GEMS: Girls Engaged in Math and Science

GEMS is an inclusive, 501(c)(3) program, open to all local 7th-12th grade girls interested in one or more of the STEM disciplines. The purpose of this group is to provide enrichment activities in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) to middle and high school girls. It is one of the many avenues through which AAUW contributes to in its mission to advance equity for women and girls. For more information, contact the GEMS coordinator, Susan Oldham-Fritts at

 The following are the planned activities for the 2018-19 school year
(calendar PDF here):

Oct 14 Santa Clara University / Nobelles STEAM event
Nov 3 Bay Area Science Festival, AT&T Park
Dec 2 Tech Museum (form here)
March 31 Wildflower Run (volunteer activity)
April 6 Future Women Leaders of America workshop
May 5 Monterey Bay Aquarium

For more information, contact the GEMS coordinator, Susan Oldham-Fritts at

Check out just a few of the many STEM activities the GEMS have participated in and been exposed to over the past few years!

GEMS volunteering at the 2016 Wildflower Run. Thank you for your support!


To learn more about STEM careers, click here, here, here, here, or here.

How does chemistry, the central science, thread its way into the “fabric of the world?” Visit Bryn Mawr College Professor Dr. Michelle Francl’s Culture of Chemistry blog.

Check out the General Accounting Office (GAO) report on STEM education and jobs and how STEM graduates earn top salaries here.

Listen to Susan Wojcicki, Google’s senior VP of advertising and commerce, explain why technology needs you.

See Danielle Feinberg’s NBC interview about girls and coding.

Want to find out about the chemistry behind food chemistry, nanomachines, life hacks and more?  See the latest American Chemical Society Reactions episode.

How did Professor Andrea Armani, named one of the Brilliant 10 by PopSci as well as one of MIT Technology Review’s top 35 innovators under 35,, become interested in engineering and what would she research if money were no object?  Find out here.

Free Museum Days

Exploratorium, San Francisco

The Exploratorium is free to everyone several days this year. Free days include Free Community Days (9/22/18, and 10/21/18), Pi Day (3/14/18), Mother’s Day (5/13/18), and Free Community Night (6/22/18 after 5 pm). On free days, museum entry is on a first come, first served basis.

UC Botanical Garden, Berkeley
Free admission to the Garden the first Wednesday of each month.

California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco
The Academy offers free Sundays quarterly.