November 2019
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  NGCP National Webinar: Exemplary Practices using 'GirlsSTEAM Ahead with NASA' Free Resources
November 14, 2019; 12:00 PM Pacific (3:00 PM Eastern)
Girls STEAM Ahead Logo This webinar will provide an overview of the free NASA resources, along with accompanying exemplary practices. There will be time for Q&A with NASA's Universe of Learning team to best support your program efforts with the Girls STEAM Ahead with NASA materials. NASA's Universe of Learning creates and delivers timely and authentic resources and experiences for youth, families, and lifelong learners. The goal is to strengthen  science learning and literacy, and to enable inquisitive learners to discover the REGISTERuniverse for themselves in innovative, interactive ways that meet 21st century needs.
Celebrate Computer Science Education Week with CodeSciGirls!
SciGirls Logo December 11, 2019; 11:00 AM Pacific (2:00 PM Eastern)
A new Season of SciGirls premieres December 12, 2019 during Computer Science Education Week. The bright and relatable girls featured in five new REGISTER episodes explore computer science by coding, designing and programming their way to new adventures in technology. Participants will learn about the new season of SciGirls: the episodes, topics, the game, and new activities.

NGCP Welcomes Olivia Pavco-Giaccia
Olivia Pavco-Giaccia
Olivia Pavco-Giaccia
Olivia brings her experiences as an advocate for STEM education, entrepreneurship, and girl-centric activism to her role as NGC's Director of Engagement and Innovation. She also founded and serves as the co-chair of NGCP's Girls Advisory Board. Over a decade ago, Olivia attended her first NGCP event as a middle-schooler. When asked about her thoughts on joining the NGCP team, she said: "After all of these years, I continue to be inspired by the ongoing and dynamic work in support of STEM advocacy and a new generation of young women scientists. I'm thrilled now to be officially joining the NGCP team, and I am looking forward to contributing to an organization whose mission helped shape me." In her new role, Olivia will work to help highlight key aspects of NGC's mission and message by cultivating connections and support among both new and existing stakeholders and constituencies. She will also continue to grow the presence of the Girls Advisory Board. If you have any questions for Olivia, feel free to reach out to her directly at To learn more about Olivia visit her team profile.

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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 - Wind training, Northeast Kansas Library System
Lawrence, KS; November 13, 2019
Leap into Science - Wind Training at Southeast Kansas Library
Fredonia, KS; November 15, 2019
Leap into Science (Light and Shadows) at Lambertville Academy     
Lambertville, NJ; March 13, 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.

IF THEN Ambassadors at Summit 2019
IF/THEN Ambassadors (L-R) Charita Castro, Dorothy Tovar, Megan Lewis, Jasmine Sadler, and Danielle Twum. (Photo credit: Ben Torres)
The IF/THEN Ambassadors, 125 outstanding women in STEM chosen as high-profile role models, attended a three-day summit in Dallas in October. The Ambassadors received trainings in the fundamentals of communication, storytelling, and social media, as well as individualized coaching on how to tell a compelling personal story. NGCP delivered workshops on effective strategies to engage middle-school girls, ensuring Ambassadors are prepared for successful interactions in their own communities. Ambassadors were also professionally photographed and filmed so that their images and stories can be made available to educators and non-profits beginning in 2020. The highlight of the summit included an event at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science with talks from Academy Award-winning actress Geena Davis, legendary oceanographer Sylvia Earle, and philanthropist Melinda Gates.

Scully, Sylvia, and the Girl Next Door -  Jen Stancil ( NGCP National Champions Board Member) recently attended the IF/THEN Ambassador Summit and shares her experience while discussing how the IF/THEN initiative takes a new approach to leveling the playing field for every girl.
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Upcoming STEM EventsEvents
ACTE's CareerTech VISION 2019
Anaheim, CA; December 4-7, 2019
Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) invites career and technical education professionals to learn about best practices and innovative programming, how to use technologies to enhance learning, ways to help students plan their secondary careers, and strategies for project-based learning. Register.

