Pacific Northwest Girls Collaborative Project Newsletter

April 2017

The Pacific Northwest Girls Collaborative Project (PNWGCP) brings together

organizations committed to informing and motivating girls to pursue careers in

science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).
Pacific Northwest Partnerships
CryptoClub Curriculum and Training 
The Pacific Northwest Girls Collaborative Project has been chosen to be part of the CryptoClub Network, a national afterschool project and online program that covers cryptography (secret codes and ciphers) and math. Two PNWGCP Leadership Team Members have been trained and will soon be teaching the curriculum to afterschool program leaders. 

What is CryptoClub?
The CryptoClub Project is a mathematics and cryptography curriculum developed at the University of Illinois at Chicago.  CryptoClub activities includ e games, treasure hunts, and puzzles that engage students in learning cryptography and applying middle-school mathematics.

How can you help young people access these high-quality activities? 
We are looking for individuals or corporate sponsors who can support this program. Contribute a tax deductible donation to support the following activities:
  • $100 will support an afterschool educator's travel expenses
  • $200 will buy CryptoClub curriculum materials for an afterschool program
  • $1,000 will sponsor the training expenses for the CryptoClub Leader Training
  • $5,000 will support the training and the curriculum materials for up to 20 programs
For more information, please contact Pacific Northwest Girls Collaborative Project's co-leader Casi Herrera at
This is a great opportunity to bring an exciting math-based curriculum to kids in the Pacific Northwest!
Events and Opportunities
Washington Women in Trades Career Fair
May 12, 2017
Seattle, WA
The Women in Trades Career Fair is an event aimed at increasing the overall number of women working in the trades and to help fill the imminent gap in the labor force. The event offers hands-on activities designed to introduce women and girls to the possibility of a future career in the trades.

Hawai'i Environmental Education Symposium
June 8-10, 2017
Hawai'i Volcanos National Park  
This symposium will focus on innovation in education, capacity building and professional development, and building partnerships. Register by May 1 to receive Early Bird pricing at: 

Washington Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) Summer Conference
August 6-9, 2017
Yakima, WA
This conference incorporates relevant speakers and workshops to create a rich professional development opportunity. Topics include how to find and organize valuable internet-based resources and tools to increase productivity and engagement. Register by visiting:

Lindbergh Electric Airplane Flight (LEAF) STEM Challenge Teacher Workshop
August 11, 2017
Tukwila, WA
The LEAF STEM Challenge is a  standards-based project that helps bring aerospace alive in the classroom for grades 6-12. Formal and informal teachers, administrators, and outreach professionals are all welcome to attend. Register for this event:

Girls Rock Math - Summer Camp Registration
Summer 2017
Western Washington
Girls Rock Math Summer Camp Registration is open. Girls in Grades 1-6 are encouraged to sign up for camp sessions this summer. Camp sessions include: Fashionable Smart, Alice in Numberland, Crafty Math, and more.

Anchorage Museum Summer Camps
Summer 2017
Anchorage, AK
From Robotics and space exploration to costumes, comics and more, the Anchorage Museum has a camp topic to suit nearly every 7 to 12-year-old's interest. Designed to foster imagination and experimentation in art, science and technology, campers learn, play and create through exploring museum objects and resources under the guidance of trained educators. For more information visit:

Apprenticeship & Non-Traditional Employment for Women (ANEW) Pre-apprenticeship Trade Rotation Program
ANEW offers a free 12-week, part-time, high quality pre-apprenticeship training that helps women enter non-traditional careers in construction trades and manufacturing. The Trades Rotation Program helps adults gain the technical skills needed to be competitive for an apprenticeship opportunity. For more information, visit:
FabFems Spotlight and Other Mentoring Opportunities
FabFems are enthusiastic about the science and technology work they do and want to inspire our future generations. Encourage girls to visit FabFems to search profiles, connect with role models, and find resources on career pathways. 'Like' us on  Facebook , 'follow' our  Twitter  feed, and help fill our boards on  Pinterest.

Caroline Appleyard
Meet   Caroline Appleyard She  grew up with a passion for reading and learning how things worked. She currently oversees professional development workshops, research seminars, laboratory training experiences, mentoring teams and program evaluation, as Program Director for a graduate training program and the Co-Leader of the Training/Career Development Core at Moffitt Cancer Center. She balances nurturing her young family with work and hobbies such as: scuba-diving, running and skiing. She looks forward to offering advice to young girls considering a career in STEM.  Connect with Caroline today!

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If you are a role model, submit a profile on to show girls what you do and what you are passionate about.
Pacific Northwest in The Connectory
Imagine - Kid's Bird Festival
Games, art activities and more! Take the Great Migration Challenge, learn how to identify common birds, make a bird feeder, and more. Activities are free with museum admission! Sponsored by Pilchuck Audubon Society.

Thanks to our partnership with VolunteerMatch, you can use The Connectory to search volunteer listings and put your STEM skills to use as a mentor. By working with The Connectory and VolunteerMatch, you can help empower the next generation of innovators. 

Join The Connectory to collaborate with other STEM program providers and promote your STEM opportunities to families. Our Getting Started Guide makes it easy.

The Connectory offers Bulk Upload options. Bulk upload is a streamlined way to add dozens of  opportunities - summer camps, workshops, career fairs, competitions, and other time-bound STEM events - to The Connectory. Email and they will send you a customized spreadsheet to complete. 
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The National Girls Collaborative Project™ is partially funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation, GSE/EXT: National Girls Collaborative Project: Building the Capacity of STEM Practitioners to Develop a Diverse Workforce, Grant No. HRD-1103073


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