National Girls Collaborative Project E-newsletter March 2021

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March 2021
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March is Women’s History Month
To celebrate, NGCP is planning events around the theme: Women in STEM: Spark a Future. We’ve also included some online resources that will help encourage more girls to pursue careers in STEM.
Women in STEM Spark a Future
NGCP National Webinar: From Research to Practice: An Up-to-Date Look at Gender Equity in STEM. Join us on March 9 to hear about research regarding gender equity in STEM and how it impacts girls and women learning and working in STEM.

Twitter Chat: Follow #WomenTalkSTEM and join NGCP and Million Girls Moonshot on March 18 at 12:00 PM Pacific for the Women in STEM: Spark a Future Twitter chat, featuring inspirational AAAS IF/THEN ambassadors sharing how their work impacts the world, challenges they overcame, and the advice they’d give their 10-year-old selves.

Women in STEM: Spark a Future Podcast Playlist: We’ve partnered with Podyssey to curate a playlist for Women’s History Month 2021 and selected 21 podcast episodes that feature inspirational women in STEM that can be shared with girls and young women. Features a molecular biologist who makes clothing with colorful cell art, an interview with the 15-year-old female inventor who was Time’s 2020 Kid of the Year, and a trivia game that highlights historic STEM contributions by women.

FabFems: Managed by NGCP, this international directory of women role models will expand girls’ career options, dispel stereotypes, and spark STEM interests. Search the directory to find women in a broad range of STEM professions who are passionate, collaborative, and work to make the world a better place. FabFems are available to correspond with girls, speak to girl-serving STEM organizations, and serve as mentors.

IF/THEN® Collection: NGCP collaborated with Lyda Hill Philanthropies to develop the IF/THEN Collection. Launched in July 2020, this digital asset library of Women STEM innovators includes hundreds of videos, photos, and activities – all free for educational and noncommercial use. The Collection continues to grow. Most recently, we’ve added new videos from the second season of Mission Unstoppable.


NGCP National Webinar: From Research to Practice: An Up-to-Date Look at Gender Equity in STEM
March 9, 2021 12:00 PM Pacific / 3:00 PM Eastern
The National Girls Collaborative Project (NGCP) is celebrating Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day (March 8) with a webinar highlighting gender equity in STEM. For nearly 20 years, NGCP has worked to advance the agenda in gender equity by encouraging girls to pursue careers in STEM. Participants will hear about up-to-date research regarding gender equity in STEM and how it impacts girls and women learning and working in STEM. Participants will engage in conversation around strategies and resources for continued progress in supporting girls and women in STEM.

Brite Program 2021
Brite is an online, interdisciplinary STEM program built for girls ages 13-16. The Brite Pilot was offered in the summer of 2020. Brite 2021 will be held July 12-22, 2021, and will provide an online suite of activities centered on collaborative learning with female role models. Brite 2021 will consist of two courses: Art x Science, featuring role models and activities at the intersection of art and science, and Dream Big, Take Risks, featuring role models and activities that introduce girls to audacious careers in STEM. Informal STEM education programs serving girls are invited to apply.

Apply Now

Application closes on Monday, March 22, 2021. Applicants will be notified on March 31, 2021.


An informational application webinar will be held on March 17, 2021, at 9:00 AM Pacific to answer questions. This webinar will be recorded and posted on the Brite 2021 Application Webinar event page.

CryptoClub: Educator Training
Online: April 12, 2021
Teachers and afterschool educators are invited to take part in this free CryptoClub Educator Training. CryptoClub is funded by the National Science Foundation and uses games, treasure hunts, and other informal activities to engage students (grades 5-12), in both formal and informal settings. It applies topics typically found in a middle-school curriculum, such as decimals and percent, division with remainder, common factors, negative numbers, and pattern recognition. Includes cryptography games and activities from the CryptoClub website. Visit CryptoClub Educator Training to learn more.

IF/THEN Spotlight
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Each month, this spotlight will highlight new programs, resources, events, and role models that are part of the IF/THEN® Initiative, an initiative from Lyda Hill Philanthropies designed to activate a culture shift among young girls and introduce them to STEM careers.

Burçin Mutlu-Pakdil

Meet astrophysicist Burçin Mutlu-Pakdil, who discovered an extremely rare galaxy while earning her Ph.D. Commonly referred to as “Burçin’s Galaxy,” its unique circular structure cannot be explained, challenging our theories and assumptions about how the Universe works.

About facing obstacles during her education and early career, Burçin says: “In each of these challenges, I reminded myself that I do not want to blend in, I want to stand out as stars do, so I fought against all these stereotypes and worked hard to live beyond the labels. Being an ‘outlier’ in society also affected my research and compelled me to find the most ‘outlier’ objects in the Universe because the information from one unique object can be much more valuable than those from ordinary objects.”

Find Burçin’s photos, videos, and more in the Collection, and be sure to follow her Instagram and Twitter accounts for updates on her activities.

The IF/THEN® Collection includes thousands of images, videos, posters, and materials available for FREE to educators across the U.S. to use in classrooms, social media, camps, museum exhibits, and more. Stay connected to IF/THEN:
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Upcoming STEM Events
NSTA Virtual Miniseries: What IS Social Justice Teaching in the Science Classroom?
Online: March 6, 13, 20, 27, 2021
Join the National Science Teaching Association (NSTA) for this special four-part, interactive, virtual miniseries. Scheduled throughout the month of March, this miniseries is a source for resources and strategies for motivating and enhancing the participation of traditionally underrepresented students in science through the lens of equity and social justice. Register.
International Technology and Engineering Educators Association (ITEEA) Conference
Online: March 22-27, 2021
ITEEA is a professional association focused on the professional development needs of classroom teachers, supervisors, curriculum writers, and teacher educators interested in developing technological literacy. This year’s theme is "Where Technology and Engineering Education Come to Life!" Register.
Women of Color STEM Entrepreneurship Conference
Online: March 23-25, 2021
The conference is a hub for individuals working across the system to transform STEM for an inclusive future. This year’s theme is "Wahine: Culturally Responsive Collective Catalyst" and will focus on bridging research and practice to build understanding, identifing pathways, and guiding changes that broaden participation and inclusion of women and underrepresented populations in STEM fields. Register.
Science Talk ’21 Conference
Online: March 24-26, 2021
Connect with a community of professional science communicators via workshops, panel discussions, presentations, and networking opportunities. Register.

2021 National Math Festival
Online: April 16-18, 2021
Join NGCP at the National Math Festival (NMF), with hands-on, interactive activities for youth of all ages, plenty of booths to visit and pick up resources for math play at home or in the classroom, and engaging films and lively math talks to round out the program. Stop by the NGCP booth to learn more about our resources and chat with some of our team. NMF is free and open to the public, with activities designed for all ages, from very young children to adults. Register.

National Summit for Educational Equity: Advocates for Equity
Online: April 26-29, 2021
This National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity conference brings together administrators, teachers/instructors, counselors, and educational leaders. It focuses on educational equity and social justice at the intersections of race, ethnicity, ability, gender identity and sexual orientation, and socioeconomics. Workshops concentrate on these strands: Equitable Learning Environments in a COVID-19 Reality, Access and Equity in CTE and STEM for Underrepresented Students, Foster a Diverse Workforce, and Public Policy. Register.
The Connectory Spotlight

The Connectory is a free online collaboration tool for providers that helps them find partners based on interests, and showcases STEAM opportunities for youth to families.