Sep 5, 2017

400 Girls Explore STEM with Drones, Coding & Virtual Technology Across Continents

Exploring drones with the help of soap box racing!
Exploring drones with the help of soap box racing!

Un grand merci and thank you to our dedicated donors for your continuous support, and helping us inspire and empower the next generation of STEM leaders. Over the past few months we have reached 400 more girls across continents – from Paris, France, to Canberra, Australia, to London, England – all possible because of you!

During these events, the girls had wonderful opportunities to discover all aspects of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Maths – but, with an extra special occasion to dive into the latest cutting-edge technology, and to be inspired to "code" new possibilites for their futures. 

At our very first g4g Day launch at the Nokia Campus in Paris-Saclay this past June, we welcomed 200 girls from the surrounding area for a full day of hands-on workshops, including on 4G and 5G technology, coding, electricity and circuits, virtual reality, prototyping with visual programming tools, and fruit batteries as girls used lemons, pennies, nails and more to transform chemical energy into electrical energy.

A favourite activity was when the girls teamed up to explore the science and technology of drones and radio communication…. with the help of soap box racing as cameras followed their every twist and turn!

A few weeks later on the other side of the world, greenlight girls in Canberra got ready to celebrate National Science Week in style, with a full day of hands-on STEM discovery at our second annual g4g Day @Canberra. There, 160 girls aged 10-16 learned about the phenomenon of light and the role it plays in the environment, captured celestial images with deep sky imaging software, created cool robotics and bristlebots, and even became biodiversity detectives with seeds and bees! In a surprise science activity, the girls got to meet a VIP guest marsupial native to Australia while learning about wildlife conservation… a bettong!

What made this year even more special included an opportunity for participants to hear from young girl science mentors from the venue Melrose High School – a huge hit! – and to share their experiences in STEM.

Plus, a g4g Day wouldn’t be complete with virtual technology… and the girls even created their own 3D #VR time-lapse video of the day – which you can check out here: http://bit.ly/2xhPdXX.

The g4g team also traveled to London, where we invited 30 enthusiastic girls to the offices of a technology company in the insurance world for an interactive morning of DNA extraction, coding, and tasting the sweet side of statistics with M&Ms. They had a chance to hear from the CEO of the company and role model engineers who reminded us that anything is possible with passion and perseverance (we couldn't have said it better ourselves!)

As we step into September, our g4g team is looking forward to sharing all the exciting upcoming events around the world with you – so get ready to join us as we go to London, Krakow, Abuja, Croydon, Moscow, New York City, Bangalore, Brussels, and Shanghai! In the meantime, we invite you to check out some of the wonderful support we have also received lately in the press:

- g4g Day @Houston with Covestro: http://bit.ly/2qsuNZm

-  g4g@work Day at AIG in Dublin: http://bit.ly/2eOJpO0

- Our three-city launch with Nokia in Finland: http://nokia.ly/2lYrJQR

Again, a sincere thank you from all of us for your generous support, and from all the greenlight girls whose lives you've made a difference in across the continents!

Coding in action at g4g Day @Paris!
Coding in action at g4g Day @Paris!
Having fun experimenting in London!
Having fun experimenting in London!
Bonjour from our greenlight girls!
Bonjour from our greenlight girls!
Testing voltage during our fruit battery workshop
Testing voltage during our fruit battery workshop
Biodiversity detective at g4g Day @Canberra
Biodiversity detective at g4g Day @Canberra
Jun 5, 2017

Arduinos & Astronauts - 800 Curious Girls in STEM!

Girls exploring virtual reality in Dublin
Girls exploring virtual reality in Dublin

As one of our greenlight girls so eloquently wrote on her labcoat at our event a few weeks ago: “Science is simply the word we use to describe a method of organizing our curiosity!”

We absolutely believe in encouraging girls to pursue their curiosity – and thanks to all of you, we have been able to engage more girls around the world to see how fun and exciting the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics can be! Over the past few months, we’ve had the opportunity to reach over 800 young girls aged 11 -15 at incredible g4g events across the USA and Europe in Brussels, Diegem, Cincinnati, Houston, Newport, and Dublin. At all of our events, we hope that girls can re-imagine all the possibilities of science and technology in their future, as well as see all the STEM resources, tools, and role models in their community right now – and we love how the girls themselves link science & curiosity!

Our very first event at the University of Cincinnati introduced us to 300 amazing future scientists and 100 inspiring role models. From polymer worms, saponification, and optic density, to electronics and super absorbent technology, and so much more - the girls got to engage with hands-on workshops, talk with engineers and innovators, and loved having special guests, like the Mayor of Cincinnati, join us to welcome the event!

