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Recursos de Million Girls Moonshot

El trabajo de la Iowa Active Learning Community Partnership es posible gracias a la financiación de STEM Next y la subvención Million Girls Moonshot Innovator. La misión de MGM es ampliar las oportunidades STEM, específicamente en el campo de la ingeniería, para las niñas en los Estados Unidos, lo que es posible gracias a estas asociaciones estatales individuales. Esta página tiene un enlace directo al sitio web Million Girls Moonshot, así como recursos a los que puede acceder para compartir con su personal.

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November 2022

Professional Development 

 

ACRES

 

ACRES Moonshot Virtual STEM Coach 

Receive a $500 stipend to attend training plus $1000 for every cohort you coach. Applications due November 23rd — Sign up today!

Are you an afterschool leader and looking to build capacity for STEM engagement in your afterschool program? Would you like to train your staff through a live, nationally recognized coaching program? In partnership with the Million Girls Moonshot, the ACRES team is looking for job-secure afterschool program leaders (i.e. Site Directors, Site Coordinators, STEM Specialists, Professional Development and Training staff) who work directly with frontline staff to be trained to become an ACRES Virtual STEM Coach. As an ACRES Virtual STEM Coach, you will build your organization's capacity by training 3 to 6 members of your staff in at least 2 ACRES modules. This is your chance to be part of an educational change on how we train and support educators to facilitate high quality, engaging STEM that reaches all youth.

ACRES Training Cohort: Asking Purposeful Questions

Dates: 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM EST on the following Mondays: 11/07/2022, 11/21/2022, 12/05/2022 

Questions begin a path towards discovery, imagination, and STEM exploration. How can we help youth expand and clarify their thinking and develop their reasoning through the questions we ask them? This module is a great way to train new summer staff on how to facilitate STEM learning. Experienced educators also love being part of a cohort as a way to connect with other educators across the country, to learn new lesson plans, and to reflect on practice.  This is our introductory module and a prerequisite to other opportunities. *The expectation is that you will be live at all three sessions and an active member of this coaching cohort. Register: Use the code AC224PQ

ACRES Training Cohort: Facilitating Science Practices Dates: 6:30 PM- 8:30 PM EST on the following Tuesdays: 11/8/2022, 11/29/2022, 12/13/2022

How can we make sure that ‘hands on’ science experiences for youth are also ‘minds on?’ In this module, participants learn how to support youth as they engage in the science practices to learn science ideas, including planning and conducting investigations around testable questions. They’ll talk about the similarities and differences of questioning in science versus questioning in engineering contexts. Register: Use the code AC283SP

ACRES Training Cohort: ACRES Taster Workshop Dates: 6:30 PM- 8:00 PM EST on Thursday December 8, 2022

Come together to experience a sampling of ACRES skills. This 1-hour virtual taster session will have you reflecting on when you give youth a voice, and thinking about how you can embed math into your daily routines and will showcase lots of virtual tools. Join this live, free, hands-on, and very engaging session and you'll be sure to leave with lots of strategies to help you facilitate STEM in your afterschool programs. Register: Use the code AC290WS 

 

ACRES Training Cohort: Facilitating Engineering Practices Dates: 12:00 PM-2:00 PM EST on the following Tuesdays: 1/10/02023, 1/24/2023 & 2/7/2023

Engineering has become a staple of STEM programming for youth. How can we confidently bring engineering into our programming and support youth as they engage in problem-solving? In this module, you’ll  gain first-hand experience with engineering by solving a design problem. As a participant, you’ll examine the components of the engineering design process and discuss ways to model the process with youth. Asking Purposeful Questions is a prerequisite to this skill. Register: Use the code AC285EP

Techbridge Girls Equity Cohort 

Research tells us that responsive learning environments can make all the difference in girls’ sustained interest in STEM. To that end, we created the STEM Equity Learning Community intensive training to equip OST program managers and site directors so that more equitable learning spaces are available for girls, especially Black, Indigenous, and Latina girls, across the U.S. Through the STEM Equity Learning Community participants will: 

  • Explore how to use asset-based frameworks and practices to create inclusive OST STEM spaces for all youth.

  • Experience culturally relevant and gender-responsive strategies that increase STEM belonging and persistence for all youth.

  • Develop STEM equity action steps for their OST program.

The 2-hour, virtual STEM Equity Learning Community sessions are scheduled from January to May on the second Wednesday of each month at 10am Pacific | 1pm Eastern. Each participant will receive a $1500 stipend to participate. Apply here by December 1st. 

 

Attend an informational webinar November 9th 10 am Pacific | 1pm Eastern. Register here

Quality STEM Webinar: Dimensions of Success Program Planning Tool January 23rd and 25th 10:30 - 12:-00 PM PT1:30 - 3:00 PM ET (register by January 5, 2023)  

The DoS-PPT is a free resource for facilitators of out-of-school and in-school STEM learning programs. The planning tool provides a brief introduction to each dimension of the DoS framework, sample videos, and examples to guide the use of DoS when preparing activity plans for youth. During this training, participants will:

  1. Develop high-level understanding of the DoS Framework, dimensions of quality

  2. Working with the PPT learn how to plan high quality STEM learning experiences using the DoS Program Planning Tool

  3. Work with the newly revised DoS Program Planning Tool to identify and plan for high-quality program and activity planning practices.

 

 

No Cost Training on Curriculum

After-School Math Plus Curriculum Training

November 22 9:30-10:45 PST / 12:30-1:45 EST Register Here Meeting ID: 931 5017 3110

December 13th 9:30-10:45 PST / 12:30-1:45 EST Register Here Meeting ID: 931 5017 3110 

 

Are you a program looking for an engaging math curriculum and resources you can implement in your afterschool program immediately? In this workshop series, participants will be introduced to After-School Math Plus, an evidence-based curriculum to support students in developing a positive math identity by exploring  mathematics in everyday experiences. The highly engaging, hands-on curriculum also builds students’ awareness of the importance  of math skills for future educational choices and career options. The program engages students in grades 3-8 who are attending out-of-school-time programs.

No Cost Activities

NASA Engineering Playlist 

Looking for a sequence of activities you can implement in your afterschool program today? Say goodbye to googling or searching on Pinterest. Use the following activities in sequence to support youth in building an engineering mindset with NASA activities.  

  1. Lesson 1: Build An Airplane (Engineering Design Process Activity) - Build an airplane that has ailerons, elevators and a rudder. 

  2. Lesson 2: Build a Satellite (Engineering Design Process Activity) - This lesson provides students with an understanding of satellites, their use and structure, and power systems. In this potentially multi-day activity, students will use the engineering design process to design, build, test and improve a model satellite. 

  3. Lesson 3: Women@NASA: Role Models (Role Models and Mentors Connection) Watch a video of one of the women who are engineers and work at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab. After watching a video, have the youth write a paragraph about the engineer, one wondering what they have about the engineer, and one question they would ask the engineer.

  4. Lesson 4: Make a Soda Can Engine (Engineering Design Process) - Students will investigate the action-reaction principle (Newton's third law of motion) by creating a water-propelled engine. By observing the device in action and changing certain variables, students will explore the properties of engines and the dynamics behind directionality and thrust. 

  5. Lesson 5: Women@NASA: Careers (Role Models and Mentor Connection) - Many people dream of careers in science, technology, engineering, and math.  Hear about the fascinating careers at NASA.  After watching the short video, youth write a paragraph about the career they might want in STEM.

 

Looking for EVEN More at NASA?! Activity Toolkit: Engineering is Elementary's NASA Partnership free units 

A suite of free NASA-funded STEM resources for students in grades 3-8. All resources are research-based and classroom-tested. They are designed to support students’ understanding of space, while helping them see themselves as capable problem solvers.

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See IT to Be IT: Pathways to Computer Science Careers

Calling all K-12 educators, mentors, corporate employers with community mentoring programs, and aspiring community scientists! In preparation for Computer Science Education Week (#CSEdWeek), please join Million Women Mentors for See IT to Be IT: Pathways to Computer Science Careers,  a virtual event on Monday, November 21, 2022, at 2 pm ET/ 11am PT. 

 

During the virtual event, Infosys Foundation USA and Learning Blade® will present meaningful and engaging ways in which K-12 educators and mentors can support girls in pursuing a computer science education and computer science careers. Attendees will receive free educational and career awareness resources produced by Learning Blade and funded by Infosys Foundation USA to be used with K-12 students during CSEdWeek. Register Here

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Recruit STEM Experts as Volunteers!

