GEMS 2018-04-23T19:14:22+00:00

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 2017-18 school year
(calendar PDF here):

Oct 21 Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve
Nov 11 Bay Area Science Festival – details
Dec 3 Tech Museum – details
Feb 19 Infineon – details
March 25 Wildflower Run (volunteer activity) – details
April 14 Future Women Leaders of America workshop – details
May 6 Monterey Bay Aquarium – details

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!

Other Opportunities

Updated December 2016

What do you think about women and leadership? Take the AAUW Implicit Association Test , an AAUW original research project, and encourage others to do the same.  The unconscious biases that result from internalized cultural associations about gender roles and leadership can only be corrected when they are identified.  Help remove an insidious barrier to gender equity.

Interested in computer science?  See CS Programs for Women. is offering free online computer science tutorials, including the new Quorum Hour of Code Tutorial. And for 6th-8th graders, the Design_Code_Build events at the Computer History Museum have begun; click here  for dates and registration.

What is Big Science and why is it important?  Listen to UC Berkeley Lab scientists’ discussion. And don’t  miss Nobel laureate Dr. Elizabeth Blackburn’s animated talk “All Creatures Great and Small” on the inspiration for her research.

It’s never too soon to figure out how to pay for college.  At , you can search a large scholarship database.  At, you’ll find scholarship, grant, career, and program information specifically for women going into STEM. And don’t forget often overlooked scholarship opportunities such as the ACS Scholars Award and the National Society of High School Scholars Foundation.

Beside Marie Curie, do you know who some of the other women who have revolutionized STEM are? View “Breaking In: Women in Science, technology, Engineering, & Mathematics” on women’s participation in STEM and its impact on society; click here and here  for a conversation about women and STEM education; click here, here, and here to learn about the groundbreaking work of three American women scientists; here   for a quick who’s who from 1927 to today; and the significance here. And don’t forget about the first women to earn a chemistry degree in the U.S. and find out what she did next (hint: she founded GEMS’ parent organization) here.

Check out 125 Great Science Videos: From Astronomy to Physics & Psychology.

How do we separate the facts from fiction about climate change and climate science?

Want to participate in Citizen Science? If so, go to Citizen Science, Zoom Universe , or Student Society For Science.

Interested in oceanography? Click here  for the new coastal and marine geology portal showing incredible photos and videos of the seafloor and its inhabitants.

How does indoor air quality affect your health?  Go to indoor air  to see what Lawrence Berkeley Lab scientists are doing, then take the Range Hood Roundup survey to participate in their research.

Want to meet members of TechGirls, an international exchange program empowering young girls to pursue STEM careers? Go to the Tech Girls Blog.

Check out the Society for Science & the Public’s Student Science website at  for information on top science competitions, the Eureka!Lab blog, and help in achieving excellence in scientific research.


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.