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Give girls a greenlight in STEM around the world!
Give girls a greenlight in STEM around the world!
Give girls a greenlight in STEM around the world!
Give girls a greenlight in STEM around the world!
Give girls a greenlight in STEM around the world!
Give girls a greenlight in STEM around the world!
Give girls a greenlight in STEM around the world!
Give girls a greenlight in STEM around the world!
Give girls a greenlight in STEM around the world!
Give girls a greenlight in STEM around the world!
Give girls a greenlight in STEM around the world!
Give girls a greenlight in STEM around the world!
Give girls a greenlight in STEM around the world!
Give girls a greenlight in STEM around the world!
Give girls a greenlight in STEM around the world!
Give girls a greenlight in STEM around the world!
Give girls a greenlight in STEM around the world!
Give girls a greenlight in STEM around the world!
Give girls a greenlight in STEM around the world!
Give girls a greenlight in STEM around the world!
Give girls a greenlight in STEM around the world!
Give girls a greenlight in STEM around the world!
Give girls a greenlight in STEM around the world!
Give girls a greenlight in STEM around the world!
Give girls a greenlight in STEM around the world!
Give girls a greenlight in STEM around the world!
Give girls a greenlight in STEM around the world!
Give girls a greenlight in STEM around the world!
Give girls a greenlight in STEM around the world!
Give girls a greenlight in STEM around the world!
Give girls a greenlight in STEM around the world!
Give girls a greenlight in STEM around the world!
Give girls a greenlight in STEM around the world!
Give girls a greenlight in STEM around the world!
Give girls a greenlight in STEM around the world!
Give girls a greenlight in STEM around the world!
Give girls a greenlight in STEM around the world!
Give girls a greenlight in STEM around the world!
Give girls a greenlight in STEM around the world!
Give girls a greenlight in STEM around the world!
Give girls a greenlight in STEM around the world!
Give girls a greenlight in STEM around the world!
Give girls a greenlight in STEM around the world!
Give girls a greenlight in STEM around the world!
Give girls a greenlight in STEM around the world!
Give girls a greenlight in STEM around the world!
Give girls a greenlight in STEM around the world!
Give girls a greenlight in STEM around the world!
Give girls a greenlight in STEM around the world!
Give girls a greenlight in STEM around the world!
Give girls a greenlight in STEM around the world!
Our speakers chatting STEM careers and more!
Our speakers chatting STEM careers and more!

We have been using these exceptional few months as an opportunity to proactively take steps to support our girls and community with new virtual learning and exploration in the STEM subjects. As maybe you have been also experiencing – teachers, schools, families and society overall are all trying to figure out, “How can we help our children to study remotely and stay motivated to learn?” And as our team dove into this same question, we realized we have some amazing ideas!

Without a doubt, our favourite part of this month was the launch of our g4g Broadcast series, Science, you had me at hello® which combines awe-inspiring role models with storytelling. We have found with our own impact studies that a key to inspiring girls in STEM subjects is to provide a community of role models – so why not do more to connect our global network together virtually? In all our episodes, we will connect female scientists and STEM leaders to the next generation of potential engineers, scientists and curiosity-filled young women, especially those who are determining what studies to pursue in university.

We heard incredible stories from a Private Astronaut Trainer and Space Ambassador, an electrical engineer who was the only female engineer working with Solar Impulse 2 – the world’s first solar-powered airplane to circumnavigate the globe – and an expert urban developer who works to empower refugee and disadvantaged children through self-paced, motivational electronic tools. We were thrilled that 30 young women, many of them our g4g Ambassadors, joined the broadcast from Brazil, US, UK, Belgium, Netherlands, and more. And, in true g4g-style, we broadcasted a hands-on experiment – in this case, getting our hands messy with some fabulous homemade plastic. We couldn’t help but feel inspired by the final advice of our speakers: use science for good, don’t be afraid to use your voice, and the sky is never your limit!! Feel free to check out all of our ingenious fun here!

Earlier this month, we introduced a new online portal open to everyone called Science Fun! To share more of the fun and interactive learning, we now have online resources and STEM activities that anyone can do at home. This portal gathers online resources for students of all ages, including videos, podcasts, websites, classes, games, virtual field trips, and more – all about STEM learning. Check it out here!

You are also invited to get creative in our new afterschool laboratory, Science Me Crazy© – a platform which will be offered to schools in-need so that g4g’s experiential learning methods can be brought into the classrooms or homes for augmented learning after-school.

