Booster Packs, Resources & Trainings

Booster Packs

Booster Packs are direct support and resources to Network Staff, Moonshot Partners, Program Providers, and/or Field Staff that go deeper into Moonshot transformative practices in order to shift practice at the program level. Booster Packs are focused on the following transformative practices: 1) equity and inclusion, 2) engineering mindset, 3) role models, mentors, and families, and 4) STEM transitions and handoffs. Booster Packs will provide capacity building through no cost professional development for Network STEM and Moonshot Partners or no cost training and curriculum for Program Providers and Field Staff.

Explore the Booster Packs and submit an interest form for open opportunities. 

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Click 2 Engineering Million Girls Moonshot Booster Pack

This community of practice is a component of Click2Engineering, an asynchronous, module-based online professional development program for out of school time (OST) educators. Participants in this community of practice get to be a part of developing future learning experiences and will have special access to existing Click2Engineering resources, including new curriculum and one-on-one coaching opportunities!

Learn more and complete the interest form here. 

 

Family Engagement Community of Practice

CoP that shares promising practices, lessons learned, and resources for supporting families in STEM from out-of-school-time programs in various settings. Professional development options are intended to be research-informed and practical for immediate implementation.

Learn more and join here. 

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Curriculum and Training: Technovation Girl Challenge

Technovation empowers girls to use technology to solve real-world problems, building their 21st century skills critical to them beoming leaders and problem solvers.

Become a Technovation Moonshot Ambassador!

Learn more and complete interest form here.

 

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DiscoverE – Future City

Future City is an authentic project-based program that brings STEM to life for 6th, 7th, and 8th graders. Doing things that engineers do, kids build cities of the future showcasing their solution to a citywide sustainability issue. This year’s challenge — climate change. Throughout the fall, participants work in teams of at least three students, an educator, and volunteer mentor to bring their vision of their future city to life. They will imagine what it’s like like to walk down the main street of a city 100 years in the future. What do they see, hear, smell, and feel? From this starting point, they will design a futuristic city with innovative solutions to some of today’s most pressing sustainability issues. Educators will receive a step-by-step guide, an electronic dashboard, 30+ activities, STEM mentor and be eligible for a regional competition.

 

Learn more and complete interest form here.

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Curriculum and Training: Techbridge Girls

Leveraging their 20- year history and expertise, Techbridge Girls enables girls from low-income communities to navigate the many roadblocks and inequitable systems that prevent them from persisting and excelling in STEM. They are experts at equipping educators (in-school teachers, nonprofit youth leaders, or volunteers) to create more access for girls to high-quality STEM enrichment experiences. Our program models provide hands-on experiences, with broad STEM content and career exposure, and social/emotional development activities. The programs also engage parents and are supported by rigorous evaluation. Educators delivering our program content receive a full complement of our training, pre-kitted materials/materials lists, and ongoing technical assistance.

Learn more and complete interest form here.

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Teen Science Cafe

Teen Science Cafes are an ideal way of introducing youth to STEM careers that are hiding in plain sight in their rural communities—careers like engineering, disaster response, cybersecurity, advanced manufacturing, and aviation. The goal of this project is to impact underserved rural youth by cultivating a mindset among teens that STEM IS EVERYWHERE.

Together, we will evaluate the impacts of participating in the TSC program using surveys that explore STEM attitudes, identity, and interest in STEM careers. Through participating in TSCs, we anticipate that teens will engage in more STEM outside of school, be able to identify the opportunities for doing STEM in their regions, and learn from STEM professionals about career pathways within their community and beyond. They will also develop leadership skills as they help design and implement Teen Science Cafés.

Learn more and complete interest form here.

 

 

 

System Building: Computer Science Community of Practice

The National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) and its partners are offering the Networks support through a Community of Practice series taking a deep dive into the Capacity Building Roadmap and equipping participants with the tools they need to advocate for the importance of computing education in their communities.

Learn more and complete interest form here.

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Afterschool Math Plus Curriculum and Training

In this workshop series, participants will be introduced to evidence-based strategies to support students in developing a positive math identity by exploring mathematics in everyday experiences. The highly engaging, hands-on experiences of After-School Math Plus (ASM+) also build students’ awareness of the importance of math skills for future educational choices and career options. The program engages students in grades 3-8 who are attending out-of-school-time programs.

Learn more and complete interest form here.

No Cost Training  and Curriculum

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ACRES 2022 Opportunities

Questions are the beginning of a path towards discovery, imagination, and STEM exploration. How can we help youth expand and clarify their thinking and develop their reasoning through the questions we ask them? This module is a great way to train new summer staff on how to facilitate STEM learning. Experienced educators also love being part of a cohort as a way to connect with other educators across the country, to learn new lesson plans, and to reflect on practice.  This is our introductory module and a prerequisite to other opportunities. *The expectation is that you will be live at all three sessions and an active member of this coaching cohort.

