National Girls Collaborative Project E-Newsletter February 2017

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Design Squad Global (DSG) Clubs are connecting kids (ages 10-13) in out-of-school-time programs around the world. Kids explore engineering through fun-packed, high-energy, hands-on activities that tackle real-world issues and they do so by working alongside a DSG Club from another country. In the process of sharing their ideas and exchanging feedback with their partner club, children develop “global competency” and the ability to communicate and collaborate with people from different backgrounds, cultures, and perspectives. Since October 2016, Design Squad Global200+ Clubs in 18 countries have participated in the global experience. To learn more, watch the promo video and sign up to start your own Club beginning in March 2017!

NGCP and Design Squad Global Webinar: Engaging Kids in Hands-on Engineering
March 2, 2017; 11:00 AM Pacific (2:00 PM Eastern)
This one hour webinar will detail how to bring DSG Clubs to yourREGISTER community, and will highlight the support and resources available from DSG and the National Girls Collaborative Project.

APEC Women in STEM: A Framework for Dialogue, Learning, and Action
In June 2016, NGCP was pleased to be a part of a workshop in Lima, Peru entitled, “APEC Women in STEM: Expanding Opportunity and Innovation by Strengthening the Presence of Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.” The panel on which NGCP participated contributed to some of the overall themes of the final report which has been endorsed by the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Policy Partnership on Women and the Economy. The report provides an ‘APEC Women in STEM Framework’ that organizes challenges and opportunities across four key issues: enabling environment; education; employment; and entrepreneurship. Read the full report online.

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SciGirls SD Squared Educator Workshop
Annandale, VA; February 11, 2017
SciGirls is a PBS Kids television series out to change how tweens think about STEM. Educators working with 4th-8th grade students are invited to learn how to integrate inquiry-based STEM instruction with a commitment to gender equity. Participants will learn the latest research for exciting and engaging girls (and boys) in STEM, experience hands-on STEM activities, and gain access to free materials for hands-on, video-enhanced activities that put a creative twist on teaching STEM. Register.

SciGirls STEM Training hosted by Chicago Project Exploration
Chicago, IL; February 11, 2017
Chicago educators and volunteers who work with middle and high school girls are invited to participate in this hands-on, minds-on professional development training. Participants will learn the latest research for exciting and engaging girls (and boys) in STEM, experience hands-on STEM activities by building a device to measure wind speed and lighting up a room with dough creatures, receive curriculum that puts a creative twist on teaching STEM, learn how to modify activities to engage kids in STEM using the SciGirls Seven and discover additional online resources that enhance teaching and learning experiences for all kids. Register.

SciGirls STEM Training hosted by The Green Girls STEM Foundation and Pacer Center
Bloomington, MN; March 11, 2017
Educators are invited to this hands-on, minds-on professional development training. Participants will learn the latest research for exciting and engaging girls (and boys) in STEM, experience hands-on activities by building a device to measure wind speed and lighting up a room with dough creatures, receive curriculum that puts a creative twist on teaching STEM, learn how to modify activities to engage kids in STEM using the SciGirls Seven and discover additional online resources that enhance teaching and learning experiences for all kids. Register.

Habitat Connections: Cornell Lab of Ornithology Birdsleuth Professional Development Workshop
Rosman, NC; March 18, 2017
BirdSleuth aims to help all types of educators build science skills while inspiring young people to connect to local habitats, explore biodiversity, and engage in citizen science projects. Pre-service, classroom, afterschool, and informal educators are welcome to participate. This workshop will provide training and educational resources to engage children (ages 8-13) in inquiry-based STEM activities. No matter your location or program space, BirdSleuth can help you connect the kids you work with to fun and engaging citizen science projects and inquiry-based outdoor experiences. Register deadline is February 28, 2017. Register.

FabFems
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The FabFems Spotlight highlights women from the FabFems Role Model Directory. FabFems are enthusiastic about the science and technology work they do and want to inspire a future generation of FabFems. Search the Role Model Directory to find FabFems in your area. We benefit from role models at all stages of our lives.

Alexis Scott
Alexis Scott 

Meet Alexis Scott. Alexis has had a love and a gift for numbers since a very young age. She has both a Masters of Science and a Bachelors of Science degree in mathematics. Alexis has been teaching/tutoring mathematics for over 20 years. She has been a college professor of mathematics for over 18 years. Alexis founded AMS Academic Solutions as a way to use her gifts of numbers and teaching to provide quality tutoring to those who have struggles with math and other subjects.

To learn more about Alexis visit her FabFems profile.

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Upcoming STEM EventsEvents
California Academy of Sciences LogoScientist’s Scoop: Who’s creeping in your closet?
Online; February 9, 2017
9:30 AM Pacific (12:30PM Eastern) and 11:00 AM Pacific (2:00 PM Eastern)
Classrooms (grades 4-12) are invited to join this free live video chat with California Academy of Sciences scientist Michelle Trautwein. In this one-hour live discussion, youth will discover what it is like to study arthropods living in homes around the world. Register.

Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators Conference
Orlando, FL; February 9-11, 2017
This conference features thought-provoking sessions, and opportunities to network and collaborate with mathematics educators. Session topics include: Learning About Equity in Secondary Mathematics Teacher Education Programs, Empowering Mathematics Teachers and Creating Equitable Learning Environments through Professional Development in Ethnomathematics, and Clarifying the Role of Equity Research Around the Standards for Mathematical Practice. Register.

