March 2020
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  NGCP Updates:  March 8th is International Women's Day. UN Women is celebrating its 2020 theme of "I am Generation Equality: Realizing Women's Rights". The Generation Equality campaign is bringing together people of every gender, age, ethnicity, race, religion, and country, to drive actions that will create the gender-equal world we all deserve. Join the conversation and NGCP by following @ngcproject and @UN_Women on Twitter using the hashtag #GenerationEquality.
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NGCP National Webinar The STEM Effect: A collaborative action agenda for understanding the long-term impacts of STEM programs on girls
March 25, 2020; 11:00 AM Pacific (2:00 PM Eastern)
The STEM Effect project is a collaborative effort to engage cultural organizations around the U.S. in developing a Collaborative Action Agenda for better understanding the mid- and long-term impacts of informal STEM programs for girls. This webinar REGISTER will discuss creative approaches to better understanding these impacts of informal STEM programs for girls, and methods for measuring them. Read more.

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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 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: Light and Shadow Training
Spokane, WA; May 2, 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.
Right now, there are fewer than six publicly-accessible statues of historic American women in the ten most populous U.S. cities plus Washington, DC, and San Francisco. That's about to change.
A rendering of the planned May 1 exhibition at NorthPark Center.
A rendering of the planned exhibition at NorthPark Center in Dallas.

Last month, IF/THEN® announced #IfThenSheCan - The Exhibit, a first-of-its-kind exhibit featuring the largest number of statues of women ever assembled at one time, in one location. Opening to the public on May 1, 2020, at Dallas' NorthPark Center, the exhibit will spotlight the AAAS IF/THEN® Ambassadors with more than 120 life-sized, 3D-printed statues. #IfThenSheCan - The Exhibit will also share the Ambassadors' stories with interactive audio and video displays. The Ambassadors were deeply involved in the creation of the statues, participating in full-body scans last October at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science in Dallas and providing content for the interactive elements.

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Upcoming STEM EventsEvents
International Technology and Engineering Educators Association (ITEEA) Conference
Baltimore, MD; March 11-14, 2020
ITEEA is a professional association focused on the professional development needs of classroom teachers, supervisors, curriculum writers, and teacher educators interested in developing technological literacy. This year's theme is "Technological and Engineering Literacy for ALL."  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, the Community Showcase, which is NAA's version of TED talks. Register.

Science Talk '20 Conference
Portland, OR; March 26-27, 2020
This conference will unite science communicators, practitioners, and facilitators for two days of learning best practices for how to talk science better. It will feature presentations, workshops, expert panels, and networking opportunities. Register.

ACTE National Policy Seminar  
  Arlington, VA; March 29 - April 1, 2020
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 guidance to aid in Perkins V implementation. 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." Register.

National Summit for Educational Equity (NSEE)
Arlington, VA; April 19-23, 2020
The NSEE will bring together leaders in educational equity to build capacity, knowledge, and skills to transform education, enrich classrooms, and improve student success. This year's theme is "20/20 Bring Equity Into Focus." Register.

Boost Conference Logo 2018 BOOST (Best of Out-of-School Time) Conference
Palm Springs, CA; April 28 - May 1, 2020
Participants will have the opportunity to network, participate in team-building activities, and learn about the latest trends and research in innovative and quality out-of-school time programming. Register.

CSTA 2020 CSTA Conference  
Arlington, VA; July 11-15, 2020
The Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA) conference is a professional development opportunity for CS and IT teachers and 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, while exploring issues and trends relating directly to the classroom. Early bird registration ends March 31, 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.

Smart Robot Camp, Tennessee (March 16-18) From self-driving cars to devices you can talk to, machine learning and artificial intelligence are revolutionizing daily lives. Camp will cover machine learning, coding in Python and programming a smart JetBot robot, and teach it to avoid obstacles and follow objects or roads.

Girls in STEM Expo, New York (March 21) Designed to introduce girls in grades 6-9 to opportunities in the historically male-dominated fields of engineering and science. Participants will have the opportunity to engage in STEM explorations as small groups. The day will end with an engineering challenge.
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Girls STEM Summit (April 5) This statewide summit in Massachusetts is for young women in grades 8-12 who love STEM. Participants will hear inspirational keynote, meet successful women working as experts in STEM fields, and work with them in hands-on career-specific workshops, expand knowledge of STEM industries and emerging career paths, and more.

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
Valiant Women of the Vote 2020 Logo March is National Women's History Month
The theme for 2020 is "Valiant Women of the Vote" and celebrates the women who have fought for woman's right to vote in the United States. In recognition of the centennial of the 19th Amendment, we will honor women from the original suffrage movement as well as 20th and 21st century women who have continued the struggle to ensure voting rights for all.

Click! The Ongoing Feminist Revolution
Click! highlights the achievements of women and explores the power and complexity of gender consciousness in modern American life. Features film clips, extensive interactive timelines, and in-depth essays. Designed to engage students, assist educators and researchers, and appeal to a wide public audience. Lesson plans include: Equal Pay for Equal Work, Cracking the Glass Ceiling: Political Women, and Sally Ride: Educating for STEM, STEAM, and Space.

Status of Women in the States
Created by the Institute for Women's Policy Research, this report provides data that change agents can use to improve the status of women, which is integral to strengthening economic growth and prosperity for local communities and the nation as a whole. The data can be used to raise awareness, improve policies, and promote women's equality. Explore the data.

Moving Beyond Computer Literacy: Why Schools Should Teach Computer Science
This NCWIT resource provides information about the value of CS curriculum for students, educators, local and national economies as well as global society. It offers steps schools can take to successfully incorporate computer science education.

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
International Womens Day Logo International Women's Day
March 8, 2020
International Women's Day celebrates the social, political, and economic achievements of women while focusing world attention on areas requiring further action. The website includes resources for planning and finding an event.
New Global E-news New Global Girls Collaborative E-newsletter
On March 8, 2020 (International Women's Day), the National Girls Collaborative will be launching a new quarterly e-newsletter with a global focus on girls in STEM. This new e-newsletter will feature events, resources, and girl-focused STEM programs from around the globe. Sign up today!
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