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Girls Empowered with Math and Science Workshops
Girls Empowered with Math and Science Workshops

Sat, Jan 14


Fort Walton Beach Library

Girls Empowered with Math and Science Workshops

We're hosting our Girls Empowered with Math and Science (GEM) workshops for girls ages 8-15 at the Fort Walton Beach Library the 2nd Saturdays of the month from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. CALL FWB LIBRARY TO REGISTER: 850-833-9590

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Time & Location

Jan 14, 2023, 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Fort Walton Beach Library, 185 Miracle Strip Pkwy SE, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548, USA

About The Event

Our GEMS Workshops are aimed at providing girls with hands-on activities and  experiences to keep them involved in STEM. Each month, GEMS will study  the work of a renowned female scientist while engaging in hands-on  lessons. GEMS is a free drop-off program that is fun, educational, and shows  the numerous ways STEM topics can be pursued both in their future  educations and as potential career pathways. If we support a young woman  in STEM, then she can change the world.

Second Saturday of Each Month

​10:30 am- 12:00 pm


Fort Walton Beach Library

185 Miracle Strip Pkwy SE

Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548

Cost & Registration 

Workshops are free

Pre-registraion is required so that there are enough materials

To register, please call the Fort Walton Beach Library at 850-833-9590

Program sponsored by MTSI



January 14:  Lauren Esposito/Arachnologist

Do creepy crawlers like spiders and scorpions pique your interest? For this GEMS workshop, learn all about our arachnids with research thanks to scientist Lauren Esposito. GEMS students will further expand their knowledge on these creatures by participating in activities that incorporate an arachnid’s habitation, their skeletal system, and their zootoxins.

February 11: Inge Lehmann/Earth Scientist/Seismologist

Have you ever felt the Earth shake and wondered what was happening? In this workshop, GEMS will learn about seismologist Inge Lehmann’s research on seismic wave data and how it affects the Earth’s interior. GEMS will engage in various seismology activities that teach students about the Earth’s structure, earthquakes, and how to measure seismic waves.

March 11: Corina Newsome/Ornithologist

Flap, fly and flock on over to the Fort Walton Beach Library to engage in a lesson all about birds! During this workshop, GEMS will learn about ornithologist Corina Newsome’s research on Seaside Sparrows and how these sparrows affect our ecosystem. GEMS will also engage in various bird-themed activities that teach students about basic bird biology, bird identification, ecology, and conservation.

April 8: Tiera Guinn Fletcher/Aerospace Engineer

Get ready to blast off into space! GEMS will be learning about Tiera Guinn Fletcher, who is a lead aerospace engineer for NASA, working on the Space Launch System. During this workshop, GEMS will engage in various aerospace engineering activities and learn how to design, build, and plan structures fit for space exploration.

May 13: Laura Boykin/Computational Biologist

Have you ever wondered what a supercomputer is, and what they are used for? In this GEMS workshop, students will learn all about computational biologist Laura Boykin. She uses supercomputing and genomics to help farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa. GEMS will practice their own computational biology skills as they engage in hands-on activities to learn all about coding and genomics!

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