Our Girls Engaged in Math and Science (GEMS) workshops are in full swing this year with a focus on the work of renowned female scientists and engaging hands-on lessons that relate to the scientist's career. These workshops are geared towards girls ages 8-15, and aim to providing girls with hands-on activities and experiences to keep them involved in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. GEMS workshops are held every first Saturday of the month from 9am to 12pm.
At our first GEMS workshop of the year, the girls explored the law of reflection and light as they designed and tested laser mazes. They also learned about the work of Patricia Bath, the pioneer of laser cataract surgery. In order to control and direct light, the girls learned more about how optical engineers design and test inventions.
Our goal for this program is to show the girls 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. You can help by donating $25 to create a scholarship for a GEMS workshop student and allow her the chance to pursue STEM topics; fields in which women are vastly underrepresented.