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NGCP National Webinar: TECHNOLOchicas: Transforming the T in STEM
October 5, 2021, 2:00 PM Pacific / 5:00 PM Eastern
TECHNOLOchicas, a national initiative of the National Center for Women & Information Technology and Televisa Foundation, aims to raise awareness among young Latinas and their families about opportunities and careers in technology. To celebrate Hispanic Heritage month, participants will learn about opportunities and resources to support and enhance STEM education for Hispanic and Latina women and girls.
NGCP National Webinar: Brite 2021: Sharing Strategies and Learnings from an Online Summer STEM Program for Girls
October 19, 2021, 2:00 PM Pacific / 5:00 PM Eastern
Brite 2021 was an online STEM summer camp for girls (ages 13-16) held in July 2021. Following a successful Brite Pilot in 2020, Brite 2021 built on lessons learned to provide 11 participating programs from across the nation, and over 100 participating girls, with a summer experience centered around community-building, engaging STEM content, and high-quality, inspiring role model interactions. Attendees will hear from Brite collaborators including girls and educators, about successes and challenges from the Brite 2021 experience. Presenters will share strategies and lessons learned that will inspire and encourage others who are seeking creative ways to approach informal online STEM learning and develop girls’ STEM identities.
Do You See Your High School Students in Future STEM Careers?
NGCP is pleased to be collaborating with the American Association of Physics Teachers, Destination Imagination, Hispanic Heritage Foundation, National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity, and the Student Research Foundation on a research project focused on high school students' perceptions of STEM careers. Including your students as part of this research project can help them: further consider their strengths, interests, and career options; receive information from colleges/universities, career and technical schools, and other post-secondary institutions seeking to recruit students with their specific interests, talents, skill sets, and career goals; and gain access to post-secondary scholarship opportunities. Watch your inbox during the back-to-school season for a package from the National College & Career Pathways Study. Please fill out this online form or email to ensure you are on the list.
IF/THEN Spotlight
Each month, this spotlight will highlight new programs, resources, and role models that are part of IF/THEN®, an initiative from Lyda Hill Philanthropies designed to activate a culture shift among young girls and introduce them to STEM careers.
To celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 - October 15, 2021), we are spotlighting resources featuring AAAS IF/THEN® Ambassadors who identify as Hispanic.
IF-THEN Webinar Series
IF/THEN® Collection Webinar Series
NGCP is hosting a series of webinars featuring the IF/THEN® Collection to highlight ways to use the resources to support equity, increase representation of women in STEM, and engage girls in STEM.
Resources for Afterschool Programs: Using the IF/THEN® Collection for Programming 
September 14, 2021, 11:00 AM Pacific / 2:00 PM Eastern
The IF/THEN® Collection has hundreds of free photos, videos, and activities highlighting 150+ inspiring female STEM professionals. Join us as we showcase these resources and premiere a new portal in the Collection: Equity and Inclusion Assets for Afterschool and Summer Programs. These assets in this portal align with the Equity and Inclusion Framework, developed by NGCP for the Million Girls Moonshot, and relate to key strategies for increasing equity and inclusion in afterschool STEM, such as addressing STEM stereotypes, making STEM personally relevant, implementing engineering mindset practices, and engaging in career exploration.
Innovative Strategies from the Field: Leveraging the IF/THEN® Collection
November 8, 2021, 11:00 AM Pacific / 2:00 PM Eastern 
NGCP Collaborative leads and local educators will showcase how they utilize the IF/THEN® Collection resources in their programming to engage girls in STEM. Resources from the IF/THEN® Collection that support equity in STEM will be shared.
Managed by NGCP, the IF/THEN® Collection includes thousands of images, videos, posters, and materials available at no cost to educators across the United States to use in classrooms, social media, camps, museum exhibits, and more. Stay connected to IF/THEN® on social media:
Upcoming STEM Events
American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) Conference
Phoenix, Arizona, September 23-25, 2021
The conference focuses on educational, professional, and workforce development for Indigenous peoples of North America and the Pacific Islands in STEM studies and careers. Includes the largest college and career fair in the U.S. for Indigenous students and professionals. Exhibitors represent a diverse range of corporations, educational institutions, government agencies, nonprofits, Tribes, and Indigenous-owned businesses. Register.
Online, October 4-8, 2021
STEMIEFest brings together early childhood, early childhood special education, and early intervention professionals and faculty, STEM industry professionals, and families for interactive learning and discussions. All sessions have ASL interpreters and captioning, and are offered in Spanish. Participants can apply for Continuing Education Units and professional learning certificates. Registration begins in early September. Learn more.
Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC) Conference
Online, October 5-7, 2021
ASTC is an organization of science centers and museums dedicated to furthering public engagement with science among diverse audiences. This year's theme “Reflection, Recognition, and Renewal” will explore the creativity, innovation, and challenges experienced by science and technology centers and museums, and broader science learning field this year. Register.
