September 2019
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  NGCP Updates : New IF/THEN Spotlight!
This month we are announcing a new spothlight for IF/THEN, an initiative of Lyda Hill Philanthropies. IF/THEN seeks to further women in STEM through empowering current innovators and inspiring the next generation of pioneers. NGCP in partnership with Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC), will host a digital asset library that features women scientists. Each month we will spotlight relevant  programs, resources, and Ambassadors serving as role models.

NGCP National Webinar: Exploration of Other Worlds Using NASA Solar System Treks
NASA Solar System Trecks Logo October 8, 2019; 11:00 AM Pacific (2:00 PM Eastern)
This webinar will introduce NASA's Solar System Treks (SST) , a free resource that contributes to STEM learning. The SST portals enable students to study the surfaces of the Moon, Mars, Vesta, Ceres, Titan, and Icy Moons. The portals provide interactive and innovative ways to inspire, inform, and educate a worldwide audience. Participants will hear directly from REGISTERoutreach specialists at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory and Ames Research Center, and have the opportunity to ask questions about the visualization tools.

Do You See Your High School Students in Future STEM Careers?
NGCP is pleased to be collaborating with the American Association of Physics Teachers, Destination Imagination, National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity, and the Student Research Foundation on a research project focused on high school students' perceptions of STEM careers. In previous research, we found the majority of STEM students (51%) saw their STEM courses as "extremely" or "very important" to future careers. By including your students as part of this research project, you can help them: further consider their strengths, interests, and career options; receive information from colleges, universities, career and technical schools, and other post-secondary institutions seeking to recruit students with their specific interests, talents, skill sets, and career goals; and gain access to post-secondary scholarship opportunities. Watch your in-box during the back-to-school season for a package from The National College & Career Pathways Study. Please fill out this on-line form or email to make sure you are on the list.

New blog post: Making the Universe, with Paper
Kimberly Arcand, Visualization Lead for NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory at the Center for Astrophysics, explores makerspaces and using paper to introduce various topics connected to astrophysics and the exploration of space to children and adults from different backgrounds and interest levels. She shares ways that NASA-related activities have helped bring these space-based ideas into hands here on the ground. Read more.

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Connecting and Collaborating for Canadian Girls
Toronto, CA; September 22, 2019
NGCP and Canadian Association for Girls In Science (CAGIS) will be hosting a conversation about engaging girls in STEM at Metro Toronto Convention Centre in Toronto, Ontario on Sunday, September 22, 2019 from 3:30-5:00 PM. Participants will connect and collaborate around reaching girls with exemplary STEM practices. Your organization will have an opportunity to spotlight your programs as well as collaborate with other organizations on existing or upcoming programming. If you would like to participate in this event, please email Casi Herrera.

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
Safford, AZ; September 7, 2019
Leap Into Science Wind Training at the Discovery Center
Murfreesboro, TN; September 20, 2019
Leap into Science: Wind Educator Training    
Spokane, WA; September 28, 2019
Leap into Science - Wind Training at North Central Kansas Library
Manhattan, KS; October 10, 2019
Leap into Science (Wind) at Piscataway Public Library    
Piscataway, NJ; October 15, 2019
Leap into Science: Wind Educator Training
Newark, NJ; October 19, 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.
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IF/THEN teamed up with SheIS, an organization aiming to positively impact women's sports, to create a new mini-series coming out this fall. The mini-series, STEM Meets Sports, will tell the story of five women who are athletes, business professionals, or both, and will highlight how STEM and sports go hand in hand. Watch the trailer.
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Upcoming STEM EventsEvents
Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC) Conference
Toronto, Canada; September 21-24, 2019
ASTC is an organization of science centers and museums dedicated to furthering public engagement with science among diverse audiences. An online conference program features detailed session, networking, and event listings. This year's theme is "Moonshots: Rendezvous with the Future" and will inspire leaders to go beyond their own institutions and launch the 21st-century Moonshots that will shape the world. Register.

Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing
Orlando, FL; October 1-4, 2019
Promoted as the world's largest gathering of women technologists. Those unable to attend in person may learn more about attending virtually. Virtual attendees will be able to stream keynotes and sessions and interact with presenters and other virtual attendees.
Empowering Girls in Science Through Growth Mindset and the New Girl Scout Space Science Badges
Online, October 8, 2019; 11:00 AM Pacific (2:00 PM Eastern)
Focused on Growth Mindset in girls and the new 2019 Space Science badges for Girl Scouts. Presenters will explore ways to engage and encourage girls in STEM, discuss the newly released badges, the Girl Scouts' STEM strategy, and ways science museums can successfully enage girls in Earth and space science. Learn more.

