LIGHTS ON AFTERSCHOOL
Lights On Afterschool
March marks the beginning of Women’s History month. What was originally known as “Women’s History Week” in 1982, has deservedly transformed over the years into an entire month aimed at recognizing and celebrating the contributions of women in our society, throughout history.
This month, the Million Girls Moonshot will pay tribute to the brilliant minds and contributions of female STEM leaders who have impacted not only their field, but the world around them in meaningful ways. In celebrating the lives of these women and Women’s History Month, we must realize that in order for our world to solve some of our biggest challenges — public health, climate change, and cybersecurity — we must remove barriers for girls and women in all STEM disciplines so they can truly thrive!
If you are interested in becoming involved in the Million Girls Moonshot in your state, please connect with your statewide afterschool network.
AUDIENCE: FOR NETWORK STEM/MOONSHOT STAFF, PARTNERS AND 2PROGRAM PROVIDERS
Toolkit: Girls STEAM Ahead with NASA Resources & Events Catalog - A searchable catalog of resources and events specifically catered to engaging girls in astrophysics and celebrating women in NASA and space history
Article: State of Girls and Women in STEM, March 2021- This NGCP resource presents a high-level summary of the most compelling statistics and research on the state of girls and women in STEM, focused on K-12 Education, Higher Education, and the STEM Workforce.
ASSETS FROM THE IF/THEN® COLLECTION
For Women’s History Month, theme “Women Providing Healing, Promoting Hope”
These assets feature IF/THEN Ambassador and microbiologist, Dr. Harshini Mukundan, and can be used in marketing, presentations, social media, and for conferences presentations.
These assets feature environmental scientist, Dr. Luz Claudio, and can be used in marketing, presentations, social media, and for conferences presentations.
Don’t know where to start in the IF/THEN Collection? Here are some tools to help you!
AUDIENCE: FOR PARTNERS AND PROGRAM PROVIDERS
Are you leading engineering activities in summer of 2022?
If you expect to be conducting an engineering camp or leading engineering activities for middle school youth this summer, you may be able to help with the Million Girls Moonshot (MGM) evaluation. In exchange for your assistance, we will provide $2,000 for program expenses and a $1,000 stipend for the facilitator.
Learn more about the opportunity HERE. Apply HERE by April 15, 2022.
AUDIENCE: FOR NETWORK STEM/MOONSHOT STAFF & AFTER SCHOOL EDUCATORS
ACRES is a nationally acclaimed coaching program that builds knowledge and skills so after school educators, librarians and anyone who works with youth in out-of-school settings can confidently facilitate Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) experiences for youth. More information found here.
April Cohort: Ready, Set, STEM! & Asking Purposeful Questions
Are you ready to bring meaningful STEM learning into your program? This module offers educators who are new to facilitating STEM the opportunity to build supportive relationships with other educators while exploring the principles of STEM learning. This module combines an introduction to STEM facilitation with the skill of Asking Purposeful Questions. *The expectation is that you will be live at all three sessions and an active member of this coaching cohort. Stipends are offered to participants who complete feedback surveys before and after a module.
Cohort dates and times are: Wednesdays April 27th, May 11 and 25th 10:00 - 11:30am EST
April Cohort: Elevating Youth Voice and Choice
How often do youth in your program get to choose what they’re investigating or designing, the materials they might use and/or how they engage with the work? In this module, participants try out strategies for elevating youth voice and choice and apply the ideas as they redesign a STEM activity to incorporate a greater variety of youth input.*This ACRES skill and cohort is designed for participants who have ideally already done either Asking Purposeful Questions of Ready Set STEM.
Cohort dates and times are: Tuesday April 26th, May 10 and 14th 9:00 - 10:30am EST
AUDIENCE: For Network STEM/Moonshot Staff, Partners, and Program Providers
APPLICATION: Share the following resources about transformative practices with partners and programs in your state. Use them to create professional development for afterschool programs and educators in your state.
Toolkit: Women's History Month | Managing American Spaces (state.gov) Resource Toolkit for Women’s History Month contains lesson plans, discussion guides, posters, social media, and movies about the struggle for women’s equality in the United States, as well as, women’s rights globally.
Toolkit: Math Equity Toolkit - This tool kit layers professional development into “Strides” that educators can take along a path to equitable education. Topics include Dismantling Racism in Mathematics Instruction and Creating Conditions to Thrive.
Professional Development Guide: The National Center for Quality Afterschool - Math in Afterschool - The National Partnership for Quality Afterschool Learning developed professional development guides for four content areas of the toolkit: literacy, math, technology, and the arts.
