Ambassadors, Italy and the result of a 3 years-long study for our June!

Our sun-filled June began in beautiful Monvalle, Italy where we worked with Stanley Black & Decker to inspire engineering fun with children in their community.  And… this news just in!!  The Impact project led by University of Leuven is now ready to share!  Find out what young women are looking for in STEM studies – and how g4g is helping to build their confidence and skills.  Finally, in between gearing up for a very incredible Fall ahead, we had the opportunity to learn from our g4g Ambassadors as they shared their video stories with us on why STEM is so important to them.  You can be an Ambassador too!

Read all about it below!


On June 12, 2019, we were thrilled to host our first g4g @work event with Stanley Black & Decker in Monvalle, Italy. 25 girls and boys aged 8-14 joined us for an afternoon of science fun! After personalizing their Stanley Black & Decker labcoats, the kids were welcomed by Simona Carnabucci, HR Manager Italy for Stanley Black & Decker, and Marie from g4g. They then had the opportunity to build their own drawing robots, make explosive bath bombs, construct toolboxes with Stanley Black & Decker tools, have fun with snap circuits, as well as enjoying a visit to the warehouse and learning how SBD kits were made. A huge thanks to the 11 volunteers from SBD who joined us on this amazing day!


June is also the month of exams for a lot of students… including most of our amazing Ambassadors! We are sending them lots of positive thoughts and know they will be amazing. Speaking of such Ambassadors… do you know them already? Here is a short video introducing 5 strong young women who are doing us the honor of being Ambassadors for g4g. Have a look!

 
 

Finally, during this month of June, we also finalized a wonderful project which has been in the works for the last three years! Starting in November 2015, researchers from the Center for Social and Cultural Psychology at the University of Leuven, Belgium conducted a survey among our g4g girls in Western Europe, the United States, and Australia.

The goal? Gain more insight into girls' interest in STEM-fields, and to get some insight into greenlight for girls’ impact.

As a result, an Impact project was published and can be seen here. We’ve even created a fun infographic summarizing the most important findings. Have a look at it by clicking on the image on the left but in a few words … Girls LOVE science, they absolutely believe they belong in the STEM fields and the support of their social environment is a key factor to encourage them to continue on this path. We are thrilled to realize how much our g4g events can help them gain the confidence and the STEM community and inspiration they crave!

Thanks and congratulations to the team of researchers (and particularly Jenny !!) for this amazing work together 😍 !

In a nutshell, June was another super month for g4g, but July has no reason to worry that it won’t live up to the high standards set by the previous month, with three events over three continents (hello Europe, America and Asia!) and the ongoing, super exciting Summer Camp in Brussels! See you in a month!

Mirjam, our June g4g girl!

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Hi everyone!

My name is Mirjam, I am a greenlight for girls ambassador and I come from Slovenia.

I am currently pursuing my undergraduate studies in molecular and cellular biology at Sacred Heart University in Connecticut, USA. At my university, I am involved in neuroscience research. However, currently, I am in San Antonio, Texas where I am participating in a summer cancer research internship at UT Health San Antonio. At UT Health I am working with some of the most talented scientists in the genetic and cancer field to better understand the mechanism by which cancer can survive and attack our cells. In my free time I like to swim, sing, play guitar, travel and try new food.

My first experience with greenlight for girls goes back to high school. I attended the European School of Brussels 1 and participated in multiple g4g events. Whenever I was at a g4g day I really enjoyed doing the fun experiments to understand science. I was also amazed by how many other girls enjoyed science as much as I did. The g4g events influenced my decision to pursue a career in science. When I started college, I wanted to be involved with g4g, and I was happy to hear that I could do so by becoming an ambassador. As a g4g ambassador, I am committed to spreading the love for science to the future generations.

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My love for science has grown through my research experience in the past couple of years. Whenever I am working in a lab or learning something new in lectures, I am fascinated by how wonderful the world around us is and how much there is to learn. I like solving puzzles to get a whole picture, and with science, there are endless combinations to understand the big picture of our world. 

An aMAYzing g4g month!

In May, we inspired nearly 500 girls and boys in the USA, Luxembourg, and Belgium! We celebrated our third g4g Day @Cincinnati with P&G (and 320 girls), our second g4g @work in Luxembourg with Vodafone (and 150 girls), and the first makerspace of 2019 (with 20 girls and boys)!

This month, the girls experimented with everything STEM related, from making their own shampoo to hands-on procurement tips, from building 5G towers to the chemistry of ice-cream – and all through we met with amazing role-models and guest speakers from VPs, CEOs and Councilwomen, to even Luxembourg’s Princess Tessy de Nassau.

Finally, since we couldn’t actually see the sun due to a rainy and cloudy Belgian weather, we started to wonder… “But what color IS the sun?!” 20 kids found out during our Rainbow Lab and discovered all the secrets behind light, colors, and much more in our last makerspace, on May 25th!

Read all about it below!

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On May 6, 2019, we were back in Cincinnati for the third year in a row with our amazing global partner, P&G as well as the Greater Cincinnati STEM Collaborative and the University of Cincinnati. What a day!

