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NGCP National Webinar: From Research to Practice: An Up-to-Date Look at Gender Equity in STEM
March 9, 2021 12:00 PM Pacific / 3:00 PM Eastern
The National Girls Collaborative Project (NGCP) is celebrating Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day (March 8) with a webinar highlighting gender equity in STEM. For nearly 20 years, NGCP has worked to advance the agenda in gender equity by encouraging girls to pursue careers in STEM. Participants will hear about up-to-date research regarding gender equity in STEM and how it impacts girls and women learning and working in STEM. Participants will engage in conversation around strategies and resources for continued progress in supporting girls and women in STEM.
Brite Program 2021
Brite is an online, interdisciplinary STEM program built for girls ages 13-16. The Brite Pilot was offered in the summer of 2020. Brite 2021 will be held July 12-22, 2021, and will provide an online suite of activities centered on collaborative learning with female role models. Brite 2021 will consist of two courses: Art x Science, featuring role models and activities at the intersection of art and science, and Dream Big, Take Risks, featuring role models and activities that introduce girls to audacious careers in STEM. Informal STEM education programs serving girls are invited to apply.
Application closes on Monday, March 22, 2021. Applicants will be notified on March 31, 2021.
An informational application webinar will be held on March 17, 2021, at 9:00 AM Pacific to answer questions. This webinar will be recorded and posted on the Brite 2021 Application Webinar event page.
CryptoClub: Educator Training
Online: April 12, 2021
Teachers and afterschool educators are invited to take part in this free CryptoClub Educator Training. CryptoClub is funded by the National Science Foundation and uses games, treasure hunts, and other informal activities to engage students (grades 5-12), in both formal and informal settings. It applies topics typically found in a middle-school curriculum, such as decimals and percent, division with remainder, common factors, negative numbers, and pattern recognition. Includes cryptography games and activities from the CryptoClub website. Visit CryptoClub Educator Training to learn more.
IF/THEN Spotlight
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Each month, this spotlight will highlight new programs, resources, events, 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.
Burçin Mutlu-Pakdil
Meet astrophysicist Burçin Mutlu-Pakdil, who discovered an extremely rare galaxy while earning her Ph.D. Commonly referred to as “Burçin’s Galaxy,” its unique circular structure cannot be explained, challenging our theories and assumptions about how the Universe works.
About facing obstacles during her education and early career, Burçin says: “In each of these challenges, I reminded myself that I do not want to blend in, I want to stand out as stars do, so I fought against all these stereotypes and worked hard to live beyond the labels. Being an ‘outlier’ in society also affected my research and compelled me to find the most ‘outlier’ objects in the Universe because the information from one unique object can be much more valuable than those from ordinary objects.”

Find Burçin’s photos, videos, and more in the Collection, and be sure to follow her Instagram and Twitter accounts for updates on her activities.
The IF/THEN® Collection includes thousands of images, videos, posters, and materials available for FREE to educators across the U.S. to use in classrooms, social media, camps, museum exhibits, and more. Stay connected to IF/THEN:
Upcoming STEM Events
NSTA Virtual Miniseries: What IS Social Justice Teaching in the Science Classroom?
Online: March 6, 13, 20, 27, 2021
Join the National Science Teaching Association (NSTA) for this special four-part, interactive, virtual miniseries. Scheduled throughout the month of March, this miniseries is a source for resources and strategies for motivating and enhancing the participation of traditionally underrepresented students in science through the lens of equity and social justice. Register.
International Technology and Engineering Educators Association (ITEEA) Conference
Online: March 22-27, 2021
ITEEA is a professional association focused on the professional development needs of classroom teachers, supervisors, curriculum writers, and teacher educators interested in developing technological literacy. This year's theme is "Where Technology and Engineering Education Come to Life!" Register.
Women of Color STEM Entrepreneurship Conference
Online: March 23-25, 2021
The conference is a hub for individuals working across the system to transform STEM for an inclusive future. This year's theme is "Wahine: Culturally Responsive Collective Catalyst" and will focus on bridging research and practice to build understanding, identifing pathways, and guiding changes that broaden participation and inclusion of women and underrepresented populations in STEM fields. Register.
Science Talk '21 Conference
Online: March 24-26, 2021
Connect with a community of professional science communicators via workshops, panel discussions, presentations, and networking opportunities. Register.
