November: 11 events in 6 countries and 1500 greenlight girls!

Our greenlight girls are absolutely incredible – strong, intelligent, and curious young girls, and we never fail to be impressed by their determination and capability to see a future full of possibilities. Recently, we've had such fun seeing silly scientists, innovative engineers, resourceful technicians, and more emerge as the girls get messy with hands-on and interactive workshops and activities. And we consider ourselves really lucky, because in only one month it’s 1500 girls that we met. Yes, 1500 in 1 month; it’s like meeting 50 energetic and enthusiastic kids per DAY! Pfew! This month, we went from Brussels to NYC, to Mexico, to India (three times!), to New Jersey, to China, to Russia and back to Belgium again… Ready to read all about it?

———

Image from iOS (12).jpg

On November 3, our three amazing volunteers of the day (hello, Jelena, Thais and Alexaundra) gathered in Towson, MD, USA for a new g4g in the community w/ SBD! Once again, we joined forces with Stanley Black & Decker for the 2nd annual International Girls Day at their HQ in Maryland. 60 girls came and explored all the fun in STEM, they built bristlebots able to draw, extracted their DNA to put it in a necklace, or event, discovered the secrets behind slime!

Check out our facebook album to see all the photos taken this day!

G4G Mexico 003.jpg

On November 7, you would have found Alex and Loredana in Mexico for our first g4g Day @Mexico City w/ Covestro! 65 girls and 20 volunteers joined to the facilities of Covestro for a unique opportunity to see an insider's look into a day in the life of a polymer chemist as they tested out polymer worms, coding, DNA extraction, and engineer paper planes with their sustainable wish for the future on it. Girls were amazed to discover all the different things that we could do with chemistry and they also shared with us that the focus on sustainability inspired them to build a brighter and greener world. Wow!

Have a look at our photos album on facebook here

Image from iOS.jpg

On November 9, it’s in the US again that Alex and our 20 volunteers of the day brought STEMtastic workshops for the second g4g Day @Jackson Heights, NYC! During the day, more than 80 kids got to experience five of our fun and interactive workshops; from learning math and statistics with chocolate to discovering biology with DNA extractions, to chemistry with polymer worms, they all proved so inspired and determined! Don’t believe us? At the snap circuits, a group refused to move on to a different project until they got it… they spent nearly the entire workshop figuring out how a specific circuit worked. And guess what? They got it!

That’s in New Jersey that Alex finished her American tour this Fall, with the first g4g Day @Nokia Bell Labs in New Providence (where the telephone was invented by A. G. Bell!) on November 13. A massive thanks to the 30 volunteers from Nokia who helped us during the day and who crafted amazing workshops showcasing Nokia technology and all the fun in STEM. Our lucky 100 greenlight girls were the very first ones to test out the latest innovation from Nokia – the Virtual Factory! They got to be immersed in a virtual world where they tested robotic arms controlling robotics. They also visited the unique “Anechoic Chamber”, a room designed to completely absorb reflections of either sound or electromagnetic waves! As our event took place during Global Entrepreneurship Week, we even brought in a design-thinking activity where girls had to create businesses, inventions, and more to better their home, community, or school.

Between November 17 and 18, you would have seen our inspiring g4g Founder & engineer, Melissa Rancourt, encourage nearly 200 girls in Shanghai and Hangzhou, China at the innovative facilities of Nokia, reminding them that science & technology is linked to absolutely everything around them and, especially, to any future career path they may choose. The girls loved exploring mathematics with chocolate, the chemical reaction of explosive bath bombs, and more as they became Nokia Certified Future Innovators in Technology!

Check out the video of the event in Hangzhou here

20181124-DSC03645.jpg

On November 24, our 9th annual g4g Day @Brussels took place at the International School of Brussels in our headquarter city. We welcomed 300 girls & over 75 volunteers from Belgium and the Netherlands to join us for a day of polymer cupcakes, robotics, lasers, the physics of Rubens' Flame Tube, invention with design thinking, fruit batteries, and more! Partners like Solvay, Nokia, Procter & Gamble, Baxter, Covestro, Stanley Black & Decker, and Muntpunt Library joined us – plus, a very special guest speaker.... Zora, the robot! She even managed to show off her dancing skills!

Have a look at our facebook album here!