Activity Toolkit: Growing Math - Provides ready-to-roll-out lessons and games combining math, agricultural science and Indigenous history and culture that can be easily used in classrooms, via hybrid models or through distance learning. The project will provide resources, curriculum, training and tech support to teachers and students in Grades 3-8 at schools in six states: Arizona, Minnesota, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon and South Dakota. For schools in the region, all participation and resources are supported through USDA funds.
Website: Math Communities – Students, parents, and educators coming together to play with math! Math Communities creates a virtual community that provides free access to joyful collaborative activities designed by professional mathematicians and math educators for K-12 students, educators, and families. There are lots of ways to communicate with other folks interested in math.
Toolkit: Brokering Youth Pathways: A Toolkit for Connecting Youth to Future Opportunity from the Hive Research Network - This toolkit shares ways in which various out-of-school educators and professionals have approached the challenge of brokering. We provide a framework, practice briefs and reports that focus on a particular issue or challenge and provide concrete examples, as well as illustrate how our partners worked through designing new brokering routines in partnership with our research team.
AUDIENCE: For Programs and Youth
APPLICATION: Share the following STEM activities with programs and families for additional STEM learning in your state.
AUDIENCE: NETWORKS AND PROGRAMS
APPLICATION: Share the following training opportunities with partners and program leaders to build their understanding of engineering, equity and inclusion, and STEM.
AUDIENCE: For Networks and Partners
The Mizzen By Mott app delivers inspiring and engaging activities that spark learning in young people. Supported by the Mott Foundation, Mizzen is available at no cost to afterschool professionals! Encourage partners to download the Mizzen By Mott app to access STEM activities at your finger-touch! You’ll find it in Mizzen here.
Featured Activities & Playlists
To help students see themselves with a future in STEM and to broaden understanding of science history, it is important for students to learn about a diverse range of scientists and engineers. In...
The school year has started for many across the country, and the August assets from Million Girls Moonshot focus on opportunities and resources for Networks and partners to build the capacity of...
By Michael Compton, STEM Integrated Marketing Manager at National 4-H Council.
STEM refers to the four disciplines of science, engineering, technology, and mathematics. Research suggests that...
It was exactly 53 years ago astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin made history when they became the first human beings to set foot on the moon. This month the Million Girls...
In early May, congress officially took the biggest step in negotiating a competitiveness bill by naming 107 members of congress (26 Senators and 71 House members) to the conference committee charged...
During the month of May, the Million Girls Moonshot celebrates Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month (AAPI Heritage Month). Our country owes a lot of our success to many hardworking, innovative AAPI...
To help students see themselves with a future in STEM and to broaden understanding of science history, it is important for students to learn about a diverse range of scientists and engineers. In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, we highlight a few of the Hispanic and Latinx scientists and engineers...
BY: Chris Neitzey 09/20/22
The school year has started for many across the country, and the August assets from Million Girls Moonshot focus 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)...
BY: Chris Neitzey 09/01/22
By Michael Compton, STEM Integrated Marketing Manager at National 4-H Council.
STEM refers to the four disciplines of science, engineering, technology, and mathematics. Research suggests that using STEM learning opportunities in after-school educational settings is important to address the...
BY: Guest Blogger 08/15/22
In early May, congress officially took the biggest step in negotiating a competitiveness bill by naming 107 members of congress (26 Senators and 71 House members) to the conference committee charged with reconciling differences between the House’s COMPETES Act and the Senate’s USICA...
BY: Chris Neitzey 07/08/22
During the month of May, the Million Girls Moonshot celebrates Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month (AAPI Heritage Month). Our country owes a lot of our success to many hardworking, innovative AAPI computer scientists, engineers, and other STEM professionals. These assets will support Networks and...
BY: Chris Neitzey 05/10/22
This month the Million Girls Moonshot celebrates Earth Day and Environmental Education Week! Now is the time for all of us — education, business, and civic leaders — to take action on climate in order to preserve and protect our health, our families, and our livelihoods. To do this, we...
BY: Chris Neitzey 04/26/22
March marks the beginning of Women’s History month. What was originally known as “Women’s History Week” in 1982, has deservedly transformed over the years into an entire month aimed at recognizing and celebrating the contributions of women in our society, throughout...
BY: Chris Neitzey 03/10/22
Are you an afterschool practitioner looking for high-quality, cost-free curriculum to help your students develop computer science skills and explore engineering? Do you believe all students should have access to high-quality, cost-free programming where they can develop computer science skills...
