UWG to Play Pivotal Role in STEM Education for Girls

Monday, March 19, 2012

The University of West Georgia has been chosen as an affiliate of the National Girls Collaborative Project. This will allow UWG play a pivotal role in enhancing science, technology, engineering and mathematics projects geared toward girls.

The vision of the National Girls Collaborative Project is to bring together organizations throughout the United States that are committed to teaching and encouraging girls to pursue STEM careers.

As the Georgia affiliate, UWG will host a variety of free or low-cost professional development opportunities for educators, business professionals and organizations that serve girls in the state. The university joins nearly two dozen other collaborative projects, serving 33 states, established by the NGCP. The 12,800 participating organizations serve more than 5.3 million girls.

UWG will host an information meeting on April 2 in the Campus Center building, Ballroom 108. Program managers, guidance counselors, business and technical professionals, K-12 teachers, and representatives from professional organizations and higher education are invited to join us to learn about the National Girls Collaborative Project, meet new colleagues and to identify collaboration opportunities.

To register for the meeting, please contact Sherrita Rose at 678-839-5522 or sherrita@westga.edu.

Too often programs that serve girls in STEM are limited in service and impact because of size, location, funding, expertise and equipment. In other cases projects compete with each other, duplicating services and seeking the same resources.

The NGCP model brings organizations together to compare needs and resources, share information, and to plan ways to expand STEM-related opportunities for girls.

This model transforms the way practitioners and educators work to advance girls’ participation in STEM. Professionals learn how to work together to increase their respective organizations’ capacity to maintain the interest and participation of girls. Participants also learn effective engagement and outreach strategies for girls who are underrepresented in STEM.

To learn more about the National Girls Collaborative Project go to http://www.ngcproject.org/.