The GEMS program sponsored by UW-Waukesha was started in 2008. Designed for girls age 11-14, this conference promotes an awareness of engineering, math, science, and technology careers. Professionals in these three areas conduct over a dozen workshops in an interactive format to engage girls in a fun, hands-on setting.
Each girl chooses four workshops to attend. They also hear a key-note speaker, meet female role models, and enjoy lunch during this day-long event at UW-Waukesha each spring. Parents are given the opportunity to attend workshops to help them promote these careers to their daughters.
AAUW West Suburban-Milwaukee members volunteer at this conference as a community service. Our branch also sponsors six to eight girls to attend this educational program to expose them to a variety of careers. Instilling confidence and excitement in middle school girls to encourage them to consider a career in a scientific field is a major goal of GEMS.
Check out this website to learn more about this exciting educational venue for middle school girls: http://waukesha.uwc.edu/continuing-ed/courses/youth/gems
Andrea Bequest, GEMS Coordinator