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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.


Project Splash – Back for its Second Summer at the University of Washington

This summer the Pacific Northwest Girls Collaborative Project (PNWGCP) is partnering with the UW Summer Youth Program to offer its second annual Project Splash camp. Project Splash is an innovative, underwater robotics program for high school girls (entering 9th–12th grades).

Creativity and confidence thrive throughout this five-day camp. Girls create a community with like-minded friends as they explore engineering and programming activities. They take the lead, persevere through challenges, and learn and grow in teams. Project Splash challenges girls to design, build, program, test, and redesign underwater robots made of LEGO and other components. Throughout the week, participants will progress through a series of "missions" that culminate with amazing final designs.

Watch this video to learn more about the impact of Project Splash camps throughout the Pacific Northwest.

Are you a graduate student or professional with experience in mentoring, programming, science, engineering, or robotics? Email Nimisha at nghoshroy@edlabgroup.org to learn how you can be a camp mentor this summer (volunteer and positions with a small stipend are available).


National Girls Collaborative Project Celebrates Women’s History Month

Throughout the month of March, the National Girls Collaborative Project (NGCP) celebrated Women’s History Month by featuring a different STEM field each week and  highlighting women who have made or are currently making a significant impact in that field.

We kicked things off by celebrating Women in Aviation for the first week and featured one of the most famous women in aviation, Amelia Earhart.  We also featured FabFem and helicopter pilot, Stacy Sheard, and the first woman airplane designer E. Lillian Todd.  In addition to highlighting women in STEM, we honored NGCP partners and supporters that are working to support the next generation of women in these STEM fields. The Museum of Flight is a partner that works to inspire girls to pursue STEM careers through their innovative air and space exhibits, programs, and events.  For Women’s History Month they offered opportunities for girls to experience their first flight through the Fly it Forward program!

You can revisit all of the women, resources, and partners that we featured throughout the month by visiting our e-newsletter archive. The other STEM fields that we celebrated were Women in Energy & Climate Change, Women in the Maker Community, and Women in Earth & Space Science.


USA Science & Engineering Festival

The National Girls Collaborative Project is proud to be an official partner of the 3rd USA Science & Engineering Festival, to be held April 24-27, 2014 in Washington, D.C.

The USA Science & Engineering Festival Expo will host over 250,000 K-12 students and parents, over 5,000 teachers and over 3,000 STEM professionals, and will be the largest celebration of STEM! The festival is free and is perfect for teens, children and their families, and anyone with a curious mind who is looking for a weekend of fun and discovery.

NGCP is hosting a Girl Zone at the festival where a number of programs will be leading hands on activities that engage girls in STEM, including SciGirls, Girlstart, Expand Your Horizons, PCS Edventures, FabFems, and GAMES.

New this year: The Festival is hosting the U.S. News STEM Solutions conference, bringing in 2,500 STEM professionals from across the country and several science teacher associations including in thousands of teachers!

For more information, visit www.usasciencefestival.org.


A Pacific Northwest Girls Collaborative Project (PNWGCP) Conference Exploring Regional Opportunities for Girls in STEM

Over 140 individuals came together on Wednesday Dec 4, 2013 on the Microsoft campus in Redmond, WA for the PNWGCP Conference, “Exploring Collaborations: Successful Strategies for Increasing Equity and Access to STEM.”

The day started with an energetic welcoming keynote from Jenny Lay-Flurrie, Senior Director of Accessibility, Customer Partner Advocacy at Microsoft. It was followed by The Girl Perspective Panel, where seven local high school girls spoke not only on the importance of STEM role models but also on the need to increase efforts to counteract the stereotypes about girls in STEM still found in today’s high schools. The morning included opportunities for speed networking as well as a Girls and Gaming in Today’s World panel featuring key thought leaders in how game design can support girls’ aspirations for STEM career pathways. The afternoon was filled with deep discussions and thoughtful conversations as participants attended afternoon breakout sessions, which included roundtable discussions facilitated by researchers from the 2013 Afterschool Matters Fellowship, working sessions with leaders from Northeastern University's G.A.M.E.S. Initiative and a panel discussion, Strategies for Engaging Diverse Girls.

The event was hosted by the National Girls Collaborative Project and the Pacific Northwest Girls Collaborative Project, in partnership with Microsoft, the Institute for System Biology, the 2013 Afterschool Matters Fellowship program, and the Northeastern University's G.A.M.E.S. Initiative.

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