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New Youth Advisory Board Members

The Youth Advisory Board (YAB) consists of high school students from diverse regions, backgrounds, and STEM interests. The YAB provides input on current initiatives and informs the future direction of NGCP. We are happy to announce the addition of 19 new members. The 2023 YAB goals are to learn about various opportunities in the STEM fields, connect with STEM role models, and engage with youth in Town Hall meetings.

State of Girls and Women in STEM

This updated NGCP resource presents a high-level summary of the most compelling statistics and research on the state of girls and women in STEM, focused on K-12 Education, Higher Education, and the STEM Workforce. The report highlights the impacts of intersectional inequalities, as Latina, Black, and Indigenous women represent less than 10% of the STEM workforce.


Supporting Equitable Approaches to Early Science Education

March 9, 2023 11:00 AM Pacific / 2:00 PM Eastern

Beginning in pre-K, research has shown subtle features of common language used by teachers (and other adults) can interfere with the development of children’s own engagement with science. Ahead of National Science Education Day (March 14, 2023), learn effective teaching strategies to support equitable experiences with science and will be empowered to create more gender equitable and culturally responsive learning environments that inspire and engage all young children in the sciences.


Exploring Paleontology to Spark Science Engagement from a Young Age!

March 30, 2023, 11:00 AM Pacific / 2:00 PM Eastern

Many children grow up fascinated by dinosaurs, but parents and educators are often unsure how to foster and support this interest. During this webinar, speakers will share how their interests in paleontology bloomed and tips for fueling interest. Participants will be empowered with strategies to help capture the power of dinosaur science as an important tool to engage and delight girls, and youth, in connecting to science more broadly.

Partner Spotlight

The Franklin Institute was honored with the ‘Excellence in Collaboration’ award at NGCP's 20th anniversary celebration in Pittsburgh. The Franklin Institute’s Senior Vice President of Science and Education, Dr. Darryl Williams, accepted the award: “This award recognizes the dedication and passion our team has for designing resources and building capacity for educators." The Franklin Institute and NGCP have partnered for over a decade on scaling STEM programs, including Leap into Science and GSK Science in the Summer. Read the blog.

Collaborative Network Activities

Illinois Forum

Collaboration in Action: Post-Covid Innovations for Engaging Girls in STEM

Downers Grove, IL, March 10, 2023, 12:00-3:30 PM Central

The COVID-19 pandemic has disproportionately impacted women and girls. Speakers will share ideas and resources to address these challenges. Participants will gain valuable collaboration resources, share information, and engage in discussions focused on strategies and program models that engage girls in STEM. This free in-person forum will include lunch. Register.

Upcoming STEM Events

ACTE National Policy Seminar - Arlington, VA, March 19-22, 2023. Register.

National Afterschool Association Convention - Orlando, FL, March 19-22, 2023. Register.

NGCP is presenting a workshop entitled, "Enhance your Youth STEM Engagement through Collaboration!"

National Science Teaching Association National Conference - Atlanta, GA, March 22-25, 2023. Register.

National Society of Black Engineers Convention - Kanas City, MO, March 22-26, 2023. Register.

Science Talk '23 Conference - Portland, OR, April 6-7, 2023. Register.

National Robotics Week - Online, April 8-16, 2023. Learn more.

International Technology and Engineering Educators Association Conference - Minneapolis, MN, April 12-15, 2023. Register.

National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity: National Summit for Educational Equity - Washington, DC, April 17-20, 2023. Register.

BOOST (Best of Out-of-School Time) Conference - Palm Springs, CA, April 25-28, 2023. Register.

American Library Association Annual Conference and Exhibition - Chicago, IL, June 22-27, 2023. Register.

The International Society for Technology in Education Conference - Philadelphia, PA, June 25-28, 2023. Register.

STEM Resources
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Women's History Month: To celebrate, NGCP has included resources to support and encourage girls to pursue careers in STEM.

  • Career Girls: A comprehensive video-based career exploration tool for girls featuring diverse women STEM role models. It's free to use and contains 16,000 videos, as well as career quizzes and resources.
  • FabFems: Managed by NGCP, this international database of women in STEM, all passionate about serving as role models and helping spark career interest and awareness. The site connects young women with female STEM professionals during critical transition points in the career pathway. FabFems is free and open to young women, families, and girl-serving STEM programs.
  • IF/THEN® Collection: Created in partnership with Lyda Hill Philanthropies and the Association of Science and Technology Centers, the IF/THEN® Collection is a free digital library with photos, videos, posters, activities, and other assets featuring diverse women STEM innovators – all available for educational and other non-commercial use.
  • National Women's History Museum: Explore resources, including lesson plans, biographies, and posters of women in STEM trailblazers throughout history. Search by the theme "STEM".
  • Where Women Made History: Developed by The National Trust for Historic Preservation, explore 1,000+ places, showcasing the unknown and underappreciated stories of women. The collection features women and STEM trailblazers, such as Kalpana Chawla, the first Indian-American female astronaut (Houston, TX), Chien-Shiung Wu, the “first lady of physics” (New York, NY), and Clarice Phelps, the first African-American woman to help discover a chemical element (Oak Ridge, TN).
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NCWIT Webinar Series: Advising for Future-Ready Careers

NCWIT Counselors for Computing is hosting a webinar series (March, April, and May 2023) for educators, parents/caregivers, and students focused on preparing youth for diverse careers in computing. Participants will gain resources and strategies for engaging youth in computer science experiences and topics, such as robotics. Learn more.

SWENext Awards

The Society of Women Engineers (SWE) strives to recognize the successes of SWENext students and SWENext Clubs doing STEM outreach in their local communities. Youth in grades 8-12 and high school SWENext Clubs are eligible to apply. Application deadline is March 31, 2023. Learn more.

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
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International Women's Day

March 8, 2023

International Women's Day celebrates the social, political, and economic achievements of women while focusing attention on areas requiring further action. This year's theme, #EmbraceEquity.”, aims to shift away from gender equality to the process of gender equity, and is a call to action to embrace equity within our own sphere of influence. Gender & Women's Rights Activities Packs are available for youth of diverse ages. Show solidarity by sharing resources or a photo with your arms crossed on social media using #IWD2023 #EmbraceEquity.

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