April 2020
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  NGCP Updates: 
We are recognizing Ed Doody for his outstanding board service to the National Girls Collaborative Project.
Ed Doody
Ed Doody joined the board in 2014 because he believes in NGCP's vision to bring together organizations throughout the United States that are committed to informing and encouraging girls to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

We thank him for his outstanding contribution and service to the NGCP Board of Directors. Please read this Tribute to former Board Chair, Ed Doody.
National Webinar, The National Math Festival: Engaging Girls in Math Fun!
National Math Festival Logo April 8, 2020; 11:00 AM Pacific (2:00 PM Eastern)
Join mathematicians Dr. Alissa Crans and Dr. Emille Davie Lawrence as they explore facets of girls and math, their own stories, their insights into the math behind the way the world works, and share enticing details about the upcoming 2021 National Math Festival in REGISTERWashington, D.C. Learn how your students can apply for a chance to travel to the nation's capital to represent NGCP at the National Math Festival and bring math fun to all ages in April 2021.

National Webinar, CryptoClub: Exploring Mathematics in a Playful and Engaging Way
CryptoClub Logo May 21, 2020; 10:00 AM Pacific (1:00 PM Eastern)
NGCP is proud to partner with the University of Chicago on the CryptoClub project to reach youth around the nation with this high quality mathematics and cryptography curriculum. The CryptoClub Project develops materials that harness the allure of secret messages to teach cryptography and mathematics. In addition, teachers and informal educators receive training and resources to introduce students to an exciting and important application of mathematics in a REGISTERplayful and engaging way. On this webinar, we will hear from the team at the University of Chicago as well as trainers and educators who have participated in the project.

Research to Practice Webinar Series presented by NGCP and SciGirls
The SciGirls approach empowers educators to create a more gender equitable and culturally responsive learning environment. Learn about helpful research and the associated practices that are the foundation of the SciGirls Strategies. 

SciGirls Izzy Logo Recognition: The Key Piece of Identity Development Framework
April 29, 2020; 11:00 AM Pacific (2:00 PM Eastern)

Making STEM Meaningful for Girls
May 6, 2020; 11:00 AM Pacific (2:00 PM Eastern)

Equity in STEM Education: The Connection to Culture
May 27, 2020; 11:00 AM Pacific (2:00 PM Eastern)

Online Learning ResourcesCollabActivity
The National Girls Collaborative Project and it's many partners has compiled this list of STEM-related online learning resources to assist as you serve your programs and communities. We will continue to update resources as we learn of more. Thank you for all that you are doing as we find creative ways of engaging young people in STEM.
Dorothy Tovar
Dorothy Tovar
Each month, this spotlight will highlight new programs, resources, 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.

Meet IF/THEN Ambassador Dorothy Tovar. Dorothy is pursuing a PhD Candidate in microbiology and immunology at Stanford University. Dorothy researches immune responses in bats to understand their remarkable ability to host viruses that are dangerous to humans without getting sick themselves. Recently, Dorothy participated in a Reddit expert Ask Me Anything panel where she helped provide accurate information about the COVID-19 outbreak. You can follow Dorothy on Instagram or on LinkedIn.

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Upcoming STEM EventsEvents
Afterschool Professionals Appreciation Week Afterschool Professionals Appreciation Week
April 20-24, 2020
Afterschool Professionals Appreciation Week is a time to recognize, appreciate and advocate for those who work with young people during out-of-school hours. The week is marked by celebrations and public relations efforts encouraging appreciation and support for all the afterschool professionals who make a profound difference in the lives of young people. Visit the National Afterschool Association website for ideas, inspiration, and a toolkit to help you promote and celebrate .

CSTA Conference  
Now Virtual Week of July 13, 2020
The Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA) conference is now a virtual conference. While participants will not be meeting together in Arlington, VA, CSTA will still put on the same conference you've come to love - created by teachers, for teachers. Visit the new FAQ page for more information about this virtual event and what this change means for participants. Register.