2021 National Math Festival
Online: April 16-18, 2021
Join NGCP at the National Math Festival (NMF), with hands-on, interactive activities for youth of all ages, plenty of booths to visit and pick up resources for math play at home or in the classroom, and engaging films and lively math talks to round out the program. Stop by the NGCP booth to learn more about our resources and chat with some of our team. NMF is free and open to the public, with activities designed for all ages, from very young children to adults. Register.
National Summit for Educational Equity: Advocates for Equity
Online: April 26-29, 2021
This National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity conference brings together administrators, teachers/instructors, counselors, and educational leaders. It focuses on educational equity and social justice at the intersections of race, ethnicity, ability, gender identity and sexual orientation, and socioeconomics. Workshops concentrate on these strands: Equitable Learning Environments in a COVID-19 Reality, Access and Equity in CTE and STEM for Underrepresented Students, Foster a Diverse Workforce, and Public Policy. Register.
The Connectory Spotlight
The Connectory is a free online collaboration tool for providers that helps them find partners based on interests, and showcases STEAM opportunities for youth to families.
For Women’s History Month we’re turning the spotlight on Friendship and Female Power in the Lemurs of Madagascar, an archived Hot Science – Cool Talks webcast with additional online resources. Dr. Rebecca Lewis, Anthropology professor and Director of the Ankoatsifaka Research Station, showcases her fieldwork in Madagascar. She studies the “sifaka,” unusual primates with crazy-eyed stares, amazing leaping abilities, and societies where females are at the top of the hierarchy. Discover what Disney got wrong about these enigmatic primates and how they are like Wonder Woman.
Get Started and stay connected to The Connectory:
STEM Resources
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America After 3PM: Middle School Youth
The newest edition of the Afterschool Alliance’s America After 3PM among Middle School Youth shows that parents recognize the critical supports and experiences afterschool programs provide, both for their academic learning and social and emotional growth. Read the blog about the findings from American After 3PM 2020. Learn more.
Cognizant: 2021 Pathways in Technology Scholarship
The Cognizant’s Pathways in Technology Scholarship aims to build an inclusive pipeline of tech talent by supporting students from underrepresented communities as they pursue a degree in computer science. 50 scholarships at $5,000 each will be awarded. Application deadline is March 31, 2021.
EngineerGirl Ambassador Program: Application Deadline Extended to April 1, 2021
An EngineerGirl Ambassador is a female, U.S. high school student who designs, develops, and implements a project in her local community that will encourage younger girls to think about engineering and engineering careers and give them practical experience in engineering design. Ambassadors receive training and support from the National Academy of Engineering. In January 2021 NGCP hosted a webinar about EngineerGirl Ambassadors which featured an Ambassador and her sponsor sharing their experience. This webinar was recorded and is available in the NGCP Webinar Archive. The 2021-2022 cohort will be virtual. EngineerGirls has provided a letter for educators about the changes to the program and encourages educators to share the information and encourage girls to apply. Application deadline is April 1, 2021.
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NCWIT Counselors for Computing Resource Booklet
The NCWIT Counselors for Computing program provides information and resources that help counselors join the front line of the computing conversation. This booklet is filled with information and resources that educators can use to support ALL students as they explore computer science education and careers.
NSF INCLUDES National Network Research Brief: Evidence-based Strategies for Attracting and Retaining Girls and Women in STEM
This research brief discusses eight evidence-based strategies to attract and retain girls and women in STEM-related academic fields and careers. The brief incorporates intersectional approaches to addressing inequalities specific to the experiences of girls and women of color, and features the perspective of NGCP.
Social Justice Hackathon
This online hackathon, on March 13, 2021, is a free event is for high school students who want to learn how computer science and technology are used to solve complex social problems. All skill levels are welcome. Registration deadline is March 7, 2021.
Status of Women in the States
Created by the Institute for Women's Policy Research, this report provides data that change agents can use to improve the status of women, which is integral to strengthening economic growth and prosperity for local communities and the nation as a whole. The data can be used to raise awareness, improve policies, and promote women's equality. Explore the data.
Global Resources
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International Women's Day
March 8, 2021
International Women's Day celebrates the social, political, and economic achievements of women while focusing world attention on areas requiring further action. This year's theme is “Women in leadership: Achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world.” The theme celebrates the tremendous efforts by women and girls around the world in shaping a more equal future and recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.
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