Less than 50% of high school girls know a woman in a STEM career. Let’s change that - recruit STEM professionals to support the youth you serve today! VolunteerMatch attracts more than 1M site visits each month, and is easily one of the best ways to find strong role models for the youth you serve. 

The Moonshot has partnered with VolunteerMatch to connect STEM experts with OST programs! Create a free VolunteerMatch account and post volunteer opportunities to work with your youth today! Register here to find role models and mentors in STEM. 

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Supported by the Mott Foundation, Mizzen is available at no cost to afterschool professionals! Encourage partners to download the Mizzen By Mott app to access STEM  activities at your finger-touch!  You’ll find it in Mizzen here. 

 

Featured Activities & Playlists

  • Mizzen Playlist: STEM Activities for K-5th Grade in Small Groups - This playlist is a great mix of engineering and science activities that are easy and fun for small groups of students.

  • Mizzen Playlist: Science Notebooks for 3rd - 12th Grade - Keeping a notebook can help your students think and act like scientists and engineers. Sample these easy-to-implement strategies and lessons to bring science notebooking into your program.

  • Mizzen Module: S.INQ Up Earth and Space for 6-8th Grade - Earth and Space is an inquiry and exploration-based curriculum that uses hands-on activities focused on the relationships between the earth, the solar system, and human impacts on our global environment.

No Cost Additional Resources

  • Broadening STEM: Pride in STEM - Pride in STEM is a charity run by an independent group of LGBTQIA+ scientists & engineers from around the world. On this website, find resources, blog posts, events, and more.

 

  • Broadening STEM: 500 Queer Scientists - A database of LGBTQ+ researchers, professors, program managers, and students in a range of STEM fields: engineering, data science, chemistry, psychology, and many more disciplines. There are 1,591 people and counting profiled on this website. This database provides students, educators, and practitioners with an easy way to identify LGBTQ+ individuals in STEM in order to highlight their work and/or network with them.

 

ASSETS FROM THE IF/THEN® COLLECTION

These assets feature IF/THEN® Ambassadors Nicole Jackson, LGBTQIA+ identifying health technologist and Dana Bolles, LGBTQIA+ identifying spaceflight engineering and advocate for disabled people in STEM. These assets can be used in marketing, presentations, social media, and conference presentations.

 

National STEM Day resources

 

We are kicking off November with a blast on #NationalSTEMDay! Explore 

@NASA challenges, #STEM toolkits, and virtual field trips! @NASASTEM

has plenty of resources for K-12 classrooms. Inspire students to reach for the stars. ✨ https://www.nasa.gov/stem

 

Webinar: The Genius of Play and STEAM.

When: November 8th, 2022 at 9am Pacific / 12pm Eastern

This webinar presented by The Toy Association in collaboration with NGCP will introduce you to  free resources available through The Genius of Play initiative. This initiative provides parents, caregivers, and educators with research, expert advice, and ready-to-use ideas and activities to engage kids of all ages in a fun and skill-building play.

Registration: https://ngcproject.app.neoncrm.com/np/clients/ngcproject/event.jsp?event=707


 

Resources for #NativeAmericanHeritage Month

 

This #NativeAmericanHeritage Month, meet Ahna Skop, a geneticist, artist, science communicator, and champion for the underrepresented in science. She studies how cells divide, knowing that failures lead to cancer and neurodegeneration. | IF/THEN® Collection (ifthencollection.org)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Anha Skop, #NativeAmerican scientist, shares with us how a day is on the job of a geneticist. Watch to learn how she uses her art skills to visually communicate science. IF/THEN® Collection (ifthencollection.org)

 

Astronaut @AstroDuke became the first #NativeAmerican woman in space. Nicole Mann from the Wailacki tribe of the Round Valley Indian Tribes hopes her experience will inspire indigenous youth to shoot for the stars. Learn more about this role model here: https://www.nasa.gov/astronauts/biographies/nicole-a-mann

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October 2022

Professional Development 

 

ACRES

ACRES Training Cohort: Facilitating Engineering Practices 

Dates: 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM EST on the following Tuesdays: 10/4/2022, 10/18/2022, 11/01/2022 

Engineering has become a staple of STEM programming for youth. How can we confidently bring engineering into our programming and support youth as they engage in problem solving? In this module, participants gain first-hand experience with engineering by solving a design problem. They examine the components of the engineering design process and discuss ways to model the process with youth. Asking Purposeful Questions is a prerequisite to this skill. *The expectation is that you will be live at all three sessions and an active member of this coaching cohort. Register: Use the code AC281EP

 

ACRES Training Cohort: Asking Purposeful Questions

Dates: 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM EST on the following Wednesdays: 10/19/2022, 11/02/2022, 11/16/2022 - Questions begin a path towards discovery, imagination, and STEM exploration. How can we help youth expand and clarify their thinking and develop their reasoning through the questions we ask them? This module is a great way to train new summer staff on how to facilitate STEM learning. Experienced educators also love being part of a cohort as a way to connect with other educators across the country, to learn new lesson plans, and to reflect on practice.  This is our introductory module and a prerequisite to other opportunities. *The expectation is that you will be live at all three sessions and an active member of this coaching cohort. . Register: Use the code AC241PQ

 

Best Practice Webinar: Addressing STEM Stereotypes with Youth and Young Adults 

October 13, 2022 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM PST / 2:00 - 3:00 PM EST - This webinar, the first of a two-webinar series, will dig deeply into research and best practices related to addressing STEM stereotypes with older youth and young adults. Researchers and educators will share strategies and resources to counter and break down STEM stereotypes. Speakers include: Claudia Fracchiolla, American Physical Society (APS), Michelle Higgins, The University of Arizona, Corinne Okada Takara, Bioartist and STEAM Educator. (Register and learn more via link above).

Best Practice Webinar: Addressing STEM Stereotypes with Young Children 

October 20th 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM PST / 2:00 - 3:00 PM EST - This webinar, the second in the series, will dive into research and best practices related to addressing STEM stereotypes with young children beginning in preschool. Researchers and educators will share strategies and resources for discussing and addressing STEM stereotypes with young children. Speakers include: Dr. Allison Master, University of Houston College of Education, Carmelo Piazza, Brooklyn Preschool of Science, Kim Collazo, Public School Educator & Author. (Register and learn more via link above).

Quality STEM Webinar: DOS Certification Training 

October 19-20 7:00 AM - 1:00 PM PST / 10:00 - 4:00 PM EST (register by October 5) - The training process involves a two-day live webinar training, completion of video calibration exercises, a one-hour live calibration session, and successful completion of two practice observations in the field. PEAR staff offer live, webinar DoS training monthly and in-person training for state networks or organizations can be arranged as needed for an additional cost. PEAR staff provides ongoing technical assistance, quarterly data reports, and online data management support for all DoS observers for two years post-certification.

Best Practice Webinar: Creating Inclusive Computer Science Learning: A Virtual Workshop 

October 25 3:00 PM EST - Join the Click2ComputerScience team as they

review specific strategies to create an inclusive computer science

learning environment in out of school time. You will leave the workshop

with specific tactics to implement, computer science activities and

resources to continue your professional learning on computer science.

Best Practice Webinar: Preparing yourself to Lead Computer Science: A Virtual Workshop November 8 3:00 PM EST -  Join the Click2ComputerScience team as they review specific strategies and ways out of school time educators can prepare themselves, their programs, and space to lead computer science with youth. You will leave the workshop with specific tactics to implement, computer science activities and resources to continue your professional learning on computer science.

Quality STEM Webinar: Recertification Training for DOS Observers November 8, 2022 7:00 - 10:00 AM PST / 10:00 - 1:00 PM EST (register by October 25)  - Please note that observers that have been certified for two or more years need to complete recertification to make sure they are continuing to use the tool reliably.

ACRES Training Cohort: Facilitating Science Practices Dates: 6:30 PM- 8:30 PM EST on the following Tuesdays: 11/8/2022, 11/29/2022, 12/13/2022

How can we make sure that ‘hands on’ science experiences for youth are also ‘minds on?’ In this module, participants learn how to support youth as they engage in the science practices to learn science ideas, including planning and conducting investigations around testable questions. They’ll talk about the similarities and differences of questioning in science versus questioning in engineering contexts. Register: Use the code AC283SP.

