December Newsletter

New York STEAM Girls Collaborative


December 2014
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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STEAM  Education News in the New York State

NY STEAM Announces 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.


To be eligible for funding, Mini-Grant proposals must:

  • Involve a collaboration between at least two programs from different organizations.
  • Include programs/organizations that are registered in the NGCP Program 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 and complete the online application by January 21, 2015 at 5 pm.


Note: 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 March 3, 2015


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


Verizon Awards NYC Schools

Verizon Champions Innovative STEM Programs in 5 Underserved New York City Schools

Five New York City schools have been awarded a total of $100,000 to improve student achievement in science, technology, engineering and math through the Verizon Innovate Learning Grants program. They are among 80 schools across the country selected to each receive a $20,000 grant as part of Verizon's investment to stimulate student interest and achievement in STEM. The New York City grant recipients are: Concourse Village Elementary School in the Bronx; P.S/I.S. 30 Mary White Ovington School in Brooklyn; The Esperanza Preparatory Academy and The Renaissance Charter High School, both in Manhattan; and Energy Tech High School in Long Island City, Queens. Eligible to apply for a Verizon Innovate Learning Grant were elementary, middle and high schools in all 50 states (plus the U.S. territories) in which at least 70 percent of students qualify for free or reduced-price lunch.  

Junior FIRST Lego League Expo at UAlbany 

WHAT A GREAT EVENT...We are pleased to announce that UAlbany hosted the seventh Junior FIRST Lego League Expo on December 13, 2014 at University at Albany. The FIRST Theme was Think Tank: Redefining Learning. The Expo is a collaboration between UAlbany, KeyBank, and Girl Scouts of Northeast New York.



Upcoming STEAM Events in New York State!

NY STEAM Girls Collaborative Forum to be held in Westchester County


We are planning to continue to reach out across New York state and will be holding an event in Westchester County in Spring 2015.


More information to be provided in January.


Interested in being involved, please contact Stephanie Lemnios at


New York Celebration of Women in Computing (NYC-WiC)

The New York Celebration of Women in Computing Conference (NYC-WiC) is set for April 17-18, 2015 at the Syracuse Crowne Plaza.  Please note that we have moved to Syracuse for the 2015 conference.


This regional conference is modeled after the international Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing Conference.  The conference intends to promote the academic, social and professional growth of all who attend.  Students, faculty and technology leaders will meet to share research, learn about computing opportunities, network with other women in academia and industry and explore issues common to women in computing.

Please find information about the Call for Proposals on our website at  Abstract submission now open.


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STEM Resources

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. 

Big Dream

Big Dream is a documentary film that follows the stories of seven young women in technology fields around the globe. Each story takes a look at these young women's ambitions and how they overcome personal challenges to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields. One of the goals of the film is to excite young women, their families, and friends about the possibilities inherent in STEM fields.


JASON Learning Contests

JASON Learning and its partners sponsor a variety of contests each year for K-12 youth. Current contests include the Automobile Recycling Awareness Contest  and the Plastic Film Recycling Contest. Contest winners receive prizes from the JASON Project. 


Computer Science Toolkit and Gaming

The lessons included in this toolkit provide a fun and safe environment for girls to experience computing and gain the knowledge, encouragement, and the support they need to become future innovators in technology.


Hour of Code

Hour of Code is an introduction to computer science, designed to demystify "code" and show that anyone can learn the basics to be a maker, a creator, an innovator. Check out a variety of self-guided tutorials on a browser, tablet, or smartphone. The website features unplugged tutorials for classrooms without computers. No experience needed.




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


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