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November 2022

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Candid Mack

NGCP Updates

New NGCP Staff Member

NGCP is pleased to welcome Candid Mack to our team. Candid is the new Program and Events Coordinator. She has worked for more than five years coordinating small business programs for adults, including establishing the first Small Business Incubator for the Queens Public Library. In her new role, Candid will work across projects to support program logistics, website management, and external communications.

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Youth Advisory Board Application

NGCP is now accepting applications for our Youth Advisory Board on a rolling basis.


NGCP National Webinar: STEM Stories: Women's Experiences Advocating for Equity

November 1, 2022, 11:00 AM Pacific / 2:00 PM Eastern

As part of NGCP’s 20th Anniversary celebrations, the Anniversary Fellowship Program was developed as a unique opportunity for professionals to immerse themselves in equity-focused work in support of NGCP’s national network. Fellows will share experiences working on NGCP's initiatives, and practical tips and resources focused on fostering cultural responsiveness, supporting STEM identity, and using role models effectively. 


NGCP National Webinar: The Genius of Play and STEAM

November 8, 2022, 9:00 AM Pacific / 12:00 PM Eastern

Play can be an effective tool to help kids build STEAM skills. In collaboration with The Toy Association, learn about free resources available through The Genius of Play initiative, which provides parents, caregivers, and educators with research, expert advice, and ready-to-use ideas and activities to engage kids of all ages in fun and skill-building play. Participants will be empowered with hands-on information and tools ready for immediate application in your program.


GSAWN Exemplary Practices & Celebration of National STEAM Day

November 8, 2022, 11:00 AM Pacific / 2:00 PM Eastern

NASA’s Universe of Learning provides resources and experiences for youth, families, and lifelong learners to discover the universe for themselves, strengthening science learning and literacy in interactive ways that meet today’s 21st century needs. In celebration of National STEAM Day, learn how facilitators incorporated free resources from NASA’s Universe of Learning into their own Girls STEAM Ahead with NASA (GSAWN) events.


Enjoy Computer Science Education Week with Microsoft MakeCode

December 6, 2022, 11:00 AM Pacific / 2:00 PM Eastern

Computer Science Education Week 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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The STEAM Playbook

NGCP and The Toy Association have collaborated on a brand-new “STEAM Playbook”, featuring a curated collection of play activities for young children for every letter in S-T-E-A-M. It will be available on the Genius of Play website and the NCGP website starting November 8, just in time for the National STEM/STEAM Day celebration.

NGCP Interview: How Toys Can Help Break Stereotypes and Support STEAM Learning 

NGCP's Amanda Sullivan recently had the opportunity to interview Anna Yudina, the Senior Director of Marketing Initiatives at The Toy Association. Check out the interview to learn more about Anna's perspective on how toys can help encourage playful STEAM learning, break stereotypes, and support the sciences.

Giving Tuesday

Giving Tuesday (November 29, 2022) is a global generosity movement unleashing the power of people and organizations to transform their communities and the world. When you donate to NGCP, your tax-deductible donation goes directly to programs that support the enrichment of girls in your local community. Donate today.

Board Spotlight

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

Shihadah Saleem is the Director of Youth Programs and Pathways at the New York Hall of Science in Queens, NY. Her advice to NGCP community is to continue providing diverse people, especially Black and Brown people with opportunities to hold leadership roles. “When society, the workplace, or your community becomes hostile, racist, biased and/or mean, visually support Black and Brown people by becoming a mentor or role model, be empathetic in understanding the journey isn't easy, be an intentional ally that's in it for the long haul and speak up”. Read the blog.

Upcoming STEM Events

InventED Convening 

Online, November 15-17, 2022

The 2022 theme "Reconnect, Reimagine, Reinvigorate", celebrates progress and what’s next to build awareness of Invention Education across K-12 learning. Those new to Invention Education are invited to attend virtually for a curated set of programming designed to kickstart engagement in Invention Education. Register

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ACTE's CareerTech VISION 2022

Las Vegas, NV, November 30-December 3, 2022

Connect, collaborate, and exchange ideas at the Association for Career and Technical Education's (ACTE) conference. Participants will have opportunities to gather for inspiring speakers, educational sessions, and a CareerTech Expo. Virtual registration is also available. Register.


Computer Science Education Week

Nationwide, December 5-11, 2022

Computer Science Education Week (CSEdWeek) is a call to action to inspire and celebrate youth and educators and share strategies for engagement. The theme is #CSEverywhere, highlighting the impact of computer science and its relationship to different subjects, industries, career paths, and our daily lives. CSEdWeek provides an opportunity to raise awareness about the richness of computing careers and the critical need for equity in computer science education.

Joint Mathematics Meetings (JMM)

Boston, MA, January 4-7, 2023

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, 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. Regular registration rates available until November 30, 2022. Register.

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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, 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. Early bird registration ends November 4, 2022. Register.

STEM Resources

2022 State of Computer Science Education: Understanding Our National Imperative 

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. 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 is provided, illuminating continued disparities in access to computer science education.

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Julia Robinson Mathematics (JRMF) Festival Resources

Named after Julia Robinson an American mathematician noted for her contributions to the fields of computability theory and computational complexity theory.

JRMF empowers communities to host local festivals to help youth (grades K-12) build confidence and joy in math through games and puzzles, and provides free resources, including guides for parents/caregivers and lesson plans for educators

Medical Physician Preparation (MPP) Academy Virtual Student Conference

MPP Academy provides instruction, clinical experiences, and mentorship to youth in grades 4-12. The "So You Want to be a Medical Doctor" is a free online program offered monthly that aims to engage youth from diverse backgrounds in career exploration, facilitated by medical school students, physicians, and scientists. Youth in the U.S. and globally are encouraged to attend live or watch recorded sessions. Learn more

NASA Funding Opportunity: Community Anchor Awards (Deadline Extended)

NASA Teams Engaging Affiliated Museums and Informal Institutions (TEAM II) has extended the deadline for proposal submissions for the Community Anchor Awards. This opportunity is designed to support and strengthen institutions as community resources for informal education related to space exploration, aeronautics, space science, earth science, or microgravity. Proposals due November 14, 2022. Learn more.

Native American Heritage Month

November is Native American Heritage Month

Native American traditions are steeped in science and engineering. Native American engineers and scientists have built on that legacy to benefit society. Learn more about notable STEM trailblazers and their contributions and access teacher resources by visiting the Native American Heritage Month website.

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.

Connected Girls

Connected Girls

On November 15, 2022, The Connectory becomes Connected Girls, a free, curated directory of girl-serving STEAM opportunities, managed by NGCP in partnership with Science Near Me. Providers may start using the new and improved platform at any time with these guidelines:

  • Add to Connected Girls: Girl-Serving STEAM opportunities and events that are designed for K-12 girls or other groups that have been historically excluded.
  • Add to Science Near Me: General Out-of-School Time opportunities designed for a K-12 audience and adults. Learn more
Global Resources
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UNESCO: Minding the Data: Protecting Learners’ Privacy and Security

This report provides an overview of the opportunities and challenges related to digital learning. Key findings underscore the gender skills gap, as women are more likely to report a lack of skills as a barrier to Internet use. This gap spans the skills spectrum from using devices and Internet access to computer programming. The gender gap is more pronounced for women who are older, less educated, poor, or living in rural areas and developing countries.

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