ACRES Training Cohort: ACRES Taster Workshop

Dates: 6:30 PM- 8:00 PM EST on Thursday December 8, 2022

Come together to experience a sampling of ACRES skills. This 1-hour virtual taster session will have you reflecting on when you give youth a voice, and thinking about how you can embed math into your daily routines and will showcase lots of virtual tools. Join this live, free, hands-on, and very engaging session and you'll be sure to leave with lots of strategies to help you facilitate STEM in your afterschool programs. Register: Use the code AC290WS

Quality STEM Webinar: Dimensions of Success Program Planning Tool January 23rd and 25th 10:30 - 12:-00 PM PT1:30 - 3:00 PM ET (register by January 5, 2023)  

The DoS-PPT is a free resource for facilitators of out-of-school and in-school STEM learning programs. The planning tool provides a brief introduction to each dimension of the DoS framework, sample videos, and examples to guide the use of DoS when preparing activity plans for youth. During this training, participants will:

  1. Develop high-level understanding of the DoS Framework, dimensions of quality

  2. Working with the PPT learn how to plan high quality STEM learning experiences using the DoS Program Planning Tool

  3. Work with the newly revised DoS Program Planning Tool to identify and plan for high-quality program and activity planning practices.

Role Models Matters Training for STEM Volunteers

Ready to train volunteers and role models in your Network, school, or afterschool program? COMPLETE THIS REGISTRATION FORM to gain access to the Role Models Matter training developed by Techbridge Girls.

💡 More graphics for your newsletters, social media and more and HERE.

 

 

No Cost Training on Curriculum

Youth Engineering Solutions (YES) Out of School Field Testing Opportunity

Wondering how you might infuse engineering into your afterschool program, and are you especially interested in materials that are designed with English learners in mind? Dr. Christine Cunningham and her team at Penn State University are inviting 22 educators across the US to help develop afterschool engineering curricular materials for youth ages 9-13. Selected educators will be supported through asynchronous professional learning, will receive all curricular materials, and will be asked for their insights and reflections to improve the experience for youth. Access the educator recruitment letter from Dr. Cunningham and apply by October 22, 2022 through this link.

No Cost Training

ACRES Moonshot Virtual STEM Coach 

Are you an afterschool leader and looking to build capacity for STEM engagement in your afterschool program? Would you like to train your staff through a live, nationally recognized coaching program? In partnership with the Million Girls Moonshot, the ACRES team is looking for job-secure afterschool program leaders (i.e. Site Directors, Site Coordinators, STEM Specialists, Professional Development and Training staff) who work directly with frontline staff to be trained to become an ACRES Virtual STEM Coach. As an ACRES Virtual STEM Coach, you will build your organization's capacity by training 3 to 6 members of your staff in at least 2 ACRES modules. This is your chance to be part of an educational change on how we train and support educators to facilitate high quality, engaging STEM that reaches all youth.


You will receive a $500 stipend to attend the training plus $1000 for every cohort you coach. Applications due November 23rd — Sign up today!

 

Featured Webinars 

Leveraging Collective Impact to Support STEM Programs and Resources

September 29, 2022 12:00 - 1:00 PM PT / 3:00 - 4:00 PM ET - In this webinar, learn how NGCP and other organizations leverage collective impact in order to provide the opportunity for programs to increase their ability to maintain interest and participation of girls in STEM through collaboration. Hear from a dynamic panel of speakers on strategies for successful STEM collaborations and how to nurture and scale effective STEM learning opportunities for all young people. (Register and learn more via link above). 

Addressing STEM Stereotypes with Youth and Young Adults 

October 13, 2022 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM PT / 2:00 - 3:00 PM ET - This webinar, the first of a two-webinar series, will dig deeply into research and best practices related to addressing STEM stereotypes with older youth and young adults. Researchers and educators will share strategies and resources to counter and break down STEM stereotypes. Speakers include: Claudia Fracchiolla, American Physical Society (APS), Michelle Higgins, The University of Arizona, Corinne Okada Takara, Bioartist and STEAM Educator. (Register and learn more via link above).

Addressing STEM Stereotypes with Young Children Part 2:

October 20, 2022 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM PT / 2:00 - 3:00 PM ET - This webinar, the second in the series, will dive into research and best practices related to addressing STEM stereotypes with young children beginning in preschool. Researchers and educators will share strategies and resources for discussing and addressing STEM stereotypes with young children. Speakers include: Dr. Allison Master, University of Houston College of Education, Carmelo Piazza, Brooklyn Preschool of Science, Kim Collazo, Public School Educator & Author. (Register and learn more via link above). 

No Cost Activities

Recruit STEM Experts as Volunteers!

Less than 50% of high school girls know a woman in a STEM career. Let’s change that - recruit STEM professionals to support the youth you serve today! VolunteerMatch attracts more than 1M site visits each month, and is easily one of the best ways to find strong role models for the youth you serve. 

 

The Moonshot has partnered with VolunteerMatch to connect STEM experts with OST programs! Create a free VolunteerMatch account and post volunteer opportunities to work with your youth today! Register here to find role models and mentors in STEM.

Supported by the Mott Foundation, Mizzen is available at no cost to afterschool professionals! Encourage partners to download the Mizzen By Mott app to access STEM  activities at your finger-touch!  You’ll find it in Mizzen here. 

 

Featured Activities & Playlists

  • Mizzen Playlist: STEM Activities for K-5th Grade in Small Groups - This playlist is a great mix of engineering and science activities that are easy and fun for small groups of students.

  • Mizzen Playlist: Science Notebooks for 3rd - 12th Grade - Keeping a notebook can help your students think and act like scientists and engineers. Sample these easy-to-implement strategies and lessons to bring science notebooking into your program.

  • Mizzen Module: S.INQ Up Earth and Space for 6-8th Grade - Earth and Space is an inquiry and exploration-based curriculum that uses hands-on activities focused on the relationships between the earth, the solar system, and human impacts on our global environment.

 

Activity Toolkit: STEM Educators Academy Activity Toolkit from ExpandED Schools — This Activity Toolkit offers hybrid learning engineering design challenges, STEM facilitation skill builder videos, and engineering design activities categorized by content areas. 

Activity Toolkit: Engineering is Elementary's NASA Partnership free units - A suite of free NASA-funded STEM resources for students in grades 3-8. All resources are research-based and classroom-tested. They are designed to support students’ understanding of space, while helping them see themselves as capable problem solvers.

No Cost Additional Resources

Space Week Resource: NGCP Archived Webinar: Girls STEAM Ahead with NASA Free Resources - In this webinar, presenters provide an overview of the Girls STEAM Ahead with NASA program and free resources, including a range of computer-based and paper-based activities, print products, and a Program Cookbook for facilitators.

 

Space Week Resource: NASA's STEM Resources for K-12 Educators - NASA lesson plans, resources, and opportunities for K-12 educators. 

 

Space Week Resource: NASA: A Day in the Life Aboard the International Space Station - Follow astronauts on the International Space Station in a series of videos as they explain their daily routines. Educators can use this series of videos and resources to enhance K-12 STEM curricula.

Space Week Resource: Museum of Aviation: 2022 Space Week Resources - Find information on the Museum of Aviation's live virtual astronomy presentations, virtual presentations and workshops for educators, and more in celebration of Space Week.

ASSETS FROM THE IF/THEN® COLLECTION

Space Week and World Architecture Day

 

These assets feature IF/THEN Ambassador Burçin Mutlu-Pakdil, Postdoctoral Researcher, Steward Observatory, and can be used in marketing, presentations, social media, and conference presentations 

 

World Architecture Day 

 

These assets feature IF/THEN Ambassador Emily Pilloton, Founder and Director of Girls Garage, and can be used in marketing, presentations, social media, and conference presentations

STEM Journey, Long Profile, On-the-Job, Emily Pilloton

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September 2022

Inventors and Inventions 

Myria Perez

Hey! I am Myria Perez and I am a paleontologist. Just like most young kids, I caught fossil fever. That obsession with dinosaurs and prehistoric life only grew when I began volunteering at the Houston Museum of Natural Science at twelve years old. It was the museum’s annual Dino Days event where I met the paleontology curators and asked about volunteering. I had brought them my drawings of dinosaurs I did during my spare time to show off to them. They allowed me to volunteer as long as my mother came along with me and so I did.

 

For the next few years, my mother drove me into Houston, an hour away from where we lived, almost every weekend to learn how to prepare delicate fossils including my favorite, dinosaurs, and share my passion through hall tours to museum visitors. When I turned sixteen, I immediately took my driving test so I could then drive myself through Houston traffic and be a part of the museum’s paleontology crew during my free time. I loved learning hands-on at the museum about the subject I was so passionate about and having supportive mentors. I felt like I belonged at a museum, where I could be myself and use my creativity for science.

 

Today, I work as a fossil preparator at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science, in my dream career. Not only do I get to prepare fossils from Alaska and be an integral part in the active research, I show off my job to the public daily in the visible fossil lab. I am the person that uncovers fossils that have not seen light since they were buried millions of years ago. Through fossil preparation, I am able to discover something new and exciting every day. Being a paleontologist means I am creative, ambitious, and living that dream I had those many years ago.