Boost Conference Logo 2018 BOOST (Best of Out-of-School Time) Conference 
Rescheduled Palm Springs, CA; October 26-29, 2020
The BOOST conference has been rescheduled for October 2020. All attendees, exhibitors, and sponsors currently registered will have the opportunity to transfer their April 28-May 1, 2020 registration(s) to the fall BOOST Conference dates. Participants will have the opportunity to network, participate in team-building activities, and learn about the latest trends and research in innovative and quality out-of-school time programming. Register.

ISTE Conference & Expo
Rescheduled Anaheim, CA; November 28 - December 1, 2020
The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) has rescheduled ISTE20. Recognized as the most comprehensive educational technology conference in the world. Participants will have the opportunity to engage in hands-on learning, exchange ideas and network with like-minded thinkers seeking to transform learning and teaching. Register.
The Connectory Spotlight highlights tips, resources/events, program providers, and STEAM opportunities for youth listed in The Connectory. This free online collaboration tool for program providers helps them find partners based on interests, and showcase STEAM opportunities for youth to families.

The Connectory has many online STEAM learning opportunities for youth. Check back often, this list will be growing in the weeks to come.

The Connectory Online Learning 1) Go to https://theconnectory.org/find-opportunity  
2) Clear the location field  
3) Select Online Learning under Type of Opportunity
4) View the results

Are you a STEAM program provider? Have you added your online learning opportunities to The Connectory? Our Getting Started Guide makes it easy!

What to do if your event has been postponed, cancelled, or changed to online
We have a simple process in place to update any afterschool camps, community events, workshops, or other opportunities you've entered in The Connectory. Please help us keep our database accurate for families and caregivers.

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STEM ResourcesResources
Earth Day 2020 Logo Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day, April 22, 2020
Whether in person or remotely, let's come together and celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day by helping to increase the awareness of the planet we live on. The NISE Network has compiled resources to help you engage your community, many of which can be done from home, online or virtually.

EngineerGirl LogoEngineerGirl Try This! Design Challenge
Try This! Design Challenges are hands-on activities using common household items. Challenges include: design a mini catapult, paper airplane, and sorting machine.

Girls Who Code at Home
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Girls Who Code is making CS educational activities available for download free of charge. They will release activities weekly. Each activity will include a feature of a women in tech who pioneered innovative technology.

Girlstart STEM at Home
STEM at Home was created by Girlstart to empower families and communities in STEM. Find free Girlstart curriculum, STEM resources, effective messaging tips, collaboration opportunities. Join the Girlstart newsletter and receive updated information on other online resources.

GoldiBlox Logo GoldiBlox STEM at Home
During these uncertain times GoldiBlox is encouraging positivity, creativity, and connection. Visit their creative STEM at Home MakerSpace for fun DIY and STEM inspired projects.

National Science Teaching Association (NSTA) FREE Membership
To support all educators during this difficult time, NSTA is offering a free 30-day membership, providing access to more than 12,000 digital professional learning resources and tools.

SciGirls knows it can be difficult during this time to keep kids engaged in education while stuck at home. Visit SciGirls CONNECT for fun yet educational STEM activities and videos (also available in Spanish). Build and code your own wildlife camera, use code to turn music into a visual display, design a planter out of recycled materials, and improve your favorite water bottle with the Insulator Innovator activity.

TechGirlz Logo TechGirlz Virtual/Indoor Activities
The TechGirlz team has put together a list of virtual/indoor activities. They will continue to update the list regularly.

Global ResourcesGlobal
World Science Festival Logo World Science Scholars
This free program identifies and selects a small group of students (ages 14-16) from around the globe who have demonstrated extraordinary mathematical talent and provides them with a unique opportunity to become part of a vibrant community of world-renowned professors, dedicated teaching fellows, and dynamic coaches. Application deadline is April 30, 2020.
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