greenlight for girls

Once again, Greenlight for Girls visits New England.

On April 27, 150 greenlighters visited the campus of the University of Massachusetts- Dartmouth to participate in the third greenlight for girls Day South Coast. This year’s event gave 10-15 year-old girls the opportunity to participate in two morning workshops and then experience “Science at UMD” in the afternoon. Working with the Kaput Center for Research and Innovation in STEM Education, this year’s greenlight for girls Day inspired girls to work hard to reach their goals.

Roots and Shoots Ceremony at the EP with Jane Goodall.

This Wednesday, 8 May, we had the opportunity to attend the third annual Roots & Shoots ceremony at the European Parliament and meet Jane Goodall who presented the groups with their certificates and gave a special speech to all the children who are now part of a worldwide Roots and Shoots community.

Girls in ICT Day 25th April 2013.

The day has come! Last Thursday, 25th April, the European Parliament hosted one of the events of the International Girls in ICT Day, an initiative by ITU (International Telecommunication Union) Member States that aims to inspire girls and women into pursuing careers in the area of ICT. As the core of g4g’s mission is to encourage girls into science, engineering and also technology, we could not miss it.

Cisco invites girls to create an App!

In Support of Girls in ICT day on April 25th Cisco Belgium is partnering with the European Commission, European Parliament and ITU on the Girls in ICT Day campaign, to help develop the future ICT workforce by encouraging Girls to explore ICT as career choices. Our Girls in ICT event has 2 parts: - On the 24th April we will host a hands-on ICT exploration day at our Cisco Campus in Diegem for 50 girls, more details here. -

On 25th April Cisco will accompany 5 girls to the European Parliament Girls in ICT celebration, including a VIP visit to the Parliament and meetings with European Commissioner. In order to choose the 5 girls to attend the VIP visit we are running an App Design Competition from 8th March to 1st April. No prior IT experience is necessary, you just need to produce a conceptual design for an App for a mobile device. The best 5 entries will win, and from these 5 an ultimate sole winner will be chosen to have their app turned into a real app by our cisco techies.


g4g at the ESSS!

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greenlight for girls is very proud to have been part of the 10th European School Science Symposium, that happened in Laeken, at the European School Brussels IV.

The European School Science Symposium was a 2-day competition between students of European Schools from many countries, who presented very interesting scientific projects, such as a voice-activated dog jumping from its kennel, the nitrates and nitrites in cooked ham and how music students and bilingual students are better at multitasking (so, great news for the European School pupils, as they speak multiple languages!), among others.

We were there to engage students into some cool experiments – the daisy experiment, our specialty, the magic milk and the lava lamp – to show them that science is fun and that they can learn about many “mysteries of nature” just by trying some simple tricks.

Despite the heavy snow that fell in Brussels during the second day, we had an amazing time in the Science Symposium, as we could engage and entertain some very curious students (girls and boys) eager to see magic happening with the daisies, the milk and the lava lamp.  We also got to meet teachers of European Schools from different countries, which helped us to spread the message of greenlight for girls to adults whose work is to be role models for children and teenagers.

We would like to thank  Andrew McCalister, a teacher from the European School in Laeken who helped us with everything we needed in order to have a great event.

Now, we can’t wait for the Science Symposium 2014!

Mariana Alencar