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The EdLab Group is a dynamic organization dedicated to educational innovation, developing and implementing programs and projects that create meaningful and widespread impact. We deliver programs statewide, regionally, nationally and internationally. Our staff have expertise in managing and scaling up large projects that include professional development for educators, informal educational experiences for youth, and exemplary practice dissemination for practitioners.
In an effort to ensure the most accurate measurement and mapping of state mobile broadband networks, EdLab Group's State Broadband Initiatives (known as LinkIDAHO and LinkWYOMING) are partnering with Mobile Pulse to provide an app that allows us to collect and analyze mobile broadband performance across the two states. The app is downloadable through the iTunes App Store and Google Play Store. It runs in the background and conducts performance tests periodically, sending the anonymous test results to a secure website. The assessment team will use the data, which validates the speed and connection capabilities of mobile broadband providers, to help state leaders and other key stakeholders in Idaho and Wyoming better understand, identify and compare performance across our state.
From programming lessons to building robot structures, and team building activities to lunch with female role models, the Project Splash camp held July 8-12, 2013 in Seattle, WA was a busy five days!
Sixteen high school girls from the greater Seattle area and two from Idaho attended a five-day course called "Project Splash: Girls Designing Robots for a Better World". Hosted by the UW Summer Youth Program and taught by instructors with the Pacific Northwest Girls Collaborative Project, this camp is part of a larger national initiative designed to encourage girls in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) using the WaterBotics curriculum.
Working in teams of four, girls built four underwater LEGO robots and completed various missions, including building a remotely operated robot that could descend to the bottom of the pool and collect objects. The girls also visited a nearby university lab which builds underwater robots for remote ocean exploration. They also had lunch with seven role models--graduate-level women in various science departments throughout the university.
After completing four missions and a series of learning activities that explored the engineering design process, the girls prepared for a final showcase for parents and friends at the end of the week. They demonstrated their engineering accomplishments and shared lessons learned about team work and communication. When a group of elementary school-aged campers came to visit, the girls excelled with their new found confidence and expertise and taught the younger visitors about the technology behind their robots and how to drive them in the pool.
This brief report highlights evaluation findings from approximately seven years of the National Girls Collaborative Project (NGCP). The report presents evidence on how NGCP has increased collaboration, sharing of resources, and knowledge and use of exemplary practices. For example, on average, NGCP event attendees connected with ten new people and 90% of attendees met somebody with whom they would like to collaborate. Seventy-three percent of 2012 Annual Survey respondents indicated NGCP that had increased their knowledge of exemplary practices related to serving girls in STEM and 75% of respondents had applied or planned to apply the practices to their work. This report also documents the impact of increased levels of collaboration and use of exemplary practices on girl-serving STEM programs, including increased efficiency and effectiveness. It was prepared by Evaluation & Research Associates, evaluators of NGCP. View a PDF of the publication.
The Pacific Northwest Girls Collaborative Project welcomed program managers, guidance counselors, business partners, technical professionals, K-12 teachers, and representatives from professional organizations and higher education to a professional development forum at Seattle University on May 13, 2013. The morning plenary featured a welcome address from Isiaah Crawford, Seattle University Provost, followed by a lively panel of undergraduate women majoring in STEM fields. After a speed networking activity and lunch, participants selected one of two afternoon breakout sessions: "Teach your staff and volunteers to facilitate science inquiry" or "Who wants to give you money - and why?"
Stephanie Lingwood (Girls Scouts of Western Washington) and Dr. Jen Sorensen (Seattle University) co-presented a highly engaging and interactive workshop based upon their NSF-funded project, "Inquiry in the Community." Participants experienced project curriculum which included designing, building, and testing paper parachutes. Participants also had the opportunity to identify specific behaviors staff and volunteers who work with kids can use to promote scientific inquiry.
In the concurrent session, Susan Howlett helped participants discover twenty sources of sustainable funding they may not have approached in the past, and how to find support year after year. They left her session with clearly identified prospects and the specific things to deliver to funders. Susan illustrated her recommendations with actual success stories and practical strategies for sustainability.
To close the forum, everyone reconvened to share takeaways from the breakout sessions. Participants left with many new connections and opportunities for collaboration to increase impact and engage girls in STEM.