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Inspiring middle school girls to be GEMS

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GEMS logo The need for fresh workers in sciences and engineering-related industries is growing, and many schools are taking steps to prepare students for those jobs of tomorrow. UWFox’s Office of Continuing Education is once again coordinating a program for middle school girls focusing on the disciplines of science, technology engineering, and math. Girls, Engineering, Math and Science (GEMS) is celebrating its fifth year at UWFox this spring on Saturday, March 29 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The one-day event for girls in grades 6, 7 and 8 starts with check-in at 9 a.m. at the UWFox student union, followed by opening speaker Tania Erdman, project manager with Wipfli LLP. Girls will then spend the day on campus in two sessions of their choosing, with topics including holistic health, veterinary medicine, genetics, polymers, cosmetic chemistry, anthropology, aeronautics engineering and more.

“One of the main goals of GEMS is to increase awareness and show girls that careers in engineering, math, science and technology are open to them,” said Cathy Paynter, director of the UWFox Office of Continuing Education. “It’s important for girls to not only understand the possibilities but see them and interact with girls with similar interests and women who are in those fields and can act as role models.”

Due to limited capacity, preregistration is required. Registration fees are $25 on or before March 17, $35 after March 17, and include the informational sessions, lunch and all materials and resources for the day. Those interested in the program can register online at http://uwfox.uwc.edu/conted/; groups of 25 or more can also take advantage of registration discounts with a streamlined registrations process and easy payment. A limited number of scholarships are available for girls demonstrating financial need.

For questions or more information on the GEMS program at UWFox, contact Cathy Paynter at 920-832-2636 or cathy.paynter@uwc.edu.


Posted on 3/12/14