Computer Science Education Week  
Nationwide; December 9-15, 2019
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.

Joint Mathematics Meetings
Denver, CO; January 15-18, 2020
For professionals interested in learning about innovative mathematical research, advancing mathematical achievement, providing the communication and tools to progress in the field, encouraging mathematical research, and connecting with the mathematical community. Register.

Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators (AMTE) Conference
Phoenix, AZ; February 6-8, 2020
The annual AMTE conference provides inclusive opportunities for a diverse community of mathematics educators to share current research and practice findings. Register.

American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Annual Meeting   
Seattle, WA; February 13-16, 2020
The AAAS is dedicated to advancing science for the benefit of all people. The 2019 theme, "Envisioning Tomorrow's Earth" draws on the current understanding of the world and bravely experimenting with forward-thinking visions that the scientific community needs to respond with in order to help solve many pressing problems. Register.

Beyond School Hours XXII   
Orlando, FL; February 26-29, 2020
Educators and leaders serving K-12 students in afterschool, summertime, and beyond will have the opportunity to engage in professional development and capacity building. The theme is "20/20 Focus on a Brighter Future." Register.
The Connectory Spotlight highlights tips, resources, 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.
The Connectory Polar Bear Winter Camps

It's time to add your winter and holiday STEM opportunities for youth. Here are just a few of the current offerings listed in The Connectory:

Winter Survival Science Funshop (Dec 7): Students will engineer a way to walk on snow, make their own snow to bring home, create "hot" ice using chemistry, and engineer hand warmers to keep the frostbite away.

Winter Camp at Carolina Raptor Center (Dec 19-30): Whether students are looking to get into the veterinary field or see what it takes to become an animal trainer, Carolina Raptor Center has camps that would be great for their interests.

Midwinter Break Tech Scholars (Dec 23- Feb 21): High school girls get behind-the-scenes access to the Center for Women's History, where they will meet with curators and academic fellows as they research historical figures and events that continue to impact young women today. Participants then learn programming concepts to design and build their own digital projects - including games, apps, and websites.
Our Getting Started Guide provides step-by-step instructions for joining The Connectory and adding your program and opportunities. It's free!
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STEM ResourcesResources
Code Your Hero WomanCode Your Hero: Girls can code their heroes with new CS First activity
The CS First team at Google has created a new activity where students can use their imagination to turn a real-life hero into a superhero using code. Code Your Hero is an activity that honors the everyday heroes in students' lives who use their powers to better their communities. Students will use Scratch, a block-based coding language, to animate and bring a story or game to life with movement and dialogue. Available in both English and Spanish. Watch and see what strong female heroes students choose to code superpowers for in their projects during an Hour of Code!

Creating Inclusive Computer Science Programs for Youth Training Webinar
This archived webinar by NCWIT describes reasons girls may shy away from CS programs and gives some practical advice for identifying target audiences and their influencers, messaging that addresses four important factors that affect involvement, and ways of making programs visible.

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.  
L'Oreal FWIS study logo Staying Power: Women in Science on What it Takes to Succeed
To mark the 15th anniversary of its For Women in Science (FWIS) program, L'Oréal USA partnered with the Heising-Simons Foundation to commission a study of its alumni network-scientists who have received fellowship grants, for their perspectives on what is needed for women to succeed in STEM. The resulting study, "Staying Power: Women in Science on What it Takes to Succeed," offers unique insight into the factors that support productive, resilient careers for women in STEM, as well as the challenges that persist.  

The Connectory - Winter Camps!
The Connectory is the go-to place to find STEM year-round. Many girl focused winter STEM 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.

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Girls in Tech is a global nonprofit and community for women in tech and entrepreneurship. They host events, conferences, and workshops, such as coding boot camps, mentorship programs, and "fireside chats" with entrepreneurial women.
About Us
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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