Greenlight for science

As part of National Science Week, 160 Canberra girls participated in greenlight for girls science workshops on Saturday 12 August.

Greenlight for girls (g4g) is a global organisation dedicated to inspiring girls of all ages and backgrounds in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). This year was the second event in Canberra and delivered in partnership with Girl Guides Australia NSW & ACT and Melrose High School’s ACE Science Education Centre.

The day included a hands-on approach for the girls with numerous activities.  These included a chance to discover robotics, relish in the marvels of molecular gastronomy and explore cutting-edge virtual reality technology.

“The story of greenlight for girls began with one email asking if there was a need to encourage girls in STEM careers,” explains Melissa Rancourt, g4g Founder and Chairman. Since then, g4g has extended worldwide. Headquartered in Brussels, Belgium, g4g has reached over 15,000 girls and hosted more than 140 g4g Days on six of the world’s seven continents.

The event was a great opportunity for role-model volunteers and workshop leaders to showcase their professions and passions in the industry, but also to inspire the next generation to pursue careers in STEM.

The “g4g Day Canberra” event is funded by the Australian Government as part of the Inspiring Australia – Science Engagement Programme. It is also sponsored by a number of companies including Data 61 and Nokia (g4g’s global partner).

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