Encourage Girls in your team to attend in events listed in the enclosed MAGIC Newsletter. Lots of events are scheduled during the National Engineers Week Feb. 17 -23. Majority events are free and are hosted by Universities in your area..
FTC Ring it Up Team Scrimmages and Demos
Hello NOVA FLL teams if you are graduating from FLL or like to know more about the FIRST Tech Challenge, then see the info below.
GW Community School and Coyote Robotics will be hosting a free Ring It Up! practice scrimmage at their school on
Monday, February 18, from 2:00PM until 6:00PM The school
address is 9001 Braddock Rd, Suite 111, Springfield, VA 22151. Due to limited space as their School is small, RSVP Gary Lindner at [log in to unmask]
Desh Deshmukh Ex- FLL Coach and GMU Tournament Coordinator
Mentor, FTC Team 6029 - Robowiz
Shenandoah Qualifier & VA State Finalist
Connect Award Finalist, PTC Design Award Finalist & Think Award Winner
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While there learn about this year's Essay Contest for girls in grades 3-12. The theme is -- 2013 Engineering: Essential to Your Health. Entries due March 1, 2013.
Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day
Thursday, February 21, 2013
Every year 'Girl Day' gives thousands of
women engineers, and their male peers, the chance to directly mentor more than one million girls and young women in grades K -12. Get free planning tips, event ideas, and resources:
Women in Engineering and Technology: Inspire. Inform. Change the World" is the theme of the National Engineers Week Foundation's annual Global Marathon. Set for March 6-8, 2013, the Marathon is a free, worldwide online forum for women in engineering and technology to meet virtually and share their stories of personal, educational, and professional challenges and successes. For the whole story, including schedule and registration information, click here.
February 17-23, 2013
The National Engineer Week Foundation's signature program, Engineers Week celebrates the positive contributions engineers make to society and is a catalyst for outreach across the country to kids and adults alike. Engineers Week is part of many corporate and government cultures and is celebrated on every U.S. engineering college campus.
Visit the National Engineer Week Foundation website to learn about events, resources, volunteer kits and more!
Family Day at the National Building Museum
Saturday February 16, 2013
The festival features dozens of hands-on activities provided by local engineering chapters and national organizations. Every year at the start of Engineer's Week, the impressive main hall of the National Building Museum is taken over by thousands of children of all ages experiencing the excitement of engineering, not to mention slime. Visit the website here.
Digital Learning Day
The second annual Digital Learning Day --to be held on February 6, 2013-- is building upon the momentum of its first year through a drumbeat of positive messages, resources, and educational materials in digital learning topic areas. Stay up-to-date with all the exciting things happening leading up to Digital Learning Day here.
Click the links below to learn more about us and our partner organizations.
Listening to President Obama's Inaugural address - from the warmth and comfort of our living rooms - We heard MAGiC's mission. He told the audience we couldn't work alone to solve problems (collaboration!). Next, he spoke directly to our issue. He said "No single person can train all the math and science teachers we'll need to equip our children for the future."
Politics aside we cannot agree more and we know you all are hard at work to change the face of STEM to include girls.
Inboxes overflow but please take a few minutes to review our newsletter. And, please let us know your thoughts and how we can assist you.
Paige E. Smith
Virginia Museum of Natural History's Collaborative Fall
STEM + Girls Programs
The Virginia Museum of Natural History hosted its first STEM-related sleepover to 38 girl scouts from the Skyline Council of Virginia on October 12 - 13, 2012. After a pizza dinner, the scouts participated in a panel discussion on STEM careers with four representatives from local organizations including the Science, Engineering, Math, and Aerospace Academy (SEMAA) at Martinsville City Schools and New College Institute. Ms. Helen Howell, Director of the local chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers, and Ms. Laurie Witt from SEMAA led two challenging math, engineering, and space science activities, Passion for Pixels and Mars Rovers. The Passion for Pixels activity demonstrated how to send digital signals using grid paper and pencils. The Mars Rover activity challenged the girls to build the most inexpensive rover that would land safely on a rocky surface. Feedback from surveys
given to the scout leaders indicated that the event raised awareness of gender equity in STEM fields and provided positive female role models for the girls. Funding was made possible through Girls RISEnet.