IF/THEN Collection

The IF/THEN® Collection is a free digital library with photos, videos, posters, and more, featuring diverse women STEM innovators – all available for educational and other non-commercial use. You’ll find thousands of assets showcasing inspiring women whose jobs include training Olympic athletes, creating cosmetics, exploring space, working with animals, and designing everything from buildings and museum exhibits to electronics and medical equipment. Don’t know where to start in the IF/THEN Collection? Here are some tools to help you! 

 

Featured Webinars 

Leveraging Collective Impact to Support STEM Programs and Resources

September 29, 2022 12:00 - 1:00 PM PT / 3:00 - 4:00 PM ET - In this webinar, learn how NGCP and other organizations leverage collective impact in order to provide the opportunity for programs to increase their ability to maintain interest and participation of girls in STEM through collaboration. Hear from a dynamic panel of speakers on strategies for successful STEM collaborations and how to nurture and scale effective STEM learning opportunities for all young people. (Register and learn more via link above). 

Addressing STEM Stereotypes with Youth and Young Adults 

October 13, 2022 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM PT / 2:00 - 3:00 PM ET - This webinar, the first of a two-webinar series, will dig deeply into research and best practices related to addressing STEM stereotypes with older youth and young adults. Researchers and educators will share strategies and resources to counter and break down STEM stereotypes. Speakers include: Claudia Fracchiolla, American Physical Society (APS), Michelle Higgins, The University of Arizona, Corinne Okada Takara, Bioartist and STEAM Educator. (Register and learn more via link above).

Addressing STEM Stereotypes with Young Children Part 2: October 20, 2022 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM PT / 2:00 - 3:00 PM ET - This webinar, the second in the series, will dive into research and best practices related to addressing STEM stereotypes with young children beginning in preschool. Researchers and educators will share strategies and resources for discussing and addressing STEM stereotypes with young children. Speakers include: Dr. Allison Master, University of Houston College of Education, Carmelo Piazza, Brooklyn Preschool of Science, Kim Collazo, Public School Educator & Author. (Register and learn more via link above). 

Quality Trainings 

Preparing yourself to Lead Computer Science: A Virtual Workshop

November 8 3:00 PM EST -  Join the Click2ComputerScience team as they review specific strategies and ways out of school time educators can prepare themselves, their programs, and space to lead computer science with youth. You will leave the workshop with specific tactics to implement, computer science activities and resources to continue your professional learning on computer science. 

 

 

 


 

Creating Inclusive Computer Science Learning: A Virtual Workshop 

October 25 3:00 PM EST - Join the Click2ComputerScience team as they review specific strategies to create an inclusive computer science learning environment in out of school time. You will leave the workshop with specific tactics to implement, computer science activities and resources to continue your professional learning on computer science. 

  

Afterschool Math Plus Curriculum and Training 

In this workshop series, participants will be introduced to evidence-based strategies to support students in developing a positive math identity by exploring mathematics in everyday experiences. The highly engaging, hands-on experiences of After-School Math Plus (ASM+) also build students’ awareness of the importance of math skills for future educational choices and career options. The program engages students in grades 3-8 who are attending out-of-school-time programs. 

SUBMIT AN INTEREST FORM 

  

 

PEAR- DoS Certification Training 

PEAR staff provides ongoing technical assistance, quarterly data reports, and online data management support for all DoS observers for two years post-certification. 

 

The training process involves a two-day live webinar training, completion of video calibration exercises, a one-hour live calibration session, and successful completion of two practice observations in the field. PEAR staff offer live, webinar DoS training monthly and in-person training for state networks or organizations can be arranged as needed for an additional cost. PEAR staff provides ongoing technical assistance, quarterly data reports, and online data management support for all DoS observers for two years post-certification. Dates and times are:  

  • October 19-20; 10-4pm ET. (register by October 5) 


REGISTER HERE
 

  

Recertification Training for DOS Observers 

Please note that observers that have been certified for two or more years need to complete recertification to make sure they are continuing to use the tool reliably. Dates and times are: 

  • August 9, 2022; 10-1pm ET (register by July 26) 

  • November 8, 2022; 10-1pm ET (register by October 25)  

 

ACRES

ACRES is a nationally acclaimed coaching program that builds knowledge and skills so after school educators, librarians and anyone who works with youth in out-of-school settings can confidently facilitate Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) experiences for youth. More information found here.  

  

September Cohort: Modeling Math Practices 

Are you looking for fun ways to help youth build number sense and problem-solving skills? Math can take on new meaning when it is integrated into daily routines in our afterschool programs. In this module, afterschool educators will explore and practice strategies for making math engaging and accessible. *The expectation is that you will be live at all three sessions and an active member of this coaching cohort.  

DATES: 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM Eastern Time on the following Wednesdays: 9/28/2022, 10/12/2022, 10/26/2022 

REGISTER: Use the code AC240MP in this form www.tinyurl.com/registeracres  

  

October Cohort: Modeling Engineering Practices 

Engineering has become a staple of STEM programming for youth. How can we confidently bring engineering into our programming and support youth as they engage in problem solving? In this module, participants gain first-hand experience with engineering by solving a design problem. They examine the components of the engineering design process and discuss ways to model the process with youth. Asking Purposeful Questions is a prerequisite to this skill. *The expectation is that you will be live at all three sessions and an active member of this coaching cohort. 

DATES: 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM Eastern Time on the following Tuesdays: 10/4/2022, 10/18/2022, 11/01/2022 

REGISTER: Use the code AC281EP in this form: www.tinyurl.com/registeracres 

 

 

Transformative Practices 

 

Volunteer Match 

Create a free VolunteerMatch account and post volunteer opportunities to connect STEM role models and mentors to work with your youth today! To find role models and mentors in STEM  REGISTER HERE 

This toolkit contains resources Networks or large organizations can use to introduce programs to the VolunteerMatch/STEM Next platform, get them registered, and begin posting volunteer opportunities! 

More graphics for your newsletters, social media and more and HERE

Space Place by NASA (in Spanish)

Aims to inspire and enrich upper-elementary-aged youth’s learning of space and Earth science through games, hands-on activities, informative articles, and videos. Includes resources for parents and educators. 

Welcome Back to Afterschool 2022 Five Big Ideas to Spark Family Engagement in STEM

STEM can spark a curiosity in children that can inspire a lasting love of learning. Interest may come from a hands-on science investigation, a role model who codes for good causes, or words of encouragement from a teacher or afterschool instructor. Learn about five ideas to spark family engagement in your program and community.

21 Scientists and engineers to learn more about!

To encourage youth to learn more about these scientists and to explore related science projects and careers for scientists they find interesting, for each scientist, we have included a short biographical summary, links to 1-2 hands-on science projects related to the scientist's area of study, links to relevant science career profiles, and a link to a biography below.

https://www.sciencebuddies.org/blog/hispanic-scientists-engineers 

Celebrating Latinx Scientists and Their Work: Resources for your Afterschool Program

National Hispanic Heritage Month offers a great opportunity for students to learn about the many Latinx contributions to STEM. During this month (which runs September 15 to October 15)—and all year—you can use the groundbreaking discoveries of Latinx scientists as the foundation for STEM learning activities. 

 

4 Read Alouds and STEM Challenges for Hispanic Heritage Month

September is Hispanic Heritage Month, and it’s the perfect time to integrate STEM and literacy to help teach students about diversity in STEM and professional careers. Here are 4 of our favorite STEM Read Aloud activities and challenges for kids to use in your classroom during Hispanic Heritage Month!

 

Latina Girls Code 

The program was created to fill the diversity gap between girls who are interested in technology through education and resources, including mentors, access to hardware and digital tools as well as internships through various programs and events throughout the year serving girls ages 7-17.

 

Community Math Night Facilitators’ Toolkit

The Appalachia Regional Education Laboratory (REL) developed this toolkit to help K–5 elementary school educators plan and implement the Community Math Night program to engage families in interactive math activities, build positive math attitudes, and create a community of educators, students, families, and other caring adults to support math learning. The toolkit includes planning and organizational resources, relevant research, and step-by-step instructions and printable materials for the interactive activities. 

 

Activities for Programs 

STEM Educators Academy Activity Toolkit from ExpandED Schools 

This Activity Toolkit offers hybrid learning engineering design challenges, STEM facilitation skill builder videos, and engineering design activities categorized by content areas. 

