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Monday
Aug062012

Greenlight@Brussels Day 2012 Announced

We are thrilled to announce that on Saturday, 13 October, Brussels-based international foundation, greenlight for girls, will be hosting our third-annual Greenlight@Brussels Day ("g4gbxl12") at the International School of Brussels.

As always for this event, we look forward to welcoming up to three hundred 11-15 year old girls from the greater Brussels area to participate in a day full of fun, hands-on workshops -- lead by voluneteer professionals from sceince and technology-related fields -- aiming to inspire girls to follow studies and careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). At last year's g4gBxl11 event, more than 250 girls took part in over one hundred workshops and activities on themes like "The Science of Digital Music," "Greenlight Mission to Mars," and "Design Your own Dream House".

We are always looking for individuals and organizations interested in collaborating with us to provide onsite support, workshop leaders and content and financial support for the day so we can keep this amazing day free and open for all attendees.  So if you or your organization would like to contribute to helping us deliver Greenlight@Brussels Day 2012, please contact us or sign up to attend the g4gbxl12 Info Evening at 19:00 on 3 September in Brussels.

Registration for g4gbxl12 will open online here on 10 September 2012!

Tuesday
May222012

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.

Tuesday
Apr172012

First Denmark g4g Event also Celebrates "Girls in ICT" Day 2012!

Coinciding with the Danish Presidency of the EU, Greenlightforgirls.org inaugurated it's first-ever Danish event, Greenlight@Odense Day, on 21 April 2012!

Greenlight@Odense Day 2012, part of South Denmark's Festival of Research, welcomed sixty-five 11-15 year old girls to a full day of hands-on workshops showing the fun in science and technology by exploring themes ranging from satellites and climate, to DNA and molecular biology.  In celebration of International Girls in ICT Day that took on 26 April, workshops on using ICTs to save the planet, the science behind slow-motion photography, as well a fresh and fun look at computer coding, were all on the agenda for the g4g Odense event.

Attendees of Greenlight@Odense Day 2012 were treated to a keynote speech by female role model scientist and author Anja C. Andersen, of the Dark Cosmology Centre, Niels Bohr Institute at the University of Copenhagen, and esteemed genetic researcher Mette  H. Hansen from the Institute for Molecular Biology & Genetics - Center for Quantitative Genetic Research.

For more information about Greenlight@Odense Day 2012 or other upcoming g4g activities in Denmark, please contact us!

 

Monday
Apr162012

Girls, Coding & Robots get the Greenlight at OSCON 2012!

In Portland, Oregon on 18 & 19 July 2012, in the context of OSCON 2012 - the largest open source conference in the world - Greenlightforgirls.org will carry out Greenlight@OSCON Days 2012 (“g4gOSCON2012”), a two-day event providing forty girls the opportunity to design, program and deploy hands-on missions involving robots, space and ICT, in order to show the fun in science and technolgy, and to promote these areas as study and career choices for girls.

g4gOSCON2012 will be led by Cheryl Miller, Technology Chair for the greenlight for girls foundation (“g4g”) and Tasha Carl, Founder of ICT2ACT and g4g Robotics Community Leader.  The event will be supported on the ground by young g4g volunteer assistants and volunteer female role model professionals from the field.

g4gOSCON2012 will take place from 10am to 4pm on 18 & 19 July 2012, within the OSCON exhibition hall at the Oregon Convention Center.

If you are interested in collaborating on the "Girls, Coding & Robots" activity at OSCON 2012, please contact us!  To register for g4gOSCON2012 please go here!

 

Wednesday
Nov302011

Greenlight@Brussels Day 2011 Inspires Girls to Study Science

 

On Saturday, 26 November 2011, over 250 schoolgirls from Brussels descended on the International School of Brussels, host to the second annual Greenlight@Brussels Day, an event promoting science, technology engineering and mathematics ("STEM") to 11-15 year old girls.  With over 100 hands-on workshops run by role-model scientists, engineers and technology experts, and a Fun Lab full of the latest high-tech gadgetry and science experiments, attendees were exposed to a wide array of exciting activities to inspire them to pursue technical studies and careers.  The event was also officially part of EU Robotics Week and the International Year of Chemistry 2011.

