May 2020
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NGCP Updates: 
Tackling the extreme work life balance of being a woman in STEM during COVID-19
Recently, NGCP Board Chair, Jennifer Stancil was interviewed as part of a series on how women leaders in tech and STEM are addressing new needs during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read More.
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National Webinar: Girls STEAM Ahead with NASA Free Resources
May 20, 2020; 9:00 AM Pacific (12:00 PM Eastern)
This Girls STEAM Ahead with NASA (part of NASA's Universe of Learning) webinar will provide an overview of the program and its resources, including a range of computer-based and paper-based activities, along with exhibits and poster series. We will then delve deeper into some Girls STEAM Ahead with NASA activity-based resources. There will be time for REGISTERquestions and comments in order for the NASA's Universe of Learning team to best support your program efforts with the Girls STEAM Ahead with NASA materials.
National Webinar, CryptoClub: Exploring Mathematics in a Playful and Engaging Way
CryptoClub Logo May 21, 2020; 10:00 AM Pacific (1:00 PM Eastern)
NGCP is proud to partner with the University of Chicago on the CryptoClub project to reach youth around the nation with this high quality mathematics and cryptography curriculum. The CryptoClub Project develops materials that harness the allure of secret messages to teach cryptography and mathematics. In addition, teachers and informal educators receive training and REGISTERresources to introduce students to an exciting and important application of mathematics in a playful and engaging way. On this webinar, we will hear from the team at the University of Chicago as well as trainers and educators who have participated in the project.

SciGirls Logo Equity in STEM Education: The Connection to Culture
May 27, 2020; 11:00 AM Pacific (2:00 PM Eastern)
Learn about research-based best practices on cultural responsiveness. A REGISTERpowerful approach that spans the cultural divide that often exists between educators and students and allows educators to improve STEM engagement and equity. This webinar is part of a series of Research to Practice webinars, presented by NGCP and SciGirls.

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The National Girls Collaborative Project and it's many partners has compiled this list of STEM-related online learning resources to assist as you serve your programs and communities. We will continue to update resources as we learn of more. Thank you for all that you are doing as we find creative ways of engaging young people in STEM.
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Shyla S.
Shyla S.
Hi! My name is Shyla S., I am a 17 year old Junior at North Central High School, and a member of NGCP's Young Girls Advisory Board (YoGA Board). I joined the YoGA board at the beginning of this school year. At the time, I did not know what to expect, but after joining I realized that it was a perfect fit for me! All the girls are so nice, and it was amazing to meet new people who are passionate about making a difference for women in STEM. At school, one of my favorite classes is Genomics, an independent research class. In this class we studied mutated C. Elegans, small microscopic cancerous worms, and analyzed their genome to see if possible Zinc supplements would essentially cure cancer in the worm. So far I have found that Zinc Sulfate could be a possible supplement, but I still have to run more tests to get an accurate conclusion. On top of my classes I really love athletics and am a three sport athlete. I compete in volleyball, basketball, and track. During my free time I work, hang out with friends and family, and continue to stay as active as I can. I hope to continue my STEM path after I graduate and attend a medical school to become a pediatric surgeon! I recently wrote a blog post about my YoGA board experience. You can read more here
Stay connected to the YoGA Board:  View on Instagram 

Upcoming STEM EventsEvents
NCGS logo 2020 NCGS Virtual Conference
Virtual, June 22-24, 2020
The National Coalition of Girls' Schools (NCGS) conference is going virtual. Engage with keynote speakers and presenters via an interactive, innovative, and collaborative platform. Included is "on demand" access to recordings of all breakout sessions and keynote speakers after the conclusion of the conference. This year's theme is, "Stand Up, Speak Up: Girls Using Their Voices to Engage, Empower, and Enact." Register.

CSTA Conference  
Virtual, July 11-15, 2020
The Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA) conference is now a virtual conference. While participants will not be meeting in-person, CSTA will still put on the same conference you've come to love - created by teachers, for teachers. Visit the new FAQ page for more information about this virtual event and what this change means for participants. Register.

CSforALL 2020 Logo CSforALL Summit
Memphis, TN; October 13-15, 2020
The Summit will focus on the next 10 years with the '2030 CSforALL Goals'. The three goals are to prepare and encourage the movement to adopt, guide, and measure their computer science education efforts. Summit will include conversations, actions, and priorities around these goals to substantially stride towards the national CSforALL mission. Early bird Call for 2020 Commitments deadline is June 30, 2020.

BOOST (Best of Out-of-School Time) Conference 
Palm Springs, CA; October 26-29, 2020
The BOOST conference has been rescheduled for October 2020. All attendees, exhibitors, and sponsors currently registered will have the opportunity to transfer their April 28-May 1, 2020 registration(s) to the fall BOOST Conference dates. 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.

ISTE Conference & Expo
Anaheim, CA; November 28 - December 1, 2020
The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) has rescheduled ISTE20. Recognized as the most comprehensive educational technology conference in the world. Participants will have the opportunity to engage in hands-on learning, exchange ideas and network with like-minded thinkers seeking to transform learning and teaching. Register.
The Connectory is a free online collaboration tool for program providers that helps them find partners based on interests, and showcase STEAM opportunities for youth to families.
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Online Learning Opportunity Promotion - We're Here to Help! The Connectory is heating up with online learning submissions. If you have online learning opportunities for youth that need elevating, we can help via our social media channels. Here are the steps:
Step 1: Submit your Online Learning opportunity for approval in The Connectory. New to The Connectory? Our Getting Started Guide provides step-by-step instructions.
Step 2: After your opportunity is approved, email with the link to your approved opportunity and ask us to help "boost your signal."  
Step 3: Be sure to "like/follow" us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to stay connected. 

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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 professional development programs that engages its membership in community service and organizes professional networking events.

NCWIT By the Numbers 2020 thumbnail Women and IT: By the Numbers
The National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) presents the most compelling statistics on women's participation in computing (updated April 21, 2020) on Women and Information Technology: By the Numbers.

The Connectory - Find Online Learning Opportunities!
The Connectory has many online STEAM learning opportunities for youth. Check back often, this list is growing. Steps:
   1) Go to: Find an opportunity
   2) Clear the location field
   3) Select Online Learning under Type of Opportunity and view the results

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GAAD Logo Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD)
Worldwide; May 21, 2020
The purpose of GAAD is to get everyone 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). Read the blog post that inspired GAAD and participate.
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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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