22.jpg

On November 28, we partnered up with Stanley Black & Decker for the launch of our g4g Day @Khimki, Moscow! 60 passionate girls came to one of the local schools in Moscow region to experiment STEM in all its forms. From chemistry with bath bomb to electrical engineering with drawing robots, to building frames and decorating them with laser with SBD tools, the girls, helped by 15 wonderful volunteers spent a brilliant afternoon, surrounded by hands-on science and fun learning!

Have a look at our photos album on facebook here

At the same time, and for the past few months already, we’ve been working in India to bring hands-on science and technology to over 2,700 girls thanks to an incredible global partner, Covestro, and along with the Nehru Science Centre & Chandra Mohan Foundation. Girls had the chance to converse & hear from keynote speakers in both English and the local languages, and had the opportunity to try out polymer chemistry, bio-engineering with DNA, or electronics, where they created their own Vibrobots, design their own sustainable invention, and more. In November, we had events in Calicut between November 7-9, in Noida region between November 21-23, and finally, at the end of the month, in Dharmapur between Nov. 29 and 30… a total of more than 1170 girls reached and inspired in India this month: wow, another new record! Come back early January to read our blog post dedicated to this Indian journey and hear about all our upcoming projects in India!

Marianne, our November g4g girl!

Hi everyone!

My name is Marianne, I am French, 22 years old, and I have been a g4g ambassador for 4 years now! It all started after I participated in the recording of a g4g on the Air radio show with Radio X (which you can listen to here, by the way!). Fast forward to four years later, and I am joining g4g Team for the month of November and December, and getting even more involved with all the behind-the-scene stuff. The highlight was definitely organizing our g4g Brussels Day, with a turnout of more than 300 girls! Although it was a lot of work, I was very proud to see it come to life and to know that I had helped make it happen.

 
The recording of g4g on the Air with RadioX, my first g4g event ever!

The recording of g4g on the Air with RadioX, my first g4g event ever!

 

I am a strong believer in equal chances for everyone, so I was naturally drawn to g4g’s cause. Although I did not graduate in a STEM field, I am naturally curious and like reading and learning about everything, including STEM-related topics such as sustainability, chemistry, coding…actually, one of my favorite thing about volunteering at a g4g event is that I always get to learn new things about STEM during the day!

Unfortunately, my time as part of the g4g Team is slowly coming to an end, as I am preparing myself to move to the Netherlands. There, I will continue the rest of my gap year with an internship. I will miss the wonderful Team that I had the privilege of working with for these past two months, but I will of course remain a g4g ambassador. I am looking forward to volunteer at more g4g events in the future!

Spain, Belgium, India, UK and USA… that’s October for g4g!

Houses full of candies, leaves on the ground, shorter days… there is no doubt that autumn is here – but while days are short, we are making the most of them. So, what did this month bring to the g4g team?

On October 6, the whole g4g team gathered in Barcelona: Melissa, Alex, Lucy, Loredana and Marie joined the fantastic Cisco Partners in Spain (thank you David & Raquel!) to host the second g4g Day @Barcelona in three years. 200 girls spent the whole day immersed in STEMtastic workshops and enjoyed the presence of so many role models from our 16 partners: T-systems, Indra, BBVA, Procter & Gamble, Simon, Nexica, La Salle, Comstor, Cisco, IQS, Blanquerna, Submon, Robotix, CRG, Talent Up, HP/ HP Aruba.
In addition to some Wify Magic and slime making, girls tested out the science behind their 5 senses, went to explore Mars, discovered the marine environment, fought the cyberspace and yes of course, they also came up with our signature DNA necklaces. The days wouldn’t have been the same without the presence of all our fantastic guest speakers: Dra Guiomar Corral from La Salle Universitat, Joana Barbany and Neus Lorenzo from Generalitat de Catalunya, Xavier Massa, from Cisco Barcelona, Melissa Rancourt, our very own g4g founder and special messages from our great sponsors, Rosa María Rodríguez Curto from T-systems and  Elisenda Escofet from Indra. Thank you so much to all of them!

See our full Facebook album here

 

generation code.jpg

On October 9, Alex packed robotics kits and snap circuits and headed over to the European Parliament for an afternoon on tech discovery with Public Libraries 2020 for the 2018 Generation Code! The girls had the opportunity to delve into cutting-edge technology, meet with local officials, have an insider's look around the Parliament building and engage with the different STEM exhibitions (3D printing, coding, programming, etc.). As a bonus, they also had a chat with a 3D unicorn and the robot Zora from Muntpunt library and built robots with Julie Ward Member of the European Parliament! A huge thank you to Public Libraries 2020 for helping us hosting such a fun day!

