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NGCP National Webinary: Meet the NGCP Youth Advisory Board!
February 1, 2022, 2:00 PM Pacific / 5:00 PM Eastern
Meet the National Girls Collaborative Youth Advisory Board (YAB). Participants will hear from Board members, learn about their activities with NGCP, and ask the YAB members questions about their experiences and involvement.

The Youth Advisory Board helps to review and provide feedback on current National Girls Collaborative Project initiatives and assist in informing the future direction of the NGCP.
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Brite Blog Highlights
Brite 2021, a joint venture between The Hello Studios and NGCP, was an online STEM summer camp for girls (ages 13-16) held in July 2021. Brite provided a high-quality, online suite of activities centered on collaborative learning with female role models. Here are blogs written by Brite Program educators, sharing their experiences, and providing strategies for building community, and sparking curiosity through online programming:
-Brite-ening Career Horizons, By Bella Shuler
-Brite Sparks Curiosity and Career Interests, By Jennifer Hartsell Stockdale and Rinaz Jamal
-Taking a Chance on Brite, By Dr. Kathy Shaffer
-The Future of Girls in STEM has Never Looked Brite-er, By Jessica M. Hernandez and Janna Meyer-Steinhorst
IF/THEN Spotlight
IF/THEN® is 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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This month we’re featuring resources NGCP created to help educators and girl-serving providers use the more than 3,000 free assets featuring diverse women STEM innovators in the IF/THEN® Collection.

-Video Tour: A quick overview of the site and our favorites sections, with tips for how to search for what you need
-One-Sheet: Details about the Collection’s photos, videos, posters, and other assets and how to use for educational and non-commercial purposes
-Scavenger Hunt: A hands-on activity designed to help you understand the Collection and how to access the assets
-Equity and Inclusion Assets: A curated set of activities and assets for afterschool and summer learning programs aligned to key strategies for increasing equity and inclusion
Managed by NGCP, the IF/THEN® Collection is available to educators across the U.S. to use in classrooms, social media, camps, museum exhibits, and more. Stay connected to IF/THEN® on social media:
Upcoming STEM Events
Computer Science Education Week
Nationwide, December 6-10, 2021
Computer Science Education Week (CSEdWeek) is a call to action to inspire and celebrate students and educators and to share strategies for engagement. This year, the theme is #CSEverywhere. CSEdWeek provides an opportunity to raise awareness about the impact of computing, the richness of computing careers, and the critical need for equity in computer science education.
Broadening Participation in the Classroom: A Discussion with NCWIT National Educator Award Recipients
Online, December 8, 2021, 3:00 PM Pacific / 6:00 PM Eastern
Join NCWIT and Infosys Foundation USA for a conversation with four NCWIT National AiC Educator Award recipients, and learn how you can support high school students who are members of underrepresented groups in computing. Attendees will discover strategies for the following: Recruitment and outreach tactics for underrepresented groups, Creating inclusive environments, Expanding access for all learners, and Identifying action items for starting the new semester. Register.
Joint Mathematics Meetings
Seattle, WA, January 5-8, 2022
For professionals interested in learning about innovative mathematical research, advancing mathematical achievement, providing the communication and tools to progress in the field, encouraging mathematical research, and connecting with the mathematical community. Registration discounts available until December 20, 2021. Register.
Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators (AMTE) Conference
Henderson, NV, February 10-12, 2022
The annual AMTE conference provides inclusive opportunities for a diverse community of mathematics educators to share current research and practice findings. Register.
Empower with Evidence
American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Annual Meeting  
Philadelphia, PA, February 17-20, 2022
The AAAS is dedicated to advancing science for the benefit of all people. The 2022 theme, "Empower With Evidence", seeks to make science more accessible through engagement and communication, and will feature groundbreaking trans- and multidisciplinary research. The meeting will highlight new initiatives in advocacy, education, and policy to address the challenges of rebuilding the public’s trust and appreciation of science. Register.
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National Afterschool Association (NAA) Convention  
Las Vegas, NV, March 20-23, 2022
NAA exists to inspire, connect, and equip those who work with and on behalf of children and youth during out-of-school time. This year's convention theme is "In Unity with Community. For Opportunity." Attendees will have the opportunity to engage in networking, workshops, daily keynotes, and an interactive Learning Expo all designed to meet the needs of developing professionals and leaders of afterschool. Register.
