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Webinar: Girls STEAM Ahead with NASA Resources in Action

October 17, 2023, 12:30 PM Pacific / 3:30 PM Eastern

The Girls STEAM Ahead with NASA program, part of NASA’s Universe of Learning, provides resources and experiences that enable youth, families, and lifelong learners to explore fundamental questions in astrophysics, experience how science is done, and discover the universe for themselves. Registrants will hear directly from this year’s 2023 GSAWN stipend recipients who are using these free resources and get ideas to implement in their own programs.

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Advancing the Conversation on Scaling National Informal STEM Programs

This past May, NGCP and Education Development Center (EDC) hosted a conference, funded by a National Science Foundation grant, which brought together voices across the informal learning ecosystem to consider how to equitably scale informal STEM programs. Here is more information about learnings including some tips for programs.

Upcoming STEM Events

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Association of Science and Technology Centers (ASTC) Annual Conference in Charlotte, NC

Registration for the 2023 ASTC Annual Conference is now open. The conference will be held October 7-10, 2023. Register by August 7, 2023, for discounted Early Bird prices.

Join NGCP and the New York Hall of Science to apply research-based collaboration strategies to enhance your STEM program’s engagement opportunities at our session titled, "Increasing Youth STEM Engagement through Community Collaboration." Then visit the poster session on Sunday to learn how to recruit and engage role models in your STEM programming with NGCP and Smart Girls HQ.


Association of Zoos and Aquariums Conference - Columbus, OH, September 9-14, 2023. Register.


National Recreation and Park Association Conference - Dallas, TX, October 10-12, 2023. Register.


North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE) Conference - Virtual, October 18-20, 2023. Register.


American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) Conference - Spokane, WA, October 19-21, 2023. Register.


Computer Science for ALL Summit (CSforALL) - Oakland, CA, October 25-27, 2023. Register.


National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) Conference - Kansas City, MO, October 25-28, 2023. Register.


Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics & Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) - Portland, OR, October 26-28, 2023. Register.


Society of Women Engineers: WE23 Conference - Los Angeles, CA and Virtual, October 26-28, 2023. Register.


National Aviation Day

August 19, 2023 is National Aviation Day, and the IF/THEN Collection has resources to celebrate it with role models like Nikki Sereika, an Aircraft Maintenance Technician, and Adele Luta, a Scientist & Innovator. Additionally, NASA provides NASA’s Aerospace-related STEM Resources for K-12, which includes lesson plans with hands-on activities and STEM toolkits about sustainable aviation and other topics.

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Techbridge Girls Programming Information Session

Techbridge Girls is recruiting out-of-school time (OST) educators to participate in STEM and equity training, curriculum, resources, and ongoing support. Services equip educators with gender- and culturally-responsive teaching tools and program materials to support youth persistence in STEM and expose girls to BIPOC peers and role models from STEM fields. Visit the Programming Information Session and Application to learn more and to register for the upcoming information session on August 8, 2023. All OST program partners who serve Black, Indigenous, and Latina girls and gender-expansive youth are encouraged to apply.

National Citizen and Community Science Library Network

Calling all library partners! The National Citizen and Community Science Library Network is a collaboration between NGCP, SciStarter, and Arizona State University to support libraries in transforming into vibrant community hubs for citizen science. You are invited to join this expanding network of libraries actively engaging their local communities in meaningful science. Network members receive free resources, unique professional development opportunities, and technical support. Together, we are creating a supportive and inclusive environment where science becomes accessible to everyone.


CSTA Equity Fellowship

The CSTA Equity Fellowship is a selective, year-long program designed to develop leadership in equitable teaching practices and advocacy. The program will both provide leadership development opportunities to the fellows and identify opportunities for the group to develop ongoing, peer-to-peer professional learning experiences focused on addressing issues of equity in the computer science classrooms for all CSTA members. Applications are due August 11, 2023.

Educator Opportunity: Polar STEAM

Polar STEAM is recruiting educators for 2024/25 collaborations with polar researchers in creating educational resources about polar regions and science. This opportunity is open to community college and minority-serving institution faculty, middle and high school educators, and informal educators. Learn more at the informational webinar on August 11, 2023. Applications are due September 24, 2023.

Mark Cuban Foundation AI Bootcamp for High School Students

Attention high school students! The Mark Cuban Foundation 2023 AI Bootcamp application is now open. This free and exciting opportunity will teach you all about artificial intelligence and machine learning. To gain a better understanding of what the MCF AI Bootcamp entails, check out the MCF AI Video. The deadline to apply is September 8, 2023.

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