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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!
A space expert shares her adventure in Antarctica
A space expert shares her adventure in Antarctica

Shhhh… don’t tell anyone but our sustainable innovators are cooking up some incredible inventions of the future near you!! If you glance over at one of our schools from the United States, you may see a prototype being built of an “Automatic Service Teacher” robot invention that helps humans on the autism spectrum. This robot has the potential to alert teachers when a student is feeling anxious or help to make the student feel safer. If you look closer, you may see that it could use various tools like heart monitors/glasses, sensory environment applications, and... it even runs on solar power. But wait! If you jump over to Belgium, you may see a school who is combining waste recycling with equality and human rights. If you peek through the window, you could see that they are designing an entire ecosystem within their classroom with a QR code parcours to help motivate users to be more sustainable and more inclusive. These are some of the thoughtful ways girls aged 11-15 are making their classroom a sustainable place of the future within our Passport to STEM Programme in partnership with the US Embassy in Belgium. Over these past few months, we’ve been thrilled to guide 100 girls from 12 schools across Belgium and the United States through the design process so they can realise their invention. They have had a chance to virtually meet with mentors from diverse backgrounds to get feedback and next month, a few of the schools will be recognized as leaders in STEM, sustainability, and inclusion! We can't help but mention one of our favourite feedbacks from the girls: "I am loving this program and have so much fun imagining and creating new inventions and forms to help people all around the world. I am so grateful to be involved in the program and think it's awesome." Yeah!

What else have we been up to these past few months?

Look into our atelier office and, in true g4g style, you would polymer worms being created, crystals being formed, and solar cars whizzing by. Our team has been rocketing into space, diving deep into the ocean, racing around tracks, and finding out how to make everyday life more of an adventure! We launched a broadcast episode on just this theme – Adventure – with our partner AIG as we heard from beSPACE personality, Sarah; McLaren engineer, Sian; financial adviser, Holly; coastal ecosystem scientist, Claudia; and STEM adventurer, Julie. We love the advice that was passed on from Sian especially: “I fully believe that just because you make a choice and go in one direction, it doesn’t mean you can’t go back another direction and choose another door later on. STEM is incredibly diverse: I went from medical to race cars!” With over 400 views of our broadcast – and an adventurous experiment with crystals that shined and polymer worms that were indeed slimy – we believe that this message was well received!

And from adventure, we grew into our next broadcast theme, Renewal, which specifically benefited over 100 girls in Ireland and around the world thanks to our wonderful partners Riot Games and GlobalGiving. During this episode, speakers shared what it meant to renew their own personal and professional purpose, described how science is constantly renewing itself with innovation in research, and discussed how renewable energy can make the future a brighter place. We loved the diversity our speakers brought to the table including Fiona, who spent 20 years in the field of science research and earned her PhD in molecular genetics from Trinity College Dublin; Catriona, a young role model who changed from chemistry to political science and is currently in her last year at Trinity College Dublin; and Mary, an Ireland-based technology entrepreneur and serial angel investor who is one of Said Business School's (University of Oxford) Entrepreneurship Experts. We also showcased a hands-on experiment which featured the building of a solar-powered car and a solar-powered light. Oh la lumière!

We have also been busy behind-the-scenes working to bring our g4g Lab to life, a community platform of unique experiential learning that provides even more girls around the world with g4g activities, g4g fun, and g4g inspiration. We want the communities we serve to be able to actively experience STEM outside of the classroom, have fun thinking about STEM in new ways, and get a chance to meet STEM professionals as often as they want. Although we will be focused on module learning these next months ahead, we are also excited to be working again with CDK, a technology company, to welcome a cohort of 140 CDK interns as part of our STEM Challenge Internship programme. Don't forget to be on the lookout for broadcast episodes with Covestro role models and global hackathons with Solvay! There even may be a chance to gather together in a new way soon… but shhhh, don’t tell anyone just yet!

To all of our donors, we are deeply appreciative of your support and generosity which keeps our programming for women and girls flourishing. We hope that you see the deep impact that you have had – over 2,300 people have engaged with our broadcasts since we have started… what a result! The content and engagement with STEM role models that we are able to share are the inspiration for the next generation, and it is your belief in our mission that fuels our creativity and innovation for all that we do. We thank you and can’t wait to share more with you soon!