BOOST (Best of Out-of-School Time) Conference
Palm Springs, CA, April 26-29, 2022
This leading-edge experience in professional development serves a niche market of in and out-of-school time educators while creating a movement to inspire youth, inspire learning, and inspire change. Participants will have the opportunity to network, participate in team-building activities, and learn about the latest trends and research in innovative and quality out-of-school-time programming. 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.
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This month we’re turning the spotlight on the Newark Museum of Art, a not-for-profit museum of art, science, and education in Newark, New Jersey. The museum has been running a series of Virtual Family Drop-In events, which are open to all. You can join them on December 12, 2021, for a virtual meet and greet with endangered animals. Youth will explore the environmental and social impacts that have contributed negatively to the survival of these animals and learn how they can help.
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STEM Resources
2021State of Computer Science Education: Accelerating Action Through Advocacy
The annual report on K-12 computer science in the U.S. provides an update on national and state-level computer science education policy, including policy trends, maps, state summaries, and implementation data. The report provides participation and access data for students with disabilities, English language learners, and disaggregated data on female and male students from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, illuminating these groups' under-representation and continued disparities in access to computer science education.
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Accessible Hour of Code
Youth who use a screen reader can participate in the Hour of Code through two activities that utilize the Quorum programming language and are accessible. Code with Mary and Astronomy are fully accessible to youth with visual impairments and can also be used with sighted youth. The Quorum tutorial for beginners is a great resource for youth learning to code.
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CodeBytes Special Episode: Poem Art
CodeBytes are 20-minute interactive lessons to engage youth of all ages at home during the Hour of Code. This year, CodeBytes is launching a special episode on December 7, 2021, in which youth will use code to learn about the power of language as an art form.
CS Connections and New Hour of Code Activities is introducing a new set of cross-curricular modules, projects, and lessons called Computer Science (CS) Connections, as well as two new Hour of Code activities: Poem Art, which allows youth to use code to add visuals and movement to classic poems, and Hello World, an introductory activity to equip youth new to coding with skills and confidence to create apps.
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Girls Who Code Clubs
Girls Who Code Clubs provide free, engaging, and flexible computer science curricular and resources, rooted in equitable social-emotional learning practices, to inspire 3rd-12th grade youth of all genders to be brave and resilient as they learn to code. Educators are welcome to host clubs in-person, virtually, or via a hybrid format. No coding experience is required to facilitate a Club. Learn more.
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Learn and earn prizes with NGCP and Beyond for CSEdWeek
NGCP is partnering with Beyond to encourage students to learn about tech in all industries including music, beauty, sports, entertainment, and fashion during CSEdWeek. The most creative and captivating submissions for the challenges will receive prizes, including gift cards and personalized video messages from one of their favorite celebrities. Confirm your student’s involvement by submitting a participation form.
NCWIT: Computer Science Resources
The National Center for Women & Information Technology's (NCWIT) Enrich PK-8 Computing Education includes best practices and resources for integrating computing skills into existing curricula to foster youth of diverse backgrounds interest in computing. The Computer Science Professional Development Guide provides strategic approaches to professional development to empower educators to expand computing offerings.
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SciGirls: Code Quest
As part of this year's Hour of Code activities, students can explore the oceans with SciGirls. In this online coding adventure, youth take Subby the submarine through underwater challenges, using code to find various items and collect scientific data on the ocean floor. Designed for grades 2-8.
Global Resources
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Hour of Code Around the World
The Hour of Code is a global movement reaching tens of millions of students in 180+ countries. Hour of Code is a one-hour introduction to computer programming, designed to demystify code. Students of all ages choose from self-guided tutorials. Participants do not need prior computer programming experience. Tutorials are available in over 45 languages and work on any modern browser, tablet, smartphone, or even with no computer at all. How-to guides, lesson plans, Teacher Forum, and FAQ's are available.
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Help the National Girls Collaborative when you shop!
Use this link: when you shop at AmazonSmile and Amazon will donate to NGCP. Learn more.
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