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Garden State Girls STEM Collaborative

Tuesday, December 20th, 2011

Garden State Girls STEM Collaborative

A team from NJSACC and NJ Department of Education just returned from the National Girls Collaborative Project’s Collaboration Institute in Tucson, Arizona. A select group of 40 people from around the country attended the four day training. The Collaboration Institute was NJ’s  formal introduction to the Girls Collaborative Model and was extremely informative about all of the tremendous opportunities that will be coming to
New Jersey as a result of NJSACC: The Network for NJ’s Afterschool, Communities , participation in this project.

The Garden State Girls STEM Collaborative is the New Jersey initiative for this nationwide project.
Our goal is to increase the quantity and quality of STEM opportunities for girls in the state.

We will be connecting:

*formal and informal educators

* business

* industry

* higher education

all to  engage girls in STEM high quality STEM activities and raise awareness of STEM careers.

We’re just beginning our work with the Garden State Girls STEM Collaborative, so please be on the lookout for information about  our new website, mini grants, professional development and upcoming events including our Collaborative Kickoff event, taking place this Spring.
In the meantime, please consider registering your program in the National Girls Collaborative Program Directory.

It is a great place to tell people about your program and for finding resources that can help you serve your students. So click below to learn about :

 National Girls Collaborative Program Directory

For more information about the Garden State Girls STEM Collaborative, please contact Mike MacEwan at  @

Do you provide STEM in your Afterschool program?

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

Hello NJ STEM Providers,

Please consider completing the survey below.
It is a chance to show some national STEM education funders that New Jersey is at the forefront of STEM enrichment opportunities during its out-of-school time programming.
If we can draw attention to the work we are currently doing, it may help us bring additional dollars to the state to continue and expand our efforts in STEM.
The survey is targeting programs that serve middle and high school youth.

In addition to helping our statewide cause, you’ll also be entered to win Staples gift cards to purchase supplies for your program.

Good things are happening in the Garden State for youth  and we need to let the people with the money know about it.
Thank you all in advance for taking time to complete this survey.

Michael MacEwan
Director of 21st CCLC and STEM Initiatives
NJSACC: The Network for NJ’s Afterschool Communities
Mobile: 856-701-3960

For information on STEM and OST resources follow me  on TWITTER @MMacEwan_NJSACC


MOST-Science Survey

Dear [Out-of-School-Time Education Provider],

We’re inviting you to put your youth programs on the map!

MOST-Science is a nation-wide study funded by the National Science Foundation and the Noyce Foundation. We are collecting data on science and engineering-focused out-of-school-time programs across the country – and we want to make sure we hear about yours.

We recently released an online questionnaire that you can find at:

The questionnaire asks for details about your middle and high school-aged youth programs, including who participates, how much time youth spend in your program, and what kinds of activities they do.

One out of every 20 people who fills out the questionnaire will win a $50 gift certificate to your choice of either Staples (get needed supplies for your own program!) or (donate supplies to a classroom in need!)

Most importantly, however, by filling out the questionnaire you will:

–          Highlight your organization and its youth programs to our research team

–          Help to identify common needs and challenges for youth OST science programs

–          Contribute to a study that will inform funders, policy-makers, researchers and other program providers about the great work in this community and the needs that remain to be addressed

–          Support development of future research studies to examine the development, education and career outcomes for youth who participate in OST science programs.

If you have any questions or would like more information about MOST-Science, please check out our website at:, find us on Facebook at:, or e-mail:

We hope to capture information on as many programs as possible. So, you might receive this e-mail more than once, or it might be received by multiple people in your organization. You may want to check with your colleagues to decide who is the best person to fill out the questionnaire.
And please feel free to forward this e-mail to any other programs you think should be on the map!

FREE Save The Songbirds curriculum kit.

Tuesday, October 18th, 2011

Did you know that songbird populations are in decline, some  by as much as 80% in the last 40 years?
 Scotts and the National Wildlife Federation are dedicated to reversing  this trend through the Save the Songbirds program designed to create 50,000  acres of new songbird habitats nationwide.

