Pacific Northwest Girls Collaborative Project Newsletter

April 2016

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).
Join the Equity Conversation
The Evergreen School 2016 Speaker Series
Dr. Sapna Cheryan
Not All Fields Are Created Equal: Examining Gender Differences in STEM
Seattle, WA
April 18, 2016
Increasing women's participation in STEM has been a national topic that has led to changes in both education policy and business practices. Yet, research shows that some STEM fields reflect greater gender disparity than others. Women receive almost half of the bachelor's degrees in biology, chemistry, and mathematics, but earn less than 20% of computer science, engineering and physics degrees. What accounts for difference in STEM fields? How can we increase women's participation in underrepresented fields? Join Dr. Sapna Cheryan as she unravels the notion that gender differences are uniform in STEM fields and presents a model to explain why gender differences persist in computer science, physics and engineering. Register for this free event today. 
What's happening in the Pacific Northwest?
The Lindbergh Electric Aircraft Flight (LEAF) STEM Challenge 
Seattle, WA
April 9, 2016
The LEAF STEM Challenge  is hosting the annual Fly-Off at the Museum of Flight. Students, grades 6-12 are invited to join us to see which team's airplane can successfully carry the most amount of cargo. The day will include time with STEM mentors, an awards ceremony to recognize our most successful teams in their divisions and lots of time for teams to fly their airplanes.  Registration is $20 for a team of up to four students. Scholarships are available. http://www.leafchallenge.com

Storm into STEM School Day
Seattle, WA
May 4, 2016
Please join the Seattle Storm in celebrating their 2nd annual School Day event at KeyArena! The 2016 School Day theme is "Storm into S.T.E.M.", and the event features an exciting WNBA match-up and an educational workbook focused on science, math, geometry and other STEM topics related to the sport of basketball.  http://storm.wnba.com/storm-into-stem

Hawaii STEM Conference
Wailea, HI
May 6-7, 2016
STEMworks invites all STEM/Service Learning students, teachers, parents, community and business leaders to gather from across the state to celebrate science, technology, engineering, and math learning projects, hear stories of inspiration, engage in activities with some of the biggest names in STEM, & experience the excitement of a regional technology conference. 
http://womenintech.com/HawaiiSTEMConference

Rocketry Showcase
Kent, WA
May 14, 2016
Interested in rockets and space? Spend a fun-filled day building and flying rockets while exploring the solar system. All activities are free. To RSVP, email the Northwest Earth and Space Pipeline contact at  nwessp@uw.edu.
Opportunities
Youth Apps Challenge
Online
April 29, 2016
Washington middle and high school students are invited to develop and submit apps that solve a real-world problem. Students at all experience levels are encouraged to apply. Finalists will be invited to present their apps at the Youth Apps Challenge event at the University of Washington on June 4, 2016. Free curriculum and training is available to assist teachers in the app development process using App Inventor. http://youthappschallenge.org

The SuperComputing Conference Student Volunteer Opportunities
Salt Lake City, UT
June 1, 2016
Applications are now being accepted for the Student Volunteers program at the SC16 conference to be held November 13-18, 2016 in Salt Lake City, UT. SC16 is the premier international conference for high performance computing, networking, data storage and analysis. http://sc16.supercomputing.org/studentssc/student-volunteers 

2016 Girls Scouts Summer Camps
Alaska
Summer 2016
Girl Scouts of Alaska Summer Camp registration is now open. These camps are committed to creating a community that helps campers unlock their potential and discover the world while developing life skills. In this safe and supportive environment girls become active participants in the learning process as counselors guide them in not only having fun, but understanding the importance of how and what they are doing.  http://girlscoutsalaska.org/camps 
Pacific Northwest Programs in The Connectory
Yellowstone Wildlife Ecology Summer Research Program 
Ecology Project Course
This opportunity is for high school students in Montana, Idaho, and Wyoming. They will experience five days in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem! Students will work with the Yellowstone Bison Team on a bison grazing study inside Yellowstone National Park, observe wolves with a member of the Yellowstone Wolf Project, and contribute to a conservation service project with the National Parks Conservation Association. The course is spent almost entirely outdoors and campers sleep under the stars each night.  
http://theconnectory.org/opportunity/august-12-16-2015-yellowstone-course-for-montana-idaho-and-wyoming-students

Join The Connectory to collaborate with other STEM program providers and promote your STEM opportunities to families. Follow the steps below to a dd your programs and opportunities:
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  3. Approval: Your program listing will be approved so it can be searched for by program providers
  4. Add: Add all your STEM opportunities
  5. Approval: Your time-bound opportunities will be approved so they can be searched for by families
  6. Discover: Search for other programs providers to connect with
FabFems Spotlight
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.
Audra Eng

Meet Audra. Her background is in Information Technology. She is currently the Director of Development and Operations for IGNITE. IGNITE is a non-profit with the goal of connecting school-age girls to professional women in STEM careers who act as role models and mentors.  http://www.fabfems.org/users/audra-eng 

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If you are a role model, submit  a profile on FabFems.org to show girls what you do and what you are passionate about.
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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-1532643.

 

 

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