November 2016
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NGCP Celebrates CSEdWeek
Next month is Computer Science Education Week (CSEdWeek). Throughout the week (December 5-11, 2016) we will celebrate and host online activities to help you engage girls in computer science (CS) education. Watch for more information and join the conversation with  #NGCPCSEdWeek16. Follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook to receive the latest NGCP updates.
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Smithsonian Latino Center Webinar: Celebrating Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead)
November 2, 2016; 11:00 AM Pacific (2:00 PM Eastern)
The NGCP is partnering with the Smithsonian Latino Center to celebrate Dí de los Muertos (Day of the Dead). Día de los Muertos is a day of celebration for the people of Latin America, particularly in Mexico and Central America, and more recently for Mexican Americans. Rather than grieve over the loss of a beloved family or friend, those who celebrate Día de los Muertos choose to commemorate the lives of the dearly departed and welcome the return of their spirits.

Join NGCP and the Smithsonian Latino Center (SLC) to learn about different aspects of this holiday, how to use the SLC transmedia resources in your classroom or REGISTER learning environment, and create your own collections. Participants will hear from educators and experts about instructive practices and traditional festivities. Featured writer and scholar Xanath Caraza will be reciting her new poem honoring Mictecacíhuatl/La Catrina.
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Generous support for this program is provided by Target, an education sponsor of the Smithsonian Latino Center digital outreach.

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Informal Meetup: Learn more about Montana Girls STEM Collaborative
Billings, MT; November 2, 2016; 5:00-6:00 PM
STEM professionals, teachers, parents, the business community, and anyone who is interested in learning more about what we can do to support STEM for girls are invited to come learn more about the Montana Girls STEM Collaborative in this informal meetup at Carter's Brewery. Board members from Montana Girls STEM Collaborative will be on hand to answer questions, and you can meet other people who share your passion for STEM! All are welcome, and no RSVP is necessary. Facebook event info.

SciGirls Educator Training at WSKG Public Media
Vestal, NY; January 16, 2017
Participants will learn how to engage students in STEM through PBS Kids SciGirls. SciGirls Training integrates inquiry-based STEM instruction with a commitment to gender equity. Educators (working with 4th-8th grade students) attending SciGirls Training will learn the latest research for 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.
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.
Mary Jo Ondrechen
Mary Jo Ondrechen

Meet Mary Jo Ondrechen. Mary Jo says it was in a high school chemistry class where she decided to study chemistry. Mary Jo serves as Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Biology at Northeastern University in Boston and is the Principal Investigator of the Computational Biology Research Group. The research group works in three areas: 1) Learning how enzymes work; 2) Predicting the function of proteins of unknown function; and 3) Providing insights from computation to drug discovery projects. To learn more about Mary Jo visit her FabFems profile.
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Upcoming STEM EventsEvents
STEMtech Conference
Philadelphia, PA; November 6-9, 2016
The STEMtech conference brings the best of STEM, analytics, big data, advanced technology, and learning management architecture. Participants will have the opportunity to share and explore research, best practices, and new ideas. Tracks include: Using Analytics to Recruit, Retain, and Transition Students, Advances in E-Learning, and Integration of STEM and the Liberal Arts. Register.

American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) Conference  
Minneapolis, MN; November 10-12, 2016
The AISES conference brings together American Indian high school and college students, educators, professionals, tribal nations and tribal enterprises, universities, corporations, and government agencies for mentoring and networking, professional development sessions, and a career and education expo. This year's theme is "Traditional Knowledge. New Ideas. A Better World." Register.

ACTE's CareerTech VISION 2016
Las Vegas, NV; November 30 - December 3, 2016
Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) invites career and technical education professionals to learn about best practices and innovative programming. New this year is the STEM is CTE Symposium event that addresses STEM-related career paths through CTE programming for all students and especially young women. Register.

Computer Science Education Week
Nationwide; December 5-11, 2016
Computer Science Education Week (CSEdWeek) provides an opportunity to raise awareness about the impact of computing, the richness of computing careers, and the critical need for computer science (CS) education. CSEdWeek is a call to action to inspire students and colleagues about CS education, to employ new and better strategies for engagement, and to connect with the broader community around the need for and value of CS education. Learn more.
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. This month we are showcasing a new program provider.

The Scott Family Amazeum, located in Bentonville, AR, is a hands-on museum for children and families. Designed to be touched, climbed on, and interacted with, the exhibits engage the imagination and bring art and science to life. Through a partnership, local Girl Scouts now have the opportunity to expand their horizons and learn new skills in badge workshops scheduled during the school year.

Amazeum Logo Badge workshops engage Girl Scouts in science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM) related activities. Here is a look at the November opportunities for Girl Scout Programs and Events at the Amazeum.

Brownie Workshop: Senses - Celebrate all your senses with chocolate. In this delicious STEAM workshop, scouts must use their senses to complete chocolatier challenges and get out of some sticky situations. Once completed, the only thing left is to buy the Senses badge from your council store.

Fun Patch Night for Girl Scouts - After the Amazeum closes to the public, Girl Scouts are taking over the museum for an exclusive STEAM event. Scouts get to have even more fun than usual, exploring the exhibits and finding special activity booths with hands-on challenges that will help them earn a unique Amazeum fun patch.

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, by taking advantage of our new Volunteer Listings page.
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STEM ResourcesResources
CENTS Character Sammy CENTS, a Film About a Middle School Latina Math Whiz
CENTS is the inspiring story of a young Latina girl learning to embrace her own brilliance, while navigating the rough and tumble world of middle school. The story of math whiz Sammy and her attempt to befriend the "cool" kids with her scheme for the school penny drive is filled with wonderful performances and nuanced depictions of the relationships of both young girls and mothers and daughters. Watch the trailer. CENTS is available for pre-order on iTunes and will be available on most video streaming platforms on November 15, 2016. CENTS is also available for educational licensing and community screenings. Contact [email protected] for details.

ExploraVision is a science competition for K-12 students of all ability levels. Students work in groups, guided by a team coach and an optional mentor. Teams select a technology which is present in the home, school, or community and explore what the technology does, how it works, and how, when, and why it was invented. Teams must then project into the future what that technology could be like 20 years from now and determine what scientific breakthroughs need to occur to make it a reality. Entry submission deadline is February 6, 2017.

M3 Challenge Logo Moody's Mega Math Challenge
Moody's Mega Math (M3) Challenge is a mathematical modeling contest. Students gain the experience of working in teams to tackle a real-world problem under time and resource constraints akin to those faced by industrial applied mathematicians. The Challenge is entirely Internet-based with no participation fees. Each high school may enter up to two teams of three to five junior and/or senior students. Homeschool and cyberschool students may also participate. Registration opens November 2016.

November is Native American Heritage Month
Native American traditions are steeped in science and engineering. Native American engineers and scientists have built on that legacy to benefit society. Learn more about notable STEM trailblazers and their contributions and access teacher resources by visiting the Native American Heritage Month website.

Global ResourcesGlobal
Global Education Conference
Online; November 13-16, 2016
The Global Education Conference is a collaborative, inclusive, world-wide community initiative involving students, educators, and organizations at all levels. It is designed to significantly increase opportunities for building education-related connections around the globe while supporting cultural awareness and recognition of diversity. To attend this year's conference sign up for the Global Education Conference Network.
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