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Give girls a greenlight for Science

by Greenlight for Girls, asbl
Give girls a greenlight for Science
Girls extract their DNA at our g4g Day in Surrey!
Girls extract their DNA at our g4g Day in Surrey!

As g4g springs forward into an exciting year of giving girls a greenlight for science around the world, we are thrilled to share some special moments from our 10+ events across continents these past few months. It has been with all your dedicated support that we have been able to engage more than 1000 girls - 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.

The aim of all of our events is to encourage girls to feel more engaged in math and science, imagine new possibilities for themselves, and to be inspired. And what better way to do so, than by encouraging girls to tackle professional rugby players in a sports-meets-science-and-safety workshop, extract their own DNA and taking it home with them, test out virtual reality, code mazes for robots, discover statistics with the help of chocolate, or have lunch with role models? Throughout our events, girls had the opportunity to experience such hands-on workshops and much more these past few incredible months.

A few of our favourite moments…

During our event in Athens, girls came up to us with such positive messages from their experience, exclaiming that "you will never know what will happen in science," that “everything has to do with science,” and that girls should "not be afraid to have a choice, to dream, and to believe." And we absolutely agree! This last message held particular significance as we were able to invite refugee girls from the local community to participate who were so excited to have the opportunity to learn, encourage, and ignite the minds of one another.

After our 7th annual g4g day event in Brussels this past November with over 275 girls, some of the most encouraging feedback came from the parents who reached out to us to say how absolutely enthusiastic their daughters were after coming home from our event… and even asking to sign up their daughter for the next event... nearly 8 months in advance!

We are excited to also share that they g4g team had opportunities to be keynote speakers in Berlin at the Linux Foundation, and in Riga at the International School of Riga’s Week of Science, Technology, and Design, as well as participate in conferences around gender inclusion and STEM at the European Parliament in Brussels, and the Council of Europe in Strasbourg.

You have helped us make these events possible and we appreciate all that you continue to do to help us give a greenlight for science to girls of all ages and backgrounds!!

Although we are already en route to our next event at Oxford University – getting ready for levitating trains, superconductors, and astrophysics –  we look forward to our next events in Espoo, Tampere, and Oulu, Finland - Sevilla, Spain - Paris, France - Cincinnati, USA - Abuja, Nigeria… and many more to come!

Girls become chemists at our event in Brussels!
Girls become chemists at our event in Brussels!
Discovering laser sharp technology in Brussels!
Discovering laser sharp technology in Brussels!
Crazy scientists at our event in Athens!
Crazy scientists at our event in Athens!

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girls are ready to go in San Francisco!
girls are ready to go in San Francisco!

The need to inspire girls in math & science studies is universal - we find the need everywhere we go.  Therefore, we are especially proud to announce that greenlight for girls is now operating on our 6th continent thanks to your great support and the continual spread of the message, Anything is Possible!

Since our last report, we continue to expand our activities and hold our greenlight for girls day in locations around the world.  With each new location, it gives us a chance to explore the need in the area, to meet new girls of every age & background, to build a network of volunteers & excellent role models, to work with inspiring companies & organisations who wish to share their passion in STEM -- and to start a continuous momentum.  One event always turns into more - not only our annual g4g days that bring hundreds of girls & volunteers together - but several events in the workplace, in schools and in the community that involve EVERYONE.

Thank you all for making this happen and helping us to grow!!  In these past months, we have held events in San Francisco on one side of the world and in Canberra, Australia in another.  And nearer to our global headquarters, we've just held our first event in Dresden, Germany this past weekend.  Our g4g team has had the chance to present at the Big Bang Scientific Research Competition in Chengdu, China (and won an award!) and to be the keynote speaker at MesosCon Linux Conference in Amsterdam.

And we're ready for the next events in the coming weeks!  Krakow, Poland - Sofia, Bulgaria - Brussels, Belgium - London, UK - NYC, NY - Houston, Texas - New Delhi, India - Ouro Branco, Brazil... and more -- HERE WE COME!!

