... I want to extend a heartfelt thanks to you for providing an exciting opportunity for girls in your community this summer. The video game programming workshops you offered helped nurture girls' interest in science, technology, engineering and math through hands-on learning. They are examples of the vital partnerships between our schools and community organizations that help extend the adventure of learning beyond the classroom."
– State Superintendent of Public Instruction
Dr. Terry Bergeson
Olympia, Washington

Read the entire letter from Dr. Bergeson.

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Diversity in Technology Group logoThe mission of the Diversity in Technology Group is to provide opportunities for underrepresented groups to access and equally participate in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education programs and activities.

Current Projects:

  • National Girls Collaborative Project
    The purpose of the National Girls Collaborative Project (NGCP) is to replicate the Northwest Girls Collaborative Project throughout the United States in an effort to strengthen the capacity, impact, and sustainability of existing and evolving girl-serving science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) programs. Through collaboration among organizations, institutions, and businesses committed to expanding participation of women in STEM, the existing and evolving projects will have a much greater chance of maintaining interest and participation of girls in STEM within their regions.
  • Washington Expanding Your Horizons Gateway Project
    Funded by a grant from the Washington State Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, the gateway will serve to connect and support all the coordinators of Expanding Your Horizons (EYH) conferences in the state of Washington. The conferences are designed to nurture girls' interest in science and math courses and to encourage them to consider science and math-based career options such as engineering, computer science and physical science. Funds will be used to coordinate services and identify ways to maximize resources to benefit all EYH conferences. A needs assessment will be conducted to identify areas in which new conferences may be helpful. Materials from all EYH conferences will be housed in one Web portal.
  • TechREACH
    This program, funded by a Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation grant, develops quality curriculum, mentoring opportunities, and hands-on experiences that target low-income, at-risk middle school students —the group most likely to fall behind in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics areas.
  • TechREACH Alliance Project
    The TechREACH Alliance Project (TAP) is a partnership between the Puget Sound Center for Teaching, Learning and Technology (PSCTLT), Wilderness Technology Alliance and the TEConnections program to increase technology access and literacy in 10 underserved communities located in Eastern Washington and Western Washington. The TechREACH Alliance will provide technology literacy training and a refurbished computer with Internet access to people from low-income households via established partnerships with schools, DSHS, community colleges, and/or community centers. This project is funded by the Greater Everett Community Foundation through funding from the Verizon/MCI Merger Public Purpose Fund.
  • Northwest Girls Collaborative Project
    Advancing the Agenda in Gender Equity for science, technology, engineering and mathematics in Washington and Oregon. Funder: National Science Foundation, Program for Women and Girls, September 1, 2002-February 29, 2004.
  • Life Sciences Central
    PSCTLT created an online life sciences directory of education and outreach programs in Washington state. The directory features over 200 programs located throughout the state that encourage and promote careers in these areas, including summer camps, certification programs, student/teacher outreach programs, and college or university programs. www.psctlt.org/wdc/

    The directory is part of a new Web site, www.LS-central.com, which highlights jobs in life sciences and contains life science education resources for students, teachers, and counselors in Washington state. It includes video clips of people working for local companies, pod casts, photos for wallpaper, and a link to the life science directory. For more information on LS-central.com, please contact Helena Haas.

For more information contact:

Karen Peterson, Executive Director
Director, Diversity in Technology Group
Puget Sound Center for Teaching,
Learning and Technology
21540 - 30th Drive SE, Suite 310
Bothell, WA 98021

fax 425.368.1023

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