November Newsletter

New York STEAM Girls Collaborative


November 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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 New York STEAM is picking up speed

NY STEAM Girls Collaboration Updates


The NY STEAM Girls Collaborative hosted two events this fall; Kickoff Conference and Collaboration Forum.  

Both events were well attended and have heard back from many attendees that they made great connections and were inspired to bring their work to the next level.  

NY STEAM Collaboration Forum held on November 12th 


The NY STEAM Girls Collaboration Forum was held at the CNSE Children's Museum of Science and Technology (CNSE CMOST) to bring together formal and informal educators, industry, academia and public partners to explore new ways to encourage and promote girls in STEM areas.

Thank you to those attending the Collaborative Forum. It was a great turnout where we were able to share some inspiring stories and potential opportunities.  We want to continue this momentum with you and your colleagues across the area!  

Stay tuned for future Forums across the State! If you want to review the materials handed out at the November 12 Forum, please check here.

NY STEAM Kickoff Conference - held on October 25th


 Thank you to all who joined us on at our NYSTEAM kickoff conference that was held at Hudson Valley Community College (TECH SMART).  And.. a big thank you to all of people who made the day possible; keynote speaker, panel participants/ moderators, SciGirls, along with our dedicated Leadership Team and Champions Board.

We hope that you enjoyed the panel discussions, presentations and networking activities that were intended to provide the opportunity to develop collaborative partnerships and the sharing of resources in support of our goal to motivate and inform girls to pursue STEM careers. 

For those that were not able to able to attend, the handouts, responses from the questions, and additional resources are available in folder provided here.

Coming Soon.. 

NY STEAM Mini-grants application to open December 3, 2014


Applicant's project must include two different collaborating organizations.  Program must be longer than one day.


Preference given to projects:

  • Innovative project designs
  • New program collaborators
  • Use Exemplarary Methods and Evaluator Methods
More information to be provided the week of December 3, 2014.


Margaret Asida. an inspiration

It with great sadness that we honor the memory of Margaret Ashida, NY STEAM Champions Board member, who passed away unexpectedly last month.   She was truly an inspiration to many for her vision, leadership and commitment to STEM education and having a positive impact on society and our students. All who knew Margaret would describe her as a friend, mentor, advocate, and role model. Margaret always greeted you with a smile and possessed an incredible amount of passion, expertise, energy, sense of humor, and "can do attitude".


Margaret was a big supporter of the National Girls Collaborative Project and a key stakeholder in the initial discussions in bringing a collaborative to New York State. Margaret was thrilled about the launch of NY STEAM and eager to participate as a Champions Board Member. 


Now it's our turn to carry the torch forward and continue on the path that Margaret has set forth.  


Upcoming STEAM Events in New York State!
NYS K-12 Kids Safe Online Poster Contest
November 26 contest entry deadline

The NYS Office of Information Technology Services' Enterprise Information Security Office is hosting the "NYS K-12 Kids Safe Online Poster Contest" during the month of October in conjunction with "National Cyber Security Awareness Month" activities. This is a great opportunity for teachers to talk to students about being safe while on the Internet and when using computers and mobile devices.  This year the contest has four entry categories: Kindergarten - Grade 2, Grades 3-5, Grades 6-8 and Grades 9-12.  New York State winners will be entered into the MS-ISAC National Computer Security Poster Contest which is held in the spring. National contest winning posters will be included in the 2016 Annual MS-ISAC calendar distributed in the fall of 2015. 


The "NYS K-12 Kids Safe Online Poster Contest" information web page is  Questions may be submitted to

The 2013-2014 NYS winners can be viewed at For further information on Cyber Security Awareness Month, please visit


Don't miss out!  The contest entry deadline is November 26, 2014.

Junior FIRST Lego League Expo at UAlbany 

We are pleased to announce that UAlbany will host the Junior FIRST Lego League Expo again on December 13, 2014 in the Campus Center Ballroom on the University at Albany Uptown Campus. The FIRST Theme is Think Tank: Redefining Learning. You can find more info about the Challenge at: The Expo is partnership between UAlbany, KeyBank, and Girl Scouts of Northeast New York.


Please register your team at:


NYC-WiC 2015

Abstract submission opens!


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.


Now is a great time to start thinking about how you might want to be involved.  Please find information about the Call for Proposals on our website at  Abstract submission opens November 15, 2014.


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Funding Available

Funding Available for All Girls FIRST Team!

FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology)  encourages female groups to join in the 2015 FIRST Robotics Competition. High Schools, after school organizations,  Community Centers or other STEM promoting institutions interested in forming an all-girl robotics team can now apply for grant funding from NASA's Robotics Alliance Project as well as from corporate sources. For additional information and application for  FIRST NASA grants please visit For information on additional FIRST grants and help with application process: Ana L Martinez, FIRST Regional Director & NY STEAM Champion Board member, NYS/Tech Valley 917-361-2257 or   For more information about FIRST:  


NY STEAM Mini-grants application to open December 3, 2014.  More information to follow the week of December 3rd.




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. 

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:


College of Computing and Information, University at Albany:


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