320 girls joined us and experienced all the fun behind STEM… They gathered chemistry skills to make their own beauty products, ice cream and polymer worms, they discovered all the secrets behind the human DNA, they got to see and touch an actual brains, dissecting frogs, they had fun coding… And so much more!

Cherry on top, thanks to the wonderful 130 volunteers, the girls could benefit from mentoring sessions with wonderful role models from the STEM fields.

A huge thanks to all the speakers of the day ; Catherine Ochterski, VP of HR at Pilot Chemical Company, CEO Pam Butcher, Pilot Chemical Company, Jennifer Ahoni, Scientific Communications Manager and Senior Engineer, Procter & Gamble, Chelsea Nuss, Founder and CEO at The STEM Lab, Councilwoman of Forest Park, Tamaya Dennard, Cincinnati City Councilwoman, and Anna Lanzillotta, University of Cincinnati Electrical Engineering Student. Finally, a massive thanks to all the volunteers, amazing role-models of the day and all our corporate sponsors, including Duke Energy, Pilot Chemical and Kroger Technology.

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On May 22nd and 23rd, we did two things we don’t do often… We shared DNA talks with a Princess and we hosted two events within two days in the same location thanks to 40 amazing volunteers.

Indeed, for our second g4g@work in Luxembourg with Vodafone and the Ministry of Education, we welcomed 150 girls across two days of hands-on STEM activities. In addition to some of our signature workshops (hello DNA in a necklace, scribblebots, statistics with M&M’s, and polymer worms!), the girls also explored all the secrets behind Customer IoT, learnt how to program Pepper the humanoid robot, and understand the beautiful magic (and logic!) of coding.

During these two days, we were also incredibly lucky to have amazing guest speakers: 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. Fabienne Lesbros, and Carmen Maftei, from Vodafone, shared their experiences of women in STEM with the girls. Picturing them in a big men’s jacket and shoes in the Eurotunnel, and hearing the statistics of women and men at the office was absolutely brilliant! Finally, Francesco Ortele, from Vodafone, talked to the girls about data safety and online privacy, while Patrick Krier, from SCRIPT – The Ministry of Education in Luxembourg, reminded everyone of the much-needed work we need to do in education overall to achieve gender-balance.

The conclusion of these exciting and exhausting two days? Let’s leave the final words to one of our g4g girl:  "[g4g] is so much fun, encouraging, and overall, a great experience! Girls are amazing! We're ALL worth it.”

We couldn’t have said it better 😊

 

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Finally, on May 25th, we invited 20 girls and boys to join our Rainbow Lab, in our beautiful g4g Atelier in Brussels for our new makerspace.

The goal? Finally discovering all the secrets behind light and colors! After enjoying snacks and customizing their labcoats, kids casually talked about light refraction and chromatography. We asked them lots of questions and we all discovered that the Sun is actually… not yellow! Kids then had a better understanding on how light functions and breaks apart, and after looking at the color spectrum they broke into groups to enjoy two activities. Some learnt all the hidden colors of blacks and it’s rainbow effect with chromatography butterflies, while others got messy and saw how physics, forces and colors were making wonderful pendulum paintings! Finally, the kids all got together to craft their own kaleidoscope looking-glasses through which they could gain new perspectives of the world. Thank you all so much for attending to our new makerspace, and a huge thanks to all our lovely volunteers for coming and helping us in our Rainbow Lab!

Alright, and just like that, May has ended. Will we meet you in June? We hope so! Get ready for the Summer to arrive while we prep for an event in Italy with Stanley Black & Decker, and our yearly Summer Camp with ISB in Brussels!

Sophie, our May g4g girl !

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Hello everyone, my name is Sophie and I am the g4g girl for the month of May!

I'm currently studying for a PhD in Tropical Medicine at the Liverpool School of Medicine. I obtained a BSc in Biomedical Science from the University of Sheffield in 2014. Following this, whilst studying for a Masters in Immunology from Imperial College London, I undertook a 7-month research project with the Tuberculosis Research Centre, Imperial College London. Following a year as a research assistant at The University of Oxford, I started at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine. In my spare time I enjoy ballet, rowing, bouldering and mountaineering. I’m a mentor for The Girl’s Network and a greenlight for girls ambassador.

 

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I joined g4g to try and encourage more girls to pursue careers in STEM subjects. Indeed, I love STEM! I am particularly passionate about infectious diseases and global health. As a scientist I am concerned by the disparity in health care across the globe. I believe everyone has the right to access better diagnostics and treatments for the improvement of global health. Pursuing a career in tropical medicine allows me to try and improve a small part of this disparity in collaboration with a team of doctors and scientists. I enjoy working as part of a team. Science also gives me the opportunity to travel, with frequent travel to India for my PhD. 

 

STEM helps us understand how things work. STEM gives us the ability to identify something we think could be improved and allows us to be innovative and creative to try to make something better.  For these reasons, I believe we should encourage, everyone, to be more curious about STEM!

April 2019 for g4g ; from the UK to the US, with sodium bicarbonate and VR

April 2019 was a very exciting and thrilling month for g4g! For once, we were not travelling to every continent all at once, so we managed to take the time to properly welcome new team members, to try a few new workshops, to plan some fun and nice video projects, and to reach out and meet with potential new partners... We have so much exciting news!

