October 2018
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  New National Champions Board Members
National Champions Board members are selected to give a balance of desirable expertise and regional representation, including industry representatives, informal learning educators, gender equity experts, science and mathematics education representatives, and educational policy experts. We welcome our newest members:   
  • Chris Neitzey, Director of STEM Initiatives for the Afterschool Alliance. Chris works to advance federal, state, and local policy to expand access to high-quality afterschool and summer STEM programming.
  • Ben Williams, CEO of the National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity (NAPE). Ben works with NAPE's members and its partners in education and workforce development, policy, and business and industry, to advance the organization's mission: to build educators' capacity to implement effective solutions to increase student access, educational equity, and workforce diversity.
NGCP and Latina SciGirls: A Project to Engage Latina Girls in STEM
October 16, 2018; 10:00 AM Pacific (1:00 PM Eastern)
Join the SciGirls team from Twin Cities Public Television and the NGCP for this one hour webinar to learn about Latina SciGirls, an exciting project focused on engaging young Latinas REGISTERin STEM. Together, we will discover best practices for engaging Latina girls in STEM including using role models, embracing cultural diversity, and engaging families.

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SciGirls Training Hosted by Project Scientist
Charlotte, NC; October 6, 2018
Based on the Emmy-award winning PBS KIDS television series SciGirls, local educators are invited to participate in this hands-on, minds-on professional development training. Attendees 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 Professional Development Training
Saint Paul, MN; October 20, 2018
Based on the Emmy-award winning PBS KIDS television series SciGirls, this training will integrate inquiry-based STEM instruction with a commitment to gender equity. Educators attending 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.

FAST Conference Session: Using the SciGirls Seven in your STEM classroom
Miami, FL; October 26, 2018
Some may think mixed-genders setting aren't for SciGirls, but the SciGirls Seven strategies work with all learners, including underrepresented youth. This SciGirls session integrates inquiry-based STEM instruction with a commitment to gender equity. SciGirls Trainings integrate inquiry-based STEM instruction with a commitment to gender equity. Educators attending SciGirls Trainings 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.
Amber Kaplan
Amber Kaplan
Meet Amber Kaplan. She spent her free time as a child outdoors collecting things (insects, animals, plants, rocks, seashells, etc.) in southern Alaska. Her love of biology grew and she was the first in her family to attend college, ultimately earning a PhD in Immunology. With a burning interest in host-pathogen interactions she went on to study the immune response to bacterial and fungal infections. After spending time examining the host side of infection she studied bacterial genetics at UCLA. Amber now works at a start-up in the biotech industry. To learn more about Amber, visit her profile.
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Upcoming STEM EventsEvents
CSforAll Summit
Detroit, MI; October 8-11, 2018
Designed to amplify the work of stakeholders engaged in building K-12 computer science education in the U.S., both in and out-of-school. The Summit will include an in-person audience of carefully selected school district delegations, commitment-making organizations, and community leaders. Join in person or via livestream.

National Career Pathways Network (NCPN) Conference  
Louisville, KY; October 11-12, 2018
The NCPN conference provides an opportunity for secondary and post-secondary educators and members of industry to network and share best practices, focusing on Career Pathways implementation at the state and local levels. Register.
Society of Women Engineers: WE18
Minneapolis, MN; October 18-20, 2018
WE18 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. This year's theme is "Let's Break Boundaries". Register.

Lights on Afterschool 2016 Lights On Afterschool   
Nationwide; October 25, 2018  
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, and robotics. Visit the Lights On Afterschool website to get event ideas, register an event, access planning tools, and find an event in your area.

National AfterSchool Alliance (NAA) Virtual Convention
Online; November 2-15, 2018
Workshops delivered to afterschool professionals in an online format. Participants will engage at their convenience, through a website with opportunities to access: Recorded workshops, discussion threads related to each workshop, resources, virtual vendor booths, and networking opportunities. Register.

Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) Conference   
Cleveland, OH; November 7-11, 2018
The SHPE conference brings together STEM professionals, pre-college students, undergraduate students, graduate students, educators, government representatives, and corporate representatives to empower the Hispanic community to realize its fullest potential and to impact the world through STEM awareness, access, support, and development. Register.

