October 2016
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On September 27, 2016 the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) Inspiring Women Luncheon recognized women who have blazed new paths on the court, in the boardroom, and in the community. Karen Peterson, CEO for the NGCP was awarded the Cisco Inspiring the Future Award. This award recognizes one woman for her outstanding efforts and constant drive in the field of STEM education, and is given to someone who embodies the spirit of both the WNBA and Cisco through her dedication to today's youth, helping more girls pursue a professional career in technology. We are honored to have been recognized for our work.
Inspiring Women Award
Left to Right: Maria Dincel (Managing Director, Global Partnerships, Cisco), Karen Peterson, and Lisa Borders (President, WNBA)
NGCP Webinar: Changing the Game for Girls in STEM with Chevron and Techbridge
October 13, 2016; 11:00 AM Pacific (2:00 PM Eastern)
Techbridge is an award-winning national nonprofit devoted to inspiring girls to change the world through STEM. In April of 2016, in partnership with Chevron, Techbridge released a white paper  REGISTERentitled Changing the Game for Girls in STEM: Findings on High Impact Programs and System Building Strategies. This webinar will provide key findings from the white paper and will provide an opportunity for participant discussion.

Smithsonian Latino Center Educator Training at the National Museum of the American
Indian in Washington D.C. October 15, 2016
The NGCP invites informal educators and teachers to participate in the Smithsonian Latino Center's (SLC) Transmedia Project. SLC provides bilingual Transmedia resources that highlight the Smithsonian art and science collections as they relate to Latinos. The resources were created to enhance visitor's knowledge, understanding and appreciation of Latino Cultural Heritage through innovative and engaging online experiences.

Bilingual Educator's Training Toolkits will be provided to support educators with integrating this robust collection of transmedia and virtual exhibits into their existing STEM +Arts programs. The toolkits include virtual exhibitions and animation shorts of REGISTERSmithsonian projects, e-publications, immersion games, virtual worlds, and digital objects that apply 3-D augmented-reality technologies and virtual reality experiences.

Collaborative Network ActivitiesCollabActivity
Science Action Club Professional Development Training
October 10, 2016; 9:30 AM-3:00 PM Alaska
Come discover how you can engage youth in learning through bugs, citizen science, and nature education. Bugs are a great hook for getting girls and boys outside to observe and connect to their environment. Participants are invited to attend this professional development opportunity and discover how to engage youth (grades 5-8) through inquiry-based STEM instruction. Activity Leaders and club sponsors are invited to experience hands-on activities (including a nature walk) and take home a 12-lesson curriculum and teaching materials to serve 15-20 youth in your program. Register.

SciGirls Professional Development Training

Duluth, MN; October 15, 2016
SciGirls is an Emmy-award winning PBS KIDS television series and website dedicated to changing the way millions of girls think about STEM. Educators are invited to participate in this hands-on, minds-on professional development training. Participants will learn the latest research for exciting and engaging girls (and boys) in STEM, experience hands-on STEM activities, leave with curriculum that puts a creative twist on teaching STEM, learn how to modify activities to engage kids in STEM using the SciGirls Seven, and discover additional online resources that enhance teaching and learning experiences for all kids. Register.

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. 
Jamie Krakover
Jamie Krakover 

Meet Jamie Krakover. Jamie is a Structural and Teardown Engineer in Research and Development. She currently performs optimal cost analysis on aircraft components. She is an active member in the Society of Women Engineers and enjoys K-12 STEM outreach and mentoring. Jamie was recently contacted by a high school student, via her FabFems profile, looking for a mentor for her all girls FTC robotics team. Jamie wrote about her experience on the NGCP Blog and says the girls showed her a sense of resourcefulness that she would love to see more often in industry. She also reported that the experience helped her find a renewed sense of confidence in her knowledge and abilities. To learn more about Jamie read her NGCP blog post and visit her FabFems profile.

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Upcoming STEM EventsEvents
I SEA STEM Expo 2016 
Branson, MO; October 9-11, 2016
The International STEM Education Association (ISEA) supports STEM Educators in the K-12 classroom and promotes STEM Education as the cornerstone of innovation and excellence in educational experiences that are imperative for success in the technological world of today and tomorrow. This year's keynote speaker will be NGCP National Champions Board member Olivia Pavco-Giaccia. Register 

Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) National Diversity in STEM Conference
Long Beach , CA; October 13-15, 2016
SACNAS is three days of cutting-edge science, training, mentoring, and cultural activities for students and scientists at all levels. 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.

Grace Hopper Celebration Logo Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing Conference  
Houston, TX; October 19-21, 2016
This year the Conference is putting a greater focus on diversity and will feature leading technical speakers, career development sessions, a poster session, a hackathon and the industry's largest career fair for women in computing. Register.

Lights on Afterschool 2016 Lights On Afterschool
Nationwide; October 20, 2016
Organized by the Afterschool Alliance, Lights On Afterschool draws attention to the many ways afterschool programs support students by offering them opportunities to learn new things such as science, community service, robotics, Tae Kwon Do, and poetry. The events send a powerful message that millions more kids need quality afterschool programs. Visit the Lights On Afterschool website to get event ideas, register an event, access planning tools, and find an event in your area.

National Conference on Afterschool and Summer Learning
Seattle, WA; October 24-26, 2016
Co-hosted by the National Summer Learning Association and School's Out Washington, this event will bring together the nation's top thinkers to share and discuss the partnerships, policies, and programs that are breaking down traditional notions of when and where learning occurs. This year's theme is "Dare to Disrupt! The Pathway to Equity and Excellence in Education." Register.

Society of Women Engineers: WE16
Philadelphia, PA; October 27-29, 2016
WE16 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

STEMtech Conference
Philadelphia, PA; November 6-9, 2016
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. Early bird registration deadline is October 7, 2016. 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.

October is rich with educational days and weeks to celebrate, which made it hard to pick one program to feature this month. We decided to showcase The Burke Museum since it has a Burke Museumhistory of serving both girls and afterschool programs - perfect since October 11th is International Day of the Girl and October 20th is Lights on Afterschool.
The Burke Museum's Girls in Science program connects middle and high school girls with female scientists from the Burke and University of Washington. These programs offer real-world experiences in STEM to girls who may not otherwise have access to these opportunities. They also help build confidence in middle school girls at an age when participation in STEM subjects often drops.

Girls in Science: Middle School - This program provides a collaborative and supportive environment for girls in grades 6-8 to explore a variety of STEM fields such as oceanography, neuroscience, biology, and spectroscopy. Participants meet one Saturday each month to learn from female scientists at the Burke Museum and the University of Washington. Together, they conduct experiments with plants, learn to measure light, examine zooplankton under a microscope, and discover how the brain works.

Girls in Science: High School - This program gives girls in grades 9-12 the opportunity to be a part of the groundbreaking research being performed everyday by Burke Museum scientists. Participants in this quarterly program meet afterschool on five Mondays to take an in-depth look at a particular field of study at the Burke. Girls will explore what the Burke's vast research collections can tell us about our past, present, and future.

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
Earth Science Week
The American Geosciences Institute (AGI) Earth Science Week 2016 Toolkit contains educational materials for all ages that correspond to this year's event theme, "Our Shared Geoheritage." The learning resources engage youth in exploring geoheritage throughout the Earth systems, including the geosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere, and biosphere. Earth Science Week will be celebrated October 9-15, 2016.

Girls Who Code Girls Who Code Club Facilitators
Girls Who Code (GWC) is debugging the gender gap in tech by providing free computer science education to girls in 6-12th grade across all 50 states. GWC are looking for volunteers to be a Club Facilitator in the 2016-2017 school year. The ideal volunteer is an enthusiastic individual who is familiar with core programming concepts such as variables, loops, conditionals, and functions. A computer science degree is NOT required. All genders are encouraged to apply.

NSTA Angela Award
The National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) welcomes entries for the Angela Award. This award honors one female student in grades 5-8, who is involved in or has a strong connection to science. Any female student in grades 5-8 who is a resident of the United States or Canada, and is enrolled in full time public, private, or home school is eligible to apply. The award is $1,000 Savings Bond. Applications are due December 15, 2016.

Science Buddies Logo Science Buddies
Science Buddies is a non-profit that empowers K-12 students, parents, and teachers to quickly and easily find free project ideas and help (via Ask An Expert) in all areas of science. Website includes an online library of 1000+ project ideas, robust teacher resources, and career information for students.

Why We Need Women in Data Science

This article, published by Better Buys, on why we need women in the data science and technology field offers facts, discusses challenges in the field, obstacles in the workforce, and offers resources for female support in data science and computing. Better Buys recently contributed to the NGCP Blog with a guest post entitled Encouraging Girls (K-12) to Study STEM.

Global ResourcesGlobal
World Space Week
Worldwide; October 4-10, 2016
This year's World Space Week theme is "Remote Sensing: Enabling Our Future," an inward looking theme which celebrates Earth Observation from Space for the betterment of the human race. Visit the website to find and event and discover educational resources.

International Day of the Girl
October 11, 2016
A key global moment to celebrate the power of girls and highlight the barriers they face since the United Nations adopted it as International Day of the Girl in December 2011. Research has shown that girls have the power to break the inter-generational cycle of poverty not only for themselves, but for their families, communities and entire societies. Ensuring girls are respected and valued in society is the first step to breaking down discriminatory barriers.
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