High5Girls offers hands-on hackathons and workshops so girls can experience STEM and entrepreneurship.
We want to excite and empower girls with knowledge and confidence in STEM and entrepreneurship to become future problem solvers and leaders. High5Girls is a platform where we all can help. After all, it takes a village to make real change.
Which is why High5Girls’ goal is to make STEM studies and careers equally attractive and accessible to girls. More specifically, we started High5Girls to increase the participation of young women, between the ages of 13-19, into STEM education and careers.
High5Girls allows girls to meet women working in a variety of STEM careers. They share their insights about what they do as scientists and engineers. Our goal is to show parents and girls the wide range of exciting and rewarding careers women in STEM hold.
HACKATHONS WITH ROLE MODELS
Do you ever wonder what robot designers or engineers actually do? Many girls and their parents have little idea about the types of careers women in STEM professions hold. High5Girls allows girls to meet women working in a variety of STEM careers. They share their insights about what they do as scientists and engineers.
Our goal is to show parents and girls the wide range of exciting and rewarding careers women in STEM hold.
During 3 years High5Girls role models have held numerous hackathons.
READ MORE ABOUT OUR HACKATHONS HERE
STEM professionals mentor and educate girls about science and engineering. Girls need to meet successful women in STEM fields to feel confident about pursuing their own science and engineering interests. At High5Girls, we are privileged to have experienced professionals who encourage girls to explore the growing and rewarding fields of STEM.
OUR VISION AND MISSION
We envision a world where both boys and girls actively contribute to the STEM solutions of the future.
Our focus is on girls in 8th, 9th, 10th grade and High School or Higher Education aged 13-18 years. So they embrace Entrepreneurial Thinking.
We believe that everyone can reap the benefits of thinking like a STEM entrepreneur—using creative problem-solving and seeing opportunities rather than limitations.
The mission of High5Girls is to inspire young women and girls to discover a passion for STEM through active learning.
Our program: Designed to advance every girl’s “Future Me”.
STEM + We will empower the next generation of innovators and leaders by combining STEM with entrepreneurship.
- Enables group work, developing prototypes and hands-on work on everyday challenges to inspire young women to tackle them
- Our overall idea is the UN’s global goal to encourage problem-solving relevant to STEM + Entrepreneurship to solve today’s biggest challenges
- Creates opportunities for learning to take risks and building self-confidence that problems can be solved
- According to the World Economic Forum, about 65% of children who start school today are likely to work in jobs that do not exist today. Our job is to get them ready for the future.
High5Girls, like the World Economic Forum, believes that young people need to develop an entrepreneurial mindset so that they can apply their creativity and skills to see and solve problems in their future.
FOR THE GIRLS PARENTS
Because we involve women and forces with pedagogical abilities, we are able to create a safe environment for the girls.
We believe parents play an important role in their daughter’s developing confidence and interest in science and engineering. High5Girls offers them an opportunity to nurture their daughters’ interest in STEM to open their eyes to a world of new growth.
QUOTES FROM THE GIRLS AND PARENTS:
“High5Girls has helped and inspired me, plus given me the courage to envision myself working in the world of technology. I have seen women work with everything from rehabilitation aided by virtual reality to CEOs in a variety of industries. I have a network with the coolest women and I know I am ready to shape the future.” Noa Sander – age 16
“What Frida gets out of attending events with High5Girls is a completely different self-confidence and self-confidence. She has strengthened her competencies in the technical field and has opened her eyes to a whole new world. ” Daphne Philisof – parent
THE FORCES BEHIND HIGH5GIRLS
Marianne Andersen is the founder of H5G. But on a daily basis several women are active in the NGO.
Here are the the women behind:
MARIANNE ANDERSEN has a BSc degree and an Executive Master of Business Administration eMBA. For the past 25 years, she has worked with product and business development and strategy for global medtech companies. She found her inspiration while visiting Silicon Valley and SRI International. Here, Curt Carlson talked about their Girls Middle School project for 7th-grade girls. Silicon Valley was ahead of Denmark with entrepreneurship at the time (2007). It inspired her to leave a big, global business and become an entrepreneur. Since then, Girls Middle School has inspired Marianne. In 2019, she met with other technology women who also wanted to get more girls to choose the STEM + entrepreneurial pathway. This was the start of High5Girls.
“An entrepreneur sees challenges as an invitation to find opportunities. Life is full of challenges. When you see one, use it to become wiser, lift yourself up and get stronger.”
JOSEPHINE MARCHER has a master’s degree in journalism and international development studies from Roskilde University, and comes from a position as a news reporter at Danmarks Radio. Before she went into journalism, she studied biology at the University of Copenhagen and nature, technology and science have always been a great interest and passion. For several years she has been professionally involved in disseminating science to children and young people, among other things as an organizer and journalist at the production company Alphafilm og Kommunikation, which produces educational films about the latest research. In addition to science and technology, Josephine is interested in diversity, diversity and gender equality in our society. “It is very important to me that the coming generations of girls should be aware of the many opportunities that exist within the STEM subjects. That’s why I think it’s a very important job we do in High5Girls. When we break with the gender stereotypes of what girls can and cannot do, the world opens up to the girls, and they can thus see themselves in completely new roles. It’s great to experience the girls find out that technology and science are exciting in a whole new way when they are allowed to experience it in a safe environment, only girls together. I have high expectations that the gender imbalance in STEM educations and jobs will be equalized within the foreseeable future ”.
