We're hosting our Girls Empowered with Math and Science (GEMS) workshops for girls ages 8-15. Studies have shown that most girls lose interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) by age 15. 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 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.
First Saturday of Each Month*
10:00 am- 12:00 pm
$20 Members/$25 Non-Members
*Pre-registration is required so that there are enough materials for everyone. To register, please complete our registration form and email it to us or bring it with you to the workshop; you can also sign up via our events page.
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Upcoming Workshops 2020-2021*
September 12 (Holiday Schedule)
Patricia Bath - Ophthalmology
GEMS will explore the law of reflection and light as they design and test laser mazes while learning about the work of Patricia Bath, pioneer of laser cataract surgery. In order to control and direct light, GEMs will learn more about how optical engineers design and test inventions.
Grace Hopper - Computer Scientist
GEMS will get coding with our Ozobots, exploring how to make these clever robots move, change color, and follow codes while learning about Grace Hopper, leader of the team that created the first working code compiler, paving the way for future programming languages.
Cynthia Breazeal - Robotics
GEMS will program Scribble Bots, robots that scribble and draw designs on their own while discovering the work of Cynthia Breazeal, who helped create Kismet, the first social robot. GEMs will get creative with circuitry and explore electrical energy to power a motor that will vibrate the Scribble Bot to make unique and colorful artwork.
Yvonne Brill - Propulsion Engineer
GEMS will engineer poinsettia-shaped propellers and design a device that allows them to power their poinsettia spinner using only air from their lungs while learning about the importance of angles and thrust Yvonne Brill utilized while inventing fuel-efficient rocket thrusters that keep satellites in orbit today.
January 9 (Holiday Schedule)
Martha Coston - Health and Safety Engineer
GEMS will discover how to create a light that works without batteries or power—but instead uses mechanical power! As they learn about Martha Coston, creator of the signal flares still used by the US Navy today, they’ll be designing their own safety system called a Shake Light.
Stephanie Kwolek - Chemist
GEMS will test how to change the color of liquids without food coloring and explore acidity and bases during our Chemical Mystery session. Chemists like Stephanie Kwolek, inventor of Kevlar, use a diverse range of methods to investigate the chemical and physical properties of substances, and GEMs will, too!
Tierra Guinn - Aerospace Engineer
GEMS will blast off at this month’s lesson! While learning how engineers like Tierra Guinn (one of the designers building the Space Launch System to send people to Mars) design rockets to fly and travel, they’ll get to make and launch their own foam rockets.
April 10 (Holiday Schedule)
Margaret Knight - Inventor
GEMS will conduct thermal energy experiments to discover how thermal energy transfers between materials to determine if they’re conductors or insulators. New product engineers like Margaret Knight, inventor of the flat-bottomed paper bag, often test products to ensure they work much like GEMs will do with this workshop.
Annie Easley - Aeronautical Engineer
GEMS will prepare for lift off as they engineer a hand glider and test it against various aerodynamic challenges while also discovering the work of Annie Easley, a computer scientist, mathematician, and rocket scientist that worked on Centaur technology at NASA to boost rockets into space.
*Workshop themes are subject to change depending on guest speakers. Stay tuned to this page for updates.