Archive for October, 2013

Great STEM News at Girls STEM Collaborative (GSGSC)

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

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The Garden State Girls STEM Collaborative is the New Jersey initiative of the National Girls Collaborative Project, a program focused on providing high quality STEM activities to girls. Their primary goal is to strengthen the capacity of girl-serving STEM programs to effectively reach and serve underrepresented girls in STEM by sharing promising practice research and program models, outcomes, products and by connecting formal and informal educators, business and industry in order to maximize the resources that can positively influence our girls. Contact Mike MacEwan for more information how you can become involved.

In their latest issue, the Garden State Girls STEP Collaborative Project spotlights:

  • Take Advantage of this Valuable FREE Resource: Is your program listed?
  • Featured Program: FemGineer Program History and Outline
  • STEM Seeds Begin to Sprout at Montclair High
  • The Most Common Question from Young Women Engineers? What to Wear
  • Silicon Chef Female-Focused Hardware Hackathon

Free Resources for your Program

Friday, October 11th, 2013

Many afterschool programs request resources and activities that can be researched online. With this in mind, here are some websites which offer a variety of reading, geography, science and math activities and resources for your staff and program participants. These sources came from a recent Washington Post article referenced at the bottom of this post. Happy Hunting!

Book Reports:

This site, started by 10-year-old Emma Walker of Bethesda, has lots of reviews written by kids, for kids. It’s divided by age and author.


If you need a map, this is hands-down the best place to check out. Lots of beautiful pictures, articles and information about other countries and cultures.


Great suggestions for science fair projects and lab experiments. Reports science news in a kid-friendly way.


Cool graphics and interactivity.

Why Are There Still So Few Women in Science?

Friday, October 11th, 2013

The following New York Times article was written by Eileen Pollack about the lack of women in the science fields. Below is an excerpt of this informative article:

Last summer, researchers at Yale published a study proving that physicists, chemists and biologists are likely to view a young male scientist more favorably than a woman with the same qualifications. Presented with identical summaries of the accomplishments of two imaginary applicants, professors at six major research institutions were significantly more willing to offer the man a job. If they did hire the woman, they set her salary, on average, nearly $4,000 lower than the man’s. Surprisingly, female scientists were as biased as their male counterparts.

The new study goes a long way toward providing hard evidence of a continuing bias against women in the sciences. Only one-fifth of physics Ph.D.’s in this country are awarded to women, and only about half of those women are American; of all the physics professors in the United States, only 14 percent are women. The numbers of black and Hispanic scientists are even lower; in a typical year, 13 African-Americans and 20 Latinos of either sex receive Ph.D.’s in physics. The reasons for those shortages are hardly mysterious — many minority students attend secondary schools that leave them too far behind to catch up in science, and the effects of prejudice at every stage of their education are well documented. But what could still be keeping women out of the STEM fields (“STEM” being the current shorthand for “science, technology, engineering and mathematics”), which offer so much in the way of job prospects, prestige, intellectual stimulation and income?

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10 Powerful Statements Made at the ‘Anytime, Anywhere’ Legislative Summit on Afterschool and Summer Learning

Tuesday, October 1st, 2013

Co-sponsored by NJSACC and NJ Principals and Supervisors Association, this informative summit was hosted on October 1, 2013 by Assemblywoman Mila Jasey and featured wonderful speakers such as Dr. Terry Peterson from After School Alliance, Massachusetts State Senator Thomas McGee, Lauren Heintz from the National Council of State Legislatures, Dr. Mary Reece from NJPSA and many notable others.

The following quotes represent only some of the powerful statements made during this valuable legislative summit surrounding expanded learning opportunities or “ELO”:

  • “ELO’s strength is also our achilles heel. We have lots of great people doing great things.”
  • “How do you roll out quality systems? Very carefully.”
  • “It is not enough to provide access, we have to improve quality.”
  • “At least 445,000 kids in NJ that live in communities eligible for 21st CCLC funding are without programming because of a lack of funds.”
  • “If you don’t have program quality, you can’t have increased gains in positive behaviors, attendance and academics.”
  • “The first step to Career and College Readiness is graduating high school. We all too often forget this step.”
  • “ELO can help strengthen school, community, family partnerships to support students in all of those places.”
  • “ELO/OST can address factors for increased student success in all topics.”
  • “NJ has 1.4 million students in public school. 450k are in low income neighborhoods. More families are working.”
  • “Afterschool programs naturally support the school day through their support of Common Core and the Habits of the Mind.”