See our full Facebook album here

 

india_covestro.jpg

Between October 8-13, g4g joined effort with Covestro to organize a five-day event in Mumbai for the #STEM4GirlsFestival2018! Amazing guest speakers took turn to inspire the 1200 girls through this 5 days event: Dr. Juergen Morhard - Consul General of the Federal Republic of Germany, Brinda Miller, artist and mentor, Harpreet A de Singh, President of the IWPA (Indian Women Pilots Association), Dr. Pallavi Deshmukh, Scientist at Covestro India, Brinda Miller, Educator, Director of Studio Millenium and honorary Executive Committee Member of the Kala Ghoda Association, Dr. Swati Patankar, professor at IIT Bombay in the Biosciences and Bioengineering department.  And all of this is just the beginning!  Look out for news as we continue our g4g STEMFestival travels to 4 more cities reaching even more amazing young women!

 

london_aig.JPG

On Alex’s birthday (yes you read that right!), October 18, the Brussels team rode to London to meet the wonderful Sarah from AIG and host our second g4g/AIG Design Hackathon at the Southbank Center. This year, 85 inventors from all backgrounds and aged 11-15 had one challenge: Design inventions that better their daily life at home, at school or in their community for a specific person of their choosing. Between a robot that could take plastic trash away, door screens preventing burglary, scanning fridges, levitating beds, floating wheelchairs, smart suits for firefighters and a system preventing water wasting, these girls fought on every level to make the world a better place. We were all so astonished by their ingenuity, imagination and creativity that the judges had a really hard time attributing the grand prize! A big thank you to Geoff Godwin, AIG Chief Operating Officer for agreeing to be our guest speaker and judge of the day, as well as to Domino Pateman from the Southbank Centre, for judging all these exciting projects. Buckle up everyone, these kids are ready to take the world by storm!

Have a look at the video of the day here

 

 
g4g_amazon_madrid.jpg
 

Two days after this exciting design thinking challenge, Marie joined Loredana in Spain for our first event with Amazon, helped by the amazing teams over there led by Ariadna and Gloria! On October 20, 40 girls came to the amazon facilities in Madrid for an exciting g4g @work event! In addition to the traditional lab coat customization and the exciting workshops the team had come up with (coding, robotics and DNA necklaces!), they all got the chance to explore the huge amazon warehouse and discover how the packages were prepped for and shipped. Yes, the label maker was a big hit. Yes, learning that the labels are glued thanks to potatoes even more! A massive thanks to Alexandra Sierra, Amazon Prime Now Site leader, for leading such a fun and interactive opening ceremony!

See the full photos album here

Since we couldn’t simply stop after such a hit, Marie and Lore met again in Barcelona, one week after, for another g4g @work with Amazon, this time in Barcelona! Indeed, on October 27 another group of 40 girls got the chance to visit the biggest amazon warehouse in Spain! In addition to some signature g4g workshops, the girls also raced in an epic marshmallow/spaghettis challenge. An impressive tower of almost 40 cm took the trophy home! 

 

makerspace4.jpg

The same day, Lucy and Nikki were hosting our October makerspace in Brussels. Thanks to Stanley Black & Decker’s help, 30 kids got the opportunity to visit our atelier and design the homes of tomorrow. Using their trusty glue guns and some coding skills they came up with pretty innovative solutions to today’s problems. Wanna see?

Se the full photos album here

 

20181031_082838.jpg

Finally, on October 31 Andrea took Halloween as a great opportunity to, once again, make the science of everyday life come alive in a classroom with a new and improved Trick or Treat Science!
Motivated teachers + excited kids + the international day of candies + fun hands-on STEM workshops = a new g4g in the classroom in Pine Bush, NY full of inquiry, discovery, teamwork, learning, and FUN! It just might be possible that the teachers enjoyed the day as much as, or maybe even more than, the students… and of course, the chance to enjoy some candy while learning is always a bonus!

Maja, our October g4g girl!

Hello there!

image1.jpg

Hello there!

My name is Maja, I’m 14 years old and since recently I am a g4g ambassador, here in Poland. My history with g4g is quite simple :) I was informed about the first event in my hometown of Krakow four years ago by my friend when she invited me to go with her. Since then, I have attended all 4 events (FOUR!), each year, and it’s something that I look forward to for the whole year.

