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NGCP featured on Equality Can’t Wait Challenge Idea Lab
The Equality Can’t Wait Challenge was created to accelerate the pace of progress toward gender equality in America. The National Girls Collaborative is excited to be featured on the Equality Can’t Wait Challenge Idea Lab alongside other top applicants. Check out our profile and view the short video created by our very own Girls Advisory Board member Cynthia O.
SciStarter Webinar: Introduction to Citizen Science in Libraries
August 25, 2021, 12:00 PM Pacific / 3:00 PM Eastern 
NGCP is proud to partner with SciStarter, an online hub featuring more than 3,000 citizen science projects. Scistarter has launched the National Citizen and Community Science Library Network to provide training, support, and resources, to libraries interested in becoming a community hub for citizen science. Participants will learn more about citizen science and explore how libraries and other community-based organizations can become partners in citizen science engagement. All libraries (academic, public, school, and special) are invited to join the National Citizen and Community Science Library Network.
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Girls Advisory Board Spotlight
The Girls Advisory Board is made up of young women that review and provide feedback on current NGCP initiatives and assist in informing the future direction of the NGCP.

Amanda K. is a rising high school junior in Maryland and a member of the NGCP Girls Advisory Board. She is interested in biotechnology and vaccine development and is currently interning at the biotechnology company Novavax. In May of 2020, amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, Amanda founded Pop for a Cause, a nonprofit popcorn company that sells unique popcorn flavors and donates 100% of proceeds to rotating charitable causes. A few of her creations include Kettle Fruity Pebble, Cookie Monster, and Cake Batter popcorn to name a few.
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IF/THEN Spotlight
Each month, this spotlight will highlight new programs, resources, and role models that are part of IF/THEN®, an initiative from Lyda Hill Philanthropies designed to activate a culture shift among young girls and introduce them to STEM careers.
To celebrate World Aviation Day (August 19, 2021) we are spotlighting the IF/THEN® curated Space & Aviation resources featuring women in fields ranging from NASA scientists to aviation engineers and astrophysicists. Here are just a few inspiring women in space and aviation:
IF-THEN Webinar Series
IF/THEN® Collection Webinar Series
NGCP is hosting a series of webinars featuring the IF/THEN® Collection to highlight ways to use the resources to support equity, increase representation of women in STEM, and engage girls in STEM.
Curious about Curiosity Camp? IF/THEN® Collection Resources to Support Girls in STEM
August 18, 2021, 11:00 AM Pacific / 2:00 PM Eastern
GoldieBlox is educating and empowering girls by creating engaging content, fun toys, and interesting resources. Learn more about the IF/THEN® Collection, Curiosity Camp, and the newly released Camp GoldieBlox resources. The webinar will highlight ways to use these resources to support girls in STEM and hear from GoldieBlox founder, Debbie Sterling, and the stars of Curiosity Camp, about the importance of STEM role models and resources for girls.
Resources for Afterschool Programs: Using the IF/THEN® Collection for Programming 
September 14, 2021, 11:00 AM Pacific / 2:00 PM Eastern 
The IF/THEN® Collection features resources highlighting STEM professionals who serve as IF/THEN® Ambassadors, and also includes activities that can be used in afterschool and informal STEM programming. Join us as we showcase these resources designed for educators working in a wide variety of educational settings.
Innovative Strategies from the Field: Leveraging the IF/THEN® Collection
November 8, 2021, 11:00 AM Pacific / 2:00 PM Eastern 
NGCP Collaborative leads and local educators will showcase how they utilize the IF/THEN® Collection resources in their programming to engage girls in STEM. Resources from the IF/THEN® Collection that support equity in STEM will be shared.
Managed by NGCP, the IF/THEN® Collection includes thousands of images, videos, posters, and materials available at no cost to educators across the United States to use in classrooms, social media, camps, museum exhibits, and more. Stay connected to IF/THEN® on social media:
Upcoming STEM Events
CMD-IT/ACM Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing Conference  
Online, September 14-18, 2021
The Tapia Conference, organized by the Center for Minorities and People with Disabilities in IT and Association of Computing Machinery, brings together undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, researchers, and professionals in computing from all backgrounds and ethnicities to celebrate and promote diversity. This year's theme is "Diversity: Building a Stronger Future". Register.
American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) Conference
Phoenix, Arizona, September 23-25, 2021
The conference focuses on educational, professional, and workforce development for Indigenous peoples of North America and the Pacific Islands in STEM studies and careers. Includes the largest college and career fair in the U.S. for Indigenous students and professionals. Exhibitors represent a diverse range of corporations, educational institutions, government agencies, nonprofits, Tribes, and Indigenous-owned businesses. Register.