Family Fun: STEM Style
The Virginia Museum of Natural History hosted a family oriented event for 23 third through fifth grade girls from the YMCA and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Martinsville and Henry County on December 7, 2012. During a pizza dinner, the girls and their families participated in a Skype session with Dr. Rachel Sipler from the Virginia Institute of Marine Sciences. Dr. Sipler spoke about her science research on microorganisms in the Antarctic and Arctic. After the Skype call, the girls and their families rotated through eight activity stations staffed by local STEM professionals from Patrick Henry Community College, Henry County and Martinsville City Public Schools, Institute of Advanced Learning and Research,
National Society of Black Engineers and the Virginia Museum of Natural History. In addition, each girl received items to take home such as an environmental science kit and a flash drive containing video games to explore math. Funding was made possible through Girls RISEnet.
Ship to Shore Girl Scout Sleepover
On December 15, 2012, scouts and leaders from the Girl Scout Councils from New York, New Jersey, and Virginia engaged in exploring STEM activities and careers in the Ship to Shore Science program. Each scout earned a "Ship to Shore" patch and scouts and scout leaders participated in a multi-site Skype call to the JOIDES Resolution (JR) stationed in Costa Rica preparing to set sail on Expedition 345 to drill into the ocean crust in the Pacific Ocean. The Skype call was designed for participants to see the inside and outside of the ship including the science labs and drilling systems and find out more about the exciting work that goes on aboard the JR. Girls from each site interacted with the staff of the JR and asked their own questions about life aboard a scientific research vessel while learning about the careers of the scientists and crew members. In addition, the scouts participated in activities that explored the study of microscopic marine organisms and fossils. The experience was designed to be an inspiration, perhaps transformational experience, for the participants to generate greater interest, enthusiasm, and appreciation for science and serve as a model for other informal organizations to provide more collaborative educational programs to support STEM education and careers in STEM-related fields. Funding was made possible through the Consortium for Ocean Leadership and the Deep Earth Academy education program.
For more information contact Glenda Hairston, Out of School Education Coordinator, VMNH.
The How and Why: Power in Collaborative Messaging
Numerous programs and initiatives have focused on increasing gender equity in STEM fields, but many of these programs and their staff are isolated from others doing similar work and do not benefit from sharing of resources or exemplary practices as is necessary to make large-scale impact.
MAGiC brings us together to provide more effective opportunities for girls in STEM.
By creating partnerships with others that serve girls and women in STEM, organizations can generate and carry out creative solutions and strategies that maximize the benefit beyond what one project or organization could accomplish alone, potentially reducing duplication of effort and organizational isolation while at the same time, increasing efficiencies and promoting sustainability of recruitment and retention efforts.
Determine your product:
Are you a service? A set of resources? A volunteer or mentor? A club? A conference? What are you, and how can you promote yourself?
What do you have to offer? What makes you unique? What is your history and experience that makes your product valuable?
Who have you already worked with? Who are your supports?
What do you know how to do? How can you share it?
What are your goals? Do you want a job out of this? Do you want to provide resources to the world? Do you want to be part of academic research? Do you want funding?
Determine your target audience:
Is it the community? Do you want to change attitudes? Get more resources or funding?
Is it parents? Do you want them to work with their children differently?
Is it the education establishment? Do you want schools to change? Do you want to help teachers?
Is it children? Do you want them to experience new things? To try on careers?
Is it professional colleagues? Do you want real-world mentors for your programs or conferences?
Prepare your materials:
Be sure that your information matches your purpose. For example, if you intend to provide resources, be sure to create a professional-looking Web site with plenty of storage.
Collect and archive everything you may want to share or refer to digitally. Use a professional scanner and label things clearly.
Consider creating an email account and/or a Twitter name specifically for this purpose. This makes the message more direct. For example, using a Twitter name such as @girlsinstem is more professional and is more easily found than @loveskittens.
If you plan to use Facebook, remember that Facebook regulations clearly state that users must be over 13 years of age. This is not a recommended site for use with children under that age.
If you want to share information publicly, be sure to keep it public, not locked behind the firewall of an educational institution or company intranet.
Get ready to communicate:
Prepare a 3-4 sentence "elevator speech" telling what you do and what you want.