This year I was really interested in all that goes on “behind the scenes” of the events and I really think that next year I want to attend the event but… to have a different role! I hope to be a volunteer, so I can pass on my passion for STEM! I am mostly interested in Chemistry and Biology and would love to teach a workshop on these subjects.

g4g has really inspired me and showed me that even though there are some difficulties and challenges, there is always a way to overcome them, and be whoever you want to be in the future!

I think It’s important that everyone realizes that they are capable of anything as long as they have passion, determination, and are ready to do everything to make it work … because really… ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE!

 
That’s Melissa and me, 4 years ago during our first event in Krakow! Yes, I still have my labcoat :)

That’s Melissa and me, 4 years ago during our first event in Krakow! Yes, I still have my labcoat :)

 

September 2018 - Between Belgium, Poland and Brazil!

Pencils sharpened, book bag is full, learning caps on – yes, we are ready for BACK-TO-SCHOOL! It’s not only school time for many of the regions of the world – it is for g4g too.

September is always this exciting time for us as we jump into the calendar year full of creativity and anticipation for new discoveries and new opportunities.

Ready to grab your school bag & join us?!

 
Creativity and excitement at our last g4g @work in Tessenderlo with Stanley Black & Decker!

Creativity and excitement at our last g4g @work in Tessenderlo with Stanley Black & Decker!

 

New partnerships

New great partners joining our g4g crew

Let’s start with our amazing news… September brings two new partners: Bridgewater State University and Amazon!

BSU and g4g have been working together for a few years now, and we are thrilled to announce that an official global partnership has now been established. In true g4g spirit, we will continue encouraging girls in STEM with exciting g4g Days @BSU, but in addition we are thinking of mentorship programs, internship programs, training for teachers… and so much more!

With Amazon, we are incredibly excited to launch two events in October: registrations are now open for Madrid on Oct. 20 and in Barcelona on Oct. 27! What will we be doing? Well, we’re getting a first-hand peek at the Amazon robotics in their distribution centres as well as meet inspiring Amazon team members. Register now and stay tuned for more!

 
 

Sprinting into September with 5 g4g events

Within the short time spa of a few weeks, we flew from one end of the world to another – and held three events in Belgium, one in Poland and one in Brazil.  Whew!  Our arms are tired.  (That’s called a “Dad joke”).

tessenderlo.jpg

On Sept. 15, we kicked-off things with Stanley Black & Decker for our g4g@work in Tessenderlo, Belgium.  The team headed to the largest Distribution Centre for Stanley – where 35 enthusiastic and excited kids were ready to see and use the SBD tools & equipment.  The Mayor of Tessenderlo, Mr. Fons Verwimp, joined our Welcome Ceremony – and then the students dived into the science fun. On the menu today was yummy polymer worms made of honey, ketchup and berries (and yes, some decided to mix all three flavours into one…. Maybe this wasn’t SO yummy).  They then made a copper chandelier in the very cool Stanley Black & Decker tool room.  Our favourite quote of the day?  Upon entering the company, we loved hearing one young girl exclaim, “I can’t wait to see where Mommy works!”

See the full photos album here


42993621_2792473727445373_395844329395978240_o.jpg

Next, Alex and Marie joined the g4g Poland team for the 4th g4g Day@Krakow with Cisco and so many incredible partners! 145 girls aged 10-15 joined us for a full day of STEM discovery. At the AGH University, the girls explored interactive and tech-filled workshops such as “Design thinking with Harry Potter”, “Cars of the future”, “Robot Turtles Coding Game” … Intrigued?!  Have a look at our photo album here and be ready, more photos to come soon!


euroclea.jpg

This month at Euroclear, Brussels Giving Day was held – and the g4g team was invited to lead a unique event for a group of 10 girls. Deborah and Alex, accompanied by the Euroclear team, brought the girls to take a look around the Euroclear office before starting experimenting DNA extraction, robotics and snap circuits with fun hands-on workshops!

