D155 Gems Program

Sixth through eighth-grade girls have a unique opportunity to explore careers in science,​ technology, engineering and math (STEM) at the D155 GEMS Conference.  Sixth-to-eighth-grade girls in District 155 feeder schools are invited to attend the free conference!

Did you know less than 25 percent of women currently hold positions in math and science, according to the U.S. Department of Labor?

​District 155 wants to engage and excite young girls about STEM career opportunities!  The district is partnering with local businesses and community members to provide hands-on activities in architecture, computer science, environmental science, forensics, microbiology - infectious diseases, polymers and ​robotics.  During the conference, parents and their daughter(s) will  engage in a parent/child STEM challenge and girls will attend four different interactive STEM sessions. They will also have a chance to talk one-on-one with women in several professional fields during the career expo.

Opening Activities

8:00-9:00 AM           Registration, Fine Arts Center Entrance 

                                  Career Expo, Upper Gym 

9:10-9:15 AM           Welcome and Introduction, Cafeteria 

9:15-9:45 AM           Parent-Child Challenge, Cafeteria 

Session Schedule

9:55-10:20   AM      Session I, Classrooms

10:25-10:50 AM      Session II, Classrooms

10:50-11:00 AM      Break, Foyer

11:00-11:25 AM      Session III, Classrooms

11:30-11:55 AM      Session IV, Classrooms

Closing Activities

12:00-12:30 PM    Keynote Speaker, Theater

                                Kelly Tomblin, Intren Chief Executive Officer

4th Annual Gems Conference

At this time, our conference is FULL. There is a possibility that additional spots may open. If you are interested in being added to the waiting list, please fill out the form below.

waiting list form

When: Saturday, January 26, 2019
Time: 8:00 A.M. - 12:30 P.M.
Where: Cary-Grove High School
              2208 Three Oaks Road
              Cary, IL 60013

2019 Guest Speaker: Kelly Tomblin, Intren Chief Executive Officer

Kelly has proven herself as one of the most dynamic and accomplished leaders in the energy industry. With 25-years of diverse leadership experience in the regulated utility and independent energy sectors in the US, Jamaica, Latin America and the U.K., her expansive experience includes generation, transmission and distribution businesses, as well as renewable development and energy services. As a visionary, and risk taker, her innovative vision to do power differently is what sets Kelly apart. Kelly is also a well-respected advocate for women and diversity. She brings a steadfast commitment to improving communities and the lives of others. Kelly started at INTREN July of 2017. (Source: Intren)

Get Involved

Kathy Gilbert
Prairie Ridge STEM Division Leader
Email: kgilbert@d155.org

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Photos: 2019 Gems Conference