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On April 12, 2018, 32 high school girls visited ASTRON for the annual Girlsday. From soldering and coding to building galaxies with 3D pens and searching for pulsars with the Dwingeloo Telescope: the programme, in collaboration with JIVE, NOVA and CAMRAS, offered many fun hands-on activities.

Published by the editorial team, 13 April 2018

This year the girls came from the dr. Nassau College in Assen, De Nieuwe Veste in Coevoerden, Wolfsbos in Hoogeveen and CSG Dingstede in Meppel.

Girlsday is an initiative of VHTO, the National expertise centre for girls/women and science/technology. In the Netherlands, too few girls opt for studies and careers in science, technology and IT. VHTO wants to increase the participation of girls in these sectors. Girlsday is one of the activities of VHTO to introduce girls to science, technology and IT.

This year, more than 11,000 girls (aged 10 to 15 years) visited 350 science, technology and IT companies nationwide. By inviting girls on Girlsday, companies and technical departments of other organizations let the girls know that they are very welcome to pursue a career in science and technology.

Girlsday 2018 was organised in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science and


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