Welcome to STEMCollaboration.org! This site serves as a portal to the innovative collaboration projects that EdLab Group leads and contributes to. These science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education projects are diverse and our role in each varies. For some projects, we lead them from inception to implementation, while in others, we support key professional development, event planning, or dissemination efforts. Our flagship project, the National Girls Collaborative Project (NGCP), is a featured partner in many of the projects highlighted here. We work with numerous partners to implement effective initiatives that create impact for students, teachers, and practitioners.

The NGCP Program Directory is a powerful online collaboration tool. This database of youth-serving organizations and programs allows users to share resources and learn from others who are working towards the goal of inspiring more women and girls to pursue STEM careers. The Directory includes valuable information such as contact information, program descriptions, population served, and service delivery. One unique feature of the Program Directory is that users can choose from a comprehensive list to specify resources available and resources needed, making it possible to connect with others to leverage existing resources. The Program Directory currently features over 3,400 active programs serving more than 8.3 million girls and 4.8 million boys.

The EdLab Group launched the FabFems project in March 2012, as a female role model initiative related to the National Girls Collaborative Project. The FabFems project was originally funded by the Motorola Solutions Foundation and has been identified by the White House Council on Women and Girls as a critical resource for connecting female scientists in federal agencies to local organizations seeking STEM role models. When girls have approachable role models and potential mentors (women in STEM who see their work as rewarding and relevant), their impression of what it means to be a STEM professional can change dramatically and they are more likely to pursue STEM courses and careers. Today, there are over 400 FabFems listed in the directory. The FabFems directory is accessible to young women, girl-serving STEM programs, and other organizations that are working to increase career awareness and interest in STEM.

The STEM Learning and Research Center (STELAR) is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and implemented by the Education Development Center, Inc. (EDC) with support from the EdLab Group. Building on EDC's years of experience managing the ITEST Learning Resource Center, STELAR will continue to support and build the capacity of the NSF’s ITEST (Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers) projects. The mission of STELAR is to build the capacity and magnify the results of ITEST projects. STELAR's work will also increase awareness of the ITEST program and broaden participation. The EdLab Group will support the social media, outreach, and broadening participation efforts, as well as share the impact of ITEST projects.

The National Role Model Directory is an initiative designed to facilitate connections between youth and STEM professionals. The Directory features male and female professionals from an array of STEM professions - people who are passionate about their work and strive to make the world a better place. The Directory features role models to inspire youth to learn about, and consider, careers in STEM.

In the third season of the Emmy-award winning television series, SciGirls, citizen science will be the primary focus, engaging millions of children in citizen science projects, revealing the rewards of discovery and deepening their engagement in science. SciGirls Season 3: Citizen Science leverages the National Science Foundation’s multi-year investment in both SciGirls and citizen science to address the ongoing and critical need to encourage more women to pursue STEM careers. Karen Peterson, EdLab Group CEO, serves as Co-Principal Investigator for this project and spearheads outreach efforts via the NGCP’s network.

The goal of all SciGirls initiatives is to inspire, enable, and maximize STEM learning and participation for all girls, encouraging greater interest in STEM careers. SciGirls CONNECT is a five-year scale-up project supported by the National Science Foundation. The project provides informal science practitioners with training and outreach materials that align with SciGirls episodes, as well as peer support, mentoring, and technical assistance. Karen Peterson, EdLab Group CEO, serves as Co-Principal Investigator and engages the NGCP’s Collaboratives in this project.

The Techbridge Role Models Matter: Scaling Up Outreach project is a five-year initiative funded by the National Science Foundation. Led by Techbridge, the project is also supported by the Society of Women Engineers, the NGCP, and Girl Scout Councils. Role Models Matter provides girl-serving organizations with role model resources, training, and curriculum to ensure that events featuring role models are impactful and effective. Four of NGCP’s Collaboratives are currently participating in this project, and have offered Role Models Matter events, trainings, and mini-grants.

WaterBotics is the curriculum content of the Build IT Scale-Up project (BISU), a 5-year National Science Foundation grant under the Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (ITEST) program. The project is sponsored by the Stevens Institute of Technology, in partnership with several community colleges, and Collaboratives from the NGCP. The WaterBotics program provides students at the middle and high school levels with an opportunity to use LEGO Mindstorms™ and basic principles of physics and engineering to design, create, and test submersible robots that are able to complete a series of sophisticated underwater tasks. NGCP staff adapted the WaterBotics curriculum and training, originally intended for formal education venues, to make it more engaging and accessible for students and educators in informal settings. The curriculum is being disseminated by partner sites through professional development training workshops and online support. Educators who complete the professional development training gain access to camp curriculum and are eligible to rent a materials kit from the NGCP. NGCP also supports dissemination efforts through their Collaborative network, and thus far, three Collaboratives have implemented WaterBotics programs.

The Leading Through Role Modeling Training event was a collaboration between the National Girls Collaborative Project, Techbridge, FabFems, Mid-Atlantic Girls Collaborative Project (MAGiC), and the U.S. Office of Personnel Management. Funded by the National Science Foundation, the event was held in February 2013. Partners provided training and resources to Federal employees who are interested in serving as role models for girl-serving STEM organizations. The NGCP also offered a follow-up technical assistance webinar.

At the USA Science and Engineering Festival, the National Girls Collaborative Project (NGCP) hosted a Girls Zone where girl-focused organizations join together and lead hands-on STEM activities to engage girls. NGCP has hosted the Girls Zone at all three USA Science and Engineering Festivals in Washington DC, and provided technical support and coordination to participating programs. At the 2014 festival, NGCP collaborated with Girlstart, Techbridge, Expanding Your Horizons Network, and GAMES to make the Girls Zone the place for festival attendees to experience fun and engaging STEM activities.

The Computer Science Collaboration Project (CSCP), funded by the National Science Foundation, aims to build collaborations and maximize access to shared resources among K-12 educators, community-based organizations, higher education, and industry to increase participation and engagement of underrepresented youth in computer science. The CSCP also aims to increasing the capacity of K-12 computer science programs by supporting the application of exemplary practices in their programs. Building on the National Girls Collaborative Project’s innovative model, the CSCP offered in-person and online collaboration opportunities, mini-grants as an incentive for collaborative projects, and disseminated research-based exemplary practices via a website, webinars, and in-person professional development events.

National Girls Collaborative Project Program Directory
FabFems
STELAR
National Role Model Directory
SciGirls Season 3: Citizen Science
SciGirls CONNECT
Techbridge Role Models Matter
Waterbotics
Leading Through Role Modeling
USA Science & Engineering Festival
Computer Science Collaboration Project

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