Wishing you STEM invention and innovation ahead,

g4g team

Formula E engineer, Sian, shares her story!
Formula E engineer, Sian, shares her story!
A peek into the design behind a robot prototype!
A peek into the design behind a robot prototype!
Renewing your purpose in STEM with Fiona's advice
Renewing your purpose in STEM with Fiona's advice
Learning about ecosystem scientists with Claudia
Learning about ecosystem scientists with Claudia
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Building our own solar car experiment!
Building our own solar car experiment!

After a special broadcast where some of our g4g Ambassadors from around the world met with the CEO of Solvay, Dr. Ilham Kadri, she shared how moving the experience was for her: "Thank you so much for the wonderful exchange! Loved the conversation with the girls, listening to their stories of passion and dedication in STEM. My advice? Dream big, look for your sponsor and never give up!" And we couldn’t agree more! We love that inspiration is infectious. It reminds girls and adults alike to be imaginative, take on challenges with resilience, and to not be afraid to play LOUDLY and often.

As we enter into a brand new year, we can't help but reflect on all the inspiring and new ways we innovated in the last 12 months. And what a year we had! We hosted our first events online, gathering attendees and role model speakers from across the globe, and we launched some incredible educational STEM kits. We introduced virtual STEM challenges, led a virtual career hackathon, and recorded nine experiment videos. We are even getting started on our first virtual and cross-continental after-school program. We couldn't have done so without all our wonderful donors whose generosity continues to fuel us. 

We were especially thrilled to have been chosen as one of GlobalGiving's Projects of the Month in November, giving us a chance to encourage even more support from the community! We are so proud to have had 20+ events with over 5,000 participants and 4,500 volunteers engaged around the world... and this is all during a crazy pandemic year.

With that in mind, we invite you to take a peek at some of our favourite moments:

  • Working with the US Embassy in Belgium to host the first-of-its-kind cross-cultural and virtual programme: The g4g Great Passport to STEM Challenge! 100 girls across Belgium and the US will be kicking off our program in February!
  • Engaging more than 2,000 Solvay Employees in 10 languages to help them create educational STEM learning resource for kids around the world during their Citizen Day initiative. Check out the amazing results in the Future Innovator's Library. 
     
  • Partnering with CDK Global to host a 7-week g4g STEM Challenge Program this past summer for 65 interns at their company. The challenge? Bringing the STEM expertise of CDK to life for kids around the world!  
     
  • Bringing career skills to life in our first AIG and g4g Career Hackathon for students across the UK to see how STEM links to risk, budgeting, work culture, diversity, communication, and more! With AIG alone, we’ve had the great chance to bring forward more than 50 professional role models in their company to inspire girls in these months.  
     
  • Developing our first STEM kit in partnership with CDK Global and Project Helping which demonstrated solar power charging. Over 2,500 boxes were sent to adults and over 2,500 girls and boys received them! Check out all the details in our press release!
     
  • Creating and producing episodes of our g4g broadcast series: Science, you had me at hello.® Ingenuity, innovation, creativity, resilience, exploration, dynamic, agility, purpose, inclusion, and more! All of the learnings from these episodes are available to YOU, and don’t forget to look here.

And with all that, it’s time to look ahead! We have innovation kits to prepare, more career hackathons to plan, and are gearing up to launch our first broadcast entirely in Spanish in partnership with the European Parliament on the theme of Future next week. Stay tuned for all the events and activities coming soon!

As always, thank you for helping us share our mission and supporting us especially through this incredibly transformative time. From all of us g4g, we wish you a safe, happy, and healthy new year!