Sign up today  to receive  a FREE Save The Songbirds curriculum kit. The kits are versioned for grades 1-2 and 3-4 and will arrive in late January. .
Materials will educate students about the plight of songbirds and inspire your  afterschool program  to create a songbird habitat.


An Open Invitation -please pass along!

Thursday, July 7th, 2011

NJSACC is proud to host an information meeting for the National Girls Collaborative Project, a program focused on providing high quality STEM activities to girls.

Please feel free to forward broadly.

The vision of the National Girls Collaborative Project is 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).The NGCP began in 2002 as the Northwest Girls Collaborative Project through funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF). In 2004, NSF awarded additional funding to replicate the NGCP model. To date, 19 Collaboratives, serving 30 states, have been established as a part of the NGCP, facilitating collaboration between more than 8,800 organizations and indirectly serving more than 5.03 million girls.

The National Girls Collaborative Project maximizes access to shared resources and disseminates research-based promising practices that advance the work of existing and evolving girl-serving projects. The goals are 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, and products.
  • Increase the effectiveness of Collaboratives by providing professional development focused on sustainability, organizational effectiveness, and shared leadership to more effectively deliver services to girl-serving STEM organizations.
  • Maximize K-12 school counselors access to and use of relevant, high-quality resources that increase awareness of barriers to girls interest and engagement in STEM.

The National Girls Collaborative Project has received funding from the National Science Foundation to extend our work through 2016 and to reach additional states identified as high priority areas.
We are pleased to announce that the New Jersey School-Age Care Coalition (NJSACC) will be implementing this project.

We invite program managers, guidance counselors, business partners, technical professionals, teachers, and representatives from professional organizations and higher education to join us at an informational meeting announcing the implementation of the Garden State Girls STEM Collaborative Project. This five year initiative will provide mini-grants, professional development, and other resources to project participants.

The meeting will be held on August 18th, 2011 from 3:00 PM -5:00 PM at the First Baptist Church, 170 Elm Ave in Westfield, NJ 07090.

Please register using the link:

Please contact for additional information:

Mike MacEwan, Director for 21st CCLC and STEM Initiatives @

Please feel free to contact Amy Foster, National Program Manager (, if you have questions about the National Girls Collaborative go to:


NJ’s very own “Water Science” Curriculum for Afterschool Programs!

Wednesday, April 20th, 2011

Participants will receive 2.5 hours of professional development hours.

When: Friday May 6, 2011

Time: 10:00am-12:30pm

Where: Department of Education/Trenton

Click Here for directions: Directions

Cost: $10 fee

Deadline to Register is Monday, May 2, 2011

To Register: Fill out this on-line registration form.

An email confirmation will be sent to you containing payment information.

21St Century Afterschool Science Project (21st CASP) is a 21 lesson curriculum designed to enrich student learning through inquiry-based, interactive science experiences using every day materials. Developed in partnership with Liberty Science Center, this fun and engaging water curriculum is easy to implement and reinforces the New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards in science, literacy, and math. This project was pilot tested and evaluated over a 2 year period. The evaluation demonstrated successes on many fronts including:* Creating a replicable model designed for afterschool, OST and extended-day programs to implement science programming;

* Increasing OST staff capacity to facilitate science learning in the afterschool setting;

* Increased student engagement, skill and knowledge related to science;

* Developing and piloting curricular materials tailored for the OST setting, which imbed math and language arts components, and which are grounded in the New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards and inquiry-based learning; and

* Involving families in hands-on science, math and language arts activities in support of their childrens learning.

This training is relevant for all afterschool providers and is especially geared for those without science background, as is the entire model.
This training will provide afterschool staff with a free science curriculum funded by the New Jersey Department of Education.

This project was funded in its entirety with federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act, as amended by No Child Left Behind, Title IV, Part B, 21st Century Community Learning Center (21st CCLC) grant funds through a grant agreement with the New Jersey Department of Education.

Check out the new Blog from NJSACC: Full STEM Ahead