GEMS — Girls Stem Event

GEMS students and volunteers.

GEMS (Girls interested in Engineering, Math, and Science) is an annual program run by volunteer District 211 female math, science, and engineering teachers who organize a Saturday event in February for 250 fifth and sixth-grade girls to experience a STEM career fair with parents and then five 30-minute hands-on activities lead by female engineers, manufacturers, scientists, and mathematicians. 

GCAMP grant funds support outreach to fifth and sixth-grade girls and their parents from low-income and bilingual families. The parents who travel on the bus with their children participate in a STEM parent day program while their children are in the hands-on sessions. This parent event includes career awareness, a hands-on challenge, and a tour of the resources available to their child when they get to high school.  Many bilingual or low-income parents feel disconnected from the school system.  This outreach is vital to creating trust and awareness well before students enter high school.

In February 2020, GCAMP hosted a breakout session for GEMS girls featuring 3D pens.