STEAM Newsletters


STEAM Newsletters

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Stay up to date with STEAM-focused Expanded Learning and out-of-school time information by signing up for the monthly newsletter. We will be sharing content from the Million Girls Moonshot and other STEAM initiatives that support STEAM in our Expanded Learning programs. Check out recent and past newsletters, and don’t forget to sign up (under “Stay Informed”)!

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STEAM Newsletter – Get Ready for a Summer of Computer Science!
May 28, 2024

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Summer is right around the corner and you know what that means - the start of Summer of CS, a part of California’s Year-Round Computer Science (CS) Professional Learning Program! With schools on break, afterschool programs can step in to offer enriching, hands-on experiences that go beyond the traditional classroom. Whether it’s through coding boot camps, robotics clubs, or app development workshops, these initiatives can inspire the next generation of tech innovators.

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STEAM Newsletter – Celebrating Women’s History Month!
March 2024

Female scientist putting liquid in a test tube

As Women’s History Month draws to a close, let’s take a moment to honor the remarkable contributions of women in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics). Throughout history, women have played pivotal roles in shaping the landscape of scientific discovery, innovation, and technological advancement. Today, we honor women making waves in STEAM, from ground-breaking research to fostering diversity. Their success emphasizes the importance of breaking gender barriers in pursuing our passions and shaping a brighter future.

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STEAM Newsletter – #MentoringAmplifies
January 30, 2024

Two girls working on a river activityHappy New Year! Welcome to the first installment of the CAN STEAM newsletter for 2024! In honor of National Mentoring Month, we reflect on the profound impact mentors have on shaping the lives of individuals. Whether it’s guiding aspiring minds, offering valuable insights, or providing a supportive shoulder, mentors play a pivotal role in nurturing the potential within each of us.

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STEAM Newsletter – Celebrating Native American Heritage Month
November 2023

Robert Houle oil on canvas of a Native American sitting and thinking looking out to the water

November is Native American Heritage Month and is a time to pay tribute to the rich ancestry and traditions of Native Americans and honor the significant contributions they have made to our society and STEAM. Check out! This website has resources for teachers, educators, and our communities to learn more about the heritage and history of American Indians.

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STEAM Newsletter – Sparking Curiosity in the New School Year!
August 29, 2023

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As the summer sun starts to bid us farewell and the leaves begin to change, we are thrilled to join you for another incredible school year that inspires curiosity and creativity! CAN is here to continue to provide STEAM events, professional learning opportunities, activities, and much more. Cheers to enhancing STEAM in Out of School Time (OST) and Expanded Learning Programs throughout our communities and beyond! 

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STEAM Newsletter – Disability Pride Month
July 18, 2023

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July is Disability Pride Month! We celebrate those with disabilities and their contributions to STEAM and our communities. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed into law on July 26, 1990. Every July we celebrate Disability Pride Month to commemorate the passage of this landmark civil rights law. It’s important to remember that there are numerous types of disabilities such as physical, learning, and neurological disabilities, and they aren’t always visible.

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STEAM Newsletter – Celebrating Juneteenth & Pride
June 30, 2023

Photo of Emancipation Day celebration held on June 19, 1900

It’s the beginning of summer! The month held summer solstice, Juneteenth, Pride, and brain awareness month. There is much to celebrate as the school year ends and out-of-school activities move outdoors!

This month we celebrate Freedom Day, Jubilee Day, and Liberation Day, also known as Juneteenth. This marks the anniversary of Union troops landing at Galveston, Texas, with the news that the Civil War ended and enslaved people were now free.

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STEAM Newsletter – Flying High with Innovation!
May 16, 2023

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May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month (AAPI Heritage Month)! This year’s theme for AAPI Heritage Month is Advancing Leaders Through Opportunity. The Million Girls Moonshot and all of its partners will be celebrating the successes of innovative AAPI computer scientists, engineers, and other STEM professionals.

Explore some of the amazing work that has been contributed to the field of STEM by exploring this month’s IF/THEN ambassadors down below!