See the full photos album here


lua.jpg

On Sept. 25 & 26, one of our g4g Board Members, Sarah Thomas, joined the incredible g4g Brazil team led by our g4g Country Manager, Kelly Torres. Held in the mountains of Ouro Branco, this is our 5th g4g Day at the University UFSJ. And what's more incredible - this event reaches 350 girls in the area! These future scientists and engineers had the chance to meet incredible role models throughout this 2-day event. The Opening Ceremony brought forward our #SuperScientists PhD Kelly Torres, PhD Regina Pinto, PhD Natália Landin and PhD Érica Gravina, before heading to the hands-on workshops. Our signature DNA extraction workshop fascinated the girls (“What? Wait… I can SEE my DNA in a test tube?!”). And they studied the MOON! Yes, the workshop about Astronomical Observation allowed the girls to observe Venus, Mars, the Moon, Saturn, Jupiter, and its 4 moons: Europa, Ganímedes, Io and Calisto! In addition to the Astronomical Observation, girls experienced physics first-hand, made paper helicopters, created a celestial chart, and made crystals, vulcano and minerals from scratch!

See the full photos album here


IMG_1731.JPG

Finally, at the very end of this month, we held our first makerspace of the season. This time around, kids put their design thinking caps on and thought about… what the future for homes look like?  After designing and drawing their ideas to think about improvements, new technologies and better sustainability, they brought them to life by building models of their inventions using microbits.  Ideas were plentiful and we can’t wait to see if the homes of 2030 will indeed have any walls that move to face the sun, foldable walls, underwater features, detachable rooms or scanning fridge…!

See the full photos album here


In a few words: September was captivating!  Our book bags are now definitely full with new knowledge – but there is always room for more!
Are you ready for October?  WE ARE!  Look out for g4g events in Belgium, Spain, UK, US and India.

Buckle up greenlight girls, we are on our way!

Déborah, our September g4g girl!

16468706_10210851447875332_1169156617_n.jpg

Dear reader,

My name is Déborah, I’m 22 years old and since completing my internship at greenlight for girls earlier this year, I’ve been working as a project coordinator with g4g for the past few months at their HQ in my hometown, Brussels. As I just graduated university, I’m now heading off on other adventures and have to leave g4g behind (for now).

When I started looking for an internship at the beginning of last academic year, I was scared not to find anything because of my pickiness. I figured I shouldn’t apply for something I wasn’t really interested in anyway and only sent very few applications. One of them was to greenlight for girls. A look through the website convinced me that this would be both a great place and a great cause to work for. Fast forward to my last days working at g4g, I’m glad it did, glad I was chosen and…  glad I was picky.

 
This is me in High-School. See… I already had a white labcoat!

This is me in High-School. See… I already had a white labcoat!

 

Although I studied communications, I have always loved to learn new things and g4g allowed me to learn on different levels. Aside from the communication and project management side, I got to learn a lot about STEM too. In a way, I also got to be a “greenlight girl”.

During makerspaces, I taught the girls how to make slime, water rockets, racing robots…!

During makerspaces, I taught the girls how to make slime, water rockets, racing robots…!

By now, I have attended a few g4g events, both in Brussels and in other locations, and have seen so many girls being inspired, ready to go off and become scientists. One of my favourite events was the g4g Day @Frankfurt with AIG, because I was involved in the organizational process, making it extra special to see it come to life. As many of you know, the g4g events are great, but what I’m most amazed at is the team behind these events. I have been part of an incredible team that makes seemingly impossible things happen, hands a solution to every problem, but above all a team with a big heart, each member passionate about what they are doing. This passion is what makes the events so wonderful, what makes the girls leave with a smile.

That’s me, teaching a DNA workshop!

That’s me, teaching a DNA workshop!

Throughout all the years we spend at school a lot of people have a lot of opinions. Parents, teachers, other kids… My advice for all the girls out there is to try to listen to themselves. Some people may think you are not able to do something or may think they know what is best for you, but don’t forget that this is your life. You get to decide and you can do anything you set your mind to. And of course, listen to good advice from your environment, but don’t let this advice define you. I have been told by teachers not to go university and look at me now, four years later, with a master’s degree in my hands! Through g4g, I have met so many incredible, inspiring people and you can be incredible and inspiring too!

I want to finish with two quotes. The first one is by Bette Nesmith Graham, a secretary who invented liquid paper as a way to easily correct mistakes made with a typewriter. Graham claimed that “overcoming fear is all there is to success.” The second quote is one I’m sure you already know and that I have heard quite a few times in my time at g4g: “Anything is possible!”.

 
See you next time!

See you next time!