Engineering is Elementary's NASA Partnership free units 

A suite of free NASA-funded STEM resources for students in grades 3-8. All resources are research-based and classroom-tested. They are designed to support students’ understanding of space, while helping them see themselves as capable problem solvers. 

30 Active Math and Activities for Kids Who Love to Move 

When kids think of math, they usually picture worksheets and flashcards. But math doesn’t have to be dull! These active math games get kids up and moving, using their whole bodies to learn facts and skills. Lots of these ideas can be adapted to suit a variety of math concepts, so choose a few to try out with your math students soon.

 
Try Engineering Lesson Plan: Take Flight! 

This lesson for ages 8-12 explores how flight is possible and how engineers have improved glider designs and materials to improve flight accuracy and distance.

Additional Professional Development 

Addressing STEM Stereotypes with Youth and Young Adults - Join us to learn how to combat pervasive STEM stereotypes with youth and young adults. Back by popular demand! This webinar is the first of a two-webinar series on addressing STEM stereotypes with children and youth. This webinar will dig deeply into research and best practices related to addressing STEM stereotypes with older youth and young adults. Speakers include researchers and educators who will share strategies and resources to counter and break down STEM stereotypes. 

October 13, 2022 11:00 - 12:00 PM PST; REGISTER HERE

 

PBS Kids Free PD Experience on Connecting with Families - In this professional development experience, participants look at effective strategies for using technology to enhance communication with families. 

Mizzen By Mott: Moonshot Connection

The Mizzen By Mott app delivers inspiring and engaging activities that spark learning in young people. Supported by the Mott Foundation, Mizzen is available at no cost to afterschool professionals! Encourage partners to download the Mizzen By Mott app to access STEM activities at your finger-touch!  You’ll find it in Mizzen here. 

 

Featured Activities & Playlists 

Mizzen Playlist: STEM Activities for K-5th Grade in Small Groups - This playlist is a great mix of engineering and science activities that are easy and fun for small groups of students.

Mizzen Playlist: Science Notebooks for 3rd - 12th Grade - Keeping a notebook can help your students think and act like scientists and engineers. Sample these easy-to-implement strategies and lessons to bring science notebooking into your program.

Mizzen Module: S.INQ Up Earth and Space for 6-8th Grade - Earth and Space is an inquiry and exploration-based curriculum that uses hands-on activities focused on the relationships between the earth, the solar system, and human impacts on our global environment.

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August 2022

Inventors and Inventions 

Beata Edyta Mierzwa

Beata Edyta Mierzwa is a molecular biologist who combines science, art and fashion to share the beauty of biology with the world. Her award-winning PhD research at the Institute of Molecular Biotechnology revealed that the final step in cell division works differently than people thought! Now, working at the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research at UCSD, she studies how different types of cells divide to broaden the world’s understanding of cell division and improve cancer therapy. When not doing experiments, Beata creates science art and fashion. 


Her drawings portray scientific concepts in intuitive ways, while her science fashion celebrates the beauty of the tiny universe within us. Making artwork for journal covers, conferences and even space mission patches, her unique approach to science communication has been recognized by multiple awards around the world. As an AAAS IF/THEN Ambassador, Beata’s mission is to combine art and science to inspire creative and unconventional minds who will change the world with innovative research and groundbreaking discoveries.

Dr. Chavonda Jacobs-Young

Dr. Chavonda Jacobs-Young is a U.S. Senior Executive scientist. In high school she excelled in the classroom and athletics. As a collegiate athlete at North Carolina State University (NCSU), she was a three time ACC track champion and three time STEM graduate. In 1998, she became the Nation’s first African American Ph.D. in Paper Science and Engineering. Dr. Jacobs-Young was faculty at the University of Washington (1995-2002). In 2002, she joined the USDA and 
then the White House as a Senior Policy Analyst for agriculture (2008-2010). In 2010 she led the establishment of the USDA Office of the Chief Scientist. Dr. Jacobs-Young then served as Acting Director for USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (2011-2012). She joined the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) in 2012 as Associate Administrator and named Administrator in 2014, becoming the first female and person of color to lead the agency. Dr. Jacobs-Young is 
a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the National Academy of Public Administration and a Presidential Rank Award winner.

IF/THEN Collection

The IF/THEN® Collection is a free digital library with photos, videos, posters, and more, featuring diverse women STEM innovators – all available for educational and other non-commercial use. You’ll find thousands of assets showcasing inspiring women whose jobs include training Olympic athletes, creating cosmetics, exploring space, working with animals, and designing everything from buildings and museum exhibits to electronics and medical equipment. Don’t know where to start in the IF/THEN Collection? Here are some tools to help you! 

 

Featured Webinars 

Take a Deep Dive into each Engineering Mindset Practice with Dr. Christine Cunningham in this three-part webinar recording.  

Christine Cunningham is a Professor of Practice in Education and Engineering in the College of Education whose work aims to make engineering and science more relevant and equitable, especially for populations underrepresented and underserved in engineering and science. She aims to create a next generation of innovators and problem solvers by developing research-based and field-tested engineering curricula and professional learning resources for preK-12 education. 

RECORDING 1, RECORDING 2, RECORDING 3 

 

Quality Trainings 

Click2Engineering Community of Practice 

This community of practice is a component of Click2Engineering, an asynchronous, module-based online professional development program for after-school educators. Participants in this community of practice get to be a part of developing future learning experiences and will have special access to existing Click2Engineering resources, including new curriculum and one-on-one coaching opportunities! Online meetings will include learning, working with materials, reflection, and sharing your ideas with others. You will grow your understanding of engineering and increase your confidence and ability to lead engineering sessions with youth 

SUBMIT AN INTEREST FORM 

 
 

DiscoverE Future City 

Throughout the fall, participants work in teams of at least three students, an educator, and volunteer mentor to bring their vision of their future city to life. What do they see, hear, smell, and feel? From this starting point, they will design a futuristic city with innovative solutions to some of today’s most pressing sustainability issues. This strategy enables organizational partners, volunteers, and educators to effectively reach millions of students, parents, and young adults with the message that engineers work with smart, inspiring people to invent, design, and create things that matter. 

SUBMIT AN INTEREST FORM 

 
 

Techbridge Girls Curriculum & Training 

Techbridge Girls (TBG) is an award-winning national nonprofit bringing science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education to all girls across the U.S. For 20+ years, TBG has reengineered the way STEM education is taught, centering our girls’ brilliance and potential, emphasizing increasing STEM access, belonging, and persistence for BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and all People of Color) youth from systematically marginalized communities. TBG will offer three different curriculum training programs for afterschool staff: 1) Ignite for 3-8th grade youth, 2) Inspire for 4-5th grade girls, and 3) Changemakers for 6-8th grade girls. 

SUBMIT AN INTEREST FORM 

  

Afterschool Math Plus Curriculum and Training 

In this workshop series, participants will be introduced to evidence-based strategies to support students in developing a positive math identity by exploring mathematics in everyday experiences. The highly engaging, hands-on experiences of After-School Math Plus (ASM+) also build students’ awareness of the importance of math skills for future educational choices and career options. The program engages students in grades 3-8 who are attending out-of-school-time programs. 

SUBMIT AN INTEREST FORM 

  

Teen Science Cafe 

Teen Science Café programs are a free, fun way for teens to engage in lively conversations with STEM experts that explore the advances in science and technology that affect their lives. In these events, teens socialize over teen-friendly food and drink and have a lively conversation with local scientists and engineers about current cutting-edge developments in their fields, all in a relaxed and informal out-of-school setting. Teen Science Cafés are for teens, by teens. A core group of Teen Leaders, with the committed mentorship of an Adult Leader, plan and run the café programs. They welcome as diverse of a teen crowd as possible—diverse in ethnicity, culture, gender, and motivations for learning about science. Teen Science Cafés are not just for the science geeks; they are for all curious teens. Along the way, teen organizers gain a host of leadership skills. Cafés are typically run about an hour and a half once per month during the school year. Stipends are provided to selected sites to support the implementation of Teen Science Cafes. 
 

SUBMIT AN INTEREST FORM 

 

PEAR- DoS Certification Training 

PEAR staff provides ongoing technical assistance, quarterly data reports, and online data management support for all DoS observers for two years post-certification. 