But first, what events did we host this month?

 

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On April 3rd, Indra and Alex went to the UK, for our first g4g @work in Croydon with AIG. 30 girls aged 11-15, joined us and experienced the fun hands-on workshops we had in stock for them! They explored VR and vertigo at the same time while walking along the edge of the building, became true codebreakers, learned about the speed of light using chocolate, experienced forces and design-thinking using bicarbonate chemistry engineering, extracted their own DNA and made science jewelry out of it… in a nutshell, they experienced a true g4g event! A big thanks to all the 20 volunteers who joined us for this day of science fun!

 

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On April 6th, Sarah, our amazing Board member, hosted the 4th g4g Day @BSU In Bridgewater, Massachusetts… What a day! 150 girls joined us and explored fun STEM-related workshops, conceived by all the amazing volunteers came to help us. What did they do? So much! First, they were welcomed by Dr. Jenna Mendell who gave a very inspiring keynote speech and encouraged future research scientists. Then, girls discovered engineering through 3d design, they built robots, learnt all the secrets behind aviation, saponification, extreme weather, and our organs, they experienced with waves and physics with the wonderful Physics for show, they learnt about the ropes of environmental engineering, they traveled to the moon (with our “craters’ secrets” workshops) and back (thanks to the Earthview workshop)…! A massive thanks to Bridgewater State University, the Center for Advancement of STEM Education of BSU and all the wonderful volunteers, teachers and students who made this day possible!

 

In addition to our traditional events, we also joined this year’s Arch Summit, happening on April 4 & 5 in Luxembourg. The goal of such summit is to ease the connection and create communication and links between start-ups and companies in the tech world. Tech world? Well, we wouldn’t miss that for the world! So Marie packed her bag, the g4g roll-up banner, a few daisies and headed to Luxembourg to make sure that such event would not miss all the fun g4g could bring to it! 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, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate of 2011. Together, they discussed about the importance of education for girls, and started to think about g4g events in Liberia. We are all so enthusiastic about this idea and potential events with the Gbowee foundation, and we hope we will find all the resources needed to make it happen! Meanwhile, enjoy these couple of photos taken at the event! 

Indra, our April g4g girl!

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Hello everyone, I am Indra, I am a Projects & Events Coordinator at g4g!

I am quite new at greenlight for girls, since I first heard of the organization in January 2019, while coming across an unexpected job post. I was intrigued right away! The post differentiated by a light, open and approachable tone, and I have always been interested in gender studies and passionate about activities that raise gender equality and equity through increasing access opportunities to education. It is something I will always be engaged in and g4g’s open space was a great backdrop to realize this ambition.

Meeting the team personally, seeing its collaborative and collegial working environment paired with a passion to create truly engaging education activities for girls and young women, inspiring them to discover their potentials, immediately convinced me.

My engagement with g4g is just kicking off and up to this point experiences have been very rewarding – seeing a direct and clearly felt impact we are making on the girls at every step and event on the way, is priceless. The collaboration with countless volunteers, partners and the g4g community at large, has been impressive and a driving force behind creating events that bring everyday science and the people behind it to life.   

 

My interest in science

Science is in everything we see, touch or do – permeating even the most mundane tasks and actions of daily life. To me an interest in science ultimately sparks an interest in being an explorer of all things that are life. Understanding the world around us creates lively and open mind sets.

Those kind of open mindsets, I personally hope, will increasingly consider those pressing sustainability and social challenges our current and future generations are facing.  

 

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Girls & STEM…

It's a simple equation for me: I believe more girls in STEM equals more young women with the potential to be
change-makers, leading to more women actually working at the forefront of global challenges.

g4g is there to bridge the gap and raise girls in STEM. Proving that ‘Science is a girls thing’!
In this sense, the project inspires them to discover their potentials, installs confidence, and importantly empowers them to beat stereotypes!

 

Participating to our g4g events

It is tradition at every event, community outreach or gathering for the kids/girls to decorate their lab coats, with with whatever symbols, statements, pictures they find inspiring. The creativity and talent girls express on these lab coats as their canvass is outstanding and proves how Arts and STEM are far from exclusive.

At first my own lab coat was plain, white, empty, maybe sterile – the girls were there to change all that – ready to help me decorate. The first color my coat received was the sentence: ‘Girl Power’ – so simple, yet very meaningful. Moving through the room and seeing how a simple piece of ‘clothing’ transformed at the hands of the girls, more and more into a colorful artifact of meaning, hopes and ambitions, showed exactly the creational force that is science.

 Also, as a Social Entrepreneurship enthusiast, I believe the secret ingredient in g4g events is that they actually engage girls to Co-create their science experience!
They have the unique chance to take ownership of what they are learning, creating and experimenting with – which has a lasting effect on their ambitions and perception of potentials.

  

My personal message for the greenlight girls around the world

Always remember, that neither how we are born nor who we are told to be, can stop us from being true explorers, experiencers, experimenters and discovers of our own life, dreams and the world.