 

Learn more about opportunities in July, August, and September

Pear STEM Quality Improvement

STEM Program Quality Improvement Training

The Dimensions of Success Program Planning Tool (DoS-PPT) is a free resource for facilitators of out-of-school and in-school STEM learning programs. The planning tool provides a brief introduction to each dimension of the DoS framework, sample videos, and examples to guide the use of DoS when preparing activity plans for youth. The tool is written without research jargon or assumed expertise in STEM and is meant to reach a wide range of audiences.

 

Register by July 26th for a FREE two-day training August 2nd and 4th

 

Learn more and register here

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Resources

 

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Measuring the Moonshot: Data Toolkit

The Moonshot Data Toolkit is designed to provide the 50 Afterschool State Networks engaged in the Million Girls Moonshot (MGM) initiative an at-a-glance overview of Moonshot data collection tools. Grantees of the MGM are responsible for preparing semi-annual grantee reports, distributing surveys to afterschool and summer programs connected to the Moonshot, and using a common set of survey questions with participants in professional learning communities or other in-depth learning experiences. The content of this document is designed to provide Grantees with the support needed to uphold this responsibility.

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Field Guide: to Host a Community of Practice – Bright spots and opportunities, challenges and lessons learned

How can we support a child’s interest that starts in a summer robotics camp or in an afterschool coding program? Family engagement is the “secret sauce” to sustain engagement in STEM. And yet, most organizations offer limited opportunities for families. And, the kinds of family engagement offered, are not always built upon practices that address the needs and assets of youth and families.

STEM Next created the Family Engagement Project so that every family in every community has the chance to explore STEM and every caregiver can support their child’s sense of wonder. With this Project, we developed a suite of resources including a white paper for practitioners, a guide for funders, and case studies and blogs that highlight promising practices to support family engagement. While these resources have been well received, we received requests for help to put them into action and take family engagement to the next level. Our response has been to offer professional development through communities of practice that build capacity for impactful and equitable family engagement.

Download the Field Guide 

A Toolkit: Recruiting Volunteers For Your Youth

VolunteerMatch and STEM Next Opportunity Fund are excited to announce their partnership to bring more STEM experts to youth-serving organizations to volunteer in a variety of ways.

Whether your organizations need STEM mentors, event support (like project judges or speakers), or technical assistance with a project (like web development), the volunteers available through this partnership are committed STEM professionals working in some of the world’s most notable companies.

This toolkit contains resources Networks or large organizations can use to introduce programs to the VolunteerMatch/STEM Next platform, get them registered, and begin posting volunteer opportunities!

Access the Toolkit Now!

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Overdeck Family Foundation

Our grantmaking and strategic support focus on unlocking innovation, evidence, and growth opportunities for organizations and researchers that are committed to accelerating key academic and socioemotional outcomes for all children from birth through 9th grade.

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The National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE)

The National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) is one of the largest student governed organizations in the world, with the steadfast mission of increasing the number of culturally responsible Black Engineers who excel academically, succeed professionally and positively impact the community. NSBE’s Pre-College Initiative (PCI) is designed to stimulate interest in STEM among K-12 students through local and national programs such as NSBE Jr. and the Summer Engineering Experience for Kids (SEEK).

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Million Women Mentors (MWM)

Million Women Mentors, the premiere network of corporate, postsecondary, nonprofit, government and K-12 organizations dedicated to supporting girls and women around the world to pursue, persist and succeed in STEM careers.

Both a national and local effort, Million Women Mentors State Committees serve to connect and amplify the efforts of mentor and mentee organizations committed to advancing girls and women in STEM.

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JOIN THE GIRLS WHO CODE MOVEMENT!

We are an international non-profit leading the movement to close the gender gap in tech through FREE and flexible computer science resources for your community!

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The National Girls Collaborative Project

We are a network of networks. The National Girls Collaborative Project (NGCP) brings together organizations committed to informing and encouraging girls to pursue careers in STEM. 

NGCP connects, creates, and collaborates with advocates for transformative change to advance the agenda in gender equity and expand girls’ participation in STEM. For 20 years, we have been transforming STEM.

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Building and Leveraging Your Newsletter and Website to Support Million Girls Moonshot Outcomes

Looking to create a newsletter or update your website to support your Million Girls Moonshot initiatives? Join us and get started on creating your next newsletter and updating your website with a collection of tools, resources, and strategies focused on improving awareness, reach, and engagement of the Million Girls Moonshot Initiative across your state.

Download the Newsletter Design Workbook

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Closed Booster Packs

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Jobs for the Future

This Booster Pack is on-going for existing participants. It is closed for new inquiries. 

JFF drives transformation of the American workforce and education systems to achieve equitable economic advancement for all.

JFF offers services to support state and district offices, networks, and nonprofits in the launch, piloting, and scaling of Possible Futures in a variety of settings and contexts including STEM afterschool networks.

Learn more here.