January Newsletter

New York STEAM Girls Collaborative


January 2015
In This Issue

Happy New Year!

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 NY


Mini-Grants Available - Deadline Extended

NY STEAM Girls Collaborative will be awarding mini-grants on March 3, 2015. Mini-grants are awarded to girl-serving science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) focused programs to support collaboration, address gaps and overlaps in service, and share exemplary practices.


Mini-grant projects must include exemplary practices in informal learning, evaluation and assessment, or provide support for serving underrepresented girls in STEM. Mini-grants are a small amount of seed funding and are not intended to fully fund entire projects. The maximum mini-grant award is $1000.


Mini-Grant Application Requirements:

  • At least two programs from different organizations must collaborate on the mini-grant project.
  • All programs/organizations collaborating on the mini-grant must be registered in the Program Directory.
  • The applicant must choose one of her/his programs to be the lead program.
  • The lead program must be located in a collaborative state or region currently offering mini-grants.
  • Preference is given to projects that are innovative and include a collaboration between organizations that has not occurred before.
  • Mini-grant projects must last longer than one day, unless the one-day project is part of a larger event (e.g. a one-day STEM conference for middle school girls that is included within a week-long summer camp).

Open Date: NOW
Close Date: 02/03/2015
Decision Date: 03/03/2015



Please visit the  

Mini-Grant Applicant Resources webpage 

for more information or contact Stephanie Lemnios at


Girls' Summit Inspires Students To Become Leaders 

Ballston Spa Middle School girls were recently given the opportunity to explore, ask questions and begin to build the skills they need to become the problem solvers of tomorrow at the 7th Annual Girls' Summit held at Hudson Valley Community College's TEC-SMART in Malta on Dec. 18.


Working to address the gender gap in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields by exposing girls to hands-on STEM-based workshops. Time Warner Cable, as part of its Connect a Million Minds initiative, in partnership with Girls Incorporated, offered the opportunity for over 70 students from Ballston Spa and Niskayuna High Schools to participate. Read more..


Upcoming STEAM Events in New York State!
3.14 Mile on Ultimate Pi Day in NYC
The Girls Prep public single-sex charter schools in NYC plan to celebrate Ultimate Pi Day on 3/14/15 by kicking off a 3.14 mile (5K) run at 9:26:53 AM. Students, families, and supporters will participate in the run around the perimeter of Roosevelt Island to celebrate this once-in-a century opportunity day in honor of mathematics' most irrational number. Runners and anyone interested in supporting the event can learn more and/or register to run at www.publicprep.org/ultimatepiday.

Girls in STEM Event
Annual Girls in STEM Event at Hudson Valley Community College's TEC-SMART in Malta, New York held on Saturday, March 28, 2015. The event is free and open to girls in Grades 4-8.  Girls will have the opportunity to participate in hands on activities and see first-hand that STEM is fun.  We welcome high school and college women to serve as role models to inspire our young girls.  For more details, please contact Mary Burke at Mary.Burke@nyserda.ny.org

NY STEAM Event in Westchester County
SAVE THE DATE - Saturday, April 11, 2015

We are planning on hosting an event in Westchester County and hope that those particularly in this area are able to join us to learn more about our organization and take the opportunity to collaborate with other like-minded organizations to bring STEAM programs to girls.

More details to be provided shortly.

Interested in being involved in the planning process, please contact Stephanie Lemnios at nysteam4girls@gmail.com

STEM Resources


January is National Mentoring Month 
Make a Difference and be a mentor!

Million Women Mentors
The goal of the movement is to support the engagement of one million mentors in STEM professions over the next four years and to collectively increase the interest and confidence of girls and young women in these areas. Learn more about MWM partnership with National Mentoring Month


Make a pledge to be a mentor TODAY - Go to MWM website


National Girls Collaborative Project - Webinar - January 28, 2015


Breaking Stereotypes: How Role Models and Mentors are Inspiring Girls in STEM
Through initiatives like the FabFems Project (an international directory of female STEM role models) the National Girls Collaborative Project (NGCP) brings together individuals and organizations committed to supporting and engaging girls in science, engineering, technology, and mathematics (STEM). Role models and mentors, at any age, at any stage of their academic/professional journey, and in any geographical location, have the ability to break stereotypes of all kinds and inspire youth to cultivate and ultimately pursue their passions in STEM fields. In this webinar we'll hear how role models and mentors are creating impact in national and international settings, as well through in-person and online environments. We'll explore programs and resources from throughout our NGCP and FabFems network, and share opportunities to get involved in role modeling and mentoring projects.  

Presenters: AnneMarie Horowitz, Department of Energy; Nezha Larhrissi, eSTEM Morocco; Alicia Santiago, SciGirls Connect; Sandy Marshall, Project Scientist; Nimisha Ghosh Roy, FabFems & NGCP


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. 

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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