Our project, Give a Greenlight to Girls in Science, has exciting news!
Since our last project report, we are thrilled to report that we have held our fifth greenlight for girls event - back at our headquarter city, Brussels! Since its inception, we have grown exponentially in geography and reach as we has conducted more than 75 events across 5 continents engaging 1.200 volunteers worldwide – and now reached more than 10,000 students.
This event in Brussels marks the anniversary of the very first greenlight for girls’ event to bring role models in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) backgrounds to conduct hands-on, interactive workshops to show the fun in learning science. We've set a few records with this event: the fastest number of registrations (full in 24 hours!), the highest number of volunteers, 100% inspiring events as judged by the students, highest social media reach and youngest speaker & workshop leaders!
The greenlight for girls days invite girls, ages 11 to 15 years old from local and international schools in the area (and in this event, also reached as far as the Netherlands border), to come together for a full day of science fun. For our latest event, 210 girls participated from 39 schools; the event is conducted in three languages – English, French and Dutch. The event is offered free to the participants.
Your donations have contributed to the expenses of the event, such as food, materials & labcoats. Not only your donations helped to make this happen, we also had so many organisations contributing volunteers and their passion for science. At our event host location – the International School of Brussels, workshops were conducted by role models from Cisco, Procter & Gamble, Microsoft, Microsoft Innovation Center, Imperial College, EPIC, CEER and RadioX..
This year, the registration reached the maximum volume within a few short days – which leads the organisation to look at increasing the participation opportunity for our future events. The event brought together 105 volunteers across a variety of professional backgrounds and careers, the largest number yet. We measure and analyse the results to not only see how we can improve for the next one, but also to see our impact of inspiring the students to continue their STEM studies and begin to think of their future. The results are astounding. For the first time ever, every single workshop we offered has beenidentified as inspiring and meaningful for the girls. For the first time ever, the girls identified their most inspiring role models to include young girls their own age. The event introduced special girls we know who have created their own app, such as Jackie who is 12 years old and presented her project, and girls who have created their own businesses already before the age of 16."
The younger role-models were also key members of the team: previous g4g participants, then g4g interns, created and conducted several workshops on their own. Now "older" but still in high school and passionate about showing their knowledge in science enthralled the participants with a variety of subjects from creating a necklace holding your own DNA to showing the linkage between sports and science to creating the chemistry behind bath bombs. The biggest hit of the event was our Physics Fun Lab, conducted by university physicists and scientists who travelled from Imperial College in London, aimed specifically to increase the take-up of girls in Physics studies in the last years of High School.
"The story of greenlight for girls began with one email asking if there was a need to encourage girls in STEM careers," explains Melissa Rancourt, g4g Founder and Chairman, "the result brought us to today – over a thousand role models volunteering their time to do exactly this – help to encourage and inspire girls around the world and it is working. Our favourite moment is after the event when we start getting contacted (immediately) by the girls, their parents & their schools letting us know exactly how this event has influenced their desire for learning science and eventually their decisions towards university studies and their professional path."
With the most recent comments from parents, it is clear why the g4g team enjoys these moments the most.
∞ "Thank YOU for this amazing day and event which you prepared for our girls - so impressive and inspiring! It was wonderful to see how our 11 year old came home, took out her little g4g notebook and spent over 1 hour with GREAT enthusiasm explaining all the experiments and learnings she had collected during the day - like a little Einstein!"
∞ "It’s only been a few days but look at the ripple effect…. Santa had a new request so there will now be electronics kits under the tree for Christmas and tomato ketchup is now coming out of the bottle faster in our house."
∞ "My daughter was busy doing experiments ALL DAY on Sunday"
∞ "My daughter has been doing further research on non- Newtonian liquids today - wow! "
∞ "Thanks for the coding links – they loved these workshops. Books and apps on coding are now on the list for Sinterklaas"
STAY TUNED for our incredible list of events planned around the world in the coming months: Milan, Athens, London, Detroit, Alexandria Virginia, Amman Jordan, Krakow, Vilnius, San Francisco, Seattle, Boston, Bangalore, Rajasthan, Mumbai... .and more!!
The support you are giving is just at the right time! Because of your help, we are launching greenlight for girls in the greater NY area. Tomorrow will mark our first Trick-or-Treat for Science as g4g goes into the NY school systems for a Halloween-themed science fun fest. In just 30 days, we will be holding our 5th annual g4g day in Brussels, our headquarter city. As with all g4g events, we aim to have 20% of the girls participate from less economically advantaged areas - and your support helps us to do just that... thank you!!
Our launch in Amman, Jordan is sadly already behind us but we look forward to next year already. Thanks to a simply amazing g4g team, we were able to reach 140 girls - and engage 80 volunteers -- all to share and show their passion in STEM subjects. We believe these pictures show all of our joy for this great event.
Stay tuned - and thanks in advance for your continued support (and sharing the message with friends) as these are the next new g4g venues on our planning wish list for the coming months: Barcelona, Detroit,Liverpool, Seattle, Athens, Milan, Costa Rica, Columbia, Rajastan, Bangalore, Calcutta, Kinshasa, Uganda, Senegal - and much more.