Virtual Grace Hopper Celebration (vGHC)
Online, September 27- October 1, 2021
vGHC is the world's largest gathering of women technologists. This year's theme is #DareToTransform. Participants will gain access to career and academic workshops, networking opportunities, and inspirational role models. Register.
Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC) Conference
Online, October 5-7, 2021
ASTC is an organization of science centers and museums dedicated to furthering public engagement with science among diverse audiences. This year's theme “Reflection, Recognition, and Renewal” will explore the creativity, innovation, and challenges experienced by science and technology centers and museums, and broader science learning field this year. Register.
Women of Color STEM Digital Conference
Online, October 7-9, 2021
Participants will learn new skills to advance their careers, and connect with a vibrant STEM community of all career stages, including executives representing Fortune 500 companies committed to diversity and the advancement of women in the STEM workforce. Early bird registration ends August 15, 2021. Register.
Society of Women Engineers Conference (WE21)
Indianapolis, IN, October 21-23, 2021
WE21 is the largest conference for Women Engineers. This year’s theme is "Aspire to Inspire." Learn, network, and be inspired by diverse women in the fields of technology and engineering. A virtual conference option is available on the registration portal. Early bird registration ends September 20, 2021. Register.
Summer Changes Everything NSLA Conference
Washington, DC, November 8-10, 2021
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. Early bird registration ends September 3, 2021. Register.
The Connectory Spotlight
The Connectory showcases STEAM opportunities for youth to families and is a free online collaboration tool for providers to help find partners based on interests and needs.
World Photo Day on August 19, 2021, offers a fun way to celebrate STEAM. This month we’re turning the spotlight on NASA’s Universe of Learning and its Astrophoto Challenges, which prompt kids to make their own images of space, using data from telescopes on Earth and in space. They can then enter the MicroObservatory Challenge or NASA Data Challenge by August 16, 2021, for the chance to get feedback from NASA scientists!

NASA’s Universe of Learning is an integrated astrophysics STEM learning and literacy program designed to help youth, families, and lifelong learners explore fundamental questions in science, experience how science is done, and discover the universe for themselves.
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STEM Resources
Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning Boot Camps
The Mark Cuban Foundation works to provide students attending bootcamp with a meal, snack, transportation, and laptop/Wi-Fi assistance all at no-cost to students and families. High school students (9th-12th grade) who are interested in learning more about AI are invited to apply for this free program. No prior coding experience is needed. Students with any level of interest in technology will walk away with a greater understanding of AI. Application deadline is August 27, 2021.
Exploring Science and Math Performance Data through ED Data Express
ED Data Express is an interactive website from the Department of Education that provides access to state and district-level education data. It includes data from EDFacts, Consolidated State Performance Reports, State Accountability Workbooks, the National Center for Education Statistics, the National Assessment of Education Progress, the College Board, and the Department’s Budget Service office.
Bridging the Encouragement Gap in Computing
NCWIT’s Bridging the Encouragement Gap in Computing
There is consensus among researchers that encouragement matters and plays a critical role in engaging more young women and girls in computing. This report from the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) presents key highlights from research studies on engaging young women and girls in computing, including tips on practicing encouragement.
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Smithsonian Girls and Women in STEM
Developed by the Smithsonian Science Education Center, this resource page offers a mix of STEM resources and activities, including e-books, news articles, engineering design challenges, curriculum, and downloadable infographics, to inspire and spark the interest of girls (grades K-12) in STEM.
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Teacher Care Packages
Reinvented Magazine exists to inspire young girls in STEM, however, with the impact of COVID on classrooms last year, they decided to launch the Teacher Care Package program. This year is no different and they are working to sponsor up to 200 teacher care packages in 2021. Self nominations are allowed, and strongly encouraged. Teacher nominations close at 6:00 PM Eastern on August 31, 2021 or as soon as they have reached 200 nominations.
The CS Teacher Landscape: Results from a Nationwide Teacher Survey
This report from the Kapor Center and CSTA surveyed 3,700 PreK-12 CS teachers and examined teachers' professional backgrounds, challenges to equitable classrooms, and the current state of culturally relevant teaching. The report includes recommendations for how the computing workforce can address inequities through the development of students’ computing identities, computational thinking, and ethical reasoning.
Global Resources
CAGIS Teen Ambassadors Program
This program is for Canadian teens (ages 13-17) who identify as female or gender-nonconforming with an interest in STEM. Ambassadors will participate in virtual events and attend periodic Teen Ambassadors meetings to share their thoughts and opinions. Applications deadline is 9:00 PM Eastern on August 15, 2021. Learn more.
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