May 2017

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The NGCP is pleased to announce a new Collaborative in Florida. The Florida Girls Collaborative Project's convening organization is the Glazer Children's Museum in Tampa. We look forward to highlighting the programs and continuing to serving girls in STEM across the state of Florida! The NGCP Collaborative Florida Map network exists in 41 states, facilitating collaboration between 22,800 organizations serving 16 million girls (and 8.5 million boys) by training program leaders in the philosophy, knowledge, and methods of the NGCP.
NGCP Webinar Science Action Club: Building STEM Identities through Citizen Science
May 31, 2017; 10:00-11:00 AM Pacific (1:00-2:00 PM Eastern)
California Academy of Sciences will showcase Science Action Club (SAC) in this NGCP national webinar. SAC is a STEM program for middle school youth in out-of-school time. Through hands-on games and projects, youth investigate their local environment and use citizen science to document discoveries, share data, and design strategies to protect our planet. NGCP has partnered with California Academy of Sciences to reach youth around the nation with this high quality citizen REGISTER science experience. Participants will hear from the SAC team, trainers and activity leaders who have participated in the project, and will learn how to become involved with Science Action Club. 
NGCP Blog Highlights
In April the NGCP published three noteworthy guest blog posts.
Teaching Kids the Scientific Impact of Alcohol on the Developing Brain. April was Alcohol Responsibility Month and Helen Gaynor, Educational Programs Lead at the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility, shared how kids are most fascinated by how their brains and bodies work, leading to the belief that science lessons, as opposed to the traditional health class content, would be the best way to reach them.
Researching International Best Practices for STEM Engagement. Sarah Chapman, Head of Department of Science at Townsville State High School in North Queensland, Australia, shares her experience of international travel to research best practices in engaging young people into STEM. The NGCP, along with The Connectory, are highlighted as a case study in the final Fellowship report, Engaging the Future of STEM.
Finding a Role Model: My FabFems Experience. Student Shivani Desai shares a powerful message of what it was like to connect with FabFem Stephanie Gillespie and how this experience has inspired her to continue her outreach to shadow/work with more female engineers as she enters into high school.

Collaborative Network ActivitiesCollabActivity
Montana Girls STEM Collaboration Forum
Great Falls, MT; May 16, 2017
Organizations and individuals interested in the advancement of girls in STEM fields are invited to attend. Participants will learn exemplary practices for engaging girls in STEM, meet potential collaborators, receive new ideas for hands-on STEM, and contribute your own thoughts and resources for how we as a community can support girls and girl-serving programs. 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 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.
Stephanie Gillespie
Stephanie Gillespie

Meet Stephanie Gillespie. Stephanie is a Ph.D. student at Georgia Tech with an interest in Signal Processing. She graduated from the University of Miami with a B.S. in electrical engineering. Her goal is to become a professor who utilizes proven teaching methods to engage students within the classroom. Recently Stephanie was contacted by a young girl looking for a role model to connect with and who wrote a guest blog for NGCP about her experience. Her blog post is aptly titled Finding a Role Model: My FabFems Experience.

To learn more about Stephanie visit her FabFems profile.

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Upcoming STEM EventsEvents
US News STEM Solutions Logo U.S. News STEM Solutions National Conference
San Diego, CA; May 24-26, 2017
Participants will have the opportunity to learn how to initiate the action necessary to improve STEM education and increase employment in STEM fields. Tracks include: Laying the Foundation: Improving K-12 STEM Education, Skills for Tomorrow: Building a STEM-Savvy Workforce, and Inspiring Minds: Expanding Equity and Access. Register.