Anything is possible!
We can't stop jumping up and down in our g4g headquarters! We've just received news that greenlight for girls will be giving a greenlight for science to girls in Amman, Jordan and in New York City!!
Keep your contributions coming as every cent can help us bring greenlight girls to our signature event in Amman on 14 September and in New York City on 1st November.
Workshops are in the midst of planning with much science fun a foot. The g4g team has been busy this summer trying new experiments to share with girls of all ages. You can find some of them already on our facebook and youtube channels.
Your support has been tremendous and the good results are shown every day. We are contacted constantly from our g4g girls from the past years to give us their news of their studies, their university plans and their new jobs!!
We can't help but be inspired ourselves when we have the chance to make science come alive for new students that we meet. These past few months have been a whirlwind of activity as we have had the chance to bring our hands-on science activities across the world... from activities in Dartmouth, Massachusetts and Detroit, Michigan... to Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo... to Sondrio, Italy. Plus, we can't wait to tell you in our next report about the activities and events we have in store for new locations in the world.
g4g is 4 years in.... operating on 5 contintents, engaged now 800 volunteers and reached more than 7000 children. And, our story continues!!
Thank you for all your help to make this happen! Each little amount that you can give helps us to reach more and more children - to inspire them to look to their future, to engage them in the fun and importance of math, science, engineer and technology and to encourage them to keep working hard and learning each and every day.
We are so touched by some recent messages from our g4g children and volunteers:
"You have made a difference in my life! Now I will study metallurgical engineering and this will be of help to my region.", one lovely greenlight girl from a recent event
"Let me express the complete satisfaction of my company in taking part in the organization of the wonderful G4G day! I had the opportunity to meet wonderful persons and to get know the students, so motivated and positively involved in the workshops, even it was after-school hours! These are experiences that can help Italian school to become better, to be more international and to open the minds of young people." an amazing workshop leader and supporter for our recent event in Italy
"I wanted to extend a big thank-you to both of you for creating such a wonderful experience for the girls in my class! They all thoroughly enjoyed themselves and couldn’t stop telling me all about the amazing experiments they partook in during the day. The event was truly inspiring and many of them are now looking forward to careers as scientists, engineers, and one student has confirmed she wants to be a journalist (after being interviewed by the media crew that were there). Thank-you, thank-you, thank-you!", a great role-model and science teacher about our activity with her class
Our 4th annual g4g day @ Brussels was held at the International School of Brussels and we welcomed 180 girls and 60 volunteers for a fun day of science. This year some of the workshops were run by greenlight girls themselves in which they prepared interactive science labs to engage students aged 11 - 15 years old. The day consisted of workshops from all areas of 'STEM' - Science, Technology, Maths and Engineering such as DNA extraction of fruits, Design your dream house, Invent and save the world, Visual Programming with Penguins, Breakdown and Rebuild a computer and learning about careers in STEM. Also new this year was our Science Library corner in which participants were invited to inscribe a message in a science book that will be sent to Uganda and Cameroon to start science libraries in local orphanages and schools.
A few special items to mention that made this event even more special…
For the first time ever in g4g history (that is – if an organization as young as ours can already have a history) – some greenlight girls from previous events were workshop leaders at the mature age of 15+. What was amazing was that they came to us with this idea – and this has given the inspiration to the participants to ask if they can do the same next year. Their workshops were well prepared, the science was clearly explained and the participants enjoyed the hands-on learning that they presented.
We were very lucky to have RadioX at the event for a live broadcast during the entire day – many girls volunteered to give their views about science on the air and we cannot wait to share the final product with you!
Enthusiastic ISB Teacher, Nikki Vreugdenhil, implored us to allow her younger students to join as they were so excited about science – so for the first time for our Brussels event, we had a small group of 9-year olds participate in our 11-15year old event. They ended up being the most confident and vocal in our last session when we asked the girls to speak in the plenary session to tell us what they learned. One of the littlest of girls, whose lab coat dragged on the floor behind her, ‘Princess Scientist’ was one of the most outspoken girls in the entire event and loved to share her learning with everyone (and an amusing anecdote that our volunteers loved… we asked her if she wanted to be interviewed on the Radio and she told us, “Oh, that’s okay – I’ve already been on the radio many, many times”).
We also got a chance to hear how the man from the photonics workshop went and picked germs off the street (“yuukkyyy”) and then went on to tell us how fast germs move in water!
And just a last message from everyone, https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10152253097277262&set=vb.151369344889171&type=2&theater
Also in December, we held a fundraising event, the Winter Science Social:
Earlier in December, we help a small Christmas gathering and a second in our series of Science Socials, the Winter Science Social. We had a mixture of activities available for guests such as wine tasting thanks to Alfonso and his wines from Spain. Some Chutnney Tasting from Diane and the presentation of her book "the taste of Molecules". We also had a presentation of Photographs from photopgraphic students! For the kids we had a 'x-mas ornament' decoration corner. We also raffled off some great gifts for xmas. We raised a little funding but still need to raise plenty more, so please help us my sharing with your family and friends and being updated on our work and what we do.
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