Memorize it and practice it often.
Prepare business cards with your organization, email, phone, and Web site, Twitter handle, and Facebook page if applicable.
Join LinkedIn and join the groups pertaining to the topic you are promoting.
Join Pinterest under the name of your product.
Update your Web site and LinkedIn frequently and make sure that new items/events are highlighted.
Maintain resume, bio, CV and/or portfolio regularly so that it is available when needed, including awards, articles, grants and
Obtain references, quotes, testimonials and other relevant credentials.
Volunteer to serve on committees and boards if you can fully commit-otherwise, do not even begin.
Stay current in your field, continue learning.
Create key alliances and partnerships - align with people you admire/respect.
Join and participate in online forums related to the topic you are promoting-become a familiar name with important things to say.
Offer to write for local and regional newspapers, and to present at conferences.
Determine your goals and go after them:
Be concise and assertive - say what you have to offer, and state what you need and want for your product
Never miss an opportunity to promote your product
Be open to other points of view and suggestions
Be strategic and professional - do not undermine other organizations - think about the big picture and the population you are serving.
Be your own advocate & know when to reach out to key contacts for support.
MAGiC supporters, advisors and advocates are all concerned with the same thing: helping girls and women become more interested and involved in the STEM fields. So, we need to be sure that we are consistent with our messages when we promote our programs or resources. Most importantly, work together. The research shows that collaboration works!
For more information contact Laura Reasoner Jones, GEMS Club Founder and MAGiC Leadership Team Member here.
MAGiC Participates in Take-apart Day at NoVa
Armed with screwdrivers, pliers and safety glasses, 14 Terraset Elementary School's fifth-grade girls came to Reston's newly opened NoVa Labs to take apart non-functioning computers, scanners and yes, even a large office copier to see what makes it tick.
"I had a blast," said Gracie Quinonez, "I've never taken anything apart. This was cool!"
NoVa Labs is a non-profit makerspace in Reston, VA that provides a community workshop where people can learn, teach and collaborate on creative and technical works, and to promote the usefulness of competence in the technical arts.
On Saturday January 19th, NoVa partnered with the Mid-Atlantic Girls Collaborative (MAGiC) to engage girls in their program. NoVA Labs president, Brian Jacoby ran the event with the help from other Lab members.
After being assured that they couldn't break equipment that was already inoperative, the girls (and some boys) started in earnest. "Being able to use tools safely is the first step. It's key to opening up these things and learning about their mechanisms and how they work. This set of machines were all beyond repair, but perhaps next time something breaks around their house, they'll be thinking about how it might be fixed", Brian said. "We told the girls to leave your hammers at home", her said. "Otherwise, it was take apart to your heart's content."
-Posted January 21, 2013 in the Reston Patch Blog.
Student Engineers and the Newspaper Table Challenge
Students working on the Challenge, Herndon Elementary School, Fairfax, VA
Herndon Elementary School's Elizabeth Gibson, oversees a STEM Lab and teaches advanced academics. Gibson attended MAGiC's September training went back to her school and within a few weeks challenged the 4th & 5th graders to build a paper table -- one of the cool Design Squad Nation activities. Thanks to Gibson for showing us how professional training works!
Mark Your Calendar: Upcoming STEM Events Across the Region
Girl Scout Engineering Saturday @ UMD
February 9, 2013 || College Park, MD
Contact: Elizabeth RemmersPhone: 301-405-0315Website:GSES
Address: 1131 Glenn L. Martin Hall, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742 This program is for local Girl Scout troops in Maryland and the Washington metropolitan area. Cadettes and Seniors (grades 6-12) engage in fun hands-on activities and earn the Building a Better Future Project patch. This program is offered twice a year in February and October.
Date: February 9, 2013, 9:00 am - 1:30 pmAges: Grades 7-12Fees: $10 upon acceptance into the program.
Explore Engineering for High School Women
February 22-23, 2013 || Sweet Briar, VA
Contact: Dr. Hank Yochum or Paulette Porter-Stransky
Explore Engineering event is a weekend engineering design courses for high school women. SBC events are built around hands-on,team-based design projects that emphasize creativity. No engineering experience is needed to attend. We have now completed four full years of Explore events! More than 200 high school women have attended one or more of our events. Students have fun while working with engineering faculty and students. These events are a great way to see what engineering is all about - and to experience campus life at Sweet Briar.