Supercomputing Conference (SC18)
Dallas, TX; November 11-15, 2018
The International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis (SC18) features a Student Cluster Competition, Student Volunteers Program, HPC for Undergraduates program, and a Doctoral Showcase. Additionally, events for students including a Job and Opportunity Fair, a Mentor/Protégé Program, networking events, and full access to the conference. Early bird registration ends October 14, 2018. Register.

NSLA2018 Summer Changes Everything NSLA Conference
Kansas City, MO; November 12-14, 2018
This National Summer Learning Association (NSLA) conference is an opportunity for stakeholders in the summer learning movement to share resources, best practices, and solutions for summer learning and afterschool programs. Register.

ACTE's CareerTech VISION 2018  
San Antonio, TX; November 28 - December 1, 2018
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. Early bird registration ends October 26, 2018. 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, as well as showcase STEAM opportunities for youth to families.

Students who participate in STEM competitions are more likely to express interest in a STEM-related career at the end of high school than are students who do not participate (Kelly Miller, Gerhard Sonnert & Philip Sadler, 2018). STEM competitions are an effective way of getting students excited about STEM fields. Below is a sampling of current competitions listed in The Connectory:

eCYBERMISSION Logo eCYBERMISSION is a web-based STEM competition for students (grades 6-9). Students are challenged to explore how STEM works in their world while working as a team to solve problems in their community. Teams will engage with scientists, engineers, and other STEM professionals specializing in fields such as robotics, technology, environment, national security and safety, and alternative energy sources. Registration deadline is December 19, 2018.

EngineerGirl Essay Contest is open to both boys and girls aims to encourage students to see how engineering impacts their own lives. Students (grades 3-12) are asked to write about engineering in relation to society, food, energy, disaster relief, health and medicine, and more. Submission deadline is February 1, 2019.

DiscoverDesign Logo National DiscoverDesign Competition is an ideas competition, hosted by the Chicago Architecture Center, challenging high school students to design solutions to a real-world problem using the design process. This year's challenge: Design a community market on a transit-oriented site in Chicago to improve access to resources and provide public gathering spaces. Registration deadline is October 31, 2018.

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STEM ResourcesResources
Conrad Challenge Logo Conrad Challenge
Students (ages 13-18) are invited to work together in teams to use STEM, innovation, and entrepreneurship to solve problems with global impact. Participants work together to choose and develop solutions to some of the world's most complex problems in one of six categories. Registration deadline is October 19, 2018.

Earth Science Week
The Education GeoSource database has thousands of free resources, from lessons to outreach and teacher professional development, for use in classrooms, scout programs, or at home. Earth Science Week will be celebrated October 13-20, 2018.

National Chemistry Week (NCW)
NCW is October 21-27, 2018. This year's them is "Chemistry is Out of This World". NCW encourages chemists and chemistry enthusiasts to build awareness of chemistry at the local level. The National Informal STEM Education Network has many volunteer and event resources for hosting your own chemistry event.

National Cyber Security Awareness Month
October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month. Designed to raise awareness about the importance of cybersecurity, provide tools and resources needed to stay safe online, and increase the resiliency of the Nation in the event of a cyber incident. Each week has its own theme. The Stop.Think.Connect. toolkit provides resources to help you stay safe online and host your own cyber event. Materials include ready-made cyber presentations and tip cards.

null Award for Aspirations in Computing
The National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) Award for Aspirations in Computing (AiC) honors high school women who are active and interested in computing and technology, and encourages them to pursue their passions. AiC award recipients are chosen for their demonstrated interest and achievements in computing, proven leadership ability, academic performance, and plans for post-secondary education. Applications deadline is November 5, 2018.

Global ResourcesGlobal
World Space Week
October 4-10, 2018
This year's theme "Space Unites The World" promotes cooperation between spacefaring and emerging space nations and help space exploration activities become open and inclusive on a global scale, according to the UN. Visit the website to find and event and discover educational resources.

Day of the Girl 2018 International Day of the Girl
October 11, 2018
The day aims to highlight and address the needs and challenges girls face, while promoting girls' empowerment and the fulfillment of their human rights. This year's theme "With Her: A Skilled GirlForce" will mark the beginning of a year-long effort to bring together partners and stakeholders to advocate for, and draw attention and investments to, the most pressing needs and opportunities for girls to attain skills for employability.
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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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