 

The training process involves a two-day live webinar training, completion of video calibration exercises, a one-hour live calibration session, and successful completion of two practice observations in the field. PEAR staff offer live, webinar DoS training monthly and in-person training for state networks or organizations can be arranged as needed for an additional cost. PEAR staff provides ongoing technical assistance, quarterly data reports, and online data management support for all DoS observers for two years post-certification. Dates and times are:  

  • October 19-20; 10-4pm ET. (register by October 5) 


REGISTER HERE
 

  

Recertification Training for DOS Observers 

Please note that observers that have been certified for two or more years need to complete recertification to make sure they are continuing to use the tool reliably. Dates and times are: 

  • August 9, 2022; 10-1pm ET (register by July 26) 

  • November 8, 2022; 10-1pm ET (register by October 25)  

 

ACRES

ACRES is a nationally acclaimed coaching program that builds knowledge and skills so after school educators, librarians and anyone who works with youth in out-of-school settings can confidently facilitate Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) experiences for youth. More information found here.  

 

August Cohort: Asking Purposeful Questions 

Questions are the beginning of a path towards discovery, imagination, and STEM exploration. How can we help youth expand and clarify their thinking and develop their reasoning through the questions we ask them? This module is a great way to train new staff on how to facilitate STEM learning. Experienced educators also love being part of a cohort as a way to connect with other educators across the country, to learn new lesson plans, and to reflect on practice.  This is our introductory module and a prerequisite to other opportunities. *The expectation is that you will be live at all three sessions and an active member of this coaching cohort.  

DATES: 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM Eastern Time on the following Wednesdays: 8/10/2022, 8/31/2022, 9/21/2022 

REGISTER: Use the code AC145PQ in this form www.tinyurl.com/registeracres  

  

September Cohort: Modeling Math Practices 

Are you looking for fun ways to help youth build number sense and problem-solving skills? Math can take on new meaning when it is integrated into daily routines in our afterschool programs. In this module, afterschool educators will explore and practice strategies for making math engaging and accessible. *The expectation is that you will be live at all three sessions and an active member of this coaching cohort.  

DATES: 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM Eastern Time on the following Wednesdays: 9/28/2022, 10/12/2022, 10/26/2022 

REGISTER: Use the code AC240MP in this form www.tinyurl.com/registeracres  

  

October Cohort: Modeling Engineering Practices 

Engineering has become a staple of STEM programming for youth. How can we confidently bring engineering into our programming and support youth as they engage in problem solving? In this module, participants gain first-hand experience with engineering by solving a design problem. They examine the components of the engineering design process and discuss ways to model the process with youth. Asking Purposeful Questions is a prerequisite to this skill. *The expectation is that you will be live at all three sessions and an active member of this coaching cohort. 

DATES: 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM Eastern Time on the following Tuesdays: 10/4/2022, 10/18/2022, 11/01/2022 

REGISTER: Use the code AC281EP in this form: www.tinyurl.com/registeracres 

 

 

Transformative Practices 

Volunteer Match

Create a free VolunteerMatch account and post volunteer opportunities to connect STEM role models and mentors to work with your youth today! To find role models and mentors in STEM  REGISTER HERE 

This toolkit contains resources Networks or large organizations can use to introduce programs to the VolunteerMatch/STEM Next platform, get them registered, and begin posting volunteer opportunities! 

More graphics for your newsletters, social media and more and HERE

 

Role Models Matters Training for STEM Volunteers 

Ready to train volunteers and role models in your Network, school, or afterschool program? COMPLETE THIS REGISTRATION FORM to gain access to the Role Models Matter training developed by Techbridge Girls. 

 

“Access to STEM” framework

Unveiled at the Girls Build Solutions event, access to the revised STEM Framework can be found here

 

The STEM Innovation for Inclusion in Early Education Center

Provides evidence-based resources and strategies for practitioners and families to engage children with disabilities in STEM learning. 

 

Career Girls 

Toolkits, including lesson plans featuring diverse women role models for educators, mentors, and families to learn about youth’s interests and to engage youth in empowering STEM-learning activities. 

 

Activities for Programs 

After-School Science PLUS - Download Building with Wonderful Junk and take the challenge!  Build a bridge or a platform that meets a set of requirements and test it. Challenge the kids to add to the activity (For example build a bridge that will hold a student up 6 inches from the floor).  

Take Flight - Using everyday materials, youth engineer a glider that can fly straight for 15 feet. 

 

Keep Your Cool! Design Your Own Cooler Challenge - Youth design a cooler that will keep a bottle of water cool using the engineering design process. They test their prototype and graph their results to determine the effectiveness of the solution. 

 

Get it Write! - Youth engineering a writing device (pen) using everyday materials. They think about both the (water soluble) "ink" and the delivery mechanism. 

Additional Professional Development 

Addressing STEM Stereotypes with Youth and Young Adults - Join us to learn how to combat pervasive STEM stereotypes with youth and young adults. Back by popular demand! This webinar is the first of a two-webinar series on addressing STEM stereotypes with children and youth. This webinar will dig deeply into research and best practices related to addressing STEM stereotypes with older youth and young adults. Speakers include researchers and educators who will share strategies and resources to counter and break down STEM stereotypes. 

October 13, 2022 11:00 - 12:00 PM PST; REGISTER HERE

 

PBS Kids Free PD Experience on Connecting with Families - In this professional development experience, participants look at effective strategies for using technology to enhance communication with families. 

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July 2022

Inventors and Inventions 

Dana Bolles

Dana Bolles began working for NASA in 1995. The first 13 years of her career were as an engineer in regulatory compliance, from payload safety to environmental protection, and she worked at 3 centers: Kennedy Space Center, Goddard Space Flight Center, and Ames Research Center. Her most recent opportunity, communicating NASA’s exploration of life beyond Earth, added another center under her belt, NASA Headquarters. Dana’s diverse work experience has given her a great appreciation not only for the programs/projects side of NASA, but also for the mission support functions. 


In addition to her official duties, Dana volunteers for employee resource groups for women, people with disabilities, and LGBT communities. She is a firm believer of the value of diversity and is committed to raising awareness, especially of the unique challenges people with disabilities face in their daily lives. She also has a passion for outreach, encouraging youth, especially girls, to excel and be their best in life. Dana has a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering and lives with her partner Shelly and their cats in San Francisco.

Jess Cramp

Jess Cramp is a shark researcher who specializes in conservation policy and engaging communities in the management of their ocean. Jess co-championed a grassroots campaign that resulted in the Cook Islands Shark Sanctuary in 2012, an area exceeding 770,000 square miles. Jess has since advised communities, national governments and international organizations on conservation policy, led marine research expeditions through various island nations, and mentored local youth interested in science. She is the founder and executive director of Sharks Pacific, a non-profit organization that conducts research, outreach and advocacy throughout the Pacific Islands region. Her work focuses on improving fisheries management, human-wildlife conflict prevention, community empowerment, and the development of policies that consider people and the environment in equal measure. She is currently a PhD candidate at James Cook University. An accomplished speaker, Jess was named a National Geographic Emerging Explorer in 2015 and an AAAS IF/THEN Ambassador in 2019. 

IF/THEN Collection

The IF/THEN® Collection is a free digital library with photos, videos, posters, and more, featuring diverse women STEM innovators – all available for educational and other non-commercial use. You’ll find thousands of assets showcasing inspiring women whose jobs include training Olympic athletes, creating cosmetics, exploring space, working with animals, and designing everything from buildings and museum exhibits to electronics and medical equipment. Don’t know where to start in the IF/THEN Collection? Here are some tools to help you! 

 

Featured Webinars 

Take a Deep Dive into each Engineering Mindset Practice with Dr. Christine Cunningham in this three-part webinar recording.  

Christine Cunningham is a Professor of Practice in Education and Engineering in the College of Education whose work aims to make engineering and science more relevant and equitable, especially for populations underrepresented and underserved in engineering and science. She aims to create a next generation of innovators and problem solvers by developing research-based and field-tested engineering curricula and professional learning resources for preK-12 education. 

RECORDING 1, RECORDING 2, RECORDING 3 

 

Quality Trainings 

Click2Engineering Community of Practice 

This community of practice is a component of Click2Engineering, an asynchronous, module-based online professional development program for after-school educators. Participants in this community of practice get to be a part of developing future learning experiences and will have special access to existing Click2Engineering resources, including new curriculum and one-on-one coaching opportunities! Online meetings will include learning, working with materials, reflection, and sharing your ideas with others. You will grow your understanding of engineering and increase your confidence and ability to lead engineering sessions with youth 

SUBMIT AN INTEREST FORM 

 
 

DiscoverE Future City 

Throughout the fall, participants work in teams of at least three students, an educator, and volunteer mentor to bring their vision of their future city to life. What do they see, hear, smell, and feel? From this starting point, they will design a futuristic city with innovative solutions to some of today’s most pressing sustainability issues. This strategy enables organizational partners, volunteers, and educators to effectively reach millions of students, parents, and young adults with the message that engineers work with smart, inspiring people to invent, design, and create things that matter. 

