|Girls Get IT! Newsletter
||Volume II Issue III|
| Explore ~ Educate ~ Empower|
|Board of Champions Meeting and Kick-Off Conference is Shortly Approaching!!
Next month, Girls Get IT! & the Florida Girls Collaborative Project will be hosting a Board of Champions meeting followed by a Kick-Off Conference for local child serving organizations.
The Board of Champions meeting will take place on November 8th,
2007 from 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. at the Museum of Science and Industry
(MOSI) in Tampa, Florida. Items discussed at the first face-to-face
meeting include an overview of the statewide Program Directory, soon to
be administered Mini-Grants, Strategic Planning, Board Roles and
Responsibilities, and How to get involved.
The following day, November 9th,
2007, the Kick-Off Conference for local programs will occur
also hosted by MOSI. This event starts at 8:00 a.m. and
will last until around 3:00 p.m. The Kick-Off is open to ANY program
that is involved with in school or after school programs, gender
equity, STEM education for elementary, middle and high school girls. We
encourage everyone who can to participate and pass the word on!
goal of the Kick-Off is to allow local programs to showcase their
offerings. Participants will hear an overview of how to get a
Mini-grant, how to become a part of a collaboration, and to list their
program in our online Program Directory. Lunch will be provided for
FREE to all participants. We want everyone to walk away from this event
with a sense of partnership for the Tampa Bay area between private
industry, K-20 education institutions, and community organizations.
hope to see as many people as possible at our first annual Board of
Champions meeting and Kick-Off Conference. If you have any questions or
concerns or are interested in participating, please contact Leah Cook
at [email protected] or (850) 922-9025.
World Space Expo Coming Soon!!
World Space Expo continues to open up opportunities for the next
generation of explorers by offering them a way to discover and learn
about the many different aspects of space. This year it will be
held from November 1st - 4th in Florida at the
Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral. As expected, most of the
institutions, schools, and corporation that are involved are
based in Central Florida.
be many demonstrations and activities for students of all ages to enjoy
during this week of adventure and fun. For example, the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration will present Science on a Sphere, a 3-D interactive display that gave students insight into how geography, comparative planetology, and weather tracking data sets are collected, integrated, and used to study the Earth and other celestial bodies. At
the Commercial Space Pavilion, the X PRIZE Foundation, the Rocket
Racing League, and the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) Office
of Commercial Space Flight are among private space companies who
showcase the future of personal space travel. Dr. Jimmie
L. Davis, Jr., a board member of Space Florida, described the event as
"a high-energy, high-impact event illuminating of the
intelligence of space, the love for space, and most importantly, the
business of space that should inspire the students, invigorate the
teachers, and motivate the workers of the state of Florida." He went on
to say, "The exposition of space has brought us lifestyle and lifeline
changes like Velcro, the microwave, Teflon, ski-boots, and provided a
technical core for computers and the computing age."
Other activities included a Tour of the Universe, an Air-powered Rocket Demonstration, and Weather Balloon Launches.
The Tour of the Universe used high-resolution videos and images that
are taken from the most recent images from Mars and the Moon to
captivate the audience. The air-powered rocket demonstration will show
basic principles of aerodynamics as well as show students on how to
build a rocket of their own at home, under parental supervision, of
course! Finally, student teams from around Florida design,
assemble, and launch high-altitude weather balloons equipped with video
cameras and GPS sensors. Students will be able to track the flight path
the balloon across the State of Florida with the GPS sensor while the
camera on board relayed live video back to a large outdoor screen at
the Visitor Complex.
has become thoroughly involved with the World Space Expo. "This year
alone there will be more than 3,500 students from 30 schools across 14
counties involved from the state of Florida," continued Dr. Davis.
All this program can hope for is the continuing enthusiasm of its
students, and to grow as much as possible. Click Here!
Who Stole the Cookies from the Cookie Jar?
Solving mysteries is a real job.
Who committed the crime? When, where and how did it happen? How long has the victim been
dead? What was the cause? What type of weapon was involved? What
evidence was left behind? These questions, among millions more, come up
in crimes such as murders, burglaries, and violent attacks. After a
serious crime has been committed, a team of forensic science experts
must come to the scene to investigate the event and find answers!
Forensic science experts are the people who find the evidence and figure out what really happened.
(Forensic refers to debates and legal arguments. The science part is
about coming up with facts and answers to settle the argument). Most
forensic experts work alongside police officers and lawyers to help
solve the mystery. They also work with victims, patients, and
government agencies, and sometimes even testify in court about what
evidence they found to help crack the case.
science jobs include lots of different areas. Crime scene investigators
work on the spot to find evidence. Toxicologists work in the labs to
help decode what substances were found at the scene. Beyond that,
forensic scientists can even specialize on specific things like
firearms and bullets (ballistics expert), or someone who's an expert on
insects and how to use them in solving mysteries, such as finding out
when somebody died (an entomologist).
forensic science careers require at least a four year college degree.
