GEMS – Girls Exploring Math and Science

This year, 2017, GEMS will be held at the Marriot Courtyard King Kamehameha Beach Hotel on Thursday, November 9th.  All 5th-grade girls are invited to attend. 

REGISTRATION MATERIAL CAN BE DOWNLOADED HERE.  (Be patient – this takes a few seconds to appear.)

GEMS Cover Letter 2017

GEMS 2017 Workshop Options

GEMS Student Reg Form 2017


Each year, West Hawaii’s fifth grade girls are invited to Girls Exploring Math and Science or GEMS, the most important event of the calendar for AAUW-Kona.  Through hands-on exhibits and workshops, women from the local community introduce girls to their occupations and show them how math, science, and technology are used in their daily work.  The program is designed to stimulate interest and promote the confidence of girls in these fields.  Workshop topics include marine science, architecture, financial planning, veterinary medicine, land surveying, chemistry, astronomy, dentistry, culinary science and archaeology.  The photos below show some of the fun and learning which took place in 2014 when 320 girls attended.  The event was held that year at the Sheraton Resort at Keauhou Bay.

GEMS would not be possible without the generous support of local businesses, organizations, and individuals.  Many thanks to all who help us make this event a very special one for the girls of West Hawaii. We especially thank the Hawaii County Council, TMT, Mauna Loa Astronomy Education Board, Hawaii-France-Canada Telescope, the Rotary Club, and Connie and Gary Monell for their generous support.  And special thanks to Cindy Armer, chairperson of GEMS.

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