Mid-Atlantic Girls Collaborative (MAGiC) Project
The Mid-Atlantic Girls Collaborative (MAGiC) brings together organizations throughout Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, DC that are committed to informing and motivating girls to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Led by the Women in Engineering Program at the University of Maryland, leaders from industry, academia and philanthropic organizations are working together to serve on the MAGiC Leadership Team and Champions Board, ensuring that girls and young women are effectively served in 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 Mid-Atlantic Girls Collaborative Project provides the opportunity for programs to increase their ability to maintain interest and participation of girls in STEM within D.C., Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia through collaboration.
The Mid-Atlantic 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.
The Women in Engineering Program at the University of Maryland is focused on the recruitment, retention and advancement of women in the field of engineering. Established in 1995 through a grant from the Sloan Foundation, the Women in Engineering Program begins working with young women at the elementary school level,and offers a pipeline of programs through college.
Video about Design Squad Nation event held September 15, 2012.