Women of Color STEM Digital Conference
Online, October 7-9, 2021
Participants will learn new skills to advance their careers, and connect with a vibrant STEM community of all career stages, including executives representing Fortune 500 companies committed to diversity and the advancement of women in the STEM workforce. Register.
Society of Women Engineers Conference (WE21)
Indianapolis, IN, October 21-23, 2021
WE21 is the largest conference for Women Engineers. This year’s theme is "Aspire to Inspire." Learn, network, and be inspired by diverse women in the fields of technology and engineering. A virtual conference option is available on the registration portal. Early bird registration ends September 20, 2021. Register.
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Lights On Afterschool  
Nationwide, October 28, 2020
Organized by the Afterschool Alliance, Lights On Afterschool draws attention to the many ways afterschool programs support students by offering them opportunities to learn new things—such as science, community service, and robotics—and discover new skills. The events send a powerful message that millions more kids need quality afterschool programs. Visit Lights On Afterschool for student event ideas (remote or in-person), showcase your program, and find ways to participate without hosting an event.
National Career Pathways Network (NCPN) Connect Conference  
Online, November 4-5, 2021 
The NCPN conference is a professional development opportunity offering informative presentations, keynote speakers, and other timely information for professionals in Career Pathways, CTE, and workforce and economic development. Register.
Summer Changes Everything NSLA Conference
Washington, D.C., November 8-10, 2021
This National Summer Learning Association (NSLA) conference is an opportunity for stakeholders in the summer learning movement to share resources, best practices, and solutions for summer learning and afterschool programs. 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.
This month we’re turning the spotlight on the Beanstalk Weekly STEM Challenge. Parents and caregivers sign up to receive an email challenge designed for preschoolers each Sunday. Then they tune in online the following Saturday for a live “Show and Tell,” sharing their children’s results and seeing what others have created.

Beanstalk, located in Colorado but available nationwide, delivers live and on-demand online shows, interactive classes, camps, and clubs for kids 3+ that inspire curiosity, creative confidence, and kindness.
Get Started and stay connected to The Connectory:
STEM Resources
National Hispanic Heritage Month
In recognition of Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15th - October 15, 2019), here are some resources that serve to promote Latino(a) students in STEM:
  • Latinas in STEM: Spreads awareness about STEM and encourages middle and high school Latinas, especially within underserved communities, to consider pursuing a STEM career.
  • TECHNOLOchicas: Designed to raise awareness among young Latinas and their families about opportunities and careers in technology.
  • Space Place by NASA (in Spanish): It's mission is to inspire and enrich upper-elementary-aged kids' learning of space and Earth science online through games, hands-on activities, informative articles, and videos. Includes resources for parents and teachers.
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NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing
The National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) Award for Aspirations in Computing (AiC) honors 9-12th grade students who self-identify as women, genderqueer, or non-binary for their computing-related achievements and interests, and encourages them to pursue their passions. Recipients are selected based on their aptitude and aspirations in technology and computing, as demonstrated by their computing experience, computing-related activities, leadership experience, tenacity in the face of barriers to access, and plans for post-secondary education. Application deadline is November 5, 2021. Learn more.
Reboot Representation
The Reboot Representation Tech Coalition, supported by Pivotal Ventures, an investment and incubation company started by Melinda French Gates, is striving to close the gap for Black, Latina, and Native Women in the tech sector. The coalition provides gender-inclusive tools and resources, including a gender inclusion checklist for designing gender-diversity initiatives to ensure programming reflects the needs of women and girls.
Special Report: Time for a Game-Changing Summer
This American After 3PM special report provides insights into what access to STEM learning in afterschool looks like for children and youth in the U.S. The report finds that boys have more opportunities for STEM learning in afterschool than girls, with the largest gender gap in access to afterschool STEM learning in technology, engineering, and computer science activities. The report also highlights that families struggle to find and afford programs, and for every child in a summer program, there are another three waiting to get in.
SciYouth of America Team Application
SciYouth of America is dedicated to offering youth opportunities to discover the front lines of STEM, through exposure to diverse fields, real-world science experiences, and research opportunities. The SciYouth team is seeking high school-aged students to join their team, an opportunity to mentor middle-school-aged youth, and plan events featuring STEM professionals. Youth will build leadership skills, while also interacting with STEM role models. Learn more.
Global Resources
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Tech Girls Movement Foundation
The Tech Girls Movement Foundation campaigns for a future where women will lead and innovate across STEM fields, thus empowering themselves, and bringing broader social and economic benefits. Their mission is to champion Australian school girls using hands-on learning to transform their future and encourage equity in the technology industry. Their principles are reinforced by the Tech Girls are Superheroes children’s books which are distributed free to schools and portray female STEM industry professionals at the vanguard of solving authentic problems.
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