In India, the USA and Belgium for a wonderful July!

Ooohh July! The sun, the ice-cream, the beach, the free time… Free time? Not at g4g!

In July, we went all out! To kick things off, we held two events with Stanley Black & Decker in the USA and India, we hosted three weeks of our STEM Summer Camp at the International School of Brussels, and we attended our very own special Summer Bootcamp. What a month!

First off, we were thrilled to be back at the International School of Brussels for three weeks of Summer Camp until July 12! For the third year in a row, we offered kids at ISB Summer Camp a range of exciting science activities. Hurrah to all the amazing young scientists who joined us (25 new faces each day!). Together we learnt everything there is to know about light, the colour spectrum and chromatography; We explored the secrets of forensics with latent fingerprint dusting & lifting, analyzing fingerprint patterns, invisible ink messages and ink chromatography; We dug into some chemistry while making our own bath bombs; We investigated electricity and created circuits which we used to make our very own customized scribblebots; We put our engineering-skills to the test while completing the “Great Egg Drop” challenge; We got messy with Oobleck and magic sand (did you know sand could be hydrophobic?!)…. and so much more! A massive thanks to ISB for hosting us and a big bravo to our amazing science instructors of the year: Indra, Emily, Ruairí and Alex!

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On Saturday July 13, we welcomed 20 excited and curious kids for our new makerspace. We explored all about biodiversity and how different species can coexist, we talked about the importance of biodiversity to have resilient ecosystems and we learned all about the environment and the communities of life around us. 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! A big big thanks to all the kids and parents who came on Saturday and a huge bravo to our wonderful volunteers and teachers of the day; Indra, Emily, Valentine and Tracy!


 

Then, on July 18 we headed out to the US for our first g4g @work in New Britain with Stanley Black & Decker. "What are the secrets of innovation? What are your biggest and wildest dreams?" These were some of the questions posed by Stanley Black & Decker’s first CTO, Dr Mark Maybury, as he welcomed 46 curious girls to our g4g event. With the help of 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! Thank you to everyone involved for helping to bring such a fun day to life - we can’t wait for the next one!

 

On July 19, we were in India. Here, we met up with 58 wonderful and curious girls for our first g4g @work in Pune, India, 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. Our goal? To show them that girls and STEM make a great combination and Anything is Possible!  A massive thanks to all the volunteers who came to help us and all the incredible STEM role models of the day: 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. India, we will be back!

 

Finally, the whole g4g crew gathered in our beautiful atelier in Brussels for some serious bonding and “boot camping!” We explored a few new STEM activities, wondered how we could incorporate more VR, more chocolate and more yoga into our upcoming workshops, (come back in the Fall to see all the answers!) and we took a deeeeppp breath before cleaning the whole g4g atelier and sorting out all our workshop material! In a nutshell, we are ready for the holidays… and we can’t wait for the upcoming crazy Fall-season which is jam-packed with fun events around the world!

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Julia, our July g4g girl!

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Hello there, I’m Julia!

It was about 5 years ago when I first took part in a g4g day in Brussels that I realized how fascinating and fun science could be (the Mentos and Coke experiment blew my mind and is still one of my favourites). Since then I’ve been to several events and only recently became an ambassador. It’s so exciting now being part of the team that made me, and continues to make so many young girls, enjoy science. What I love about g4g events is that girls get to choose which workshops to attend, meet other girls with a passion for STEM and discover new areas of science through experiments, games and group work.

 

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This summer I’m moving from Alicante (Spain) to Cambridge where I’ll be doing a placement through the Year In Industry Scheme at Springboard Pro, an engineering consultancy who aim to improve lives through research and development in growing areas such as regenerative medicine, connected devices and diagnostics. It’s a field I’m very passionate about and I’m really looking forward to getting practical experience before going to university to study it.

I love physics, maths and biology, so I got very excited when I found out about this area of engineering that combined my favourite subjects with creative thinking. It involves applying engineering principles to medicine and healthcare. From designing prosthetics, to improving MRI machines and genetic engineering, its applications are wide and varied.

 

I'm also very sporty and I definitely believe that a healthy body helps keep a healthy mind. I always start the day with yoga and love football and cross country running. Through biomedical engineering we can allow everyone to enjoy sport and benefit from physical freedom, thereby increasing their independence.

 

Science is brilliant. It explains how things work, saves people's lives and it’s loads of fun. To be good at science, you don’t need to be a genius, you just need to be passionate. So to all of you girls out there who are passionate about science, trust me, the more science you do, the better it gets! And finally, I’ll leave you with a quote I’ve adapted from Émilie du Châtelet "Let us choose for ourselves our path in life, and let us try to strew that path with daisies.”

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!