September 2014   
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Swirls   NGCP Updates

Why Do You Love NGCP?  

We often hear from you, our community, the phrase "I love NGCP..." and it means so much to us! This month NGCP is  turning 12 and to celebrate we are taking collaboration love  viral! Share why you  love NGCP on social media, using the hashtag I Love NGCP #LOVENGCP. What does NGCP mean to you?   


NGCP Supports Science STARS Blogging Project

Science STARS, featured in the September 5th webinar, received NGCP mini-grant funding to produce a series of blog posts written by Science STARS students. STARS Blog Science: A voice for urban girls in science offers a unique look into the lives of a group of girls and how they think about science.    

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Spread the Word Help our Collaboratives connect and serve local programs.
Please let your colleagues know about these events happening around the United States. Each month we will send out a call to highlight the programming in our Collborative network. 
Live from New York, it's the new NY STEAM Girls


Help NY STEAM Girls Collaborative spread the word to New York based organizations that are committed to informing and encouraging girls to pursue careers in STEM by joining their e-newsletter distribution list and adding your organization or program to the Program Directory.


Oregon Girls Collaborative Project (OGCP) Kick-off Conference
Wilsonville, OR; September 15, 2014; 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
This event is the official launch of the OGCP. Attendees will have an opportunity to network, meet the OGCP Leadership Team and Champions Board members, learn about the benefits of collaboration, and gain a greater awareness of exemplary practices to engage girls in STEM.
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GRITS Role Models Matter Forum
Murfreesboro, TN; September 20, 2014
This event is for parents, teachers, STEM professionals, and adults interested in impacting girls and other students in a positive way. Participants will learn techniques to prepare other potential role models to interact effectively with students, learn and practice being effective role models, and gain valuable tips and tools for coaching special presenters in classrooms, after-school programs, and other student-centered forums.
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New York STEAM Collaborative Kick-off
Malta, NY; October 25, 2014; 9:30 AM-5:00 PM
Participants will learn about the New York STEAM Collaborative and how it will bring together organizations and individuals who are committed to informing and motivating girls to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics (STEAM) to network, collaborate, and share resources. 
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New York STEAM Collaboration/Professional Development Forum

Troy, NY; November 11, 2014

This forum will bring together formal and informal educators, industry, academia, and public partners to explore new ways to encourage and promote girls in STEM.
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NGCP Collaborative Mini-Grants

NGCP mini-grants are designed to build collaboration between programs and resources. Mini-grant application resources, including a sample application, exemplary practicesproject ideas, and frequently asked questions are available online. Open and closing dates are listed below with more information available on Collaborative websites.


swirl GRITS Collaborative Project: August 13, 2014 - September 17, 2014

swirl Kentucky Girls STEM Collaborative Project: August 15, 2014 -September 17, 2014


FabFems Spotlight FabFems 
Dr. Valentina Aquila
Dr. Valentina Aquila
Meet Valentina Aquila, an Associate Research Scientist with Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Aquila enjoyed every subject in school but was particularly fond of physics. After receiving her PhD in Meterology, she went on to work for NASA and Johns Hopkins University to focus her investigation on the effects of volcanic eruptions on the climate. In her free time, she likes reading and traveling and is excited about sharing demonstrations and talking with young girls about careers in STEM. To learn more visit Dr. Aquila's profile.

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 like Valentina to connect with in your area.


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Swirls   Upcoming STEM Events  STEM_Events
NEA Webinar: Our Role as Educators - Girls' Pathways to Leadership
September 30, 2014; 7:00 PM Eastern
This free National Education Association (NEA) webinar will highlight the results of a recent survey of NEA members to gauge educator perspectives regarding student gender and leadership, provide tips to facilitate learning environments that foster girls' leadership, and share activities for students which build global understanding and advocacy. Register.

Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing Conference 
Phoenix, AZ; October 8-11, 2014
This year's theme "Everywhere. Everyone." will focus on emerging trends in technology and perennially important technology areas. Register.

Society for Advancement of Hispanics/Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) National Conference

SACNAS logo Los Angeles, CA; October 16-18, 2014

The SACNAS Conference showcases cutting-edge science and features mentoring and training sessions, specifically tailored to support undergraduate and graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and career professionals at each transition stage of their career as they move toward positions of science leadership. Register

Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC) Conference
Raleigh, NC; October 18-21, 2014
The ASTC is an organization of science centers and museums dedicated to furthering public engagement with science among diverse audiences. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn best practices, network, and gain a better understanding of how to create engaging programming. Register.

Lights On Afterschool

Nationwide; October 23, 2014

Lights On Afterschool, an Afterschool Alliance event, is a nationwide celebration of afterschool programs designed to draw attention to high-quality afterschool and summer learning programs crucial to children, youth, families, and communities. Visit the Lights On Afterschool website to register an event, access planning tools, and find an event in your area. Learn more


Society of Women Engineers WE14
Los Angeles, CA; October 23-25, 2014
WE14 offers collegiate and professional women in engineering, career and professional development resources. Collegiate attendees will attend a career fair, network, and meet role models and mentors. Professional attendees will attend professional development workshops and learn about cutting-edge innovations. Register.

Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) Conference

Detroit, MI; November 5-9, 2014

The SHPE conference brings together STEM professionals, pre-college students, undergraduate students, graduate students, educators, government representatives, and corporate representatives to empower Hispanics in STEM fields. Early bird registration ends September 30, 2014. Register.