SUBMIT AN INTEREST FORM 

 
 

Techbridge Girls Curriculum & Training 

Techbridge Girls (TBG) is an award-winning national nonprofit bringing science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education to all girls across the U.S. For 20+ years, TBG has reengineered the way STEM education is taught, centering our girls’ brilliance and potential, emphasizing increasing STEM access, belonging, and persistence for BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and all People of Color) youth from systematically marginalized communities. TBG will offer three different curriculum training programs for afterschool staff: 1) Ignite for 3-8th grade youth, 2) Inspire for 4-5th grade girls, and 3) Changemakers for 6-8th grade girls. 

SUBMIT AN INTEREST FORM 

  

Afterschool Math Plus Curriculum and Training 

In this workshop series, participants will be introduced to evidence-based strategies to support students in developing a positive math identity by exploring mathematics in everyday experiences. The highly engaging, hands-on experiences of After-School Math Plus (ASM+) also build students’ awareness of the importance of math skills for future educational choices and career options. The program engages students in grades 3-8 who are attending out-of-school-time programs. 

SUBMIT AN INTEREST FORM 

  

Teen Science Cafe 

Teen Science Café programs are a free, fun way for teens to engage in lively conversations with STEM experts that explore the advances in science and technology that affect their lives. In these events, teens socialize over teen-friendly food and drink and have a lively conversation with local scientists and engineers about current cutting-edge developments in their fields, all in a relaxed and informal out-of-school setting. Teen Science Cafés are for teens, by teens. A core group of Teen Leaders, with the committed mentorship of an Adult Leader, plan and run the café programs. They welcome as diverse of a teen crowd as possible—diverse in ethnicity, culture, gender, and motivations for learning about science. Teen Science Cafés are not just for the science geeks; they are for all curious teens. Along the way, teen organizers gain a host of leadership skills. Cafés are typically run about an hour and a half once per month during the school year. Stipends are provided to selected sites to support the implementation of Teen Science Cafes. 
 

SUBMIT AN INTEREST FORM 

 

PEAR- DoS Certification Training 

PEAR staff provides ongoing technical assistance, quarterly data reports, and online data management support for all DoS observers for two years post-certification. 

 

The training process involves a two-day live webinar training, completion of video calibration exercises, a one-hour live calibration session, and successful completion of two practice observations in the field. PEAR staff offer live, webinar DoS training monthly and in-person training for state networks or organizations can be arranged as needed for an additional cost. PEAR staff provides ongoing technical assistance, quarterly data reports, and online data management support for all DoS observers for two years post-certification. Dates and times are:  

  • October 19-20; 10-4pm ET. (register by October 5) 


REGISTER HERE
 

  

Recertification Training for DOS Observers 

Please note that observers that have been certified for two or more years need to complete recertification to make sure they are continuing to use the tool reliably. Dates and times are: 

  • August 9, 2022; 10-1pm ET (register by July 26) 

  • November 8, 2022; 10-1pm ET (register by October 25)  

 

ACRES

ACRES is a nationally acclaimed coaching program that builds knowledge and skills so after school educators, librarians and anyone who works with youth in out-of-school settings can confidently facilitate Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) experiences for youth. More information found here.  

6/17/ 2022,7/1/2022, 7/22/2022; REGISTER HERE 

 

July Cohort: Asking Purposeful Questions 

Questions are the beginning of a path towards discovery, imagination, and STEM exploration. How can we help youth expand and clarify their thinking and develop their reasoning through the questions we ask them? This module is a great way to train new summer staff on how to facilitate STEM learning. Experienced educators also love being part of a cohort as a way to connect with other educators across the country, to learn new lesson plans, and to reflect on practice.  This is our introductory module and a prerequisite to other opportunities. *The expectation is that you will be live at all three sessions and an active member of this coaching cohort. Stipends are offered to participants who complete feedback surveys before and after a module. 

Cohort dates and times are: 10:00 to 12:00 EST on the following Tuesdays  

7/26/ 2022, 8/9/2022, 8/23/2022; REGISTER HERE 

 

 

Transformative Practices 

Black Girls Create

Black Girls Create: Developing a Culturally Responsive Maker Program for Black Girls article describes the development and pilot implementation of a culturally responsive maker afterschool program for Black girls.  

 

Activities for Programs 

After-School Science PLUS - Download Building with Wonderful Junk and take the challenge!  Build a bridge or a platform that meets a set of requirements and test it. Challenge the kids to add to the activity (For example build a bridge that will hold a student up 6 inches from the floor).  

Additional Professional Development 

NGCP Archived Webinar: Families & STEAM: Strengthening Relationships & Building Partnerships - Family engagement in STEAM can come in many forms — STEAM nights, science fairs, family newsletters, etc. But how can you move into a deeper partnership with families in the service of STEAM learning? In this webinar, we’ll hear from practitioners and researchers who are working to deepen engagement with youth and their families to intentionally support equity in and access to STEAM opportunities. You will hear about strategies, examples, and current research, and will have the opportunity to ask questions. 

June 2022

Inventors and Inventions 

Dr. Ciara Sivels is a nuclear engineer at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, where she works on a variety of projects using radiation detection and modeling. Her past research focused on nuclear explosion monitoring and treaty verification, resulting in 4 first authored publications as well as numerous research awards, including the Department of Energy National Nuclear Security Administration’s University Program Review National Laboratory Impact Award. Among the many outreach and mentorship programs that she participated in during her time at Michigan, she helped found the Women in NERS (Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences) group, a space for women in the department to commune, share stories, and discuss issues. Ciara obtained her PhD in nuclear engineering from the University of Michigan in 2018, becoming the first black woman to do so at Michigan. She also holds a Master’s degree and Bachelor’s degree in nuclear engineering from the University of Michigan and MIT, respectively. She is originally from Chesapeake, VA. 

 

Featured Webinars 

Webinar: The M in STEM: Making Math Meaningful 

This webinar will focus on engaging and supporting youth in mathematics. We will learn from an AAAS IF/THEN® Ambassador who uses mathematics to positively impact society and share best practices and resources to help make the M in STEM meaningful and accessible in afterschool. Click here for the webinar recording. 

 

Quality Trainings 

Role Models Matters Training for STEM Volunteers 

Ready to train volunteers and role models in your Network, school, or afterschool program? COMPLETE THIS REGISTRATION FORM to gain access to the Role Models Matter training developed by Techbridge Girls.  

 

PEAR- DoS Certification Training 

PEAR staff provides ongoing technical assistance, quarterly data reports, and online data management support for all DoS observers for two years post-certification. 

 

The training process involves a two-day live webinar training, completion of video calibration exercises, a one-hour live calibration session, and successful completion of two practice observations in the field. PEAR staff offer live, webinar DoS training monthly and in-person training for state networks or organizations can be arranged as needed for an additional cost. PEAR staff provides ongoing technical assistance, quarterly data reports, and online data management support for all DoS observers for two years post-certification. Dates and times are:  

  • ·July 13-14, 2022; 10am-4pm ET. (register by June 29) 

  • October 19-20; 10-4pm ET. (register by October 5) 

 

 

  

Recertification Training for DOS Observers 

Please note that observers that have been certified for two or more years need to complete recertification to make sure they are continuing to use the tool reliably. Dates and times are: 

·       August 9, 2022; 10-1pm ET (register by July 26) 

·       November 8, 2022; 10-1pm ET (register by October 25)  

 

 

Transformative Practices 

Equity and Inclusion:  

We Rep STEM - STEM Profile - Joy James - We’ve said it time and again: Representation matters. That’s especially true for children, whose perceptions of the world are based, in part, on the things they see. When Joy James set out to write her book, 101 Brilliant Black Inventors and their Inventions, she wanted to create something that would inspire her young children. The end result – an in-depth celebration of the achievements of Black innovators. 

 

Activities for Programs 

Engineering a Fix for the Great Pacific Garbage Patch - This activity encourages youth to use engineering to take care of the planet.  

 

After-School Science PLUS  - Download Building with Wonderful Junk and take the challenge!  Build a bridge or a platform that meets a set of requirements and test it. Challenge the kids to add to the activity (For example build a bridge that will hold a student up 6 inches from the floor). 

 

Engineering Ocean Currents  - This is a fun and interactive activity that is designed to enhance student understanding of the engineering design process. 

 

Design Squad: Invent it, Build It: Making the world a better place - Research tells us that when kids think their activity helps others it increases engagement. Activities encourage kids to think of themselves as inventors, discuss inventing and engineering, and dispels the stereotype that engineering is boring. 