METTE REHFELD MELTINIS has a Master in Media Science and she is a specialist in science and learning. In the past 10 years she has worked in the Science Center “Experimentarium” in Copenhagen where she has worked with hands-on science communication and new methods used to train in science/ technology for instance though ‘hands-on engineering design’. She is developing learning concepts with a strong narrative starting point and method consciousness. 3 years ago she started her own design company.
She brings her knowledge about learning, design and entrepreneurship to High5Girls. As a mother to Freja aged 13 she has a burning wish that young girls get the opportunity to write a new story about girls in science, technology and entrepreneurship. High5girls is the place where girls can meet rolemodels that can inspire them to see opportunities for them looking forward.
MARIE-LOUISE LITTLE has an MSc in Medical Engineering and completed Engineering Leadership Training (EBA). Marie-Louise has worked with innovation, product development, business development and sales of new technologies for 20 years. She has worked with everything from starting up her own business to global companies and has been an investor for one of Denmark’s largest and earliest investor groups. Today she is the director of Dianova A / S, which is a subsidiary of the Technical University of Denmark. It focuses on the development of new technologies to create new companies. Marie-Louise is the mother of 3 girls and wants them to see the opportunities in innovation and technology before choosing a career. High5Girls provides opportunity and space where girls can be inspired in their own way, try technology and entrepreneurship and form friendships for life.
ADELAIDA GONZÁLEZ DELGADO
Adelaida is a Colombian-Spanish woman with a BSc. In Industrial Engineering from UPV (Valencia) and a MSc. in Renewable Energy Engineering from DTU (Denmark), who is working now as a Postgraduate in Danfoss. She has been collaborating with H5G in very diverse ways for a year and a half: developing hackathons/camps together with a team of fellow DTU-Alumni, updating the role models data base, organizing networking events and onboarding new role models.
For Adelaida, H5G has been a breath of fresh air. It gives her the possibility to inspire and empower young girls and challenge herself in the process, while meeting like-minded women who are willing to be an active part of the change.
RAMLO A. MOHAMAD
Bridging the gap between the Health sector and technology
“Som piger kan vi ved hjælp af teknologi og IT også gøre en forskel for andre mennesker. Det er kun fantasien som er en begrænsning.”
Lea Tøttrup has a MSc in Biomedical Engineering and Informatics from 2017. She got her PhD degree in Biomedical Science and Engineering as a part of Center for Neuroplasticity and Pain at Aalborg University in 2021. Today she works at Unumed Aps in Copenhagen focused on Medical software and Artificial intelligence. Lea got into working with women and girls in STEM during her time as a PhD student where she was a part of Girl’s day in Science. Now she wants to explore the great potential in High5Girls and our many role models, and help take High5Girls to the next level.
RETIRED COPYWRITER AND BRAND STRATEGIST.
Valeries field of play is serving B2B and medical clients with interesting, relevant and targeted stories optimized for today’s media landscape.
MALENE KYED – “Malene Kyed is an experienced marketer and art director in the Copenhagen advertising world. She has, throughout her career, been involved in projects for the following branches: Pharma, medical devices, government and fashion.
Malene notes that, “There is a whole lot of mansplaining in the advertising business. I think women in this business are better at focusing on a problem and take real action to solve it. It has been my mission to “keep it real” and get things done for my clients.”
HELLE NIELSEN-ELGAARD has strong skills in design of programs to support innovation, internationalisation and growth in Start Ups, SME’s and corporates in a wide range of fields. In the past fifteen years Helle has mainly worked with high tech companies within ict, biotek and hardware mainly cleantech and meditech.
She has personal entrepreneur experience from a couple of start ups. She holds strong skills in developing programs to support innovation for groups of companies but always holding sight of the individual approach and development.
SPONSORS AND PARTNERS
We are deeply grateful to the many partners who help High5Girls build confidence, have fun, and embrace in STEM. High5Girls invites companies, foundations and other organizations to create opportunities for girls and young women to discover the exciting world of STEM.
CONTACT AND AVAILABILITY
Marianne and her crew will always be available should you have any questions as a parent, teacher, sponsor or future role model.
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H5G SPONSORS 2020
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CURTIS RAYMOND CARLSON
“We should all aspire to create value for society. This requires people who know how to work in teams, identify important societal needs, and have the skills to address them. I have seen over and over how programs like H5G can give young girls these essential life-skills by engaging them in exciting team projects and learning experiences.”
– Citat fra Curtis Raymond Carlson der var administrerende direktør for SRI International fra 1998 til 2014 og er en fremtrædende teknolog og pioner inden for udvikling og anvendelse af bedste praksis for innovation.
Blandt andet kendt for bogen (medforfatter):
Innovation: The Five Disciplines for Creating What Customers Want
When it comes to innovation, Curt Carlson and Bill Wilmot of SRI International know what they are talking about—literally. SRI has pioneered innovations that day in and day out are part of the fabric of your life, such as:
•The computer mouse and the personal computer interface you use at home and work
•The high-definition television in your living room
•The unusual numbers at the bottom of your checks that enable your bank to maintain your account balance correctly
•The speech-recognition system used by your financial services firm when you call for your account balance or to make a transaction.
Each of these innovations—and literally hundreds of others—created new value for customers. And that’s the central message of this book. Innovation is not about inventing clever gadgets or just “creativity.” It is the successful creation and delivery of a new or improved product or service that provides value for your customer and sustained profit for your organization.