The feedback shows an impact:

In a follow-up survey to the event, a full 94 percent of girls who attended Greenlight@Brussels Day 2011 said the event encouraged them to pursue science subjects, and this from some who are not currently enrolled in science studies.

"We are amazed and excited that the feedback from the girls is so positive," says greenlight for girls European Director, Cheryl Miller.  "We hope for this kind of outcome from the events we do, but to see such a big impact in practice is really great," she adds.

Just getting started: 

"In our first year, greenlight for girls has run over fifteen free events in Europe, the US and Africa," says greenlight for girls Founder, Melissa Rancourt.  "In 2012, we plan to build out our 'daisychain' network in Europe, India and Africa, and South America too," she says, "and we're really looking forward to seeing such success repeat itself around the world."

More positive feedback:

Further testimony from the hundreds of event volunteers and participants at Greenlight@Brussels Day 2011 attests to the variety of activities held and the excitement the event generated.  A sampling of feedback when asked about their "favorite part of the day" includes:

  • seeing girls carrying worms around
  • getting dirty from the big bang theory workshop
  • all their questions about the Solar plane
  • seeing girls participate in the Mars ESA mission
  • learning the science of beauty and the engineering of fashion design
  • being live news reporters and photographers during the day
  • discovering life in a test tube
  • being a part of a global water experiment
  • shooting a rocket outside
  • guessing the magician’s tricks
  • painting their labcoats with designs and messages about girls and science
  • making daisies change colours
  • linking music to science
  • building the internet
  • programming robots
  • designing my dream home

The greenlight for girls Foundation and their Board Members in Brussels, Cheryl and Melissa, express their gratutide to everyone who contributed to the success of Greenlight@Brussels Day 2011, including Keynote Speaker Annie Chen from Google, and a vast list of partners and sponsors.  More information on the event itself, including photos, video and workshop output, will be shared here in the coming days and weeks.

Friday
May202011

Global Campaign for Women's & Girls' Education 

On 11 May, Greenlightforgirls.org and Serve the City partnered with two after-school programs, Caria and Epée, in the Marolles area of Brussels, Belgium to highlight the importance of education for girls and women.  Ellen Geerts, from the ESERO project of the European Space Agency, Erin Anzelmo and Cheryl Miller led two fun science activities for a group of 25 girls, and a few exceptional boys, who enjoyed the afternoon thoroughly.  Children from the after-school program "Caria" also read moving testimonials from girls and women whose lives have been changed by gaining access to basic education.  The activity was part of the week-long Global Campaign for Education for Girls and Women.

Sunday
Apr172011

500 Girls get the Greenlight at ASML Girlsday

On 16 April, in celebration of Girlsday 2011, Greenlightforgirls.org helped Dutch company ASML give 500 girls and their mothers the greenlight to experience science and technology in fun and exciting ways. We were honored to contribute, along with several partners, to the first-ever such ASML event encouraging girls to pursue science and technology.  Greenlightforgirls.org "DaisyChain" members led workshops on "Breaking Down & Rebuilding your Computer" and "Song of the Stars," and we carried out several activities in the ASML Tech Market, including Labcoat Decoration, the Daisy Experiment, Chemistry for Life and Dancing to Learn.

ASML Girlsday 2011

(Click picture above for more photos!

It was awesome to be involved in an event which so perfectly reflects the greenlightforgirls.org mission to "promote science, technology, math and engineering to girls of all ages and backgrounds."  Seeing the smiles and looks of wonderment all day long on the faces of the moms and girls -- and all the marvelous ASML and Greenlightforgirls.org volunteers -- was also a tremendous joy.

Monday
Feb282011

Visit to World-Famous Robot ASIMO

On 23 February 2011, with the gracious support of Honda Motor Europe, 40 greenlight girls from Sint-JanBerchman's Elementary School in the Marolles in Brussels, made a visit to the world-famous robot, ASIMO at his studio in Zaventem, Belgium.