 

4 Great Outdoor Activities to Do With Kids This Summer - These easy activities are designed to be suitable in a COVID conscious environment.  Young children play outdoor games, plant a garden, make ice cream, and participate in a scavenger hunt. 

May 2022

Inventors and Inventions  

Why Inventing For Diversity and Inclusion is So Essential

What would the world look like if there was more diversity and inclusion in inventing? Over the past few years, academic research has identified significant disparities in the rate at which people obtain patents. Women (especially African American and Hispanic women), people of color, and individuals from lower income families obtain patents much less often than their counterparts. Learn more and read the Forbes article here.

Utilizing IF/THEN Collection 

The IF/THEN® Collection is a free digital library with photos, videos, posters, and more, featuring diverse women STEM innovators – all available for educational and other non-commercial use. You’ll find thousands of assets showcasing inspiring women whose jobs include training Olympic athletes, creating cosmetics, exploring space, working with animals, and designing everything from buildings and museum exhibits to electronics and medical equipment. Don’t know where to start in the IF/THEN Collection? Here are some tools to help you! 

Featured Webinars 

The M in STEM: Making Math Meaningful 

Thursday, May 19, 2022 11:00AM Pacific / 12:00PM Mountain / 1:00PM Central / 2:00PM Eastern 

This webinar will focus on engaging and supporting youth in mathematics. We will learn from an AAAS IF/THEN® Ambassador who uses mathematics to positively impact society and share best practices and resources to help make the M in STEM meaningful and accessible in afterschool. 

Quality Trainings  

Role Models Matters Training for STEM Volunteers 

Ready to train volunteers and role models in your Network, school, or afterschool program? COMPLETE THIS REGISTRATION FORM to gain access to the Role Models Matter training developed by Techbridge Girls. 

 

PEAR- DoS Certification Training 

PEAR staff provides ongoing technical assistance, quarterly data reports, and online data management support for all DoS observers for two years post-certification. 

The training process involves a two-day live webinar training, completion of video calibration exercises, a one-hour live calibration session, and successful completion of two practice observations in the field. PEAR staff offer live, webinar DoS training monthly and in-person training for state networks or organizations can be arranged as needed for an additional cost. PEAR staff provides ongoing technical assistance, quarterly data reports, and online data management support for all DoS observers for two years post-certification. Dates and times are:  

  • July 13-14, 2022; 10am-4pm ET. (register by June 29) 

  • October 19-20; 10-4pm ET. (register by October 5) 

 

REGISTER HERE 

  

Recertification Training for DOS Observers 

Please note that observers that have been certified for two or more years need to complete recertification to make sure they are continuing to use the tool reliably. Dates and times are: 

  • August 9, 2022; 10-1pm ET (register by July 26) 

  • November 8, 2022; 10-1pm ET (register by October 25)  

 

 

ACRES

ACRES is a nationally acclaimed coaching program that builds knowledge and skills so after school educators, librarians and anyone who works with youth in out-of-school settings can confidently facilitate Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) experiences for youth. More information found here.  

 

May Cohort: Asking Purposeful Questions 

Questions are the beginning of a path towards discovery, imagination, and STEM exploration. How can we help youth expand and clarify their thinking and develop their reasoning through the questions we ask them? This module is a great way to train new summer staff on how to facilitate STEM learning. Experienced educators also love being part of a cohort as a way to connect with other educators across the country, to learn new lesson plans and to reflect on practice.  This is our introductory module and a prerequisite to other opportunities. *The expectation is that you will be live at all three sessions and an active member of this coaching cohort. Stipends are offered to participants who complete feedback surveys before and after a module.  

Cohort dates and times are: 10:00 to 12:00 EST on the following Thursdays  

5/26, 6/9, 6/23; REGISTER HERE  

June Cohort: Asking Purposeful Questions 

Questions are the beginning of a path towards discovery, imagination, and STEM exploration. How can we help youth expand and clarify their thinking and develop their reasoning through the questions we ask them? This module is a great way to train new summer staff on how to facilitate STEM learning. Experienced educators also love being part of a cohort as a way to connect with other educators across the country, to learn new lesson plans, and to reflect on practice.  This is our introductory module and a prerequisite to other opportunities. *The expectation is that you will be live at all three sessions and an active member of this coaching cohort. Stipends are offered to participants who complete feedback surveys before and after a module. 

Cohort dates and times are: 3:00 to 5:00PM EST on the following Wednesdays  

6/15/2022, 6/29/2022, 4/20/2022; REGISTER HERE 

June Cohort: Modeling Engineering Practices 

Engineering has become a staple of STEM programming for youth. How can we confidently bring engineering into our programming and support youth as they engage in problem solving? In this module, participants gain first-hand experience with engineering by solving a design problem. They examine the components of the engineering design process and discuss ways to model the process with youth. Asking Purposeful Questions is a prerequisite to this skill. *The expectation is that you will be live at all three sessions and an active member of this coaching cohort. Stipends are offered to participants who complete feedback surveys before and after a module. 

Cohort dates and times are: 1:00 to 3:00 EST on the following Thursdays  

6/17/ 2022,7/1/2022, 7/22/2022; REGISTER HERE 

July Cohort: Asking Purposeful Questions 

Questions are the beginning of a path towards discovery, imagination, and STEM exploration. How can we help youth expand and clarify their thinking and develop their reasoning through the questions we ask them? This module is a great way to train new summer staff on how to facilitate STEM learning. Experienced educators also love being part of a cohort as a way to connect with other educators across the country, to learn new lesson plans, and to reflect on practice.  This is our introductory module and a prerequisite to other opportunities. *The expectation is that you will be live at all three sessions and an active member of this coaching cohort. Stipends are offered to participants who complete feedback surveys before and after a module. 

Cohort dates and times are: 10:00 to 12:00 EST on the following Tuesdays  

7/26/ 2022, 8/9/2022, 8/23/2022; REGISTER HERE 

Transformative Practices 

Equity in Math Class: 5 Tips for Teachers - WeAreTeachers

Ways to Build Equity into Your Math Lessons  discusses how equity and social justice play a critical role in math instruction.  

Critical Issue: Remembering the Child: On Equity and Inclusion in Mathematics and Science Classrooms (ncrel.org)

The North Central Regional Education Laboratory (NCREL) addresses equity and inclusion in STEM classrooms as a critical issue in a  paper that includes six effective practices for equity.  

Incorporating the Stories of Women, People of Color, and LGBTQ+ Scientists Into the Physics Classroom

Short article from NSTA about the contributions of women, people of color, and other diverse scientists to the field of Physics. Includes a link to lesson plans for lesson plans that could be adapted for K9-12. 

Activities for Programs 

Math Communities

Students, parents, and educators coming together to play with math!  Math Communities creates a virtual community that provides free access to joyful collaborative activities designed by professional mathematicians and math educators for K-12 students, educators, and families. There are lots of ways to communicate with other folks interested in math. 

 

After-School Science PLUS

Download Building with Wonderful Junk and take the challenge!  Build a bridge or a platform that meets a set of requirements and test it. Challenge the kids to add to the activity (For example build a bridge that will hold a student up 6 inches from the floor). 

 

Design Squad: Invent it, Build It: Making the world a better place

Research tells us that when kids think their activity helps others it increases engagement. Activities encourage kids to think of themselves as inventors, discuss inventing and engineering, and dispels the stereotype that engineering is boring. 

10 Simple Yet Thrilling Invention Ideas For Kids

These are highly engaging  activities for students including directions and videos. These activities use materials that are easy to find and can be done in a family setting. 

 

8 Best Invention Ideas for Children

Try some fun and silly inventions that are very engaging:  These activities are free, easy to set up, and use materials familiar to kids. 

 

17 Innovative Mathematics Projects that Inspire Students | by Ali | However, Mathematics

A list of some unique, hands-off, and fun mathematical projects for any blooming mathematician. 

Additional Professional Development 

NGCP Archived Webinar: Families & STEAM: Strengthening Relationships & Building Partnerships

Family engagement in STEAM can come in many forms — STEAM nights, science fairs, family newsletters, etc. But how can you move into a deeper partnership with families in the service of STEAM learning? In this webinar, we’ll hear from practitioners and researchers who are working to deepen engagement with youth and their families to intentionally support equity in and access to STEAM opportunities. You will hear about strategies, examples, and current research, and will have the opportunity to ask questions. 

El minuto del Million Girls Moonshot

Suscríbase a nuestro boletín mensual especial Million Girls Moonshot para recibir recursos, oportunidades de desarrollo profesional y actividades para jóvenes, todos enfocados en STEM y equidad.