Americas Director

Americas Director and Education Chair,  Sarah Thomas

Describe greenlight for girls in on word


Any advice for the young girls out there?

If you find something you love, stick with it. Don’t be afraid to pursue your dreams because doing what you love is what makes us happy.

Since you are the education chair what do you notice about the education in the US and what advice would you give to teachers not only in the Americas but all over the world?

A teacher who is passionate about something can easily pass on that enthusiasm and passion to her students, and this could trigger a desire to pursue the field further. I think the Chinese proverb “I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand” is particularly relevant when it comes to education.

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Americas Strategy

Greenlight for Girls is working to expand our reach in the Americas. What began as a partnership between one university in a small New England coastal town, has already spread to the West Coast and Brazil. We are currently partnering with the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth Kaput Center for Research and Innovation in STEM Education for our June 2 greenlight for girls Day New England South Coast. We reached out to school in New England because of the reputation the area has for high-quality education and its worldwide status.


Last year we worked with the Kaput Center and they were instrumental in getting the project off the ground. We elected to partner with the Kaput Center because the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth is well-renowned for its marine science and engineering programs and the Kaput Center is a pioneer in STEM education research. Additionally, the Kaput Center works with teachers from the area to provide them with innovative ideas for the classroom, so it was a natural partnership. In addition to myself, g4g remains indebted to the Kaput Center Director Stephen Hegedus, Ph.D. for his willingness to work with a newly formed non-profit and his enthusiasm for the project. The project could not have taken off without the assistance of Becky Moniz, the Kaput Center’s project manager and Ryan Robidieux a research associate at the Kaput Center. Both Becky and Ryan spent countless hours working to make sure all workshops were in order and that the girls had a great time. Becky was instrumental in making sure all the girls were placed in at least two of their three top workshop choices. We are excited that we will be working with them again this year.


This year we are hoping to continue with the momentum that began last year by holding workshops at schools and reaching out to colleagues in Canada. We are in the process of applying for grants and looking for sponsorship. It’s a great time to be working in STEM education, particularly in North America, and we feel that g4g will only continue to expand its reach. 


Greenlight for girls in the Press in the Americas

02/06/2012: Southcoast girls opt for science on a rainy Saturday

06/03/2012: Pushing girl power, Connecting youth, inspiring futures through strong, savvy females.

22/07/2011: Local programs steer girls toward science

12/07/2011: STEM-ming the stereotype tide: girls get "Greenlight" to study science, technology, engineering and math