The Million Girls Moonshot: August Quality Trainings and Transformative Practices

The Moonshot will be active in out-of-school programs in all 50 states, leveraging the Mott-funded 50 State Afterschool Network, which has access to more than 10 million youth and 100,000 afterschool programs across the country. NJSACC will bring you The Million Girl Moonshot monthly newsletter. Each month we will be rounding up accessible training opportunities, role models, and most importantly STEM activities for New Jersey’s after school community.

During the month of August, the Million Girls Moonshot will take that momentum and rev up for the school year by focusing on opportunities and resources for Networks and partners to build the capacity of program providers around the four transformative programming areas: 1) Equity and Inclusion, 2) Engineering Mindset, 3) Role Models, Mentors and Families, and 4) STEM Pathways and Transitions.

MGM August: Booster Packs

Audience: For Network Leads and STEM Staff and Key Partners

  • Become a Technovation Moonshot Ambassador! Recruit & support leaders to recruit at least 30 girls to participate in Technovation’s Girl Challenge. Learn more and submit your interest here: 
  • Join the Computer Science Community of Practice! @NCWIT is offering networks support to take a deep dive in advocating for computing education. Learn more and submit your interest here: 
  • Join the Family Engagement Community of Practice! This professional development opportunity from @STEMNext offers the chance to deepen family engagement within networks. Learn more & submit your interest here: 
  • Looking for STEM role models & mentors? Create a free VolunteerMatch account and post volunteer opportunities to connect STEM role models and mentors to work with your youth today! Register here: 
MGM August: Quality Trainings
  • @PEARImpact is offering #DoS certification training + two years of support. Learn more & register here: 
  • Are you #DoS certified? @PEARImpact offers recertification! Learn more & register: 
  • If you’re an educator new to #STEM, don’t miss the ACRES “Asking Purposeful Questions” cohort this summer and fall! → 
MGM August: Transformative Practices

Equity & Inclusion

  • The new Access to STEM Framework, unveiled at #GirlsBuildSolutions, is here! Learn more: 
  • Are you looking for resources on how to engage children with disabilities in #STEM? The STEM Innovation for Inclusion in Early Education Center can help: 
  • Do you need examples of diverse career role models for young women? @careergirlsorg has toolkits & lesson plans for teachers, mentors, families & more:

Engineering Mindsets (National Aviation Day – Aug. 19)

  • Take flight! This lesson plan for ages 8-12 explores how flight is possible. #NationalAviationDay 
  • Today is #NationalAviationDay! Check out these aerospace-related STEM resources for K-12 from @NASA! 
  • Happy #NationalAviationDay! Aero Educate is a teacher’s toolbox for aviation and #STEM activities – check it out: 

Role Models and Mentors (National Aviation Day)

  • Jasmine Sadler is a *dancing* rocket scientist and @IfThenInitiative ambassador! Learn more about her STEM journey: 
  • This #NationalAviationDay, check out this @GoldieBlox #MissionUnstoppable video on how planes stay in the air: 
  • Can a satellite drop from the sky into your backyard? Find out in this @GoldieBlox video! #NationalAviationDay
  • Want to make your own DIY model satellite? This activity sheet will guide you: #NationalAviationDay @GoldieBlox
  • This #NationalAviationDay we’re celebrating #WomenInSTEM! Nikki Sereika is a aircraft maintenance technician for @SouthwestAir – learn more about her career journey: 
  • Today is #NationalAviationDay! We’re celebrating Adele Luta, a scientist, innovator & physicist! Learn about her STEM journey: 


MGM August: Additional Professional Development
  • Interested in learning how to address STEM stereotypes in youth & young adults? Join National Girls Collaborative Project for a webinar on combating harmful stereotypes on October 13: