Welcome! In this newsletter you will
receive information about the Northwest Girls
Collaborative Project as well as other resources that may
be valuable for STEM-related programs.
Fall Forum "Building Capacity
Saturday, September 29, 2007
9:00 AM-12:00 PM
Education Addition, Room 308
Washington State University, Pullman
This free event will be hosted by the Science Math Engineering Education Center
(SMEEC) with welcomes by Dr. John
Paznokas, Director of SMEEC, and Dr. Lynda
Paznokas, The Boeing Distinguished Professor of
Science Education at WSU. Please join us at this
forum to gain valuable collaboration resources.
Attendees may choose one of the two workshops listed
below. There are a few resource table spots still
available for programs wishing to publicize their offerings.
WORKSHOP #1: TechREACH is an after school
program that provides hands-on experiences for at-risk
middle school girls in science, technology, engineering
and math (STEM) through project-based curriculum,
mentoring and real world projects. During this session
two veteran TechREACH club leaders will demonstrate a
hands-on activity guaranteed to engage girls in the world
of electronics! Participants will learn how to make a
connection with circuits and pathways by using an
electronic lab box to build simple circuits and learn about
the different components involved.
WORKSHOP #2: This workshop on program evaluation
for STEM projects will include a discussion of methods
and an opportunity to "evaluate" your own data collection.
We will look at how data are collected and the benefits
and drawbacks of each method, including quantitative
and qualitative strategies. Learn how others evaluate their
programs, peruse sample tools, and take time to assess
how your program is evaluated and how it could be
improved. We will also discuss how to effectively report
and use findings.
NGCP OCTOBER WEBCAST
Tools for Collaboration Success: NGCP Mini-
October 10, 2007, 11:00-12:00 PDT
Sometimes great ideas and new collaborative
projects need a little help getting started.
interactive webcast you'll learn how to create
collaborations using NGCP mini-grant funding.
Mini- grants are designed to support collaboration,
assessment activities, projects related to
addressing gaps and overlaps in service, and
promising practices. Past mini-grant
share inspiring stories and outline
successful partnership and program development.
Mini-grant application basics and
requirements will be
presented. Since 2002, the NGCP has awarded over
100 mini-grants to organizations in California,
Kansas, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri,
Texas, Washington, and Wisconsin that support
serving science, technology, engineering, and
mathematics (STEM) focused programs.
|Events and Opportunities
NASA Engineering Design Challenge - Bring
Space Into Your Classroom!
As NASA plans to return to the moon, plant
be an important part of space exploration. NASA
scientists anticipate that astronauts may be
grow plants on the moon in specialized plant
chambers. Come participate and build your
growth chamber in the NASA Engineering Design
Students will be able to design, build, and
lunar plant growth chambers, receive cinnamon
basils seeds flown on STS-118, and
test lunar growth chambers by growing and
comparing both space-flown and earth-based
SOAR with Science Back-to-School
Thursday, October 4, 2007
Museum of Flight
Kids love science! You don't need to have a
Ph.D. or a
million dollar budget to have fun teaching
your program or school. This special
includes an amazing line-up of organizations
wealth of resources and easy-to-do activities.
Participants will have firsthand exposure to
and materials that will lead to relevant
all children and youth. The cost is $40 per
participant in order to be affordable for programs and
YWCA GirlsFirst Seeks Mentors
The YWCA GirlsFirst program seeks a diverse group
of compassionate and life-experienced women to be
volunteer mentors. YWCA GirlsFirst is a year-long
leadership program for high school girls of color
facing social and economic barriers in King County.
This is a unique opportunity for you to make a
difference in the community by helping teens define
and achieve their personal goals. Commitment is for
one year, approximately 10 hours/month. Information
sessions are in September, and the program begins
Math Integration Workshop
November 2-3, 2007
Marriott Seattle Airport Hotel
This workshop is presented by OSPI and WA-ACTE
and will provide the "how to" of integrating math and
Career and Technical Education.
Survey of Informal Education Programs in
Science, Technology, Engineering and/or
If you run an informal education program that includes
STEM components, we invite you to participate in a
study on promising practices in STEM informal
education by completing an online survey. The survey
is geared toward past and current informal education
programs (such as after-school programs,
conferences, or summer programs) that serve K-12
girls (including co-educational programs) and have
aspects related to STEM.
Bridge from School to Afterschool and Back
October 22 and
23, Vancouver, WA.
You'll find all the
you need online, including detailed listings of the
keynote speakers and workshop topics. There are
scholarships available for Washington State
NGCP Webcast Archive: Good
Assessment = Success: Developing Assessment
Based Outreach Activities
Barbara Bogue and Rose Marra, co-founders of
the AWE (Assessing Women and Men in Engineering)
Project, presented a webcast about developing
assessment based programs and gaining access to
instruments that get at more than participant
satisfaction. Access the archive of this webcast:
Science Friday Podcast: Women, Girls, and Math
Harvey Mudd College President Maria Klawe
was a guest
on National Public Radio's (NPR) Talk of the Nation:
Science Friday program on September 21, discussing
women and mathematics with actress and
mathematician Danica McKellar (a.k.a. Winnie on the
"Wonder Years" TV program), who authored the
book "Math Doesn't Suck:
How to Survive Middle-School Math Without Losing Your
Mind or Breaking a
Listen to the podcast at: Science Friday
Association of University Women (AAUW)
members across the country are serving as
Regional Liaisons for the National Girls
Collaborative Project. These Regional
Liaisons help the people involved in the NGCP
to make connections - to one another, to
resources on gender equity, and to AAUW.
The Northwest Girls Collaborative Project
(NWGCP) brings together organizations in
Idaho, Oregon, and Washington that are
committed to informing and motivating girls
to pursue careers in science, technology,
engineering, and mathematics (STEM).
Find out more....