Great Plains Girls Collaborative Project

Girls holding water sample.The Great Plains Girls Collaborative Project brings together organizations throughout North and South Dakota that are committed to informing and motivating girls to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

Too often programs that serve girls in STEM are limited in service and impact due to size, location, funding, expertise, and equipment. In other cases, projects compete with each other, duplicating services and seeking the same resources. The Great Plains Girls Collaborative Project provides the opportunity for programs to increase their ability to maintain interest and participation of girls in STEM within North and South Dakota through collaboration.

The Great Plains Girls Collaborative Project is based upon a model developed by the National Girls Collaborative Project, and replicated through a grant from the National Science Foundation. Project activities are designed to facilitate connections between organizations to maximize access to shared resources. Collaboration, as an interactive process, enables professionals across projects and communities to generate and carry out creative solutions and strategies that maximize benefit beyond what one project or community could accomplish.  The model is structured to bring organizations together to leverage resources, share information and exemplary practices, and to plan strategically to expand STEM-related opportunities for girls.

Collaborative activities are facilitated with the support of a Collaborative Leadership Team and Champions board

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Watch for events in your area! 
November 14th, Fargo, ND - Project Lead the Way / Great Plains Girls Collaborative - Collaboration 101

January 24th - 26th, Fargo, ND - North Dakota Women's Startup Weekend

February 6 - 8, Huron, SD - South Dakota Science Teachers Association Conference

February 20 - 22, Valley City, ND - North Dakota Science Teachers Association Conference

June 14, Sioux Falls, SD - It's All About Science Festival