Women in Engineering ProActive Network (WEPAN) National Conference
Westminster, CO; June 12-14, 2017
This year's theme is "Creating the Mindset for Action" and will inspire attendees to take action and make real progress in advancing cultural change and responsibility within their own organizations and institutions. Participants will have the opportunity to engage with diversity and inclusion advocates, and learn research based best-practices related to gender equity and inclusion in engineering. Register.
2017 CSTA Annual Conference Logo Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA) Conference
Baltimore, MD; July 8-11, 2017
CSTA 2017 is a professional development opportunity for computer science teachers and others who wish to include computing in their teaching. Participants will have the opportunity to learn, network, and build community while exploring issues and trends relating directly to the classroom. Register.

Esri Education GIS Conference     
San Diego, CA; July 8-11, 2017
Attendees will explore how geographic information system (GIS) technology fosters critical thinking skills and improves decision making. Participants will receive hands-on training, learn best practices, and receive updates on all things GIS for both inside the classroom and policy making. Register.

National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) STEM Forum and Expo
Kissimmee, FL; July 12-14, 2017
The NSTA STEM Forum and Expo brings together informal and formal educators and exhibiting companies interested in, and/or who have tools and resources to share to ensure successful implementation of STEM education in schools and communities. Register.

Girl Up Logo Girl Up Leadership Summit
Washington DC; July 16-19, 2017  
Through mentorship by Girl Up experts, Teen Advisors, celebrity champions, and corporate executives, Summit participants will gain core leadership skills, training in community-building and advocacy, and experience interacting with members of Congress on Capitol Hill. The Summit strives to empower, educate and embolden the potential of every girl there. 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.
May is American Wetlands Month. In recognition, we are turning The Connectory Spotlight on three program providers that offer camps, community events, and other STEM opportunities about wetlands for kids in grades K-12.
Youth Wetlands Logo
The 4-H Youth Wetlands Education and Outreach Program (4-H YWP) works to heighten students' awareness of wetland loss through an organized educational program of outreach, empowerment, and advocacy.
Joe Budd Youth Conservation Center Logo
The Joe Budd Youth Conservation Center (JBYYC) provides an opportunity for students to learn about aquatic ecology in a natural setting. Students participate in education programs, ranging from pond life to wetland surveys, selected to complement their classroom learning.

Bolsa Chica Conservancy Logo The Bolsa Chica Conservancy inspires and connects all generations through community involvement and leadership in hands-on restoration, as well as education in wetland science, watersheds, coastal ecology, and environmental sustainability.

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. And thanks to our partnership with VolunteerMatch, you can link your accounts and recruit volunteers to grow your non-profit STEM program, taking advantage of our new Volunteer Listings page.

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STEM ResourcesResources
American Wetlands Month
In May we celebrate the vital importance of wetlands to the Nation's ecological, economic, and social health. It is also a great opportunity to discover and teach others about the important role that wetlands play in our environment and the significant benefits they provide.

Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month
May is Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month, resources that promote Asian-Pacific American students' academic and professional development are listed below.

Asia Pacific Network of Science & Technology Centres (ASPAC)
ASPAC is an association of science centers, museums and related organizations, with a regional focus on the Asia Pacific region.

Lessons and Activities for Asian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month
Celebrate Asian-Pacific Americans' heritage and contributions with these lessons and activities from the National Education Association.

National Association of Asian American Professionals (NAAAP)
The NAAAP offers a diverse range of local and national professional development programs that engages its membership in community service and organizes professional networking events. 

NCWIT: Efforts to Make Computer Science More Inclusive of Women
The National Center for Women and Information Technology's (NCWIT) Women in IT released this article to describe recent initiatives to broaden participation in computing.

The Connectory - Find Summer Camps!
The Connectory is the go-to place to find STEM year-round and summer is the peak season. Many girl focused summer STEM opportunities are available. Search by location, dates, area of interest, and age group. Find an opportunity near you.

Global ResourcesGlobal
Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD)
Worldwide; May 19, 2017
GAAD occurs each year to get people talking, thinking, and learning about digital accessibility and users with different disabilities. GAAD encourage designers, developers, usability professionals, and the general public to take an hour to experience first-hand the impact of digital accessibility (or lack thereof). Participate.
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