Nov 27, 2018

3,000+ Girls Inventing & Innovating in STEM Across 6 Countries

Silly g4g scientists caught in action in Brussels!
Silly g4g scientists caught in action in Brussels!

“Excuse me, but we need these at our school,” said a little girl in the 6th grade matter-of-factly to her principal, pointing to the snap circuits that were adorning the gym floor at our g4g Day @Jackson Heights in New York City. The principal, thrilled to be passing through our event but caught in-between meetings, answered her quickly. “That would be nice for us to have, I agree,” and then expertly dodged a flying saucer that the group had finally engineered to launch at super speed into the air. The principal attempted to continue walking, but the girl persisted and grabbed ahold of his arm, saying, “No, we really need these, come look at how fun they are!” She proceeded to show him exactly what the group had been working on – how determined all the girls were to figure out the best way to power the circuit – and the results that had come from it. In only the 6th grade, one of our greenlight girls felt incredibly inspired not only for herself but also on behalf of her school. She saw the great potential that can come from having more access to electronics fun, and took a moment to act on it! And, of course, the principal promised to get her class some for the beginning of next year.

Our greenlight girls are absolutely incredible – strong, intelligent, and curious young girls – and we never fail to be impressed by their determination and capability to see not only their own future full of possibilities, but those of their peers. These past few months, stories like this are so frequent across all of our events, we can barely keep up! We've had such fun seeing silly scientists, innovative engineers, resourceful technicians, and more emerge as the girls get messy with hands-on and interactive workshops and activities. 

And what a few months we have had! We are so proud to share that we have encouraged over 3000+ girls ranging in age from 7-15 in India, the United States, Spain, China, Mexico, and Belgium! This is not only a brand new record for us – but for you! Your support, generosity, and continued dedication to our mission to encourage women and girls in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics has allowed us to soar to new heights. It's helped us bring all the fun – the silly (and I mean, silly!) – the positive – the innovative -- the cool – the high-tech – the curious – the beautiful – inspiration in STEM to girls around the world.

Just where around the world have we been, you may ask? Well, we are just back from our 9th annual g4g Day @Brussels that took place this past Saturday at the International School of Brussels in our headquarter city. We welcomed 300 girls & over 75 volunteers from Belgium and the Netherlands to join us for a day of polymer cupcakes, robotics, lasers, the physics of Rubens' Flame Tube, invention with design thinking, fruit batteries, and more! Partners like Nokia, Procter & Gamble, Baxter, Covestro, Stanley Black & Decker, and the local libraries joined us – plus, a very special guest speaker.... Zora, the robot! She even managed to show off her dancing skills!

At the same time – and for the past few months – we’ve been working in India to bring hands-on science and technology to over 2,000 girls at 5 events in Mumbai, Noida, Dharampur, Nagpur, and Calicut thanks to an incredible partner, Covestro, and other wonderful local partners. Girls had the chance to converse & hear from keynote speakers in both English and the local languages, extract their own DNA, dive into polymer worms, design their own sustainable invention, and more. These past few weekends, nearly 500 girls were being inspired nearly every 2 days – wow, another new record!!

At the beginning of November, you would have found g4g in Mexico bringing 65 girls to the facilities of Covestro for a unique opportunity to see an insider's look into a day in the life of a polymer chemist as they tested out polymer worms, coding, DNA extraction, and engineer paper planes with their sustainable wish for the future on it.

Just last weekend, you would have seen our inspiring g4g Founder & engineer, Melissa Rancourt, encourage nearly 200 girls in Shanghai and Hangzhou, China at the innovative facilities of Nokia, reminding them that science & technology is linked to absolutely everything around them and, especially, to any future career path they may choose. The girls loved exploring mathematics with chocolate, the chemical reaction of explosive bath bombs, and more as they became Nokia Certified Future Innovators in Technology!

