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Girls in Engineering, Math, and Science (GEMS)


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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 Activities for November 7

Have you Ever Flown a Tetrahedron?

Description:Participants will work together to create tetrahedron models. Larger tetrahedron structures can be made by combining them in creative ways! We will test your structures outside for stability.

Facilitator: Tanya Huffman

Tanya Huffman has been teaching math at FGCU since 2007. She is the director of the FGCU Coding Academy and co-director of the FGCU Mathletes camp both of which are summer programs for middle school students. In 2015 she was recognized with FGCU's Senior Instructor Teaching Award.

Hurricane Science: Buried Beneath our Feet

In this activity we take a closer look at Hurricane dynamics and the power behind this extreme weather phenomenon! Science and creativity come together as you create sand art pens to create your own "hurricane story"! 

Facilitator: Shelby Ellis 

Shelby Ellis has been an undergraduate student at FGCU since 2010. With her Chemistry major, she plans on going to graduate school next year to pursue a Masters in Earth and Atmospheric Sciences. She is a recipient of the 2015 Alice and Karl Sheffield Foundation STEM scholarship to conduct research with Dr. Joanne Muller.


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 check early, we cannot guarantee space as the event fill up quickly.

 The November 7th GEMS Program is full.  Please check back for our Spring 2016 dates.

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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. 

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?

All spring events are completed, please check back in August for more dates.

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 from 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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