While we are diving into all things virtual, our signature events are still being planned for the future. For example, we are excited to prepare for 4 simultaneous events in January 2021 with one of our partners focused on girls in Greece, Spain, Italy, and France!

To all of our wonderful donors, we appreciate your generosity more than ever during this time of uncertainty. Your support has enabled us to put all these exciting virtual projects in place, and it will be with your help that we can continue to do more and more together!

We look forward to sharing even more inspiration with girls around the world as we continue championing our mission in STEM. Thank you!!

Sharing STEM inspiration on our broadcast
Sharing STEM inspiration on our broadcast
Reminding us all that the sky is NOT the limit!
Reminding us all that the sky is NOT the limit!
Some wonderful words of advice from our speaker
Some wonderful words of advice from our speaker
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Polymer putty success in Mexico!
Polymer putty success in Mexico!

It’s hard to believe that we are already at the beginning of February, and rocketing into 2020 already! We hope you know that your contribution to support the work we do around the world has had a lasting impact – on us and the girls we have been lucky enough to meet – and has contributed to an amazing result. We can’t wait to tell you all about it!

Thanks to your help, it’s been an absolutely globetrotting year which has been our biggest year yet! How big? Just this year alone we engaged 12,500+ children, 1,700+ role models at 75 events in 43 cities. We had the chance to launch in wonderful new places like Egypt with Nokia and the UAE with Covestro. We were honoured to be back for the 10th g4g Day in Brussels, the 5th g4g Day in Bridgewater, USA, and the 5th g4g Day in Krakow. For the first time ever, we hosted 8 simultaneous g4g Days in the same region of Andalucía thanks to our great partnership with Cisco, we launched our Passport to Invention activity during our annual Design Hackathon with AIG, and we visited over 10 cities across three continents with Stanley Black & Decker. This year, we also quadrupled the size of our STEM festival in India with Covestro, had more girls than ever at our g4g Day in Cincinnati with P&G, hosted countless new interactive workshops, and managed to break only one suitcase. You have helped make all that happen!

And if you want to see what it looks like on video, peek at our 2019 year here!

We want to take a moment to say thank you for choosing to support us, for taking time to value education for young girls, and for helping us encourage more and more girls to see their future in STEM. Thanks to you all, we have now reached a stratosphere level of engagement:

  • 48,500+ participants
  • 34 countries
  • 8,000+ volunteer role models
  • 330+ events

We wanted to share with you some of the wonderful messages we heard from our g4g girls and ambassadors around the world this past year:

  • “I was struggling, as a girl, as a woman, and after attending the event I though “wow, this could really make a difference.” Sarah, g4g UK Ambassador
  • “Up until today, I didn’t really give a second thought about it but now I see… science is pretty cool!” Samah, a g4g girl
  • “Thank you for inviting me, for having me, for inspiring me, and you know, really making me want to do more in STEM because I love it.” Jessica, a g4g girl
  • “There is a lot of difference between what we are learning in class and what we do today. Today, I understood everything… and I enjoyed it!” Aparanjitha, a g4g girl
  • “It just depends on what your talents are, not your gender. And today has further proven that for me.” Sophie, a g4g girl
  • “Thank you for providing such an inspirational day today. It was packed full of fun activities and inspired me to pay more attention in class and aspire to be something amazing. You have widened the possibility for many of us young girls alike to reach for our dreams and aspirations despite the fact that it might be a more male dominated career.” Millie, a g4g girl

 And now, it’s time to look ahead!

Already at the beginning of February, we had the chance to launch our first Makerspace of the year on biomimetics where 20 children explored how to make their own microscope, build their own hologram pyramid using simple technology, and unleash their engineer side as they made their own video projector – eureka!! Last Saturday, we also launched for the first time in the Netherlands with our g4g Day in The Hague. We blasted off from the beginning of the day as we heard from communication specialists, aerospace engineers, rocket scientists, police, and educators to remind all 120 curious girls that “the sky is quite literally the limit!” Surrounded by more than 40 role models coming from the Britisch School in the Netherlands, NATO Communications and Information Agency, the European Medicines Agency, the European Space Agency, CoderDojo, Emerson, Women in Aviation in the Netherlands, and the Den Haag Police, the girls simply rocketed into science exploration. They had fun flying drones, patenting & approving medicine, coding with Scratch, exploring cyber forensics, extract human DNA, designing aerodynamic planes...and more!

