Last weekend, ISB again played host to the hugely popular Greenlight for Girls Brussels event. Over 200 girls from local schools in the Brussels region, aged between 11 and 15, in addition to 80 volunteers, scientists and engineers were in attendance. Throughout the day, the girls participated in a number of activities. These included a big bang theory workshop, a Mars NASA mission, taking on the roles of live news reporters and photographers, programming robots, linking music to science, and much more.
The NGO Greenlight for Girls operates internationally with the aim of inspiring young girls to pursue studies and investigate careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) related subjects. The founder, Melissa Rancourt, and EU Director of the organisation, Cheryl Miller, conveyed their appreciation to the ISB community for supporting this endeavour. According to their research, 86% of the girls in attendance have stated that the day’s events have definitively encouraged them to stay in or start taking science subjects – statistics they are sure will have a positive impact in increasing resources in these fields across the world.
As part of the event, a model of the Solar Impulse was installed in the Middle School Lobby, serving as a physical reminder of the need to ensure a sustainable and ecological future, and the actions that are required to achieve such change.
Congratulations to everyone involved, on such a successful event!