Gender Diversity in STEM or Girls, girls, Idaho Girls in STEM – check out my mind map for “girls only” STEM programs in Idaho.

Have I mentioned that I’m on the Leadership Team for the Pacific Northwest Girls Collaborative Project?  No?  Well then…

Back a few months ago I listened to a webcast about “Million Women Mentors”.  Well one thing led to another and I’m currently the Idaho representative for the Collaborative.  The Collaborative is also a STEM organization and specifically works on getting organizations to work together to offer programs to girls and women.  So as I’ve gone through all the programs on our resource list I’ve also tried to make an effort to track those that have separate programs geared especially for girls.

Here is the current mind map version (click to view larger):

Girls MindMap Idaho

Just a reminder that I’m sure this is not a complete list and I don’t have the resource page updated with all of them just yet.  Gives me more reasons for additional blog posts.  I also haven’t figured out how to draw links yet between programs that aren’t already related so there are more intertwining relationships between programs, sponsors, locations than are shown so you’ll have to imagine a whole spiderweb of connections especially from INL and Micron.

If you are the contact for one of these programs I’ll probably be in touch with you to get the information loaded up on the Girls Collaborative website or to check with you on the ones that are already there.  It’s a similar process to the STEM Idaho Pipeline in that you register the group yourself so that you can update as needed online but I can also get help behind the scenes with the database itself if needed.

If you have need of this graphic you are welcome to use it, I also have a pdf version here.  Girls STEM Idaho

And in case you are wondering, I created this with SimpleMind Mind Maps.   It’s a program that one of the teacher blogs I read talked about and I decided to try out.  They have a free Android & iOS versions but the PC version will cost me about thirty bucks if I decide to keep it.

Let me know what I’ve missed and if possible give me a web page or a facebook page that focuses on the program.




HS girls and teachers – Apply for Computing Award for Nat Center for Women & Information Technology by Nov 2 – State winners awarded BSU Scholarship $$$

Calling All Creative Coders, Hackers, Designers, and Technical Young Women and Teachers!

The National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) is sponsoring an Award for Aspirations in Computing which honors young women at the high-school level for their computing-related achievements and interests as well as great teachers! The Award offers both national and local “affiliate” competitions for students and a national program for educators. There are just 3 weeks left to apply for either NCWIT Award! Applications are being accepted online only at until November 2nd!

Student National Awardees receive:
• $500
• A laptop computer
• 2 engraved trophies–one to take home and one for the school’s trophy case
• a trip for the student & one parent attend the National Award ceremony in Charlotte, North Carolina on March 14-16

Student Idaho Awardees receive:
• $500-$1000 scholarships to study computer science at Boise State (for up to 4 years)
• 2 engraved trophies- one to take home and one for the school
• invitation for student, parents and teacher to attend an award ceremony at Boise State University on Tuesday March 3rd from 4-6 pm.
• lots of cool computer science swag!

Eduactor Awardees receive:
• $1000 for participation in a computing-related professional development activity
• engraved trophy
• invitation to attend an award ceremony at Boise State on Tuesday March 3rd from 4-6 pm.

NCWIT scholarshipNCWIT teacher

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Boise State gave out 12 state student awards and 1 teacher award in each of the last two years.

2013 Winners

2014 Winners

Contact Lynn Olson or 208-426-2686.

(Thank you Lynn for providing this information)