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.

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5th Annual GEMS Conference

Registration for the 5th Annual GEMS Conference will open on Wednesday, December 4, 2019, at 8:00 a.m.

When: Saturday, January 25, 2020
Time: 8:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Where: Cary-Grove High School
              2208 Three Oaks Road
              Cary, IL 60013

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                       


    GEMS Keynote Speaker 2020

    Samaira Mehta has taken Silicon Valley by storm and has been a speaker at over 50 conferences nationwide. She has held over 60 workshops that spotlight her board game, and taught over 2,000 kids to code. She received a letter from then First Lady Michelle Obama and was offered a job at Google. Did we mention she’s 11?

    Her STEM initiative “Yes, One Billion Kids Can Code” is ambitious but that’s not her only goal “I want to become President of the United States when I'm a little older. This position could give me a higher voice to do even greater things for our country” Do you doubt her?

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

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    Photos: 2019 Gems Conference