In 2020, we hope to organise 75+ events, reach 15,000 girls and boys, and meet with 2,000+ role models. Curious to know what’s ahead? We have Lisbon, Cambridge, Amsterdam, Seoul, Cameroon, and more locations in mind!

And, as usual, we look forward to sharing everything with you as we go along!

Future inventors and innovators pose in Mumbai
Future inventors and innovators pose in Mumbai
Girls are lab ready in Cuddalore, India!
Girls are lab ready in Cuddalore, India!
Testing drones with NATO in the Hague
Testing drones with NATO in the Hague
Programming with Cisco Engineers in Spain
Programming with Cisco Engineers in Spain
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Diving into the science behind sports in Dublin!
Diving into the science behind sports in Dublin!

“We only see those in movies, that’s so cool,” exclaimed one girl as she leaned in to touch the plasma ball with her fingertips, watching with amazement as the filaments gathered together to meet her fingers. She was just one among the 100 girls that we welcomed at Nokia in Cairo – our first greenlight girls to explore STEM fun in Egypt! Part of our mission when inspiring in STEM is to introduce all of our attendees to concepts and technology that they may not have ever seen before but that may be found in their everyday life. In doing so, we have the opportunity to remind them that the impossible is indeed possible – and they can design their future career in any way they dream with STEM. Just believeing that anything is possible is the necessary mindset for invention and innovation to begin!

To all of our donors, we thank you for all of your support as we continue inspiring girls in STEM around the world. Just these past few months, we’ve had over 15 events in over 10 countries engaging over 1,000 children. As part of our recent events, we’ve especially invited our girls to grab their invention passport and be inspired with female innovators in STEM that have come before us – from Maria Telkes, PhD (aka the “Sun Queen”), to actress and inventor Hedy Lamarr, to researcher Dr Shirley Jackson, to banker and inventor Miki Agrawal, and more! What will our next generation of STEM leaders discover next?

So, grab your passport and check out some highlights of where we’ve been and what we’ve done!

We started October in Canada with our first g4g Day @Ottawa with our global partner Nokia. With the help of 50 volunteers, we welcomed 200 girls aged 11-15 to discover the fun in electrical engineering with electricity (snap-tricity to be exact), statistics and chocolate, fruit batteries, and more. The girls reminded us that if you could travel at the speed of light, you’d be able to go around the Earth seven and a half times in a single second!

Only a day after, we were thrilled to be back to Ireland for our third g4g Day @Dublin with our global partner AIG. Helped by 20 wonderful and dedicated volunteers, and with the amazing support of some players and coach from the Gaelic Athletic Associations (GAA), we hosted a full day of STEM fun at the AIG offices in Dublin. We invited 80 young curious and excited girls to join us and explored all the science hidden in GAA sports (hello gaelic football and camogie), we experienced chemistry with bath bombs and polymer worms, we dove into electrical engineering with Scribblebots, we became codebreakers, and had fun with statistics using M&M's.

Our month also brought us to the European Parliament in Brussels, for this 2019 edition of the Generation Code with Public Libraries 2030 with 20 girls from the local Brussels community. We also had the honour of being asked to give a keynote speech at the beginning of the STEAM-B Learning Conference at the Aloha Collage in Marbella, Spain. We saw 400 kids from late primary school to high school and inspired them with hands-on workshops.

On October 14th and 15th we were absolutely thrilled to come to Egypt for our first ever g4g Days @Cairo with our global partner Nokia. 100 girls joined us and together, we dived into bio-chemistry, robotics, electrical engineering and plasma physics. We have heard so many girls comment "wow" -- so many "c'est fou" -- that we couldn't count them all!

Then, on Friday, October 18th – on to London! We were back for our third Design Hackathon in London with our global partner AIG, along with 50 girls from the local community. The girls worked as groups to come up with innovative solutions helping others. After building their prototypes, they came up with the coolest ideas -- from the "Petbot" to noise cancelling headphones, to an alarm clock that wakes you up with compliments... we loved how all of the ideas were different and deeply personal to the girl's lives.

Between October 22nd and 24th, we headed to the Interactive STEM Festival” Youth Mobile” (YoMo) in Los Angeles. What an adventure! Over the course of three days, we welcomed over 14,000 students and educators, and met with almost 1000 professionals and exhibitors. At our booth, kids could grab their “passport to invention” and explore the amazing work of 8 inventors. From Stephanie Kwolek, the inventor of the bullet-proof fabric Kevlar, to Maria Telkes, the Sun Queen, we took the kids with us on a journey and explored innovations in Solar Energy, Materials, Telecommunications, and Artificial Intelligence.