Within forensic science, there are lots of jobs you can do, so you have
choices about what to study. If you are inquisitive and determined,
love to not only find an answer, but prove it too, this might be a
great area for you to explore. Read some mystery books, or play some
crime-solving computer games. This field can be fascinating, but it
also involves critical thinking and testing. So the next time someone
in the house stole the cookies from the cookie jar, it's up to you to find out exactly who did it! For more information about how to become a forensic scientist, Click Here!
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Cool Career: Cosmetic Chemist
Looking your best may be as much a science as it is an art - especially in the makeup business...
a look at the cosmetics and beauty products you use everyday: shampoo,
lip gloss, nail polish, eye shadow, face powder, mascara, body lotion,
hair spray, and more. Every one of these products is a chemical
concoction created by scientists!
how did those cosmetics get crafted? What ingredients are in those
magic potions that smooth away your frizzy hair? Who mixed that perfect
shade of red polish for your nails? What is the difference between body
lotion, body butter, and body cream?
chemists answer these questions among hundreds more. Whether they work
for big famous companies like Estee Lauder, or at smaller companies
that are trying to create something groundbreaking and new, cosmetic
chemists spend their days in makeup labs mixing, testing, and cooking
up the formulas and products that make us feel beautiful.
you naturally curious? It takes having good, creative ideas and seeing
if you can make them work. It took cosmetic chemists long hours of hard
work in their science and math classes to make sure their products are
not only appealing, but useful and safe too.
might initially think that a career in science might be dull and
unexciting. Now think about how cool it would be if you opened up a
magazine to see an advertisement featuring the brand new lip gloss you
created in your lab - yeah, it's all in a days work for a cosmetic chemist! Click Here!
|Gloomy Forecast for IT Workforce
The United State's global
competitiveness may be in trouble as a growing lack of digital
literacy, math, and science skills continue to plague the nation. These
skills are essential to help the IT workforce grow and flourish. The IT
workforce is the fastest growing workforce in the world, yet there are
not enough qualified people to fill the jobs.
the IT field employs only 3.5 million out of the national
workforce of 141 million, and, according to the Bureau of Labor
Statistics (BLS), it will grow at more than twice the rate of the
overall workforce in the next ten years. The IT workforce will have a
46% growth rate and provide one out of every nineteen jobs between 2004
the IT workforce continues it astronomical growth, the need for
qualified workers is becoming more urgent. However, America does not
seem to be able to produce enough high school and college graduates
with IT capabilities. STEM education needs to be encouraged throughout the nation.
Cisco Systems, Inc. and The Florida Distance Learning Consortium forged a partnership with Florida's community college and university system to develop Girls Get IT. Other companies
such as IBM, Intel, Microsoft, and Yahoo are partnering with schools to
develop technology education programs. Microsoft has developed a
program comprised of three phases to help prepare the future IT
workforce. The first phase, digital literacy, teaches basic skills. In
the second phase, digital fluency, the basic skills are applied. In the
third phase, digital mastery, the first two steps are combined to
nurture advanced skills. Click Here!
|A Closer Look at Facebook and Myspace
With a combined 142 million registered users, both
Facebook and Myspace have become household names. Though they have been
around for less than five years, both websites are ranked in the top
eight of global websites, and Facebook is experiencing an incredible
growth of 3 - 4% per week. 55% of American teens ages 12 -17 use either
Facebook or Myspace, and 48% visit these sites daily.
such large numbers of registered users, Facebook and Myspace must have
something useful to offer. As online social networks, these websites
offer people a chance to stay connected. Users are able to get in
contact with long-lost friends and stay in contact others who are close
to them. Pictures are posted, plans are made, memories are relived, and
thoughts are shared all through these websites.
and Facebook offer educational advantages as well. Both websites have a
blogging feature. Users can keep a blog, updating it whenever they want
and writing about whatever is on their mind. This is a simple and fun
way for teens to develop better writing skills.
and Universities are also taking advantage of the Myspace and Facebook
phenomenon. Many schools are using these websites to recruit students.
The University of Florida was able to recruit three students to their
graduate program by contacting them through Facebook. Even Girls Get IT
now has a Myspace page. To become our friend click here!
course safety has been a main concern as Facebook and Myspace continue
to penetrate the lives of the American teens. But these websites have
taken strides to help protect their members. On both websites, users
can set their profile to private, allowing only their approved friends
to view personal information. 66% of users have set their profiles to
private. Users are getting smarter about what they publish and what
they don't publish. As these social networking websites continue to
evolve, their members will too. Click Here!