Our g4g Ambassadors meet with Solvay virtually
Our g4g Ambassadors meet with Solvay virtually
Our broadcast talks all things inclusion!
Our broadcast talks all things inclusion!
Highlighting STEM role models in the community
Highlighting STEM role models in the community
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80+ girls wave after our Australian broadcast
80+ girls wave after our Australian broadcast

“I was actually one of the very few Asian students at my school and in my background. I was told that girls couldn’t achieve anything – and that just made me want to prove myself more because girls can do anything.” These were some of the powerful words spoken by one of our broadcast speakers, Sima, who joined us to talk about the importance of being resilient as she shared her story of overcoming racism, bigotry, and loss to study mathematics and become an expert in her field. In addition to Sima, we have had the pleasure to connect 20+ diverse and inspiring role models to 400+ participants during our live broadcast series Science, you had me at hello® on themes of Innovation, Resilience, Creative Challenges, and Exploration during these past few months. And, as always, we are so appreciative to all of our supporters who help us continue to reach and inspire girls in science at all of our virtual events. We are thrilled to say that these now include a broadcast series, g4g TV, science educational kits, intern programs, and career weeks!

Our episode on Innovation brought together atomic ballerina, Merritt, marine analyst, Peta, risk engineer Emma, and creative marketer, Nicola. They told us about their experience, their studies, and shared everything from how to juggle multiple careers at a time, to what it means to be risk-averse, to the importance of believing in yourself. We especially loved the overall message to embrace your doubts while not attention to negative thoughts. The best part was hearing all of the feedback from the girls cheering the speakers on – and our favourite message: “Each word I hear I feel more thrilled to pursue my STEM path. Thanks you all!”

As the summer months turned especially warm, we (virtually) packed our bags to head to Australia to launch a special episode around Exploration in partnership with National Science Week ACT. Inspired by the elements of the world and diversity in exploring our planet, we welcomed optoelectronics expert, Amrita, Superstar of STEM and coastal expert, Jennie, aerospace engineer, Bianca, digital leader, Michelle, and inventor and musician, Christine. Their messages on staying curious and being open to exploration in all we do resonated with absolutely all the girls on the line with us. They encouraged us to find role models who can push us in the direction of our passion or tribe, not being afraid to learn differently or try new things (because the spark for inspiration could come at any time), and remembering that you don’t always need to know the solution if you know the path. We loved when one 13-year-old greenlight girl in Canberra, Australia confidently asked them about her passion in science and the environment: what causes the most damage to the Great Barrier Reef? And in your opinion, what is the most interesting recent discovery in the ocean?

We also had the opportunity to work with CDK Global, a leading technology company in the automotive industry, to launch a g4g STEM Challenge Program! Between July 1 and August 6, our program welcomed 65 CDK Global interns with the challenge to help them to bring the technology and innovation of CDK to life. In addition to help building their skills in creative storytelling, collaborating with a team, presenting to an audience, breaking down complex STEM subjects, and more, each team has developed a hands-on experiment and recorded a training video. Our wonderful jury of both executives and children reviewed them and the winning teams shared their journey, inspiration, and more on a special broadcast episode on Creative Challenges.

The best part of focusing on virtual events means that we have an even bigger reach to inspire more girls in STEM. We are excited to share our upcoming collaboration with Canberra Hospital Foundation as we put together g4g TV content including our favourite moments for all our broadcasts so far! Another upcoming project is collaborating with Project Helping and CDK Global to create educational STEM kits for 3,000 children. These are top secret for now – but we can’t wait to see the result in a few months! Lastly, we are looking forward to inviting 30 young girls and boys to join a special Career Hackathon Week with AIG where they get to learn how science and technology link to all career paths, especially those at this innovative insurance company.

And what about your g4g team? They are behind-the-scenes making all sorts of fun recordings of hands-on experiments and planning the next events… so keep on the lookout! We already have upcoming broadcasts on the themes of Dynamic, Agility, Future, and more.

Thank you to our donors especially for your constant support to bring our events to life and your generous spirit which helps keep us going!

A speaker showcases her inspiration in physics!
A speaker showcases her inspiration in physics!
Interns demonstrate data processing in a workshop
Interns demonstrate data processing in a workshop
Chatting innovation with a ballet & physics expert
Chatting innovation with a ballet & physics expert
Inspiring words on resilience during a broadcast
Inspiring words on resilience during a broadcast
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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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