Girls Excelling
in
Math & Science

of Prince George's County, MD

History of G.E.M.S.

In Spring 2006 AAUW College Park and the diversity initiative Science and Technology: Addressing the Need for Diversity (STAND) at the University of Maryland-College Park introduced G.E.M.S. as a monthly activity at Hyattsville Middle School.  Nine students enrolled in G.E.M.S.  Now going into its ninth year, G.E.M.S. is a weekly, after-school enrichment class in three Prince George’s middle schools. Fifteen to twenty university students mentor and tutor more than 45 middle school girls.  With the support of University of Maryland College Park Scholars programs, members of the community and Prince George’s County Council, we are able to offer girls in middle school a program with incentives and opportunities to excel in math and science.

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G.E.M.S. STEM Saturday Academy - February 24th

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G.E.M.S. STEM Saturday Academy allows girls to explore STEM disciplines through hands-on activities!


G.E.M.S held its STEM Saturday Academy on Saturday February 24th at Beltsville Public Library in Prince George's County, MD.


STEM Activities

Girls worked together in teams to build balloon-powered cars as industrial engineers.

Lessons Learned

Through interactive lessons, girls learned about the engineering design process: 

  1. define problem
  2. brainstorm multiple solutions
  3. prototype a solution
  4. test and evaluate prototype
  5. improve prototype
  6. communicate solution

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G.E.M.S. September STEM Saturday Academy

Girls Enjoying Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math

On September 30, 2017, 30 middle school girls of Prince George's County, MD explored STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) through hands-on activities.


Students designed and built a working robotic arm from a set of everyday items with a goal of having the arm be able to pick up a Styrofoam cup. Students learn

  • teamwork.
  • problem solving techniques.
  • about simple machines.

G.E.M.S. with HWSC Summer Camp

G.E.M.S. works with Hillside Work-Scholarship Connection Summer Camp Students

On July 10th and July 17th, G.E.M.S. hosted STEM activities for the Hillside Work-Scholarship Connection (HWSC) Summer Camp students. On July 10th, G.E.M.S. worked with the Maryland Center for Women in Computing to offer an "Introduction to Coding" workshop. On July 17th, G.E.M.S. worked with students on engineering design and development of a robotic arm.


Visit https://gemspgcounty.org/news-and-events for event photos. To learn more about Hillside Work-Scholarship Connection of Prince George's County, please visit here and to learn more about the Maryland Center for Women in Computing, visit www.mcwic.cs.umd.edu.


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Girls Excelling in Math and Science (G.E.M.S.) of Prince George’s County is a program of Fusion Partnerships, Inc. which is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization — donations to which are tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law.

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