This week, across the school, we were recognising women in Science in honour of the UN International Day of Women and Girls in Science
(Tuesday 11 February). Action is needed because Less than 30% of researchers worldwide are women
. One of the ways to address this imbalance is to encourage girls from an early age to study Science; to show them the wonder and possibilities that exist in STEM (Science Technology Engineering Maths); and, to present them with positive role models. That’s exactly what greenlight for girls
, a non-profit, volunteer organisation aims to do with their g4g Days.
We were proud to host the first g4g Day in The Netherlands, on Saturday 8 February, at Junior School Leidschenveen campus. 100 excited girls, aged 7-12 participated in a full day of fun, STEM-related activities with the following organisations: NATO Communications and Information Agency and European Medicines Agency (initiators of this event), European Space Agency, Emerson, Women in Aviation, CoderDojo, and the Police of The Hague. Activities included: ‘Maths Twister’; solving a cybercrime (someone hacked into The British School in The Netherlands’ systems and changed all the grades to A!); extracting their own DNA; building paper aeroplanes and learning about Aviation; flying drones; learning to code; creating their own medicine, and many more .
It was an incredibly popular event (all places were gone almost immediately) and well very received. There is clearly huge demand for events such as these. We don’t think it will be long before the next g4g Day is held in The Netherlands.