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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 the FAPEMIG agency (Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de Minas Gerais).

Read here for the more details on our event. 


Science Library on the Move makes its landing in India

The books sent on July 1st from the United States were very well recieved by the children in the Parikrma schools in India!

Here are some photographs of the girls quickly getting stuck into them. 

Stay tuned to see the children from Cameroon recieve their batch!

At the Parikrma school in Sahakarnagar

At the Parikrma school in Jayanagra

At the Parikrma school in Koramangala

At the Parikrma school in Nandhini Layout



150 girls yell ā€œIā€™m proud to be a Science Geek!ā€


We call it a good day when 150 girls yell in unison, “I’m proud to be a science geek!”at the top of their lungs.  Saturday, June 2nd at UMass Dartmouth, was certainly one of those days.150 girls aged 10-15 gathered at the University of Massachusetts--Dartmouth, to explore activities in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. The day included a plenary session with Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute Scientist Andone Lavery and greenlight for girls Founder Melissa Rancourt. During the day girls were treated to a variety of hands-on workshops that included learning about physics using paper airplanes, exploring medicine by suturing fake skin, and discovering the science behind natural beauty products. In addition to the eleven workshops, the girls had the opportunity to explore marine life when the New Bedford Ocean Explorium's mobile van was on sight during lunch. The day concluded with a closing session that saw the science in dasies and the cheers of 150 happy girls. We can't wait until next year!


OSS girls wear engineering hats for a day

"Do you know what I learned today?  Science is sticky!” exclaimed one OSS student after spending the afternoon constructing a tower using spaghetti and marshmallows. 

On May 23, 50 students from Our Sisters’ School in New Bedford, Massachusetts had the opportunity to explore engineering as a career.  US Director, Sarah Thomas, and g4g Founder, Melissa Rancourt, led hands-on workshops using daisies, legos, spaghetti and marshmallows to demonstrate science and engineering concepts. 

The girls were also given the opportunity to learn about one of our greenlight schools in another part of the world – the Democratic Republic of Congo.  After viewing a video made by the girls in the DRC, “Science through our eyes”,  the OSS girls were full of questions about life in the Congo.  When seeing the girls at school, one OSS girl exclaimed, “They wear uniforms too!  Just like us.” 

Greenlight for girls would like to thank the Director and teachers of the school for their enthusiasm to conduct a day of science for the girls – and the girls themselves for an inspiring day for everyone.

More school visits and activities continue this week as we get ready for our big event day on 2nd June at UMass Dartmouth.