More than 50 girls took part in an Amazon “g4g Day" around STEM, in partnership with greenlight for girls, an international NGO headquartered in Brussels.
These girls, aged 11-15, were able to learn science and technology subjects in inspiring ways and connect to role-model leaders so they can aspire towards potential futures in this field.
“Introducing STEM fields to young girls empowers them to pursue careers in historically male-dominated fields. At Amazon, we value diversity and we aim at bringing STEM into the life of these girls”, says Herminie de Beauregard, Amazon In the Community Lead in Luxembourg.
What’s my carbon footprint? ♻️ >> Amazon Transportation Services team led a #sustainability workshop at our #g4gLuxembourg event for local school girls. They calculated personal carbon footprint and learned about #theClimatePledge 🌍👩🏾💻 pic.twitter.com/PjzRO6qvcS— AmazonNewsEU (@AmazonNewsEU) December 14, 2019
The guest speakers of the day, Maria Ciolpan, Head of International Campaigns, Amazon Web Services and Helder Velho, Director of Amazon Transportation Services EU Linehaul, Amazon, welcomed the girls on December 13, 2019. Both demonstrated all the ways Amazon is forward thinking especially in regards to becoming more sustainable and minimizing carbon footprint.
After customizing their own labcoats, the girls broke out into small groups to explore four hands-on workshops. They had a chance to learn coding while programming DeepRacer cars to drive around a physical car track with Amazon Web Services (AWS), they created their own mobile application with AppLab, discovered how sustainability plays a role in Amazon services, and finally, explored with chemistry and molecular cooking while making “polymer worms”. Along the day, girls also benefited from mentoring sessions, interacting with the 25 volunteers and STEM role models present during the event.
About Amazon in the Community (AITC): Amazon is committed to helping more children and young adults, especially those from underrepresented and underserved communities, have the resources and skills they need to build their best future. Amazon focuses on building long-term, innovative, and high impact programs that leverage Amazon’s unique assets and culture. Initiatives include Amazon Future Engineer among others, designed to inspire and excite 10 million children and young adults from underserved and underrepresented communities each year to pursue an education in computer science, as well as programs that support immediate needs, including addressing family homelessness through donations, as well as global relief efforts for people in need following natural disasters. Find more information here.
About g4g: g4g is an international, non-profit organization dedicated to inspire girls of all ages and backgrounds to pursue STEM subjects – by introducing them to the world of science in fun and exciting ways. The organization has reached more than 31,000 girls by holding more than 250 g4g events held on six of the world’s seven continents (including the US, India, Belgium, Russia, Nigeria, Australia, Mexico, etc.). Find more information at www.greenlightforgirls.org