Just a week later g4g was ready for liftoff to Houston... where we welcomed aboard 265 girls from the local community for a hands-on adventure at Space Center Houston! Our events are driven by the incredible donations and partners we work with – and at this event in particular, we were able to bring nearly 100 girls from less advantaged communities to see the cutting edge Space Center and all it has to offer, including robotics, engineering & design, electronics, polymer chemistry, and a tour through the NASA Johnson Space Center Mission Control! Girls had the chance to ask all of their curious questions to real astronauts, female leaders in congress, and high-level professionals in STEM fields.

Back at our headquarters in Belgium, we hosted workshops at a special g4g in the community event at a local refugee center, where nearly 25 young students got to create their very own non-Newtonian fluid, as well as see molecules of life in action… as they extracted their own DNA! It was a fun filled day and very exciting to see STEM inspire students from diverse cultures and backgrounds.

Finally, g4g ignited the curiosity of 80 girls at a g4g Day event in Dublin, Ireland with the help of some very special role models – ladies and coaches from the Dublin GAA!! Girls not only got a chance to build their own battery using fruits, explore the mathematics behind daisies, dive into 360 degree virtual reality… but also, tackle the physics and forces behind sports with the Dublin GAA players themselves.

Looking back over our few months, we see the constant curiosity of the girls and their positivity and enthusiasm to engage more with science and technology. One of the young girls from our event in Cincinnati, Bayleah, shared: “I had some doubts about going into a STEM field but now I know that I want to dedicate my life to STEM. Thank you.” Reactions like that are possible because of your continued tremendous support – thank you for helping us share with them our own passion for science and technology and the importance of igniting curiosity for the world around us!

Stay tuned for some incredible news as we host events in London and Canberra, and launch brand new events in Paris, France, and Abuja, Nigeria  & more incredible locations in the next few months!

Electronic fun at Space Center Houston
Electronic fun at Space Center Houston
Girls extracting their own DNA!
Girls extracting their own DNA!
Testing out non-Newtonian Fluid
Testing out non-Newtonian Fluid
Creative labcoat decorating in Cincinnati
Creative labcoat decorating in Cincinnati
Anything is Possible!
Anything is Possible!
Mar 7, 2017

Refugee girls in Athens explore the fun in STEM

Girls give a greenlight for g4gDay@Athens to begin
Girls give a greenlight for g4gDay@Athens to begin

Just a weeks ago, refugee girls were invited to attend our event in Athens, Greece. At the beginning of the day, the girls stood together in a group, staying close to their translator. Yet, as they started decorating their labcoat – and as other girls came over to ask them to sign their labcoats – you could see them start to open up, laugh, and become more engaged and quietly confident.   

During the opening ceremony, the girls looked at each other in excitement as they understood that our keynote speaker was a female entreupreuner and benefactor who came to Greece as a refugee when she was young – just like them. When it was time for our speaker to take questions, the refugee girls quickly stood up in front of 100 other girls in order to ask about her experiences. And by the end of the day, the girls were not only discovering the fun in science during workshops ranging from coding to statistics, but also able to reimagine new possibilities for their own future.

We aim to inspire those key moments of engagement, inspiration, and imagination at every event. It has been with all your dedicated support that we have been able to make those moments possible for more than 1000 girls these past few months - from Poland to India, Greece to the United States, and Brazil to the United Kingdom - connecting them to science and the everyday in interactive and fun ways! A thank you message shared from a parent after our event at Oxford University last week, is another reminder of all the incredible ways your support helps to inspire girls: “You have created wonderful memories that they will treasure for a lifetime…I do not think you should underestimate the impact this day will have, seeing strong successful women in the STEM fields is so important and valuable." 

Thank you for helping us continue to spread the word!! We are currently participating in the GlobalGiving Girl Fund Campaign until March 15th which will help us secure funding for the year. A minimum donation of just 15 euros will help sponsor a girl to take part in one of our events. We appreciate you sharing the link and helping us spread the word!!! https://goto.gg/26863

We look forward to sharing with you our next events in Nigeria, Finland, Spain, France… and many more to come!

Thank you!

Greenlight girls excited to share their knowledge
Greenlight girls excited to share their knowledge
Science discovery in the lab in Athens
Science discovery in the lab in Athens
CPR learning in progress!
CPR learning in progress!
Girls sharing their enthusiasm in STEM!
Girls sharing their enthusiasm in STEM!

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