Million Girls Moonshot – October 2023 Resources

Vermont Afterschool is proud to be part of the Million Girls Moonshot initiative, working to inspire and prepare the next generation of innovators by engaging one million more girls in STEM learning opportunities through OST programs over the next five years. The Million Girls Moonshot is an initiative of the STEM Next Opportunity Fund. The Million Girls Moonshot seeks to re-imagine who can engineer, who can build, who can make. See below for some information and resources that can help advance this goal!

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Join us in celebrating #GirlsLeadSTEM, a campaign dedicated to amplifying the voices and stories of girls and young women in STEM. Share quotes and stories using the campaign hashtag to showcase youth perspectives and leverage your existing programs and events.

#LightsOnAfterschool is coming up on Thursday, October 26th. It’s a great opportunity to celebrate your program’s success and raise awareness in the community. The Afterschool Alliance has some awesome resources to help you out. Check it out!

Engineering Mindset and Earth Week 2023

Earth Science Week, celebrated each October, reaches millions of people annually with activities, materials, and information about the geosciences. The theme of Earth Science Week 2023, is “Geoscience Innovating for Earth and People.” The event (October 8-14, 2023), will emphasize the many ways that innovations in geosciences are helping communities create healthier and increasingly sustainable lives, while accelerating environmental problem-solving around the world. Find resources and learn more on the official website.

Role Models and Mentors

10 Amazing Latina Women In STEM – To celebrate Hispanic Heritage month, Raising Smart Girls has listed 10 Amazing Latina Women in STEM.


  • Build a Pizza Box Solar Oven – Use easily found materials to create an oven where students can cook s’mores.  The activity answers the question “What has engineering got to do with me?” in a way that is fun. 
  • Hands-On Math: Fraction Math Trees – This fun hands-on, kinesthetic and visual approach to learning about fractions produces “math art.”

  • Welcome to Space Math @ NASA – A collection of math videos, books, and activities that are sorted by grade level, science topic, NASA missions, and engineering topics. All activities are based on NASA missions and projects.

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