BY: Charlotte Steinecke 03/03/22
The Million Girls Moonshot is excited to launch recruitment for the inaugural 2022 Moonshot Flight Crew. They are looking for youth advocates — young scientists, engineers, inventors, builders, and leaders who have been inspired by their experience outside of the school...
BY: Chris Neitzey 02/03/22
The Flight Crew is a cohort of youth advocates, ages 13-18, who are committed to creating equity for girls in STEM through elevating youth voices and inspiring future STEM leaders. We are looking for young scientists, engineers, inventors, builders, and leaders who have been inspired by their...
BY: Leah Silverberg 01/28/22
Audience: For programs and program staff in your state
Share with Network STEM Staff, Key Partners, and Program Leaders in your state interested in becoming Dimensions of Success Certified. More information found here.
Dimensions of Success (DoS) Certification...
BY: Chris Neitzey 01/14/22
December brings us the opportunity to reflect on our successes and explore how we might do more as we head into a new year. Below we bring you the December assets from the Million Girls Moonshot, and encourage you to share these resources with your networks and partners.
If you are interested in...
BY: Chris Neitzey 12/20/21
Photo courtesy of Million Girls Moonshot
Below are the November resources from Million Girls Moonshot. This month’s asset package includes resources to share and utilize related to the four transformative practices: equity and inclusion, engineering mindsets, role models, mentors and...
BY: Chris Neitzey 11/19/21
By Kate Straus, National Cyber Scholarship Foundation.
The digitized and online world we now live in has revolutionized how we work, seek entertainment, stay informed and connect with each other. Unfortunately, it has also revolutionized how cyber criminals can target us!
BY: Guest Blogger 12/03/21
Teen Science Cafe
The Teen Science Cafe is an opportunity for youth in rural areas to engage in conversations around STEM with each other and with a scientist, engineer, or inventor. Uniquely fitted to afterschool and out-of-school time programs, the goal of the Teen Science Cafe is to garner...
BY: Maria Rizo 09/30/21
BY: Leah Silverberg 09/02/21
This month’s resources from the Million Girls Moonshot offer tools and resources for programs looking to implement STEM learning in summer programming. This summer provides an opportunity to reintroduce the four transformative programming areas of the Moonshot: equity and inclusion,...
BY: Chris Neitzey 07/30/21
This month’s resources from Million Girls Moonshot continue the theme around role models and mentors, with new assets from the IF/THEN collection. April signifies the celebration of Earth Day and you’ll find a few Earth Day themed resources below. Please feel free to share these...
BY: Chris Neitzey 04/30/21
March is here, and while that may signal spring for some, it also means new resources from the Million Girls Moonshot! This month’s resources will continue a focus on diverse role models and how afterschool programs can incorporate STEM role models into programming efforts. You’ll find...
BY: Chris Neitzey 03/15/21
By Nisha Shanmugam Kokilam, STEM Program Supervisor, CORAL Expanded Learning Program, Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County. CORAL supports narrowing the opportunity gap in accessing STEM in the underprivileged neighborhoods of San Jose by offering free, innovative and high-quality programs...
BY: Guest Blogger 03/02/21
Welcome to the February installment of STEM resources from the Million Girls Moonshot. This month, Million Girls Moonshot resources are focused on diverse role models and mentors as a strategy to strengthen equity and inclusion in STEM programs. You’ll find podcasts, toolkits, and activity...
BY: Chris Neitzey 02/22/21
Every month we’ll be publishing a list of resources and activities for afterschool programs to better engage students in STEM. These monthly posts are developed with resources shared from our partners at the Million Girls Moonshot. If you are interested in becoming involved in the Million...
BY: Chris Neitzey 12/17/20
By Gemma Lenowitz, associate program officer for Inspired Minds at the Overdeck Family Foundation. This article was originally published on the Overdeck Family Foundation's website on November 30, 2020. It is reposted here with the author's permission.
Erica Fessia is vice president of...
BY: Guest Blogger 12/01/20
President Joe Biden was sworn into office on January 20, marking the beginning of a four-year term with the pandemic still front and center in the eyes of policymakers and the general public. The first steps for President Biden and Congress have been aimed at getting a handle on the pandemic, which...
BY: Chris Neitzey 02/16/21
By Stephen White, Vice President of External Affairs, Strategic Initiatives, and Business Development and Allie Greiwe, Director of External Affairs at the Center of Science and Industry (COSI) in Columbus, OH. This blog is a continuation of our series of case studies examining how informal STEM...
BY: Guest Blogger 12/10/20
The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) recently issued a challenge to engage the American public around one essential question - “How can we guarantee all Americans can fully participate in, and contribute to, science and technology?”
The Time is Now:...
BY: Chris Neitzey 11/05/21