Swirls   Champions for Collaboration  Champions
NGCP Champions Board members are selected to give the NGCP a balance of expertise and regional representation. We highlight Champions Board members to inspire and inform

your work to engage girls in STEM. This month we feature Olivia Pavco-Giaccia, a Junior at Yale University as well as the Founder and CEO of LabCandy, a social enterprise venture with a mission to get young girls more interested in science.

Olivia Pavco-Giaccia


What excites you the most about your work: Most gratifying moment so far: I shared our very first prototype lab coat and goggles with my seven-year-old cousin, Ava. When she put them on, she looked in the mirror and asked, "Is this what a scientist looks like?" I told her "Yes." Her resulting smile was so touching and validating, I had to write our dialogue into the last lines of LabCandy's storybook.
Who are your role models: Mentors are essential, especially for young girls interested in historically male-dominated STEM fields. I got lucky and had two really great science mentors early on. My teachers, Ms. Cahill and Ms. Reitz, encouraged me in my passion. In fact, Ms. Reitz was (and is) so influential to me that I wrote her into the first LabCandy storybook and she continues to mentor me in her role as LabCandy's adviser.
What advice would you give to the NGCP community: Continue to utilize your incredible networks to engage and cultivate enthusiastic mentors for our young girls. When I attended my first NGCP conference, I was thrilled to be surrounded by so many people who were not only passionate about STEM, but who also encouraged me in that same passion. Their energy was contagious and it gave me the confidence to envision myself as a part of the STEM world. I experienced the tangible results of being mentored, and I'd like for us to continue working toward giving all young girls that same feeling of being a welcomed and key part of the world of STEM.


Swirls   STEM Resources  STEM_Resources

NCWIT Aspirations Logo Award for Aspirations in Computing

The National Center for Women & Information Technology Award for Aspirations in Computing honors young women at the high school level for their computing-related achievements and interests. Aspirations in Computing offers over 300K in scholarships for young women in computing. Applications are open September 15 - October 31, 2014. Promote the awards by requesting a free poster.


National Hispanic Heritage Month

In recognition of Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15, 2014 - October 15, 2014), here are some resources that serve to promote Latino(a) students in STEM:


Five Inspiring Hispanic Scientists

This blog post highlights five inspiring Hispanic scientists that have had a major and lasting impact on the world around them.


Latinas in STEM Foundation

The Latinas in STEM Foundation aims at inspiring and empowering Latinas to pursue, thrive, and advance in STEM fields. The website features events, programs, and resources for K-12 girls, parents, and collegiate and professional women.


Smithsonian Latino Virtual Museum (LVM) Dia de los Muertos 3D Experience

The LVM Dia de los Muertos 3D Experience is an avatar based virtual world, using the Smithsonian LVM digital collections illustrating customs and beliefs varying from ancient Mesoamerica to those currently practiced in today's Latino culture.


SACNAS Biography Project

This resource is designed for K-12 educators who are interested in teaching their students about the accomplishments of Chicano/Latino and Native American scientists. Profiles of scientists, mathematicians, and engineers are written at the middle school and high school levels. 


October 8th is National Youth Science Day 

Created to spark early youth interest and leadership in STEM careers in an effort to keep America competitive. This year's  experiment is "Rockets to the Rescue". Activities include designing and building an aerodynamic food transportation device that can deliver a payload of nutritious food to disaster victims.


Siemens Foundation Competition

This science research competition for high school students promotes excellence by encouraging students to undertake individual, or team research projects. Submission deadline: September 30, 2014.


Spirit of Innovation Challenge Logo Spirit of Innovation Challenge

The Spirit of Innovation Challenge provides an opportunity for student teams to create commercially viable products or services to address issues of global sustainability. Competition is open to students ages 13-18 and adults 19-25, worldwide. Teams from afterschool programs and science clubs are encouraged to participate. Registration deadline: October 16, 2014.  


2015 Microsoft Research Graduate Women's Scholarship Program
Applicants must be full-time, female students, enrolled in their first year of graduate program with an accredited university, with a research focus in Computer Science, Information Science, Mathematics, or Electrical Engineering. Submission deadline: October 17, 2014. Apply.


Who Wants to Be a Mathematician National Contest

The American Mathematical Society invites high school students to participate in its national contest, Who Wants to Be a Mathematician. Students compete for cash and prizes by answering multiple choice mathematics questions. The first round of qualifying is September 6-20, 2014.

NGCP Program Directory: Search for Collaborating Programs or Register Your Program! The online Program Directory highlights programs that focus on motivating girls to pursue STEM careers. The purpose of the directory is to help organizations and individuals network, share resources, and collaborate on STEM-related projects for girls.
Swirls   Global Resources GlobalResources

International Women's Hackathon
October 11, 2014

University Campuses Worldwide & Grace Hopper Celebration in Phoenix, AZ
The International Women's Hackathon is a network of concurrent events designed to empower young women leaders in computer science. By providing a fun and safe environment in which to explore computing, the hackathon encourages and supports university women around the world to become producers of future innovations in technology and help solve challenges in the world today. Register.  


International STEM Education Conference

October 12-14, 2014; Branson, MO

At this conference engage in hands-on workshops, seminars, and presentations and learn best teaching practices and concepts for the effective delivery of STEM curriculum models. Register.

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The National Girls Collaborative Project™ is 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-1103073.