On October 29th, we headed to the UAE with our global partner Covestro for our first g4g Day @Dubai at Dubai Science Park! We were thrilled to host our first event there, and even more to be joined by these wonderful 100 curious and enthusiastic girls. Then, a day later, we welcomed 50 girls to Silverstone, UK, for our first g4g Day @Silverstone UTC, organized with Stanley Black & Decker and Envision Virgin Racing. Everyone especially enjoyed an exciting visit to the Envision Virgin Racing Formula E Garage, where girls experienced ‘a day in the life of racing’ and discovered how technicians and engineers work behind the scenes with Stanley Black & Decker tools to maintain the team’s leading position in the Formula E Championship.

With all the potential for innovation, science, and technology to change the world, it’s part of our pleasure to inspire the girls in the ways we have these past few months. We appreciate your support as we continue to engage with curious and enthusiastic girls. Look out for our next events coming up in Luxembourg, Brussels, India, and more!

Thank you all!

Hip hip hooray -- engineering a successful robot!
Hip hip hooray -- engineering a successful robot!
VR exploration at the European Parliament
VR exploration at the European Parliament
Inventions & smiles at our London Design Hackathon
Inventions & smiles at our London Design Hackathon
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Code breakers in the making in New Britain, CT!
Code breakers in the making in New Britain, CT!

Our past few months have been full of new events, STEM adventures, and wild dreams – as always at greenlight for girls! In particular, we've seen some wonderful reminders of the power of mentoring, of how engaging role model STEM volunteers from the community -- for even just a few hours -- can make a huge difference in the lives of young girls. At our events across the USA and India, and from our STEM Summer Camp at the International School of Brussels to our own special Summer Bootcamp, we've had girls jump to tell us how having a moment to sit and discuss their education and career aspirations (along side our favourite fun hands-on science activities) can be a moment of enormous and long term inspiration. And the key has been posing the question -- what is your dream?

One of the greenlight girls who attended our event at Stanley Black & Decker World Headquarters wrote that when the CTO asked that question, and then came and talked to each girl, she felt so inspired simply because "he sat with us today and he talked to me and my friends about life." Sometimes, all it takes is another person really seeing you, understanding your potential and drive, and reminding you that anything is possible! Thank you to all of our donors for helping us spread this message with your generous support. We’re even more proud to say that we’ve inspired over 220 young minds and engaged over 60 role model volunteers in just these few months because of you!

And how did our past few months look? We were thrilled to be back at the International School of Brussels for three weeks of Summer Camp where we offered kids a range of exciting science activities. With 25 new faces everyday, we had a blast learning everything there is to know about light, the colour spectrum, and chromatography, exploring the secrets of forensics with latent fingerprint dusting and lifting, diving into chemistry whilst making our own bath bombs, investigating electricity and circuits which we used to make our very own customised scribblebots, and so much more! 

On Saturday, July 13th, we welcomed 20 excited and curious kids for our new makerspace at our headquarter office in Brussels. We explored biodiversity and how different species can coexist, all whilst learning about the importance that biodiversity plays in resilient ecosystems and environments. Kids built a terrarium (to model the greenhouse effect), engineered their own insect hotels (the perfect way to offer some rest to solitary bugs in the city), and made seed bombs!

Then, on July 18th, we headed out to the US for our first g4g @work in New Britain with Stanley Black & Decker in New Britain, Connecticut. With the help of 46 curious girls and 34 incredible volunteer role models, the girls learned how to code, explored statistics with M&Ms, engineered their own robot, created chemical reactions -- and even learned that listening, exploring, and collaborating are some of the secrets of innovators. What a day!

On July 19th, we were in India, a very special place for us. Here, we met with 58 wonderful and curious girls for our first g4g @work in Pune with Stanley Black & Decker! Helped by 13 amazing and dedicated volunteers, we hosted a full day of STEM fun and discoveries. Girls from the local communities joined us and together we dove into electrical engineering, robotics, engineering design, and had fun using the SBD tools. We were so appreciate of our wonderful keynote speakers who joined the fun, including Mr Sunil Krish, Director of Manufacturing, who heads the Pune Plant facility, along with the leadership team - Mr Satish Pawar, HR Manager, and Ms Vinitha Mani, HR Manager & Women’s Network India Chapter Leader, as well as our g4g representative, Allan Rodrigues. 

