April  Newsletter

New York STEAM Girls Collaborative


April 2015
In This Issue

Welcome to the newsletter of the New York STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) Girls Collaborative (NY STEAM GC). NY STEAM GC is the New York project of the National Girls Collaborative Project (NGCP) and is convened by the University at Albany.

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New York STEAM Events

NY STEAM Collaboration Forum


Thank you to all that participated in the NY STEAM Collaboration

Forum on Saturday, April 11th at IBM Research.  There were approximately 50 attendees including K-12 educators (teachers & admin), academia, non-profits, and few from industry.


Special thank you to the IBM team, not just for the providing the awesome high tech space and demonstration, but for all of the behind the scenes contribution to a very successful day.


The agenda included an overview of NY STEAM, Collaboration 101, Speed Networking, Collaboration Panel, and general information on NY STEAM including mini-grants.  Lots of great discussion including how to incorporate the "A" in STEAM into the equation and making connections between different organizations/programs.


Our collaboration panelists (Wilma Gitchel - AAUW & Explore Your Opportunity Conference, Adele Falco - Curious on the Hudson, Lionel Bergeron - Code.org and Jen Goodall - University of Albany) and our moderator Lorrin Johnson - NY STEAM Champion Board Member provided an interesting discussion on navigating partnerships and collaboration.


We hope that those that attended were inspired and/or re-energized to continue to encourage girls (and boys) to explore their potential and pursue careers in STEAM.



Smithsonian Latino Virtual Museum - Educator Training

Friday, May 1st (9:30am to 2pm)


at National American Indian Museum - NYC 

NY STEAM is partnering with the National Girls Collaborative Project (NGCP) in offering training to educators to participate in the Smithsonian Latino Virtual Museum (LVM) Transmedia Project.


The LVM is a Transmedia hub for 2D and 3D collections, online games, simulations, and virtual worlds and programs in real-time. The resources highlight the Smithsonian art and science collections as they relate to Latinos.  The LVM developed a Teacher Toolkit to support educators with integrating this robust collection of transmedia and virtual exhibits into their existing STEM +Arts programs.


The toolkit includes six bilingual modules that explore three themes:

  • American Experience
  • Sustaining a Bio Diverse Planet
  • World Cultures

The New York Training will include:

  • In-depth review of Educator Toolkit and overview of the six modules and interactive tools available
  • Step by Step Training of the Cer?mica module that explores archeology activities related to World Culture
  • Overview of the Watershed module related to Sustaining a Bio Diverse Planet
  • Lessons learned from pilot programs
  • Optional tour of Cer?mica exhibition at museum
 NYSUT will provide in service hours 
 and certificates for teachers who attend.
For more information and to register, go to:

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Upcoming STEAM Events in New York State!

SciGirls Training - Greater Capital Region Teacher Center
Tuesday, June 30, 2015 - 8:30am - 3:00pm
Location:  Mohonasen Central School District
2070-2072 Curry Road
SchenectadyNY  12303

Join us for a professional development workshop focused on inquiry-based STEM instruction with a commitment to gender equality.  This workshop is based on the hit PBS series, SciGirls whose goal is to encourage girls to choose careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). 


This training is appropiate for educators working with students in 4th-8th grades.  


Educators will learn the latest research for exciting and engaging girls (and boys) in STEM; experience hands-on STEM activities; and gain access to free materials for hands-on, video-enhanced activities that put a creative twist on teaching STEM.


STEM Resources

         NY STEAM Announcing New Round of Mini-Grants


Through support from the National Girls Collaborative Project, NY STEAM Girls Collaborative is now offering Mini-Grants to support STEAM outreach projects in New York. Mini-Grants provide up to $1,000 to support collaborative projects among NGCP Program Directory organizations.


Mini-grants are awarded to girl-serving science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics (STEAM) focused programs to support collaboration, address gaps and overlaps in service, and share exemplary practices. Mini-grants are a small amount of seed funding and are not intended to fully fund entire projects.


