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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.

Watch a video from the March event here:

To view pictures from GEMS events 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?

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.

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

What will happen?

The Activities for October 3:

     fUNMATH: How high can you count on one hand?

     Facilitator: Dr. Mary Ann Kaveski, retired former math teacher, retired obstetrician, FGCU adjunct faculty member and STEM enthusiast.

     What your DNA says about you!

     Facilitator: Christine Whitehead, senior Biology major at FGCU minoring in Chemistry and Philosophy. After graduation she will continue her education in the health profession. 


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Archive of Past GEMS Event Activities


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