Learning fun with science
Learning fun with science
Coding fun in Canberra!
Coding fun in Canberra!
Messy fun with science
Messy fun with science
g4g team presenting at MESOSCON!
g4g team presenting at MESOSCON!

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Our g4g science leaders in action at London
Our g4g science leaders in action at London's WOW

What a whirlwind these past few months have been!  Thanks to your support - we have been reaching more and more girls around the world and showing them future careers & inspiring a love for science, technology, engineering & math.

The past 90 days have brought us to....

  • London
  • Bridgewater, Massachusetts
  • Brussels
  • Dresden, Germany
  • Barcelona
  • Vilnius, Lithuania
  • Belgrade, Serbia
  • and Warsaw!

After several opportunities to give a greenlight for science, we've now surpassed 13,000 children personally reached with the help of more than 2,500 volunteers worldwide.

Some of our recent event highlights includes... working with AIG to bring virtual reality fun to the World of Women event in London & launching in Lithuania, working with Bridgewater State University & showing the girls a BIObus, working with Cisco on several initiatives including a girls in ICT day at their office premises & launching in Barcelona & Serbia, receiving a thank you gift from the office of the President of Lithuania, starting a g4g Science Award at the European Science Fair, plus so much more.

We love bringing our hands-on workshop fun to the girls in any language, in any location and have added a few new ones recently:  electronic kit designs, probability with M&Ms, sound waves, solar ovens and much much more.

Thank you all for your continued tremendous support!  Stay tuned for some incredible news as we launch in Australia, New Zealand, San Francisco & more incredible locations in the next 90 days.

Reaching so many young women in Spain
Reaching so many young women in Spain
Giving a g4g science award at the Europe Fair
Giving a g4g science award at the Europe Fair
Inspiring girls in the US!
Inspiring girls in the US!
Having fun at Cisco offices for our g4g@work day!
Having fun at Cisco offices for our g4g@work day!
Getting crazy in Lithuania with 200 amazing girls!
Getting crazy in Lithuania with 200 amazing girls!

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Curious girls in Pittsburgh
Curious girls in Pittsburgh

Thanks to all of you - we keep reaching more and more girls all around the world to show them the fun in learning Science, Technology, Engineering & Math!!!  In just these last few months, we have launched our g4g events in Pittsburg, PA USA and Goa, India - and held our 6th annual event in Brussels, Belgium and our 2nd annual event in Mol, Belgium.  1000 more young girls, ages 11 to 15, have now met incredible role models in their area and had a special day of science fun, just for them.

Shooting hoops with robots, learning coding with yoga & the star wars team, getting slimy with polymer worms, a Big Bang with Tesla & learning molecular cooking with the White House Executive Pastry Chef... this were just a few of the highlights at our launch at the Carnegie Science Centre in Pittsburgh.  As with all our events, these special days are free for the children thanks to our incredible donations & partners - and this particular event brought girls from local areas who haven't had the chance to see this incredible museum in their city.  A day of inspiration - and only just the beginning as we were also so pleasantly surprised by a visit by the local Councilman for the town who proclaimed this day as an official g4g day!

And just a few weeks later... on the other side of the world, we launched in Goa, India!!!  250 incredible girls and two launch events, in North & South Goa, and with local schools and orphanages -- if you saw a young girl wearing a gold ribbon necklace with their own DNA, then you know they were at the g4g day in Goa!  Some of these girls travelled 2 hours each way by various connected local buses just to attend this special day for them.... and all of them can't wait for the next one (which is already in the planning!).

Then, back at our headquarters in Belgium - in the little town of Mol, home of the European Commission research and other science organisations, the event brought back favourites including a visit from the local Fire station (of course with their trucks) to see the science behind fighting fires

And - the event of the year that we all wait for - as we get a chance to trial out new ideas to share with our worldwide event - Brussels, Belgium!!!  250 girls clamoured to be on the final registration list (which was filled within 48 hours of opening) and had a blast with new experiments this year.  The Martians landed with a special Martian-learning lab.  The girls applied their physics skills to sports in our new Sports & Science Fun Lab.  A Fab Lab truck appeared at the front of the building and the girls had a chance to make their own microscope.  Plus - so much more - as well as even more workshops run by the 16-year old greenlight girls who have attended all the past years.  And - the surprise ending?  The event closed with our first g4g Press Conference run by the girls.  6 girls, ages ranging from 10 to 16, each told their story, why science was important to them and why this event was needed to encourage girls of their age to keep on studying and exploring STEM.  Who stole the show?  Of course, it was the youngest on stage who had the best line and exclaimed at the end, "To positively affect the bottom line, you need to start putting women on the top line."

