On 18 and 19 July 2012, in Portland, Oregon, thirty 11-16 year old girls participated in a fantastic two-day greenlight for girls OSCON event 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 amazing 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) really are.
We all 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 very soon!
For pictures of the event please visit our g4g Flickr page here!
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Final Event Agenda
Day One (July 18):
10:00 Onsite Registration**, Coffee & Surprise Activity
10:45 Greenlight@OSCON Days 2012 Welcome, Introduction & Special Remarks
Laura Baldwin, President/O’Reilly Media
Cheryl Miller, Technology Chair/greenlight for girls
Meghan Buckner, Mentor/Friends of the Children
Susie Bily, Product Manager/Black Duck Software
11:30 “g4g Daisy Experiment” with Claire Hunsaker, VP, & Samantha Chau, Marketing/Stormpath
11:45 Day One Activity: “Mapping the Red Planet,” with the generous support of Lego Education, with Cheryl Miller & Tasha Carl/greenlight for girls
1:30 “Mapping the Red Planet,” Continued
3:45 Clean Up & Wrap-up with Cheryl Miller/greenlight for girls
4:00 END Greenlight@OSCON Days 2012 Day One
Day Two (July 19):
10:00 Greenlight@OSCON Days 2012 Day Two Welcome & Introductions with Cheryl Miller/greenlight for girls and Special Guests from NASA Jet Propulsion Labs & Ames Research Center and Sarah Novotny, O’Reilly Media
10:30* Day Two Activity: “Mission to Mars,” with the generous support of Lego Education, with Tasha Carl/greenlight for girls
1:30 “Mission to Mars,” Continued
3:15 Wrap-up & Closing Word with Kris Weltz, Support Team Manager & Engineer/New Relic
4:00 END Greenlight@OSCON Days 2012!
THANK YOU to our Greenlight@OSCON Days 2012 sponsors & partners!
**Update: Registration for Greenlight@OSCON Days 2012 is now CLOSED! All the places are full, but if you'd like to stop by and see what we're up to, please come to Booth 220 at the OSCON Exhibitors Hall and say "hi"! Also, if you still want to support this initiative, please feel free to make a DONATION to g4gOSCON2012 via the appropriate ticket above. Can't wait to see you there!
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 "Girls, Coding & Robots" activity providing forty girls, ages 11-18, the opportunity to design, program and deploy a series of exciting robotic missions that will show them the fun in science and technology.
The main activity for Greenlight@OSCON Days 2012 is the "Greenlight Mission to Mars" where a crack team of Greenlight Mission Control Officers will send rovers into space to carry out ground-breaking reconnaisance missions and geographic and scientific investigations of the Red Planet. But don't worry: No programming or astronautical experience is necessary for this mission. You'll get all the training you need on the job!
g4gOSCON2012 will take place from 10am to 4pm on 18 & 19 July 2012, within the OSCON Exhibitors Hall at the Oregon Convention Center. Registration Fee for attendees covers meals, snacks, educational materials, a special gift and administration costs per girl. If you would like to apply for a scholarship for the event, please contact us!
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.
If you are interested in collaborating on g4gOSCON2012, please contact us!
Greenlight@OSCON Days 2012 is made possible by the generous support of our fabulous sponsors and partners:
When & Where
greenlight for girls Europe
"Greenlight@Brussels Day 2012" is a production of AWACA BVBA*, doing business as greenlight for girls Europe.
greenlight for girls asbl is a Brussels-based international not-for-profit organization promoting science, technology, engineering and mathematics to girls of all ages and backgrounds, around the world.
*BE Company Number: BE809616537
- Rue Emile Feronstraat 23
- 1060 Brussels, Belgium