g4g day

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.

Greenlight girls constructed the largest daisy in the world

Where did we find the largest daisy in the world?  At the European School in Mol, Belgium at our greenlight for girls event on 24 November.  More than 200 girls constructed a very large daisy – not only because this flower is the logo of g4g, but also because a daisy reminds us that there is science and math in everything around us.  This video, created by our special JRC European Commission team, shares the special story of the day and the end result of our daisy chain of greenlight girls.

Our first greenlight for girls day in the Flanders area of Belgium was a huge success.  200+ girls, 100 volunteers and loads of fun science experiments.  The girls attended workshops ranging from the science of slime, learning how real astronauts live in space and eating real astronaut ice cream too, learning the story behind cancer and the importance of our kidneys -  as well as one of the favourites, Chemical Gardening!

From a giant Xperilab bus with physics and chemistry experiments on-the-go to a real fireman truck with all the gear (that we all wore and tried out!), the day was clearly marked by many activities and lots of fun!

Some girls came from far away – some had to leave their home at 6am on a Saturday in order to join us!  They all arrived and left with smiles on their face, experienced the fun in science, made new friends and had the chance to dream about their future.

These girls’ voices were heard at the end of the day.  Not only did they close the programme by sharing with one another what they’ve learned in their sessions, they also shared a very special message to give to greenlight girls around the world.  200 girls yelled (VERY loudly), “ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE!” – their voices reverberating off the cafeteria walls.  We know that our greenlight girls in Africa, US, Brazil, India and the rest of Europe heard them loud and clear.  The message is out – these girls know that their future is full of possibilities.

We would like to thank all our partners EC-JRM-IRMM, SCK-CEN, Janssen Pharmaceutical, VITO for their support and the European School Mol (ESMOL) and its Parents Association for hosting us in their wonderful school!  We send our special thanks to the best project managers we could have had – Ms. Sonia Mohan and Mr. Jeroen Masson – who saw to every aspect of the event and made this a truly special day for everyone.

See you next year Mol!

Greenlight for girls launches in a new country! On to Brazil!

Just less than 2 years since our first event, greenlight for girls is thrilled to announce that we are launching our activities in Brazil.  Now working on 5 continents, we are lucky to be working with over 700 volunteers world-wide and have reached more than 3,500 girls.  Ouro Branco is our first stop in Brazil.  Join us for our events during the entire week of 24 September 2012.

The week begins with our signature event taking place over 2 days in Minas Gerais at the Universidade Federal de São João Del – Rei following with greenlight for girls events in the classroom of local schools throughout the week.  We would like to thank our amazing contributors who are getting ready for our big events – our g4g Brazil Country Manager and g4g country team of physicists and scientists, all our volunteers & workshop leaders and the incredible organisations who are sponsoring us.  Big thanks to the Universidade Federal de São João Del – ReiCAPES (Coordination for the improvement of higher education personnel) and theFAPEMIG agency (Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de Minas Gerais).