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Google and National Girls Collaborative Project (NGCP) are committed to providing equitable access to computer science (CS) education opportunities across the country. We are pleased to announce the CS Outreach Program Evaluation Network (CS OPEN) designed to improve opportunities and empower underserved girls through CS education. Google will provide expertise to improve NGCP programs by offering professional development to promote evaluation of computer science education initiatives within the NGCP network.

This pilot offers opportunities for NGCP programs to learn about exemplary evaluation practices in studying CS education and provide an opportunity to apply for small evaluation grants funded by Google over the  coming year. The goals of these evaluations will be to produce knowledge that will improve individual programs and inform the field of CS education.

Grant applications are due by October 19, 2015. Apply
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Great Plains Girls Collaborative Project: STEMwise Forum
Sioux Falls, SD; October 8, 2015
STEMwise 2015 will forge and enhance partnerships in the Northern Plains (SD, ND, MN, IA) between STEM professionals, educators, and community leaders. Participants will have the opportunity to contribute to collaborative sessions and discussions on topics such as: industry-education partnerships, dual credit and early college, utilizing trans-disciplinary approaches, project design and execution, connecting innovation and transformative technologies with education, and maximizing use of regional STEM resources.
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Smithsonian LVM Educator Training at The Children's Creativity Museum
San Francisco, CA; October 21, 2015
At this free training participants will learn about the Smithsonian Latino Virtual Museum (LVM) and its online resources and Teacher Toolkit. The training will include an in-depth review of the Toolkit and an overview of the modules and interactive tools, as well as step by step Training of the Day of the Dead module and the Eco Explorers Investigate the Water in My Community module.

Oregon Girls Collaborative Project: SciGirls Day in Newport
Newport, OR; October 24, 2015
Participants will learn the latest research for exciting and engaging girls (and boys), and underrepresented populations in STEM, experience hands-on STEM activities, receive curriculum that puts a creative twist on teaching STEM, learn how to modify activities to engage kids in STEM using the SciGirls Seven Strategies. The first 20 registrants will also receive SciGirls Season 1-3 on DVD.

FabFems Spotlight FabFems 
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.
Carissa Longo
Meet Carissa Longo, Environmental Education Program Coordinator for the Bureau of State Parks, Education, & Interpretation Section at the Department of Conservation & Natural Resources (DCNR). Carrisa began her career working on an Environmental Education themed kid's summer day camp in northeast Pennsylvania. She joined the DCNR as a seasonal Environmental Education Specialist and currently coordinates staff and teacher training for the bureau's Watershed Education and PA Land Choices curricula. V isit Carissa's profile to learn more.
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Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day (Girl Day) Workshop
Austin, TX; October 16-17, 2015
This workshop is for educators, organizations and others interested in learning how to run their own Girl Day program or similar STEM outreach event. The workshop includes a Role Models Matter session, activity selection and logistics processes, community engagement resources, and a live Mini-Girl Day experience with upper elementary and middle school girls. Register
Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC) Conference
Montreal, QC, Canada; October 17-20, 2015

The ASTC is an organization of science centers and museums dedicated to furthering public engagement with science among diverse audiences. At this year's conference attendees will have the opportunity to learn best practices and gain a better understanding of how to create engaging programming. 

STEM Equity Webinar: Does Gender Matter in Peer-Learning?
October 22, 2015; 11:00 AM Eastern
This free webinar is intended for educators interested in the disparity between gender and learning outcomes or achievement. Research results will be presented as well as an overview of how peer-learning supervisors and administrators believe they should address the issues raised by the research. Register
Lights On Afterschool
Nationwide; October 22, 2015
Organized by the Afterschool Alliance, Lights On Afterschool celebrates Lights On Afterschoolafterschool programs and their important role in the lives of children, families, and communities. It also draws attention to the many ways afterschool programs support students by offering them opportunities to learn new things. Visit Lights On Afterschool to register an event, access planning tools, and find an event in your area.

