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GEM Workshops
GEM Workshops

Sat, Dec 07


Emerald Coast Science Center

GEM Workshops

Every 1st Saturday of the month from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Girls Engaged in Making (GEM) Workshops give girls ages 8-15 a chance to experience hands-on STEM activities.

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Time & Location

Dec 07, 2019, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Emerald Coast Science Center, 31 Memorial Pkwy SW, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548, USA

About The Event

We're hosting our Girls Engaged in Making (GEM) workshops for girls in ages 8-15. Studies have shown that most girls lose interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) by age 15. Our GEM Workshops are aimed at providing girls with hands-on activities and experiences to keep them involved in STEM. GEM is fun, engaging, educational, and shows the numerous ways STEM topics can be pursued. 

First Saturdays of Each Month*

10:00 a.m. to 12:00 pm 


$20 Members/$25 Non-Members​

*Pre-registration is required so that there are enough materials for everyone. 

Please fill out our registrations form here and either email it to or bring it with you to the workshop.

Upcoming Workshops 2019-2020

This year's GEM Workshops study various women in science with hands-on activities at every session that showcase each scientist's contributions to the world.

December 7

Alice Ball- Celebrate Chemistry

GEMs will learn about Alice Ball, who developed an injectable treatment for leprosy, and completing an investigation into why not all medications are pills while also conducting chromatography experiments. 

January 4

Sally Ride and Mae Jamison- Space Rocketry

GEMs will design and build rockets to highlight the accomplishments of Sally Ride, the first american woman in space in 1983, and Mae Jamison, who was the first African-American woman in space in 1992. 

February 1

Vera Rubin- Astronomy

GEMs will explore different NASA investigations and making their very own solar necklace to take home.

March 7

Maria Sibylla Merian- Naturalism & Etymology with special guest educator, Bridget Lyons, from Torch Technologies

GEMs will learn how Maria Sibylla Merian illustrated her scientific works based in nature and discover the "secret signals" insects give to one another like the use of aposematic coloring while exploring our yard to inspire GEMs as they create their own watercolor pieces.

April 4

Nettie Stevens- Genetics

GEMs will dive into the science behind DNA extraction while completing their own extraction tests and genetic investigations.

May 2

Rachel Carson- Environmental Science

GEMs will conduct experiments on erosion and how humans impact the environment in our final workshop of the school year.

​​*Workshop themes are subject to change depending on guest speakers. Stay tuned to this page for updates.


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