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Event: Engineering for Girls. San Diego, August 7, 2010


Middle school girls are invited to experience the creativity and innovation of engineering and technology with fun hands-on activities at the University of San Diego, CA, on August 7, 2010. Come meet women engineers, scientist, and technologist and hear first-hand about their exciting careers. Cost: Free. Registration deadline: August 2, 2010.

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Event: Girls Discover Engineering, Columbus OH. October 16, 2010


At COSI’s Girls Discover…Engineering! program on Saturday, October 16, 2010 , girls will meet mentors from the Ohio State University’s Women in Engineering program; solve a Design Challenge; and take part in hands-on workshops led by women engineers. It’s day of teamwork that can lead to a lifetime of inspiration. Location: COSI, 333 West Broad Street, Columbus OH 43215. Eligibility: Girls in grades 6-8. Cost: $40.

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Young, Gifted–and Not Male?

Kindergarten BoyIf you’re young, gifted, and male, will your talents be overlooked? In New York City, boys comprise 51 percent of the student population; but in the city’s gifted kindergarten classes, fifty-six percent of the students are female, the New York Times reports. While boys have long lagged behind girls in high school graduation rates and college enrollment, educators fear that this new finding may suggest that gender disparity starts at a very early age, according to the Times.

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Get Students Doing, Science Chief Says

Office Of Science And Technology Policy logoWe can do better. That’s the bottom-line assessment of STEM education in the U.S. by John P. Holdren, the former Harvard physicist who now directs the Office of Science and Technology Policy, making him President Obama’s chief science advisor. “Too many of our children, particularly too many of our girls and minorities, are steering away from science and engineering, and we’re trying to address that.”

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Girls Take Up Crime Scene Detection

Crime SceneIt was Girls’ Night Out with a twist for 60 Pittsburgh-area girls investigating a mock crime scene. The hands-on forensics experience was part of a yearlong program at the California University of Pennsylvania that encourages young woman girls to pursue STEM careers.

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Math Gender Gap Disappears in U.S.

American girls have closed the mathematics gender gap. That’s the finding of a new study by the Center on Education Policy, which has been tracking gender differences among U.S. students in math and reading since 2002. While girls have traditionally trailed boys when it comes to math skills, particularly at the elementary school level, the study finds that boys and girls are now roughly equally proficient at math at all three levels: elementary, middle school and high school.

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Website: SciGirls from PBS

SciGirl is a new TV show and interactive website aiming to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers with an engaging combination of actual girls exploring real-world science and math alongside successful female mentors in the field – plus an online destination unlike any other where young viewers can share their own exciting ideas and projects.

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Website: National Girls Collaborative Project

The National Girls Collaborative Project (NGCP) aims 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. The NGCP Website information about regional NGCP organizations, mini-grants, webcasts, teaching resources, and Web links.

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Feature: Piercings, Not Pocket Protectors

“Piercings, Not Pocket Protectors,” an article from the April 2007 issue of Prism magazine, describes how a team of fun, hip “nerd girls” are seeking to change the stereotype of female engineers.

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