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We're hosting our Girls Engaged in Making (GEM) 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 GEM Workshops are aimed at providing girls with hands-on activities and experiences to keep them involved in STEM. GEM is a drop-off program that is fun, engaging, 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.


Upcoming Workshops 2019-2020*


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 (Creating a Solar Necklace)

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


March 7

Maria Sibylla Merian- Naturalism & Etymology 

GEMs will learn how Maria Sibylla Merian illustrated her scientific works based in nature 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.


GEM Workshops

31 SW Memorial Parkway

Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548


Museum Hours:

Wednesday-Saturday: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Sunday-Tuesday: Closed

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