And, from one Nokia Bell Labs to another… the g4g team welcomed nearly 100 girls to Nokia Bell Labs in Murray Hill, the site of the invention of the telephone by Alexander Graham Bell on November 13th. Surrounded by invention & inspiration, the girls got to be immersed in a virtual world where they got to experience and test robotic arms that controlled manufacturing robots. Plus, they got a sneak peek into the Anechoic Chamber, a unique aspect of Nokia Bell Labs and a room designed to completely absorb reflections of either sound or electromagnetic waves! As our event took place during Global Entrepreneurship Week, we even brought in a design-thinking activity in sprint fashion -- where girls worked in groups to create businesses, inventions, and more to better their home, community, or school. 

But – we’re not done yet! These past few weekends have taken us to the very special warehouses of our newest partner, Amazon Spain, to share the fun with over 120 girls in Barcelona and Madrid as they saw the coolest use of robots in action, created their very own personal Scribblebot to take home, dove into DNA extraction, engineered with marshmallows, and more. 

Phew!

From India to the United States, from Spain to China, from Mexico to Belgium... what an incredible reach we've had these few months because of you and all your help allowing us to grow by leaps and bounds. We are so excited to continue moving forward, doing more, and inspiring the future inventors and innovators in science & technology.

And, where's next for us? Our team member has just flown to Moscow, Russia for the next event welcoming 60 girls aged 11-15 for a day with Stanley Black & Decker!

So, stay tuned for more to come. From all of us at greenlight for girls -- and from all the eager young scientists inspired because of your support -- we THANK YOU!!! 

Programming hats are on during g4g Day @Mexico!
Programming hats are on during g4g Day @Mexico!
The excitement of polymer chemistry in Mumbai!
The excitement of polymer chemistry in Mumbai!
Robotic creation with Amazon in Barcelona!
Robotic creation with Amazon in Barcelona!
Engineers exploring physics in Hangzhou, China!
Engineers exploring physics in Hangzhou, China!
Anything is Possible at Nokia Bell Labs in NJ, USA
Anything is Possible at Nokia Bell Labs in NJ, USA
Aug 29, 2018

Curious & Creative Scientists at Work in Paris, Brussels, Canberra and More!

Physics and Drone Learning with Nokia
Physics and Drone Learning with Nokia

"What's a star?"

"Why would we want to split light?"

"How many possible solutions are there to this cube problem?"

"Do you just want us to figure out one solution to the liquid transfer problem, or as many solutions as we can?"

"Did you know you have to have 8 points that match on a fingerprint for it to be admissible evidence?"

With all good learning and curiosity, comes incredible and insightful questions! One of our favourite parts of greenlight for girls events is to hear the fantastic feedback from the girls – but what we love even more is to hear all the curiosity throughout the day, and the various ways that our hands-on workshops and role model volunteers inspire them to think about the world differently. With questions that go beyond what they are looking at or doing, we are able to continue to build on their knowledge and to share the fun in STEM with passion and creativity!

These past few months have taken us from Paris, France to Brussels, Belgium and to Canberra, Australia! In Paris, we met 200 girls who raced through the Nokia campus with their caisses à savon, explored the Garage full of Nokia's innovations, and discovered how 5G will bring life to a new tomorrow on our second g4g Day in Paris-Saclay. And in Brussels, dozens of young kids fueled their curiosity by making slime, discovering molecular cooking, building racing robotics, and launching homemade rockets at our Makerspace events in our headquarter office.

And most recently, we had the chance to engage 150 girls aged 11-15 at our third annual g4g Day @Canberra during Australia’s National Science Week, with a particularly wonderful moment.

As the girls geared up for their workshops, they were divided into groups each named after an inspiring, local, and modern woman in science. One group were "Evans-Galea" named after Dr Marguerite Evans-Galea, PhD, and had the chance to learn a bit about her story. One young 13 year-old girl in the group – who also happened to love art – was so encouraged after hearing her story, that she choose to personalize her labcoat in a most creative way… by drawing Dr Evans-Galea on it! The best part? The young girl got to be in touch with Dr Evans-Galea directly, who was so moved that she responded saying: “Science and art overlap strongly in the creativity required. Our best scientific ideas require us to zoom out and be creative, ‘think big’, outside the box! Then we zoom in to see the detail, ask questions, work out how to answer them, collect data and analyse in a pragmatic, logical and rigorous way. Then apply critical thinking to come to an evidence-based conclusion. Such is the scientific process!” An answer we love to hear!