You can only imagine the audience's reaction. 

Playing basketball with a robot
Playing basketball with a robot
Helping White House Chef with science
Helping White House Chef with science
Learning about DNA
Learning about DNA
Martians have landed in the lab
Martians have landed in the lab
250 girls in Goa
250 girls in Goa

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greenlight girls in London learn sports & physics
greenlight girls in London learn sports & physics

It has been an incredible past few months. Thanks to all of you – greenlight for girls has been able to reach out to more than 1000 girls and conduct events in London, Singapore, Jordan, New York and Poland – 4 continents and an incredible number of role model volunteers.

Setting out to achieve the intention of this project – giving a greenlight for girls in science – we’ve certainly had the chance to do exactly this as we’ve held more than 5 major events to demonstrate the link of science, engineering, technology and math to any subject and any interest as a means to encourage continuous study and pursuit of the careers that inspire these young girls.

As with every event we hold, at least 20% of the girls that we invite to join our events come from less advantaged environments. These type of environments exist in any part of the world and we find it equally important to provide opportunities to those who may not have role models in their lives as we do to bring together young women from all areas of life so as to meet and find inspiration with one another. This has certainly been the case with the girls we have brought together in all of these geographical areas. We’ve invited girls from all types of environments and school systems to come together for a day of science fun and learning.

In these five locations – we’ve held g4g events that have taught skills in coding, mathematics, chemistry, biology, physics, computer technology, 3D printing and so much more. We’ve even demonstrated the link of science to the subjects that you may not expect such has… sports! Thanks to our sponsors, we’ve held a greenlight for girls event in London during the Rugby World Cup – a great opportunity to show the importance of studying math and science as we’ve connected this to sports. We’ve held workshops such as how physics can help your game, the virtual reality of the Haka, nutrition linked to energy and safety & biomechanics. Also in London, we worked with the scientists from Imperial College to teach high-level scientific concepts in a way that inspire everyone to frantically scribble in their notebooks and show their knowledge as soon as their parents arrived to collect them. In Amman Jordan, we bring to girls from such a variety of cultures and education and show them the fun of technology and how they can learn to code for a future of possibilities. In Singapore, we’ve invited girls to a prestigious financial conference to meet future employers. In New York, greenlight for girls has worked inside a school reaching both girls and boys to have a fun day linking science with Halloween as the kids went trick-or-treating for science experiments with every teacher in their school.

What has been the result of these incredible past weeks? We’ve reached more than 1000 girls – and countless role models – and we’ve all left the events with the same inspiration. “I can’t wait to learn more about science!”

Thank you all – you’ve made this possible. And you wouldn’t believe where we are going next… here’s the short list: Pittsburg, Bridgewater, Cincinnati, DC, Brussels, Goa, Rajasthan, Bangalore, Sofia, Barcelona.. and that’s only in the next few months. Next year’s incredible list of new cities where greenlight for girls will launch… is simply that, incredible.

Thanks for your continued support!

greenlight girls in London have some fun!
greenlight girls in London have some fun!
greenlight girl in Krakow signs Founder
greenlight girl in Krakow signs Founder's labcoat
greenlight girls in Krakow show their knowledge!
greenlight girls in Krakow show their knowledge!
g4g girls in the lab in Jordan
g4g girls in the lab in Jordan
greenlight volunteers get ready to inspire inAmman
greenlight volunteers get ready to inspire inAmman
greenlight girls in Singapore explore 3D printing
greenlight girls in Singapore explore 3D printing

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Location: Brussels - Belgium
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Project Leader:
Melissa Rancourt
Brussels, Belgium

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