May 2018
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Spring is here! It's a season for new beginnings and renewed connections. Celebrate by sharing curated, accessible STEM equity resources with colleagues. May is ' Forward to a Friend' Month, and we are hoping you will introduce the NGCP to three colleagues by forwarding this e-newsletter and encouraging them to sign up. It only takes a minute, and the resources are invaluable!
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NGCP Webinar Science Action Club: Building STEM Identities through Citizen Science
May 30, 2018; 12:00-1:00 PM Pacific (3:00-4:00 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 partners with the California Academy of Sciences to reach youth around the REGISTER nation with this high-quality citizen science experience. Participants will hear from the SAC team as well as trainers and activity leaders who have participated in the project and will learn how to become involved with Science Action Club.  

NGCP Blog Highlights
Have an idea for a blog post that encourages girls in STEM? Send us an email at Here are three recent noteworthy guest blog posts:

Want to Empower Girls in Tech? Empower their Mothers Too
Linda Kekelis shares how the Sunnyvale Public Library is helping close the opportunity gap in STEM with the Make-HER workshop, a Making program with a twist.

Green Machine: All Girls FIRST LEGO League Robotics Team
Diya (age 13) shares her experience as a member of an all girl, national championship winning, robotics team.

Showing our Work: Evaluating LA Makerspace Library Programs with CS OPEN
LA Makerspace Board member Rebecca Herr Stephenson discusses how libraries can participate in the Maker culture and shares lessons learned on developing and piloting an evaluation plan.

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SciGirls Training at BOOST Conference
Palm Springs, CA; May 4, 2018
Led by PBS SoCal, this workshop models how to lead inquiry-based STEM instruction with a commitment to gender equity. Educators attending SciGirls Trainings learn the latest research about exciting and engaging girls (and boys) in STEM; experience hands-on STEM activities; and gain access to free materials for hands-on, video-enhanced activities that put a creative twist on teaching STEM. Register.

SciGirls Connect Training
Albany, NY; May 10, 2018
Attendees will learn ways SciGirls can be used to encourage STEM-based learning for all students, not just girls. SciGirls is an Emmy award-winning PBS Kids television series and website dedicated to changing the way millions of girls think about STEM. Local educators are invited to participate in this hands-on, minds-on professional development training and will have the opportunity to practice proven strategies for engaging girls in STEM while building a device to measure wind, speed, and lighting up a room with dough creatures. Register.

Leap Into Science Balance Training
Spokane, WA; May 11, 2018
Spokane County Library District is pleased to offer this free training. Leap into Science is a nationwide program from The Franklin Institute Science Museum that integrates open-ended science activities with children's books, designed for children ages 3-10 and their families. These activities are designed for community settings, like libraries, museums, and out-of-school time programs. Register.

SciGirls Professional Development Training
Mankato, MN; May 25, 2018
Local educators are invited to participate in a hands-on, minds-on Professional Development Training. We welcome you to practice proven strategies for engaging girls in STEM while building a device to measure wind speed, lighting up a room with dough creatures. Register.

SciGirls Go Green Educator Workshop
Minneapolis, MN; May 30, 2018
Participants will learn about gender equitable teaching strategies using SciGirls programming, a national educational initiative using media, activities, and professional development to empower youth, ages 8-12. Attendees will hear more about SciGirls GO GREEN curriculum and learn several hands on science inquiry lessons using recycled materials. Register.

SciGirls Go Green Educator Workshop
Golden Valley, MN; June 16, 2018
Participants will learn gender equitable teaching strategies using SciGirls programming, a national educational initiative using media, activities, and professional development to empower youth, ages 8-12. Additionally, participants will hear about the SciGirls GO GREEN curriculum and hands on science inquiry lessons using recycled materials. 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.
Simone Athayde
Simone Athayde

Meet Simone Athayde, an environmental anthropologist and a Core Faculty in the Tropical Conservation and Development Program, in the Center for Latin American Studies, University of Florida. She is also a co-leader of the Amazon Dams Network, a women-led international network aimed at developing inter- and trans-disciplinary research on hydroelectric dam implementation in the Amazon. Her research interests include biodiversity conservation, sustainability, gender, race and cultural minorities' studies, interdisciplinary research, integrative science, indigenous knowledge systems, ethnoecology, and participatory research and management of socio-ecological systems. To learn more about Simone visit her FabFems profile .
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Upcoming STEM EventsEvents
Computer Science Teachers Association Logo CSTA Conference
Omaha, NE; July 7-10, 2018
The Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA) conference 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, while exploring issues and trends relating directly to the classroom. Register.

Education Summit @ Esri UC    
San Diego, CA; July 7-10, 2018
Attendees will explore how geographic information system (GIS) technology fosters critical thinking skills and improves decision making. The Esri Education Summit @ Esri UC, formally the Esri Education GIS Conference, is a forum to learn, collaborate, and get updated on all things GIS for both inside the classroom and policy-making. Register.

GirlUP Girl Up Leadership Summit  
Washington DC; July 8-11, 2018  
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.

Serious Play Conference
Manassas, VA; July 10-12, 2018
This leadership conference is a gathering where creators and learning professionals can have critical conversations about game design requirements and share their knowledge with peers. The focus of the conference is exploring opportunities, challenges and the potential of game-based learning. Register.

National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) STEM Forum and Expo
Philadelphia, PA; July 11-13, 2018
This NSTA event 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. It is intended to provide resources for educators and organizations seeking to learn more about STEM education, associated outreach programs, partnerships, schools, and curricula. Register.

National Marine Educators Association Conference
Long Beach, CA; July 15-20, 2018
Attendees will have the opportunity to make professional connections, share innovative ideas, and learn about new resources, tools and technologies for use in classrooms, laboratories, and education programs. Early bird registration ends June 1, 2018. Register.
The Connectory Spotlight highlights programs and opportunities in The Connectory. This free online collaboration tool for STEM program providers helps them find partners based on interests, as well as showcase STEM opportunities to families.

Ecology Project International (EPI) is a non-profit dedicated to developing place-based, ecological education partnerships between local experts and students to address critical conservation issues. This summer they are offering: 
These programs includes 25+ hours of coursework and instruction covering conservation biology, wildlands management, and the scientific process, plus 6+ hours of field research.
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Stunning Vistas: The landscape's singular beauty, abundance of wildlife, and fascinating thermal features combine to make this high-altitude plateau a unique and extraordinary ecosystem.

Field Work: Instructors will guide students through the surroundings and introduce the forces that shape it. Students will gain an understanding of the conservation issues facing the region and knowledge about one of the park's most charismatic ungulates-bison.

Once-in-a-Lifetime Experience: Students will spend time in and around Yellowstone National Park, where park service scientists and conservation staff will work with them on habitat restoration and bison grazing projects. 

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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.

Women in IT: By the Numbers
The National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) presents the most compelling statistics on women's participation in IT (updated April 2018) on NCWIT's Women in IT: By the Numbers.

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
GAAD Logo Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD)
Worldwide; May 17, 2018
GAAD occurs each year to get people talking, thinking, and learning about digital (web, software, mobile, etc.) access/inclusion and people 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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