Wednesday
Dec122012

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!

 

Sunday
Oct212012

250 girls will be a scientist for a day – g4g launches its first event in Flanders!

 

On Saturday 24 November 2012, the European School Mol (ESMOL) will welcome 250 girls between 11 and 15 years to introduce them to science in fun and exciting ways – g4g style!   The participating girls will come from both the European schools of Mol and Bergen, Netherlands as well as local schools throughout Mol and neighbouring towns.  This will be our first greenlight for girls day in the Flanders region!  The g4g day will consists of some 30 interactive workshops and stimulating speeches given by prominent female scientists.   Example workshops include:  Extracting DNA from a Kiwi, Find out the Science of Polymers and Small is Different (an introduction to Nanotechnology) and will be given in different languages including English and Dutch.  There is also a ' fun lab ' to get some hands-on experimenting experience in the Xperilab, a bus filled with scientific experiments.  

The g4g day in Mol fits in the framework of the science week (19-23 november).  After participating in a g4g event in Brussels in 2010, ESMOL decided to bring it closer to home and wanted to organise it at their school.  The project is sponsored and supported by EC-JRM-IRMM, SCK-CEN, Janssen Pharmaceutical and VITO.

Read the Press Release Here!

Read about our great workshops for this event here!

If you are interested in attending, you can pre-register your interest by contacting us at info@greenlightforgirls.org with the name(s) & age(s) of the girls.  Then, we will send you the link to our registration form on 5th November and you can choose your workshops!

 

 

 

 

 

Friday
May252012

g4g Receives UN Recognition for "Girls in ICT" Work

greenlight for girls EU Director travelled to Geneva last week to take part in a high-level panel on "Girls in ICT" and to recieve recognition for her and g4g's work to promote technology to girls, as part of a new global initiative by the United Nations International Telecommunications Union.

This year on 26 April, the United Nations launched its first-ever International "Girls in ICT" Day in which g4g actively took part with our "Greenlight@Odense Day 2012" in Denmark.  In honor of the day, Ms. Miller also wrote an Op/Ed column on "Why Europe Needs More Women Scientists", featured in the 26 April edition of the European Voice and syndicated here.  She also launched an online "hype-ning" to promote the NYC celebration of the day, which included a high-level panel with our very own VP of the European Commission for the Digital Agenda, Neelie Kroes, who retweeted this fabulous picture of Cheryl's "hype-ening"!

In her comments to the UN panel, Ms. Miller emphasized that "every day is 'Girls in ICT' Day for greenlight for girls," a connection she broadly promotes in her capacity as EU Director and Technology Chair for the global g4g foundation.  

"And not only does 'tech need girls,'" continued Ms. Miller, "but girls need tech too. They need the knowledge, access and tools that ICT provides, as it is with this knowledge that girls will save the world!"

The "Girls in ICT" showcase was part of the larger World Summit for the Information Society and World Telecom and Information Society Day events taking place in Geneva at the same time, where this year's theme for the latter was also "Women & Girls in ICT".  Ms. Miller also attended the WTISD laureates ceremony which honored the work of Ms. Geena Davis, Ms. Sun Yafang and HE Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, President of Argentina.

Friday
May112012

Europe Celebrates Families & Technology

As part of the annual Festival of Europe celebrations on 12 May 2012, greenlight for giris will be running an all-day Greenlight Mission to Mars at the Berlaymont building on Place Schuman, in Brussels.  We will be contributing to a European Commission DG Connect (DG Information Society) initiative promoting technology to people of all ages and backgrounds.

Come join us and experience why ICT is "Something for the Entire Family"!

Hashtags: #EUopenday #g4gEU12

Wednesday
Feb222012

International Women's Day & "Get Online" Week 2012

As part of International Women’s Day 2012 on 8 March in Brussels, greenlight for girls will be showcasing the role of young women and digital literacy in building the workforce of the future at a launch event for Get Online Week 2012, with attendance by EU Commissioner and Vice President Neelie Kroes and other Brussels, Belgian and European dignitaries.

In collaboration with Telecentre Europe (organizers of GOW2012) and Interface3, greenlight for girls will be teaching teenage girls, in a fun and hands-on way, how to design and build their own online web-presence, in order to encourage their active participation in the digital economy of Europe.

greenlight for girls ASBL is a Brussels-based international foundation promoting science, technology, engineering and mathematics to girls of all ages and backgrounds, around the world.  Since 2010, g4g initiatives have reached hundreds girls in Belgium, the United States, Hungary, Holland, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and India with the messages that "science is fun" and "girls are going to save the world"!  In 2012, g4g will be expanding its activities to England, France, Brazil, Denmark, Switzerland, Cameroon and elsewhere.  

The greenlight for girls foundation and its events are made possible by the generous support of private and public organizations around the world.  For more information about the foundation or its activities, please contact Ms. Cheryl D. Miller, Technology Chair and European Director of greenlight for girls.