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Whitaker Center

Whitaker Center

Girls in Engineering, Math, and Science (GEMS)



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.

GEMS dates for the 2016-2017 school yearSouthwest Florida Community Foundation Logo

  •  April 22, 2017

This project was funded by the Women's Legacy Fund, a fund of the

Southwest Florida Community Foundation.



Registration for the April 22, 2017 event will be open 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 check early, we cannot guarantee space as the event fill up quickly.

More information here!

Thank you to all our financial supporters, Dr. and Dr. Ruth and Burtt Holmes, The Zonta Foundation, Friends of Shirlee Morris, and the Lee Chapter of the AAUW.

A special thank you to the dedicated teachers, FGCU students and faculty who have helped to make this program great for our middle school girls!

 Watch a video from the March event here:

To view pictures from GEMS events here:

More Information about GEMS

 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. 

GEMS participants engaging in a directed dissection    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?

   The next event will be announced about 1 month in advance.



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?

Girls will engage in two hands-on activities in a STEM area developed and led by FGCU faculty and student assistants.  

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 fromGEMS participants in front of Whitaker Hall

8:30-9:00 am and the program begins after registration

is completed (around 9:00AM) and ends at 12:30PM.


Archive of Past GEMS Event Activities


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