Address: Great Hall in Levering Hall, JHU Homewood Campus, Baltimore, MD
The Ready Set Design! program provides introductory engineering experiences for middle school girls in the Baltimore area, through half-day weekend programs at the Johns Hopkins University campus. In each session the girls will first learn about the engineering design process and about the theme of that session's activities. Then, the students will split into groups to work on the group design projects. Each group will design a device to perform a specific task related to the theme of the session. Creativity is encouraged - every idea is worth exploring! Girls will also have the opportunity to interact with Johns Hopkins engineering students, as well as to meet local women who have found success and fulfillment in exciting engineering careers.
Address: 1131 Glenn L. Martin Hall, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742 Gender diversity in the field of engineering continues to draw national attention. Since 1996, the United States has seen a decreasing number of women enrolling as first-year students in engineering. In the Clark School, we are working hard to reverse that trend. We jumped from a class of 16.5% women in 2005 to more than 20% women now. Our goal is to reach 30% in five years. Programs like the WIE DREAM Conference help by showing students that engineering is not only an exciting career, but also one that is critical to improving our society and lives around the world.Date: February 23; 9:00 am - 2:30 pmAges:
High school and community
college studentsFees: There is no cost associated with this program.
Expanding Your Horizons @ JMU
March 16, 2013 || Harrisonburg, VA
Contact: Dr. Katie QuertemousPhone: 540-568-6209Website:EYH at JMU
Address: Memorial Hall, 395 South St., James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA 22801
Expanding Your Horizons (EYH) is a free one-day conference aimed at girls in grades 7-10. The girls each participate in exciting, hands-on workshops organized by JMU mathematics and statistics faculty and attend a keynote speech by a prominent woman scientist. The goals of the conference are to stimulate the participants' interest in math and science through these hands-on activities, to provide them with female scientist role models, and to foster awareness of opportunities in math and science-related careers. While the workshops are aimed at young women in grades 7-10, all young women in grades 6-11 are invited to attend. Parents and teachers are invited to accompany their students to all of the activities. All participants will receive a free breakfast and
students receive a free t-shirt for participating.
Dates: March 16; 9:30 am - 3:00 pm Age: 6th - 11th grade girls and their parentsFees: Free.
Address: Kossiakoff Center, 11100 John Hopkins Rd, JHU Applied Physics Laboratory, Laurel, MD 20723
The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) is hosting a free introduction to careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) for middle and high school girls. "Girl Power: Reach for the Sky" is a partnership between APL, the Women's Giving Circle of Howard County and the Maryland Space Business Roundtable. This is the fifth annual Girl Power event, which last year attracted nearly 750 girls and their parents. Attendees will have opportunities to meet and talk with professional women in their fields of interest, participate in hands-on STEM activities and see displays on careers in aerospace, computer science, electrical engineering, geology, information technology, engineering, space science and more. A science show will also
science can be fun.
Dates: March 17; 2-5 pm Ages: Middle and high school girls and their parents. Fees: Free, no registration required.
This hands-on day will introduce girls to various aspects of Science, Technology and Engineering in a dynamic, fast-paced, and project based way. The day will begin with an explosive chemistry demonstration. The girls will then be split into
teams with Midshipmen mentors, who will accompany the teams as they attend three modules led by female USNA STEM faculty and staff.
Anticipated modules include: Biometrics, Robotics, and Biophysics and Anatomy of the Heart. And there are many more to be announced later! The day will end with an exciting and informative tour of the universe in the Naval Academy's Planetarium.
Dates: March 23, 8:00 am - 12:30 pm Ages: grades 6-8 Fees: Free, registration required limited to first 110 registrants.
KEYs to Empowering Youth @ UMD
April 6, 2013 || College Park, MD
Contact: Elizabeth RemmersPhone: 301-405-0315Website:KEYs
Address: 1131 Glenn L. Martin Hall, University of
Maryland, College Park, MD 20742 This science and technology mentoring program for 11-13 year old girls is designed to provide them with the opportunity to meet and work with women studying and working in science and engineering. The KEYs program
provides interactive, hands-on activities that stress the importance of engineering, science and technology and their impact on society.