Preference is given to mini-grant projects that are innovative and involve a collaboration between two programs or organizations that have not collaborated together previously.


  • Involve a collaboration between at least two programs from different organizations.
  • Include programs/organizations that are registered in the NGCPProgram Directory (enter your program today!).
  • Identify the lead program/organization.
  • Serve an audience located in New York.
  • Include a multi-day project.
To apply:
Please visit the  NGCP Mini-Grants webpage (application process opens May 5th) and complete the online application by  
June 5, 2015 at 5 pm.


To apply for a mini-grant, you must have a program registered in the NGCP 
Program Directory to use as your lead program. 

If you do not have a program registered, you must first  register a program so it may be selected as your lead program.  Go to  NGCP Mini-Grants webpage to create 
a login ID and add your program, then you may create an application.


Decisions will be announced on June 25, 2015.

Please visit the Mini-Grant Applicant Resources webpage for more information.

Still need help?

Please contact nysteam4girls@gmail.com


Thank you for your interest and we look forward to reviewing your applications with innovative collaborative ideas!


Jennifer Goodall & Stephanie Lemnios

NY STEAM Girls Collaborative Co-Leaders





The FabFems Directory now has over 500 women signed up, and we're growing internationally as well! These women are ready to get out there and be role models for youth in your community. Please visit the directory and familiarize yourself with FabFems in your area so that when you hear about role model/mentor needs from programs you can connect them with your FabFems! If there aren't any FabFems in your area, utilize the resources in theFabFems Toolkit to outreach and invite STEM professionals to join! 


Solving the Equation webinar April 22nd 

Introduction: Solving the Equation



Introduction: Solving the Equation
On  April 22nd from  2:00 - 3:00 pm EST, the  Association of University Women (AAUW)will partner with  STEMconnector to convene a virtual Town Hall to discuss the findings of its just-released report,  Solving the Equation: The Variables for Women's Success in Engineering and Computing . Featured speakers include Linda Hallman of AAUW, Esra Ozer of the Alcoa Foundation, Robert Denson of Des Moines Area Community College, Anne Wintroub of AT&T, Edie Fraser of STEMconnector/MWM, Christianne Corbett of AAUW, and Lorena Fimbres of STEMconnector/MWM. For more information on the event or our participating speakers, click here.
If you have any questions, please reach out to:
 Lorena.Fimbres@STEMconnector.org or  Patrick.Kennedy@STEMconnector.org



NGCP Program Directory

 Search for Collaborating Programs or Register Your Program! The online Program Directory highlights programs that focus on motivating girls to pursue STEM careers. The purpose of the directory is to help organizations and individuals network, share resources, and collaborate on STEM-related projects for girls. 


Million Women Mentors

The National Girls Collaborative Project (NGCP), a founding partner of the Million Women Mentors (MWM) initiative, is announcing more than 140,000 new science, technology, engineering, and mathematic (STEM) mentor commitments from over 20 states. 




Our Vision

To bring together organizations throughout New York that are committed to informing and encouraging girls to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).


The goals of NGCP and NY STEAM GC are to:

  1. Maximize access to shared resources in order to expand girls' participation in STEM.
  2. Strengthen capacity of girl-serving STEM organization by sharing exemplary practice research and program models, outcomes, and products.
  3. Use the leverage of a network of girl-serving STEM programs to create the tipping point for gender equity in STEM.
Leadership Team
Meet the Co-Leaders for the NY STEAM GC


Jennifer Goodall, Director, College of Computing and Information Women in Technology Program, University at Albany


Stephanie Lemnios, Informal STEM Education Consultant for Non-Profit Organizations



Quick Links
Click the links below to learn more about us and our partner organizations:


NY STEAM Girls Collaborative


National Girls Collaborative


University at Albany: http://www.albany.edu/


College of Computing and Information, University at Albany: http://www.albany.edu/cci/


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