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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!

Thursday
Aug022012

Mission Accomplished!

 On 18 and 19 July 2012, in Portland, Oregon, thirty 11-16 year old girls participated in a fantastic two-day Greenlight@OSCON Days 2012 event at OSCON -- leading simulated missions to Mars with LEGO Mindstorm robots. To carry out their missions, the girls had help from ten amazing volunteer role models from the science and technology fields, and they were inspired by several speakers -- from O'Reilly Media, Black Duck Software, New Relic, Stormpath, Friends of the Children - Portland, and NASA -- who convinced them just how fun and enriching careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) are!

Everyone had a terrific time, and most of all, the girls were inspired to learn and do more with programming, robots and science, and to consider studies and careers in areas they may never have thought of before.

So a big "Mission Accomplished" to the girls who participated in our amazing g4g OSCON event, and huge thanks to our wonderful sponsors and partners who made this fantastic event possible!  We look forward to future Greenlight@OSCON Days and other g4g events with the open source community in the near future!

For pictures of the event please visit our g4g Flickr page here!

   

  

 

 

Friday
May252012

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.     

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!

 

Sunday
Jan082012

Look who's "World" Class in Water Conservation!

On 16 January 2012, Greenlightforgirls.org will hold its first-ever “World” class on Water Conservation, with Levi Strauss & Co. and 84 girls from the St. John’s International Middle School in Waterloo, Belgium.

For this first World class, students will engage in a hands-on activity to promote awareness about the challenge of water conservation; they will learn about a creative way science has been used to reduce water usage in the lifecycle of a pair of jeans; and they will be challenged to come up with their own ideas for conserving water in their families, schools and communities.

Through World class, Greenlightforgirls.org and their partners seek to:

  • stimulate youth involvement in addressing real-world challenges within school, at home and in the wider community;
  • inspire young people, especially girls, to use technical and scientific knowledge to address real-world challenges; and
  • promote women role models in technical and science-related professions who are helping address real-world challenges.

Greenlightforgirls.org – in collaboration with our partners from the private and public sectors, academia and industry – develops and carries out “World” classes on topics linking science, technology, engineering and mathematics to sustainability, literacy, and wellbeing.

Please contact us if you or your organization would like to work with Greenlightforgirls.org to develop a Greenlightforgirls.org World class, or to carry out a World class in your school or community.

Wednesday
Aug242011

Greenlightforgirls.org Day @Brussels 2011 Announced!

Yes, it's that time of year again!  After a very busy and exciting first year for Greenlightforgirls.org, we are pleased to usher in our second Greenlightforgirls.org Day @Brussels on Saturday, 26 November 2011, at the International School of Brussels

More details can be found on the event page.  And don't hesitate to contact us if you'd like to attend and/or be involved!

Monday
May232011

European School Gives Greenlight for Science!

On 21 May, Greenlightforgirls.org volunteers were asked to visit the European School in Mol, Belgium to inspire children about science! Watch the video and see how we did!

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.