Girls in Engineering, Math and Science (GEMS) is a hands-on program dedicated to science education for regional middle school girls by enthusiastic professionals and undergraduates as facilitators and role models in a girls-only environment. GEMS provides a launching pad to develop an early interest in engineering, math, and science as an impetus to higher education and highly-skilled careers. Previous activities have included bioengineering, chemistry, biological science, biotechnology, forensics, astronomy, math, civil engineering and environmental science.
Watch a video from the April event here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gQuknrauMGo
What is the Program?
This half-day event is for middle school girls to engage in hands-on activities related to engineering, math and science.
Where is the program going to be held?
All activities will be held on the Florida Gulf Coast University campus in Fort Myers. Directions will be sent out to all registered participants.
When will the next program be held?
Saturday April 26th, 2014
Does the program cost anything?
This program is FREE to all participants. Registration is required.
Who will be in the program?
GEMS is for middle school girls from our local community.
What do I wear?
Comfortable clothes that you would wear each day to school.
What will happen each day?
You will participate in hands-on activities with professionals and FGCU students in actual university classroom laboratories.
Presentations for the April 26th event include:
Heather Preston (Chemistry and Physics)
"Homesteading In Space: Life very far 'off the grid'": Participants will examine the possible ways of powering a planetary lander, and will learn about voltage, current, power, and electric motors while building a solar-powered circuit that will either run a rover or run the "communications system" (a radio).
Dr. Alayde "Ali" Barbosa (Geology)
"Geology Rocks: Minerals identification": During this activity the students will learn to identify different kinds of minerals, the building blocks of our planet, based on their physical properties. They will have a chance to handle and observe minerals and relate them to everyday life, as well as the history of Earth and its relationship with the origin of the universe.
Do my parents/guardians need to be there?
No. All activities are supervised by university personnel.
How do I get there?
Each participant will need to arrange her transportation to and from the FGCU campus each day. Registration runs from 8:00-8:30am and the program begins after registration is completed (around 8:30am) and ends at 12:30pm.
How do I register?
You can register for the April 26th event by clicking on the button below. Acceptance is provided on a first come, first served basis with priority given to first time participants. You will receive a confirmation email after you register online.
Registration for the March 26th event ends Thursday, April 24th.