NY STEAM Girls Collaborative to join the National Girls Collaborative Project

The NY STEAM (New York Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) Girls Collaborative will host a Kick-Off conference, officially launching the statewide collaborative. The event will bring together representatives from organizations across New York State to discuss exemplary practices, develop new collaborations and share resources for connecting girls with programs in STEM.

Heather C. Briccetti, Esq., president and CEO of The Business Council, will take part in the event on Saturday October 25, 2014 from 9:30am to 5:00pm at the Hudson Valley Community College’s TEC-SMART 345 Hermes Road Malta, New York.

The NY STEAM Kick-off Conference is open to all individuals and organizations, including, but not limited to: after school providers, school administrators, engineers, technical professionals, business partners, members of professional organizations, K-12 educators, and university staff.

This one day conference will feature keynote and panel presentations by New York STEM practitioners, girls sharing their own experiences and thoughts on STEM, and a hands-on professional development training led by PBS Emmy Award winning SciGirls.

“The New York STEAM Girls Collaborative will serve as a clearinghouse for gathering educational resources, eliminating duplication of efforts and identifying gaps in education in these crucial areas,” said Jennifer Goodall, PhD Director, College of Computing and Information Women in Technology (CCIWIT) Program at the University at Albany and co-lead for the NY STEAM Girls Collaborative.

The purpose of the conference is to create a strong network of leading organizations and influential individuals that supports girls to succeed in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) activities across the state and to foster collaboration among those organizations.

Conference fee is $25 and includes lunch and parking. To register for the conference visit: http://www.ngcproject.org/ny-steam-kick-conference

NY STEAM Girls Collaborative is part of the National Girls Collaborative Project, which helps coordinate organizations that encourage girls to pursue STEM careers and studies. The vision of the NGCP 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). Too often programs that serve girls in STEM are limited in service and impact due to size, location, funding, expertise and equipment. In other cases, projects compete with each other, duplicating services and seeking the same resources. The National Girls Collaborative Project provides the opportunity for programs to increase their organizational capacity to maintain interest and participation of girls in STEM through collaboration.

NY STEAM Girls Collaborative Project is made possible by a grant from the National Girls Collaborative Project, a National Science Foundation funded project (HRD 0631789), in addition to contributions and collaboration from partners. NY STEAM is one of 30 collaborative groups serving 38 states; working to encourage girls to pursue STEM careers and studies.

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