American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) Conference
Milwaukee, WI; October 10-12, 2019
Conference focuses on educational, professional and workforce development. This year's theme is "Indigenizing the Future of STEM." Attendees include American Indian, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander, and First Nation high school and college students, educators, professionals, tribal nations and tribal enterprises, universities, corporations, and government agencies. Register.

National Career Pathways Network (NCPN) Conference  
Orlando, FL; October 11-13, 2019
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.

Astronomical Society of the Pacific Annual Meeting
San Francisco, CA; October 18, 2019
A broad science education and outreach conference featuring plenary speakers, panels, contributed workshops/sessions, and oral/poster presentations addressing a wide range of professional work, research, and evaluation in education, communication, and diversity in science. This year participants will be celebrating ASP's 130th anniversary. Register.

Summer Changes Everything NSLA Conference
Atlanta, GA; October 21-23, 2019
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.  
CSforAll Summit 2019 Logo CSforALL Summit
Salt Lake City, UT; October 21-23, 2019
Participants will celebrate the progress on the CSforALL movement and announce new commitments to reach the goal of access to rigorous, inclusive, and sustainable computer science education for all US students. Register.

Lights On Afterschool   
Nationwide; October 24, 2019
Lights on Afterschool Light Bulb Organized by the Afterschool Alliance, Lights On Afterschool is celebrating 20 years and 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.

Society of Women Engineers: WE19
Anaheim, CA; November 7-9, 2019
We19 Logo WE19 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 "We Live. We Learn. We Lead." 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.
School is back in session which makes this the perfect time to add your afterschool, weekend, and holiday break STEAM opportunities in The Connectory.
The Connectory Bulk Uploads
Bulk Uploads: We offer a streamlined way to add dozens of opportunities (camps, workshops, maker fairs, competitions, and other time-bound STEAM events). Contact and we will create a customized spreadsheet for you to completed with the required info for each opportunity (title, description, cost, etc.) Once the completed spreadsheet is returned, we will upload and approve the opportunities. Depending on the cycle(s) and number of offerings, uploads are done monthly or seasonally.

Your opportunities will be associated with your program listing. New Program Providers will need to create a program entry first. 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
Head Start on Engineering Logo Head Start on Engineering
This new bilingual (Spanish/English), family-centered program integrated into the Head Start system and is designed to engage preschool children (ages 3-5) and their parents and caregivers from low-income backgrounds in the engineering process. It also serves as a context for ongoing research about the development of science and engineering interests in early childhood and how these interests can be effectively supported. All materials, including the program guide, are free for educators and families to use and adapt.

National Hispanic Heritage Month
In recognition of Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15th - October 15, 2019), here are some resources that serve to promote Latino(a) students in STEM:
  • Hispanic Heritage Youth Awards honors Latino high school seniors who excel in the classroom and community and for their excellence in five categories: Business & Entrepreneurship, Community Service, Education, Healthcare & Science, Media & Entertainment, and Technology & Engineering. Recipients are selected in each category and receive a grant to fund their college education or to fund a community service effort that tackles a social issue. Application deadline is October 15, 2019. 
  • Latina Girls Code: Provides technology exposure and resources for Latinas ages 7-17.
  • Latinas in STEM: Spreads awareness about STEM and encourages middle and high school Latinas, especially within underserved communities, to consider pursuing a STEM career.
  • SHPE Jr. Chapters: The Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) program provides high school students with opportunities to participate in hands-on STEM activities, receive mentorship, and experience STEM firsthand at a participating local university or museum.
  • TECHNOLOchicas: Designed to raise awareness among young Latinas and their families about opportunities and careers in technology.
null NCWIT 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. This multi-tiered competition includes recognition at national and local levels, serving all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, and all U.S. overseas military bases. AiC recipients are chosen for their demonstrated interest and achievements in computing, proven leadership ability, academic performance, and plans for post-secondary education. Application deadline is November 8, 2019.

Global ResourcesGlobal
Global Collaboration Week 2019 Logo Global Collaboration Week
September 23-17, 2019
Global educators and professionals will host connective projects and events and invite public participation to demonstrate the power of global connectivity in classrooms, schools, institutions of informal learning and universities around the world, and to introduce others to the tools, resources and projects that are available to educators today. Visit the Global Collaboration Week website for resources and to view an online listing of events.
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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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