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Girls in Engineering, Math, and Science (GEMS)


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Girls in Engineering, Math and STEM (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 March event here:

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, November 1, 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 November 1st event include:

Anna Koufakou (Software Engineering)

Computer Science and Solving Complex Problems

Computers are everywhere but what exactly is binary, algorithm, or Computer Science? What types of complex problems are tackled by Computer Scientists? Students will learn about such problems, and work with algorithms to solve problems similar to ones that NASA scientists need to solve in order to efficiently direct drones in space.

Rachel Campbell (Chemistry)

Community Guest:  TBA

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?

Registration will open approximately 5 weeks prior to the event, so check back soon. 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.

 Please note: Registration for the GEMS Event will be opened the week of September 29.

Click on the image below to register for GEMS.

GEMS registration button


Archive of Past GEMS Event Activities