American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Annual Meeting
Boston, MA; February 16-20, 2017
The AAAS is dedicated to advancing science for the benefit of all people. The 2017 theme, “Serving Society Through Science Policy” focuses on how to inform policies with the best scientific evidence. This event features Family Science Days, plus lectures and seminars that explore a diverse range of recent developments in science and technology. Register.

Beyond School Hours XX
Atlanta, GA; February 22-25, 2017
At this conference educators and administrators will have the opportunity to network, share ideas, and engage in professional development and capacity building. New this year is the Summer Learning workshop strand. Register.
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ACTE National Policy Seminar
Arlington, VA; March 13-15, 2017
The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) is dedicated to the advancement of education that prepares youth and adults for a wide range of high-wage, high-skill, and high-demand careers. This year’s theme is “Forging New Paths.” Attendees will gain insights on the new Congress and Administration, hear updates and projections on CTE-related policy initiatives, legislation, and funding via keynote speakers, policy breakout sessions, and opportunities to network with policymakers. Early bird registration ends February 10, 2017. Register.

International Technology and Engineering Educators Association (ITEEA) Conference
Dallas, TX; March 16-18, 2017
The ITEEA conference provides an opportunity for technology and engineering educators to gain comprehensive professional development and networking experiences. Participants will have the opportunity to learn from and share with other technology and engineering STEM education professionals in a variety of formats. This year’s theme is “Engaging and Empowering Decision Makers through Integrative STEM Education.” Register.

National Afterschool Association (NAA) Convention
Dallas, TX; March 19-22, 2017NAA Logo
The NAA is dedicated to the development, education, and care of children and youth during their out-of-school hours. This year’s theme is, “Rising to the Challenge. Game On!” NGCP is offering a session (March 21, 2017 at 9:30 AM) titled Six Strategies for Creating Community of Practice. Session participants will learn ways to increase the capacity and impact of their programs and will receive strategies for creating an effective Community of Practice. Register.

National Summit for Educational Equity (NSEE)
Arlington, VA; April 24-27, 2017
The NSEE will bring together leaders in educational equity to build capacity, knowledge, and skills to transform education, enrich classrooms, and improve student success. The 2017 theme is “Reach Greater Heights with Access, Equity, and Diversity.” Early bird registration ends March 18, 2017. Register.

SpotlightConnectory
The Connectory Spotlight highlights programs and opportunities in The Connectory. The Connectory is a free online collaboration tool for STEM program providers to find partners based on interests as well as a platform to showcase STEM opportunities to families. In recognition of African American History Month, we are highlighting the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) and its pre-college initiative, NSBE Jr.

NSBE is one of the largest student-governed organizations based in the U.S., with nearly 16,000 active members. Founded in 1975, it supports and promotes the aspirations of black students National Society of Black Engineers Jr.and technical professionals in engineering and technology. NSBE Jr. encourages minority scholars in grades K-12 to attend college and pursue technical degrees.

NSBE BlackSTEMLikeMeThere are 82 active NSBE Jr. chapters. Currently, the East Bay Chapter of NSBE Jr. program is running a Build a Drone Technical Challenge where students must design, build, and test drones that will deliver supplies to a disaster area on a stranded island.

NSBE just launched the #BlackSTEMLikeMe: A Reflection of Black Excellence campaign to celebrate African American History Month, Engineers Week, and the Oscar-nominated movie Hidden Figures. The campaign is NSBE’s latest effort to support its goal to graduate 10,000 African-American engineers annually, with bachelor’s degrees, by 2025.

Join The Connectory to collaborate with STEM programs and promote your upcoming STEM opportunities to families. Opportunities are visible publicly to families. Programs are visible to other STEM providers.

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STEM ResourcesResources
African American History Month: In recognition of African American History Month, resources that serve to promote African American students in STEM are highlighted below:

Black Girls Code LogoBlack Girls Code is designed to increase the numbers of young women of color in the field of digital and computer technology by providing skills, exposing them to technology role models, and increasing self-confidence to become tech creators and entrepreneurs.

Black Women and Girls in Computing Roundtable. An executive brief from NCWIT. The goal of the Roundtable was to connect black women and girls in computing with related organizations in tech, education, government, policy, and media to discuss influence, intersectionality, and media messaging, emerging with a commitment  to sustain the community of black women and girls through tangible resources and actions.

The Black Inventor Online Museum. Focuses on the ingenuity and accomplishment of the top black inventors over the last 300 years. Inventors are profiled with a section dedicated to female inventors.

Science NetLinks has developed a number of resources that help honor the achievements and scientific work of African Americans.

Global ResourcesGlobal
International Day of Women and Girls in Science Conference
United Nations Headquarters in New York
February 10, 2017

The International Day of Women and Girls in Science recognizes the critical role women and girls play in science and technology communities. The 2017 theme is “Gender, Science and Sustainable Development: The Impact of Media” and will explore ways to promote knowledge about and support for women and girls in science while investigating ways to ensure that women and girls in science are perceived with dignity and recognized for their abilities. Register.

Girl Day: Introduce a Girl to Engineering     
February 23, 2017 DiscoverE Girl Day Logo 
Girl Day is a worldwide campaign to introduce girls to the fascinating world of engineering. Engineers, teachers and others act as Role Models and educate girls about how engineers change our world. DiscoverE provides resources to plan your Girl Day activities, online training for volunteers, and tips for starting conversations about engineering.

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