Finally, the whole g4g crew gathered in our beautiful atelier in Brussels for some serious bonding and “boot camping” and of course, dream discussing! We explored a few new STEM activities, wondered how we could incorporate more VR and AI, more chocolate and more yoga into our upcoming workshops, and we took a deeeeppp breath before looking ahead at all of our fun and exciting events to come.

From all of us at greenlight for girls, we thank you for all of your continued support -- and don't forget to keep asking yourself, what is your next dream?

Girls sharing their dreams with SBD's first CTO
Girls sharing their dreams with SBD's first CTO
Engineering with Scribble bots in Pune, India!
Engineering with Scribble bots in Pune, India!
Structural engineering fun in India
Structural engineering fun in India
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Chemistry fun with Procter & Gamble in Cincinnati
Chemistry fun with Procter & Gamble in Cincinnati

What are our events like you may wonder? 

From discussing the future of girls and women in STEM with Leymah Gbowee, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate of 2011 at the Arch Summit conference – to extracting human DNA with the Princess of Luxembourg Tessy de Nassau at Vodafone – to creating hands-on magnetic slime with chemistry expert Dr. Eliot Gomez at the University of Cincinnati in the US – to even learning the secrets of environmental engineering with Dr. Jenna Mendell in Bridgewater, Massachusetts – and so much more. These moments of inspiration where the girls meet the people who are making a difference in their community -- these are the moments that make our events so special. 

We’re lucky to have the opportunity to engage and encounter such innovative and forward-looking role models in each community, and these few months have been packed with connecting over 700 girls to over 250 role model mentors. 

Just this week, we held the second g4g@work in Luxembourg working with Vodafone and the Ministry of Education to welcome 150 girls across two days of hands-on STEM activities such as programming robots, creating 5G Towers, coding, and more. Princess Tessy de Nassau and g4g Founder, Melissa Rancourt, both highlighted the need for women to support each other, be kind to one another, and remember that they are worthy and capable exactly as they are, right this moment. At the end of the day, one girl wrote to us and summarised the sentiment beautifully: "[g4g] is so much fun, encouraging, and overall, a great experience!! Girls are amazing! We're ALL worth it."

And from Luxembourg to Cincinnati! Here's a few more special moments we are excited to share with you. 

On May 6th 2019, we landed in the USA for our third g4g Day @Cincinnati with Procter & Gamble and the Greater STEM Cincinnati Collaborative. More than 300 girls discovered all the chemistry behind ice-cream, felt an actual brain to learn about neurons, anatomy and behavior, created their own personal Pantene Gold Series and much more with over 130 role models leading the way.

On April 6th, we launched our 4th g4g Day @BSU in Bridgewater, Massachusetts with 150 girls and 40+ volunteers across different STEM-related workshops from learning about organs to learning the ropes of environmental engineering, and everything in-between!

We also joined this year’s Arch Summit at the beginning of April where our lovely Communications Manager, Marie, packed her bag, the g4g roll-up banner, a few daisies and headed to Luxembourg to explore the world of connection and communication through technology and start-ups. After a thrilling pitch presenting g4g, and in-between teaching all the chemistry of bath bombs, she had the great opportunity to meet Leymah Gbowee, where they discussed about the importance of education for girls and started to think about g4g events in Liberia. We can't wait!

On April 3rd, we had our second g4g @work in Croydon with AIG where we invited 30 girls aged 11-15 to explore VR (and vertigo at the same time while walking along the edge of the building), become true codebreakers, learn about the speed of light using chocolate, and experience forces and design-thinking using bicarbonate chemistry engineering.

And what’s ahead for us?

May 25th marks the return of our makerspaces in our beautiful atelier in Brussels for a morning of discovery with lights, colors and reflections. We will break apart light, discover prisms, hidden colors and combine it with physical science, colors explosions, engineering, mathematics, while applying problem solving, creative and design skills.

And then we look ahead to events in Italy, Connecticut, India, and Australia!

All of these brilliant opportunities to inspire girls in STEM with role models around the world is made possible by you, and we thank you so much for this. We wouldn’t be where we are without you!

Princess Tessy and girls exploring human DNA!
Princess Tessy and girls exploring human DNA!
Future scientists discovering the microscopic!
Future scientists discovering the microscopic!
Marie from g4g taking the stage at Arch Summit
Marie from g4g taking the stage at Arch Summit
Frog dissection at it's finest in Cincinnati!
Frog dissection at it's finest in Cincinnati!
Role models & girls innovating in Tomorrow Street
Role models & girls innovating in Tomorrow Street
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