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
Feb 28, 2018

More than 600 Future Engineers Inspired!

Future codebreakers at work in Shanghai!
Future codebreakers at work in Shanghai!

We’re always impressed with the knowledge, curiosity, and passion for learning that are so evident in the girls that we meet around the world. And these past few months, we’ve seen some extraordinary talent in STEM, especially in the fields technology, innovation, and engineering that makes us even more excited to see what the future has in store!

Take, for example, our 300 girls aged 11-15 at our 8th annual g4g Day @Brussels this past November. At our event, the girls dove into cybersecurity with Cisco, engineering & construction with Stanley Black and Decker, chemistry with Procter & Gamble, virtual reality, 4D mathematics, fiberoptic technology with lasers, and so much more – always asking “why” and eager to understand new concepts.

At our g4g Day @Shanghai the following week, we welcomed 120 girls aged 11-15 to Nokia Shanghai Bell Labs to share the fun in STEM firsthand with technicians and engineers leading workshops on Arduino circuits, fruit batteries, coding, and more – all with Nokia Bell Lab patents & inspiration around them!

In December, at our g4g Day @Madrid led by a dedicated Cisco team, 180 girls and 72 volunteers brought 16 workshops to life from physics, robotics, chemistry, and coding among many! One of our favorite responses came from a parent of certified future engineer, saying Congratulations for this event that has exceeded all of our expectations, and those of the girls who are still so excited! No doubt that you have won a couple of scientists / engineers for the future!

At the beginning of this year, we also launched our g4g Makerspace concept where we invite a small group of 24 boys and girls aged 9-14 for a monthly morning of hands-on STEM exploration – from tinkering LED creations using conductive fabric, to making non-Newtonian fluids and incorporating it into design, to even engineering bristlebots and scribblebots!

As we take stock of the year, we’re thrilled to share that as of 2017, we have impacted and inspired 23,500 students, families, and communities by hosting 170+ events on 6 continents – all because of YOU and your support!

Thank you for helping us continue to do the work we do far and wide, and believing in our mission just as much as we do. We’re looking forward to our next events in Luxembourg, London, Finland, the US, and more… and just in time for International Women’s Day!

Thank you!

Extracting DNA with razer-sharp precision
Extracting DNA with razer-sharp precision
Investigating the microscopic in Madrid
Investigating the microscopic in Madrid
Engineering a cloud light with circuits!
Engineering a cloud light with circuits!
Taking inspiration from Nokia Shanghai Bell Labs
Taking inspiration from Nokia Shanghai Bell Labs
Anything is Possible from g4g girls in Madrid!
Anything is Possible from g4g girls in Madrid!
Dec 1, 2017

STEM Inspiration in Nigeria, USA, India & Brazil

Engineers having fun at g4g Day @Abuja!
Engineers having fun at g4g Day @Abuja!

At the end of the first workshop at our g4g Day @Abuja in Nigeria, a young girl delicately broke off pieces of spaghetti, analyzing the exact size and shape before carefully putting them between marshmallows to create the third and final layer of her tower - an engineering masterpiece! The workshop leader surveyed all the girls’ structures, congratulating them on their strong design ideas before she posed a question: what was the most challenging aspect of building a tower with only spaghetti and marshmallows as materials? One girl said that it was understanding how to support the tower; another said that it was deciding on the best design. And what was the most interesting part of the workshop? That same girl who was so careful in her creation, shyly raised her hand and confessed that she had always known she wanted to go into medicine, but now she knew that she wanted to be an engineer. That moment of inspiration was her favourite part!

We find inspiration all around us every day, but those moments where inspiration meets insight are certainly ones to remember. In our very FIRST launch in Nigeria, 100 girls aged 11-15 put that to the test with fun, hands-on activities on chemistry, neuroscience, coding, physics and more at the Education Resource Centre!

In fact, these past few months have been full of science & technology inspiration in BIG ways...

“Everything starts with a spark of inspiration, which leads to something… BIG!” A perfect message for an exciting opening to the 7-day adventure promoting and engaging girls in STEM in Mumbai, India this past October. We teamed up with our global partner, Covestro, and Nehru Science Centre to engage over 1000 girls overall in the region!!! All of us were so impressed with the creative ideas and questions from the girls as they pondered the future impact of technology.

From there, we had a fantastic day with 100 bright and enthusiastic young women at our global partner Nokia's R&D Bangalore location. With enthusiastic STEM role models, the girls had the chance to dive into 5G technology, Internet of Things, virtual reality, DNA exploration – and a special workshop by our partner Stanley Black & Decker on creativity and engineering.

That same week, a member of our team went to Brazil for our 4th annual g4g Days @Ouro Branco where 185 girls extracted their own DNA, learned about spectroscopy, explored human DNA extraction, dove into mathematics, and created their own electric circuits! One of our favourite moments actually came after the event when one of the attendees, Julia, wrote us explaining, "When my teacher said to us that we were going to make a school trip only for girls I thought that the trip would interesting but I got surprised when we got there because it wasn’t only interesting, it was inspiring, captivating, fascinating and so meaningful for me, I mean it! This project opened doors for me. Today I started thinking about a lot of things I can do in my life that I had never thought before." How absolutely amazing to hear!!

STEM inspiration followed us to Moscow, Russia where 100 girls dipped into polymer putty & more at g4g Day @Moscow in partnership with Covestro and the Science Festival Nauki. We also had the chance to engage over 200 young boys and girls at g4g Day launches in Brooklyn and Queens, New York, USA! And we had the opportunity to engage 25 girls at a unique event at the European Parliament in Brussels, showcasing libraries as modern tech hubs.

Giving a greenlight for girls doesn’t just mean inspiring them in STEM – it's also about continued support and encouragement in all that they do while sharing how STEM connects to the world around them in new ways. And this happens all because of you – our wonderful supporters – who continue to generously give and share everyday.

In just a few months, we engaged over 1,700 girls – a new & AMAZING record!! Congratulations and a huge thank you for helping us get there every single step of the way!

And the best part? We have excited greenlight girls waiting for us in Brussels, Shanghai, and Madrid in the next few weeks... so stay tuned :)

Sphero technology at the European Parliament
Sphero technology at the European Parliament
g4g Day @Brooklyn - Anything is Possible!
g4g Day @Brooklyn - Anything is Possible!
Exploring power tool technology in Bangalore
Exploring power tool technology in Bangalore
Polymer chemists ready to go in Moscow
Polymer chemists ready to go in Moscow
Future science leaders in Ouro Branco, Brazil!
Future science leaders in Ouro Branco, Brazil!
 
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