet Allison Lee, a Research Associate at the University of Washington. Allison has spent the last 10 years as a professional biologist in a wide-range of scientific topics connected to wildlife and environmental issues from the microscopic molecular level to the macroscopic ecosystem biosphere level. While her work is heavily lab-based she makes time to fulfill her passion as a field biologist by connecting with and volunteering for local conservation organizations which provide her with opportunities to expand her skill set and share what she has learned with young aspiring biologists. To learn more about Allison visit her profile.

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Upcoming STEM EventsEvents
CSTA 2016 Conference Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA) Conference
San Diego, CA; July 10-12, 2016
CSTA 2016 is a professional development opportunity for CS and IT teachers/administrators who need practical, classroom-focused information to help prepare their students for the future. Participants will have the opportunity to learn, network, and interact, exploring issues and trends relating directly to the classroom. Register.

Girl Up Leadership Summit
Washington DC; July 11-13, 2016
Participants (between the ages of 12-22) will gain core leadership skills, training in community-building and advocacy, and experience interacting with members of Congress on Capitol Hill. Geared toward middle school, high school, and college students, most workshops and breakout sessions will be divided by age group to allow for targeted learning. Register.

Serious Play Conference
Chapel Hill, NC; July 26-28, 2016
Speakers will share their experience creating or using games in their corporation, classroom, healthcare institution, government and military, and offer tips on how to move game-based education programs ahead. Conference sessions will help educators upgrade their knowledge about using games to engage students in the learning process as well as how instruction in game design can bring at risk students back to class. Register.

Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC) Conference ASTC 2016
Tampa, FL; September 24-27, 2016
The ASTC is an organization of science centers and museums dedicated to furthering public engagement with science among diverse audiences. The Preliminary Conference Program is available and sessions are available to browse in an interactive online conference schedule. Early bird registration ends August 1, 2016. Register.

Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing Conference  
Houston, TX; October 19-21, 2016
This year the Conference is putting a greater focus on diversity and will feature leading technical speakers, career development sessions, a poster session, a hackathon and the industry's largest career fair for women in computing. General registration opens July 13, 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. July is Park and Recreation Month, making it the perfect time to feature one of the site's most active program providers, Baltimore Woods Nature Center.

Part of the Central New York community since 1966, Baltimore Woods Nature Center is located on 182 acres of land in Marcellus. Visitors come from the surrounding area to hike trails and participate in on-site nature day camps, public programs, and fundraising events. The award-winning Nature in the City program is in its 12th year, providing place-based hands-on, minds-on science education to all 19 elementary schools in the City of Syracuse.

Frog-Catching Party - Participants will join Naturalists, at Phillips Pond, for a celebration of all things frogs and engage in this classic childhood activity.

Star Party: Beautiful Summer Skies - Summer skies will be at their finest, with the many rich star clusters and nebulae visible in the heart of the Milky Way galaxy. Venus, Jupiter, Saturn, and Mars will be visible.
Baltimore Woods Nature CenterButterfly Chase - Get up close to the beauty of butterflies. Learn about the majestic Monarch, her incredible journey from here to Mexico, and how to help along the way. Then, grab nets and run through the fields to see how many different butterflies you can catch.

Barefoot Hike - Scientific and medical research has shown the many health benefits are associated with not wearing shoes. Participants will enjoy a barefoot hike down the Valley Trail and along Baltimore Brook, over grass, dirt, mud, and soft wood chips.

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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STEM ResourcesResources
B~STEM Project B~STEM Project
The B~STEM Project focuses on helping young girls and women to engage in business and STEM related disciplines across industries through face-to-face events and programs, as well as online initiatives. Through content, programming, mentoring, and a rich toolset, B~STEM prepares young girls and women for successful careers. 

July is Park and Recreation Month
The National Recreation and Park Association is inviting you to discover your super powers at your local parks and recreation. Captain Community, the Green Guardian and the Fit Twins will guide you on your adventure during Park and Recreation Month. The National Park Service website offers free educator resources for integrating park-based research into STEM classes and informal activities. 

New Computer Science Education State Reports from Google-Gallup
Google for EducationGoogle just released new computer science (CS) education reports for 11 U.S. states. These reports are part of a comprehensive multi-year research study with Gallup Inc. and cover the most populous (CA, FL, GA, IL, MI, NC, NY, OH, PA, TX, and WI). For each state, the reports highlight insights about CS perceptions and challenges to providing CS education for all students, as well as how the state compares to the national average.

NCWIT: 10 Actionable Ways to Actually Increase Diversity in Tech
In this pre-recorded webinar, Dr. Catherine Ashcraft, NCWIT Senior Research Scientist, presents research-based strategies for increasing diversity. Learn about the benefits diverse teams bring to innovation and startup environments, the role societal biases play in startups and business processes, and strategic and actionable steps that both individuals and companies can take to better recruit and retain a diverse range of employees.

The Bug Chicks
Bug Chicks was created to teach entomology to students all over the world and promote informal science education. Educational tools include videos with accompanying in-class challenges, lesson plans that fit national curricula standards for K-5, teacher tips and tricks, and interactive whiteboard activities.

The Wonder League
The Wonder League, a community of clubs that inspires the creators of tomorrow through robotics and coding is giving away Dash & Dot robot sets to 20 NGCP affiliated organizations that sign up. Deadline is July 10, 2016.

Global ResourcesGlobal
1000 Girls, 1000 Futures 1000 Girls, 1000 Futures
The 1000 Girls, 1000 Futures Program is a world-wide effort that pairs motivated, enthusiastic mentors with smart, STEM-focused high school women and gives them access to innovative programming that will help them develop essential 21st century skills. The program cycle is one full calendar year. Mentor applications will be reviewed June through August of 2016, with selections occurring on a rolling basis until September. The program officially launches in October of 2016. Mentor applications have been extended until July 18, 2016.
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