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STEAM Newsletter – Exploring the World and Your Genes!
April 27, 2023

Photo of scientist looking at a microscope

April 25th was National DNA Day! Every year since 2003, scientists, biologists, and genetics enthusiasts come together to observe National DNA Day, celebrating the discovery and research into DNA and the scientific advancements that helped make progress possible. National DNA Day encourages people to learn more about the science that makes them genetically unique. Help youth feel unique and special with the following resources to use all month long! 

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STEAM Newsletter – Who Runs the World: Girls!
March 21, 2023

This historic 1965 photograph, depicted a laboratory technician, as she was measuring out various powdered chemicals, which would subsequently be combined in order to formulate reagents to be used in conjunction with an AutoAnalyzer.

It’s March, friends, and that means Women’s History Month! Women’s History Month is a wonderful time to honor the stories, achievements, and legacies of the amazing women who shaped STEM fields as we know them today. By educating ourselves about the past, we can create a bright future for women and girls to follow in their footsteps and forge new pathways to innovation.

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STEAM Newsletter – Celebrating National Mentoring Month!
January 18, 2023

Three female math teachers collaborate

Happy New Year! Welcome to the first installment of the CAN STEAM newsletter for 2023! This January, we are celebrating National Mentoring Month, a national celebration of the role models and mentors that have made monumental differences in the lives of so many.

Listed as one of Moonshot’s four transformative practices, role models and mentors play a significant role in showing young women what is possible for them in STEM. 

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STEAM Newsletter – Broadening STEM Access for All
November 15, 2022

A student looks for a chemical reaction in a beaker during an experiment.November is a busy month full of celebration. It is National Native American Heritage month and November 8th was National STEM Day. As a partner of Million Girls Moonshot, the California AfterSchool Network is helping close the gap to make STEAM learning more equitable and accessible to marginalized and all youth. All month long we honor the contributions of Indigenous peoples past and present to STEM.

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STEAM Newsletter – #GirlsLeadSTEM

3 Girls working in a techlab making robots

October is #GirlsLeadSTEM month! Launched in June 2022, #GirlsLeadSTEM is a national public awareness campaign to elevate the diverse voices of young women and girls in STEM, especially those who are marginalized. Through a collective voice, #GirlsLeadSTEM will celebrate the girls who lead their STEM journeys and raise their voices to inspire and share their perspectives on what’s needed to close the gaps in STEM.

Join us in the celebration by sharing quotes and stories that highlight youth voices on social media using the hashtag #GirlsLeadSTEM!

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STEAM Newsletter – Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month!
September 20, 2022

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It is Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 – October 15)! Representation is crucial to helping students feel like they belong. To help students see themselves with a future in STEM and to broaden their understanding of science history, Million Girls Moonshot has compiled a multitude of resources that focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion.

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STEAM Newsletter – To The Moon, Back, and now…Beyond
July 19, 2022

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It was exactly 53 years ago astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin made history when they became the first human beings to set foot on the moon.  This month the Million Girls Moonshot and all of its parters commemorate that “giant leap for mankind” as it remains one of humanity’s greatest achievements. We look to the future, to the next generation of engineers and scientists. What will be their “giant leap”? And most importantly, how do we support young people on their journey in STEM?

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STEAM Newsletter: Inventors, Inventions, and Innovation!

Stephanie Porter in the lab

During the month of May, the Million Girls Moonshot and all of its partners celebrate Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month (AAPI Heritage Month). Our country owes a lot of our success to many hardworking, innovative AAPI computer scientists, engineers, and other STEM professionals!

Help celebrate these amazing contributions by incorporating these resources surrounding invention and innovation into the classroom this month and beyond:

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STEAM Newsletter – Celebrating Earth Day and Math Awareness Month!
April 19, 2022

Telephone pole with "Planet earth first" poster taped on it

This month the Million Girls Moonshot and all of its partners celebrate Earth Day, Math Awareness Month and Environmental Education Week! Now is the time for all of us — education, business, and civic leaders — to take action on climate in order to preserve and protect our health, our families, and our livelihoods. To do this, we need to inspire the next generation of creative thinkers and problem solvers to design the solutions that will get us there. This Earth Day, let us act boldly, innovate broadly, and implement equitably.