Such wonderful opportunities to encourage young girls to meet local and inspiring role models in their own community is what we strive for – an opportunity that has been made possible with your support!

We’re thrilled to share that as of this month, we’ve engaged over 25,500 students, families, and communities globally at 190+ events and with the help of 4,800 volunteers since we began.

Thank you for continuing to help us in all that we do around the world in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics – and we can’t wait to share all the fun at our next events in Poland, Spain, Brazil, UK, and the USA!

Art and Science Combining Beautifully in Canberra
Art and Science Combining Beautifully in Canberra
Focusing on the chemistry at hand in Paris
Focusing on the chemistry at hand in Paris
Molecular chemistry at Makerspace!
Molecular chemistry at Makerspace!
May 29, 2018

1150 More Girls Rocketing Into STEM!

DNA extraction underway in Sao Paulo, Brazil
DNA extraction underway in Sao Paulo, Brazil

At what age did you know you wanted to be a scientist? Have you ever failed at something and what did you learn from it? These were some of the questions girls posed to a diverse group of STEM professionals on stage in front of an audience of 350 people in Cincinnati a few weeks ago. We love when our greenlight girls have the chance to interact with role model professionals in such a personal way, ask them questions to understand their stories, and feel inspired. These past few months, we’re thrilled to share that we have had over 10 events on 3 different continents – reaching over 1150 curious girls with a passion for understanding and learning at every single one – and all because of your continued support!!

Some of our favourite moments have been…

When 320 girls got to touch a real brain and explore neuroscience at our g4g Day @Cincinnati in partnership with Procter & Gamble! After taking part in some of the 21 different hands-on activities, the girls got to use high-tech polling to measure feedback from the day. We’re proud to have had 94% of girls say that they are now more interested in STEM after our event – WOW!

When one of the girls made her own model of the lungs in a bottle and shouted “Everything is Science!” at our 3rd annual event at Bridgewater State University (BSU) in partnership with BSU Center for the Advancement of STEM Education in Massachusetts, USA!

When 395 girls got a chance to explore drones and roboticschemistry and polymer wormsphysics and waveselectronics and flying saucers and more… and then say it’s a great  g4g Day with Nokia in Espoo, Tampere, and Oulu, Finland!!

When one of our keynote speakers from Space X at the launch of g4g Day @Andover inspired 60 young girls to see into the future of space technology and travel!

When 65 girls learned how to weld with Stanley Black & Decker first with chocolate…then with power tools… at our SBD StemFest at UTC South Durham in the UK!

When 80 girls learned not to consume drinks of various sugar densities as they learned about astrophysics before extracting their human cheek cell sample at our very first launch of g4g Day @São Paulo with Covestro at the beautiful Museu Catavento!

When the Dublin Ladies GAA players took 85 girls through plyometrics as they taught a workshop on the science behind sports at our second annual g4g@work Day at AIG in Dublin, Ireland!!

And when 15 young kids fueled their curiosity by making homemade rockets & hover crafts while exploring aerodynamics at our Makerspace in Brussels, Belgium!

The opportunity for all of these wonderful shared moments of inspiration – and rocketing curiosity in science and technology – is all thanks to your generosity and support of what we do. We thank you and we look forward to sharing more with you as we inspire girls in STEM at our next events in Frankfurt, Paris, and Argentina… all in the next few weeks!

Engineering structures with the Covestro team
Engineering structures with the Covestro team
Rollercoaster-making in Cincinnati!
Rollercoaster-making in Cincinnati!
Touching a human brain in Cincinnati!
Touching a human brain in Cincinnati!
Engineering with power tools in Durham, UK
Engineering with power tools in Durham, UK
 
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