Society of Women Engineers: WE15
Nashville, TN; October 22-24, 2015
WE15 offers professionals, collegiates, and employers an opportunity to network, meet role models and mentors, find new talent, provide professional development to current employees and support women in engineering and technology. Register

Invent It. Build It.
Nashville, TN; October 24, 2015
Invent It. Build It. is an experience designed to encourage girls to choose a career in engineering. Girls (grandes 6-8) will participate in a hands-on engineering experience with members of the Society of Women Engineers. While the girls are having fun building and inventing, parents and educators will learn about engineering careers, scholarships, college admission, and resources. Register

Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) National Conference
Washington DC; October 29-31, 2015
The SACNAS Conference motivates, inspires, and engages participants to achieve their highest goals in pursuing education and careers in STEM fields. Conference programming is specifically tailored to support undergraduate and graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and career professionals at each transition stage of their career as they move towards positions of science leadership. Register

American Indian Science and Engineering Society logo American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) Conference
Phoenix, AZ; November 19-21, 2015
The AISES conference brings together Native American STEM educators, professionals, and students for mentoring and networking, professional development sessions, and a career and education expo. This year's theme is "Strive. Rise. Thrive." 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. This month we highlight miSci:

The Museum of Innovation and Science (miSci) in Schenectady, NY, is one the many terrific science centers, museums, and related institutions that are part of The Connectory via our partner, ASTC (Association of Science-Technology Centers). Along with featuring exhibits, programs, and events designed to inspire people to celebrate and explore science and technology, miSci has great Halloween opportunities to entice kids and teens to explore STEM.
Museum of Innovation and Science Logo Little Wonders of Science: Scary Scary Halloween introduces children ages 3 to 5 to science with an educator reading of Scary Scary Halloween, educator-led activities, and hands-on FUN!
Halloween Camp-In is a special sleepover at the science center. Families enjoy a planetarium show, dinner, a costume parade, scavenger hunt, creepy activities, spooky experiments, and breakfast.

Halloween @ miSci lets kids - or kids at heart - celebrate Halloween at the science center. There's a special all-day Halloween Scavenger Hunt, a costume parade, and spooky activities in the Science Zone (Inflating Ghosts, Blood, Things that Glow).
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.

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NCWIT Aspirations in Computing Award for Aspirations in Computing
The National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) Award for Aspirations in Computing honors young women at the high school level for their computing-related achievements and interests. Recipients receive opportunities for scholarships, internships, research experiences, and other educational and employment opportunities. Applications are available in English or Spanish and the deadline to apply is October 26, 2015. Apply.

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This new hands-on math club is offered by the nonprofit Bedtime Math Foundation and includes activities like Glow-in-the-Dark Geometry and Toilet Paper Olympics. Crazy 8s provides afterschool programs with a free kit containing directions and most of the materials needed to run an eight week club designed for 10-12 kids in grades K-2 or 3-5.

Día de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) eCourse
The Smithsonian Latino Virtual Museum (LVM), which offers teachers and students engaging tools that connect STEAM learning to Latino cultural heritage, will offer a Día de Los Muertos/Day of the Dead four-week eCourse accessible through Apple's iTunes U via the established LVM collections page. Teachers can use the Day of the Dead content in their classrooms and incorporate learning objectives such as: Day of the Dead LVM
  • Understanding the history, context, and practices of Day of the Dead/Día de los Muertos in the Mexican and Chicano communities of the U.S.
  • Learning the history of one's own family by interviewing elders and other family members about past generations
  • Correlating one's own family traditions and the traditions surrounding Day of the Dead/Día de los Muertos
This eCourse is part of the Smithsonian's LVM Teacher Training Toolkit made possible with the generous support of Target. The Día de Los Muertos/Day of the Dead eCourse will be available on October 19, 2015. For more resources, access the LVM Transmedia hub for 2-D and 3-D collections, simulations, virtual worlds, and educational activities.

Earth Science Week Contest
The American Geosciences Institute is sponsoring contests to celebrate Earth Science Week which will be celebrated October 11-17, 2015. The contests include a Photography Contest (all ages), Visual Arts Contest (grades K-5, and an Essay Contest (grades 6-9). The entry deadline for all contests is October 16, 2015.

EngineerGirl Essay Contest
The National Academy of Engineering invites students (both boys and girls) in grades 3-12 to submit an essay about how they would protect the environment and the safety, health, and well-being of the public as a responsible engineer. Submission deadline is February 1, 2016.

Allen Distinguished Educator Logo New Education Grant Program: Allen Distinguished Educators (ADE)
The ADE Award honors K-12 teachers who create innovative, student-directed programs focused on computer science, engineering and/or entrepreneurship skills. Applications for the 2016 ADE Awards are now being accepted. Each selected ADE will receive $25,000, national recognition, and support to promote their programs at greater scale. Application deadline is November 1, 2015.
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#ListenOutLoud Campaign
GlobalGirl Media is on a mission to erase the stigma attached to teen anxiety and depression with their #ListenOutLoud campaign. Participants record themselves singing or speaking song lyrics (up to 30 secs) to lift another's spirits. Then tag @globalgirlmedia and hashtag #ListenOutLoud. The campaign culminates on October 11, 2015, International Day of the Girl.
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