2012 GEMS Girls Engineering Math and Science

Wisconsin GEMS (Girls; Engineering, Math and Science) Conference is a community outreach effort hosted by Continuing Education at UW-Waukesha to inspire math and science exploration in middle school girls. The GEMS annual spring event at UW-Waukesha offers interactive opportunities for girls; ages 11-14. The girls take part in four sessions, choosing from a variety of offerings ranging from such disciplines as forensic science, veterinary medicine, dentistry, biomedical engineering and food science. Each fun-filled workshop is led by successful women professionals from industry, as well as professors and college students; all who volunteer their time and creative talents to provide a day of learning and excitement. The primary objective of our girls-only day is to inspire and to boost confidence of middle school girls to pursue coursework that will lead them to consider science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) as future careers. Concurrently, parents are invited to attend sessions planned especially for them to help understand the middle school developmental stage and to learn to help guide their daughters academically as they pursue their interests in science, technology, engineering and math. We strongly believe that together we can work to build a richer future for our youth, and begin developing a talented workforce for the continued vitality of our businesses and community. We are happy to report that this will be the fourth yearwe have hosted this conference. We hope you will partner with UW-Waukesha Continuing Education Department on the GEMS Conference.

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Program Contact Info
First Name: 
Kathleen
Last Name: 
Knoeppel
Title: 
Programmer
Location: 
1500 N. University Drive
Waukesha, WI 53188
United States
Fax: 262-521-5515
Program Details
Year Established: 
2009
Affiliation: 
STEM Equity Pipeline
Program Focus: 
General Science
Program Focus: 
Technology
Program Focus: 
Engineering
Program Focus: 
Math
Program Focus: 
Computer Science
Girls served annually: 
78
Boys served annually: 
0
Does your program focus on serving youth with disabilities?: 
No
Organization Info
Organization Name: 
Continuing Education UW-Waukesha
Organization Contact Info
First Name: 
Kathleen
Last Name: 
Knoeppel
Title: 
Director, Technology & Education Executive Council
Location: 
1500 N. University Drive Suite B
Waukesha, WI
United States
Phone: 2625215460
Fax: 5123235884
Slug: 
2012-gems-girls-engineering-math-and-science-2
Collaboration Interests
working with similar organizations
working with K-12 schools
working with industry representatives
working with higher education
sponsorship
sharing resources
providing in-kind support
curriculum development
Available Resources/Activities
volunteers
speakers
mentoring
girls interested in STEM
facilities/physical space
computer technology support
computer access
Populations Served
urban
single parents
rural
middle/junior
low income
employers
diversity focus
at-risk
4 year college or university
2 year college
Needed Resources/Activities
speakers
funding/sponsorship
equipment donations