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December 2022

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Enjoy CSEdWeek with Microsoft MakeCode

December 6, 2022

11:00 AM Pacific / 2:00 PM Eastern

Computer Science Education Week (CSEdWeek) is an annual call to action designed to inspire K-12 students to learn computer science, advocate for equity, and celebrate the contributions of youth, educators, and partners. Participants will learn how to use Microsoft MakeCode, a free online learn-to-code platform, and access resources for coding projects and activities for youth during and beyond CSEdWeek (December 5-11, 2022).

NGCP Holiday Sweater Networking

December 13, 2022, 10:00 AM Pacific / 1:00 PM Eastern

Grab your hot cocoa and your favorite winter sweater for this festive collaboration networking event. This is an opportunity to create collaborations and leverage resources and expertise among individuals and organizations committed to engaging girls and other underrepresented groups in STEM. Participants will meet and exchange information, including breakout rooms organized by job/interest categories. Anyone interested, regardless of professional background, is welcome.

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This holiday season help create the tipping point for gender equity in STEM. Your support helps NGCP connect, create, and collaborate to transform STEM for all youth. Your generosity allows us to support programs working to increase girls’ interest in STEM by providing collaboration support, professional development, curriculum, and helpful evaluation and assessment techniques. Consider making a recurring donation to maximize your impact!

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Board Spotlight

Jen Stancil

Throughout 2022 we are highlighting the work and passions of NGCP Board Members.

Jennifer Stancil is the Director of Development at The National Math and Science Initiative, the Founder and CEO of The Hello Studios, and the NGCP Board Chair. Nancy Scales-Coddington interviewed Jen to learn more about her work as a collaborator. Jen shared “I want to be in a collaboration that teaches me something new. I'm gaining new skills by working with people who love to craft and collaborate in the moment vs. the more reflective and iterative collaboration I'm used to”. When asked about her advice for the NGCP community, "The power of the work lies within us and within our ability to pass it to those before us, behind us, and beside us". Read the blog.

Upcoming STEM Events

Computer Science Education Week

Nationwide, December 5-11, 2022

Computer Science Education Week (CSEdWeek) provides an opportunity to raise awareness about the richness of computing careers and the critical need for equity in CS education. The 2022 theme is #CSEverywhere which highlights the impact of computer science and its relationship to different subjects, industries, career paths, and our daily lives.

Joint Mathematics Meetings (JMM)

Boston, MA, January 4-7, 2023

For professionals interested in 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, 2022. Register.

Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators (AMTE) Conference

New Orleans, LA, February 2-4, 2023

The annual AMTE conference provides inclusive opportunities for a diverse community of mathematics educators to share current research and practice findings. Register.

Beyond School Hours

Orlando, FL, February 9-12, 2023

Educators and leaders serving K-12 students in afterschool, summertime, and beyond will have the opportunity to engage in professional development and capacity building, including hands-on workshops, interactive discussions, and exhibits with the latest products and solutions. Register.

American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Annual Meeting  

Washington, D.C., March 2-5, 2023

The AAAS is dedicated to advancing science for the benefit of all people. The 2023 theme, "Science for Humanity" highlights the importance and just integration of multiplicity featuring groundbreaking multidisciplinary research. Virtual registration is also available. Advance registration ends February 7, 2023. Register.

National Afterschool Association (NAA) Convention  

Orlando, FL, March 19-22, 2023

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 theme is "You. Us. All." Attendees will have the opportunity to engage in networking, workshops, daily keynotes, and an interactive Learning Expo for professionals and leaders in afterschool. Register.


National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) National Conference

Atlanta, GA, March 22-25, 2023

Educators will share experiences, present new ideas, and teaching techniques on topics such as developing scientific literacy, equity, and assessment. The conference includes workshops, share-a-thons, coffee chats, networking events, and an exhibit hall. Early bird registration ends January 27, 2023. Register.

BOOST (Best of Out-of-School Time) Conference

Palm Springs, CA, April 25-28, 2023

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.

STEM Resources

10 Holiday STEM Gifts for Girls 2022

This new blog by Linda Kekelis, Advisor for the STEM Next Opportunity Fund, offers 10 ideas to bring STEM to girls, challenging stereotypes to increase confidence and choice through affordable gifts and experiences.

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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/Art Coding Competitions 

CodeYourSelf™ and Coded Animated Art are competitions for self-identifying girls and non-binary youth grades 3-12. Winners will be recognized at Code/Art Fest to celebrate the achievements of young coders. Submission Deadline is February 17, 2023. View resources for educators and learn more.

Code Logo Hour of Code Activities features activities for youth of all ages to build coding skills and connect computer science to art, media, music, and more, and includes Computer Science (CS) Connections, lesson plans connecting CS to math, language arts, science, and social studies modules for K-12 educators.

do your :bit

This digital challenge from Micro:bit, encourages youth to use technology to develop ideas and solutions to global problems connected to the United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals, including projects on topics of healthy oceans, tracking animal movements, and climate change.

Girls Who Code: At Home Activities

Code at Home activities engage youth in computer science through art, poetry, and activism. Activities feature pioneering women in technology and introduce youth to Python, web development, and Scratch to foster programming, design, and coding skills. Activities include unplugged and online options of varying levels of difficulty.

NCWIT AspireIT Toolkit

The National Center for Women & Information Technology's (NCWIT) AspireIT Toolkit includes resources for designing and facilitating inclusive computer science experiences for youth grades K-12 with a focus on broadening the participation of girls and historically underrepresented populations.

Connected Girls

Connected Girls

Connected Girls is a free, curated directory of girl-serving STEAM opportunities, managed by NGCP in partnership with Science Near Me. Add your STEAM opportunities and events that are designed for girls or other groups that have been historically excluded. Additionally, Connected Girls includes professional development opportunities for adults related to gender equity and STEM.

Global Resources

Hour of Code Around the World

The Hour of Code is a global movement reaching 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. No prior computer programming experience is needed. 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.



TechGirls is an interactive technology and computer camp for girls ages 15-17. The program brings together girls from 35 countries/territories in an exchange program focused on exploration of applied technology and STEM topics, and includes an 8-month mentoring program. U.S. girls are invited to apply. Learn more about the program and eligibility requirements. Application deadline is December 16, 2022.

About Us

The National Girls Collaborative Project™ promotes equity and STEM experiences as diverse as the world we live in. Our mission is to connect, create, and collaborate to transform STEM for all youth.

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