Date: April 6; 9:00 am - 3:00 pmAges: Girls ages 11-13Fees: $20 upon acceptance into the program.
GET IT 2013: Fly Into Your Future
June 17-21, 2013 || Annapolis, MD
Contact: Dr. Angela MoranPhone: 410-293-6534Website:USNA STEM
Address: 590 Holloway Rd, US Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD 21402 Engineering touches every aspect of our lives. Sign up now for Fly Into Your Future. This year's camp will explore the physics and mechanics of flight. The week long day camp includes design challenges and competition, team building activities, tours of labs and research areas, networking with professional female engineers.Dates: June
17-21, 9am - 4pmAges: Girls in grades 7-10.
C-Tech2 - Computers & Technology at Virginia Tech
June 30 -July 13, 2013 || Blacksburg, VA
Contact: Susan Arnold ChristianPhone: 540-231-3973Website:CTech2
Address: 215 Hancock Hall, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA 24061 Virginia Tech's College of Engineering invites rising junior and senior high school girls to participate in a program called C-Tech2 - Computers and Technology at Virginia Tech. A primary focus of the program is to help
develop and sustain the interests of women in engineering and the sciences. The program allows young women to explore applications of engineering, math, and science in a way that is fun and exciting. They will spend the
majority of their time involved in hands-on activities designed to increase their interest in and knowledge of applications of engineering, math, and science to real world situations. Dates: June 30 -July 13. Application deadline April 30th.Ages: junior & senior girls.Fees: $1000/2 weeks; full and partial scholarships are available.
Address: 1131 Glenn L. Martin Hall, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742 This is a summer STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) camp for rising 4th and 5th grade students. Piloted in the summer of 2009, this one-week commuter camp is an exciting opportunity for girls and boys to learn more about STEM through a variety of fun, hands-on activities!Dates: July 8-12, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm Age: Entering the 4th or 5th grade in fall 2012Fees: $325 upon acceptance into the program. Fee is subject to
Exploring Engineering at UMD (E2@UMD): Women in Engineering
Address: 1131 Glenn L. Martin Hall, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742 A summer
program for high school women (rising juniors or seniors) who are considering engineering as a possible major and career. Students live on campus for one week and explore the world of engineering through fun hands-on activities, laboratory experiments, informative workshops, team design challenges, and seminars with professional engineers. Please visit the E2@UMD website for application information. Dates: Section I: July 7-13
Section II: July 14-20 Applications are now available online.Age: For rising 11th or 12th grade high school women interested in math, science and engineering.Fees: The cost of the program is $900 per student subject to change. This fee covers all
expenses except transportation to and
from the University of Maryland and spending money.
Address: 1131 Glenn L. Martin Hall, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742 This is a one-week commuter summer camp for rising 7th and 8th graders who are interested in math, science, and engineering. This is an excellent opportunity for participants to work alongside current University of Maryland students in a variety of science and engineering related activities such as finding out how much force it takes to break an aluminum bar, building a wind-powered vehicle, and understanding the ideas behind reverse engineering. Dates: Section I: July 15-July 19, 9:00 am-3:30 pm, Section II: July 22-July 26, 9:00-3:30 pm. Applications for Stepping Stones to Your Future are now available online. Full and partial scholarships available based on financial need.Ages: 7th & 8th grades
Fees: $350 upon acceptance into the program. Fee is subject to change.
Address: 1131 Glenn L. Martin Hall, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742 Students are given the opportunity to spend 1-2 days learning and applying principles related to a particular engineering discipline at the University of Maryland. See website for application. Dates: TBA. Check website for more information. Applications for the WIE LEAD Academies will be posted online in the Spring. Age: Rising juniors and seniors. Talented rising sophomores may be accepted on
a case by case basis. Fees: Each academy is $50 subject to change.
Mark Your Calendar: Upcoming STEM Conferences and Webinars
The Mid-Atlantic Girls Collaborative Project is a collaborative effort funded through the National Girls Collaborative Project and the National Science Foundation. Organizations involved with the leadership of the Mid-Atlantic Girls Collaborative include University of Maryland Women in Engineering (WIE) Program. To learn more click here.