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Florida STEM Program Directory- Register your Program Today!
online Florida STEM Program Directory lists organizations and programs
that focus on motivating girls to pursue education and careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
The purpose of the directory is to help organizations and individuals
network, share resources and collaborate on STEM-related projects for
Organizations that serve young women and are
interested in bringing more STEM resources to them are also
encouraged to sign up!
Directory contains program descriptions, resources available within
each organization, program and/or organization needs, and contact
information. What better way to promote your program, resources and find other organizations in your area to collaborate with?
Having Your Program Listed in the Directory Has Several Advantages:
- Anyone with internet access can find out about your program.
- You can view other programs in your area and across the state.
- Your organization can do a search and compare needs and resources in your area and across the state.
- Your organization is eligible for a mini-grant for innovative projects.
Don't wait - Sign up today!
Use the following instructions to create a new user account and then enter a program's information into the NGCP program directory.
- Click Here!!
- Click "Register New User" which is located on the far left.
- Fill out the form and click "Submit"
- On the next page, click "New Program"
- Fill out the form and click "Submit"
That's it! Your program will be listed and can be searched by anyone with access to the internet. It's that easy!
Once a new program's information has been submitted and approved, it will appear in the public Directory for anyone to search.
What better way to highlight the great work in STEM that you are doing in your community!
Note:In order to be eligible for mini grant funding, your program MUST be listed in the Program Directory. Once listed, you are encouraged to submit a proposal for consideration of funding. For mini grant submission guidelines, Click Here!
Girls CAN Make a Difference!
Real Girl Power: Girls For A Change enables girls to transform our world and reinvent girl culture.
For A Change (GFC) is a national organization that empowers thousands
of teenage girls to create and lead social change. GFC provides girls
with professional female role models, leadership training, and the
inspiration to work together in teams to solve persistent societal
problems in their communities.
from around the country participate in projects ranging from
self-esteem workshops, preventing teen pregnancy campaigns, stopping
animal abuse and peer pressure. The best part is the programs are
seeing results - and big ones for that matter. 90% of GFC girls agreed
that despite the fact that creating changes in a community is
challenging, they know they can create change. 80% of the girls
reported that after participating in GFC they now speak up when things
are bothering them.
For A Change provides the tools, resources, partnerships and support
girls need to gain the voice, ability, and problem-solving capacity to
realize their full potential. To find out more information visit Click Here!
Entertainment Makes a Dent in Higher Education
On September 20th, 2007, the University of California and the Motion Picture Association of America brought over 200 people to discuss "The Expanding Universe of Internet Entertainment."
discussed included illegal copying of music and movies, using the
Internet as an educational tool, and using the Internet for business
purposes. The goal was for it to be possible for businesses to be able
to use material, but without copying and sharing it without paying
whomever wrote that information.
workshop is aimed at sparking people's minds into discussions about how
to integrate the Internet with higher education with barriers. The
workshop explored areas where vision, strategic interests, and
expertise help bring together a sense of partnership.
way they managed these discussions was through a panel. They had four
different panel discussions that included social network and individual
behavior, consumption in the digital age, recent technologies and
approaches that give birth to new opportunities, and frameworks for
main point of the panel was to truly understand what students want to
get out of using the Internet, and how higher education programs can
integrate business with pleasure to engage students. Click Here!
|What is Girls Get IT?
Girls Get IT is a partnership between Florida Distance Learning
Consortium, Cisco Systems, Inc., Florida's Community College and
University system to create gender equity in the areas of Science,
Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) & Information
Why does Florida need this initiative?
To remain competitive,
Florida must offer a highly trained workforce. Nearly 75% of future
jobs in the United States will require the use of technology, yet fewer
than 33% of students in computer courses are female and women comprise
only 20% of IT professionals and 13% of engineers.
Contact: Leah Cook, Project Director
|Useful Links for Teachers, Parents and Students|
Explore a website that automates the work
involved in planning, grading and communicating with students and their
parents. HotChalk makes your job easier than ever before! Click Here!
This website offers a variety of fun, educational games for the
classroom. Discover new ways to engage your students and make learning
fun again. Click Here!
Science Club for Girls
Interested in Science?? Join this Science Club for Girls!! Check out the website. Click Here!!
How Stuff Works
It's good to know how stuff works. Learn how anything and everything works at this cool site! Click Here!
website helps parents with any kind of problem they may be having with
any age group of child. There is even a Father specific section, so
they don't feel left out. Check it out! Click Here!!
website explores the many dark sides parenting a teen may bring.
Everything from eating disorders to depression to religion are
discussed on this website. It offers a lot of information and ways to
help your child. Click Here!!