GEMS is an annual program that provides a fun and exciting way for middle school girls and their parents to explore careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). GEMS aims to increase our local STEM workforce in three ways:
Spark interest in STEM through fun, hands-on workshops led by local STEM educators and professionals.
Generate awareness of STEM careers in our local community through guest speakers and company-branded giveaways.
Empower parents to inspire and support their child's journey to a STEM carer through sessions about education and career planning.
GEMS is a non-profit program that is financed by grants, sponsors, and donations. The program is planned and executed by volunteers, and every penny raised goes directly into the program! Annual sponsors are SAME Mobile Post and the University of South Alabama. Our 2019 contributors included Community Foundation of South Alabama, Airbus, Thompson Engineering, Chevron, Southern Earth Sciences, Terracon, Hargrove Engineers + Constructors, and Jade Consulting. Thanks to these contributors, GEMS 2019 provided 24 workshops to 151 students and 44 parents from schools in Alabama and Mississippi!
Due to the uncertainties surrounding COVID-19, GEMS 2020 has been cancelled. We look forward to a bigger and better GEMS Program in November 2021 - visit our website for more information!
The JROTC STEM Leadership Academy is a week-long residential academy for Mobile County JROTC Cadets. The goal of the Academy is to groom Cadets into future contributors to our local STEM workforce by providing a first-hand look at STEM in action as Cadets work alongside local scientists and engineers to design innovate solutions to local problems. Cadets conduct experiments in university labs, construct and build hands-on engineering projects, and experience a variety of local industries via interactive tours and mentoring.
For information, applications, and information about sponsoring: CLICK HERE.