The GEMS project, otherwise known as Girls Exploring Math and Science encourages girls to explore areas of math and science that they hadn’t considered before.  And this week, in West Hawaii, 315 fifth grade girls from 25 public and private schools arrived at King Kamahamaha’s Kona Beach Hotel ready to do just that.

Girls Exploring Math and ScienceThey had a choice of 21 workshops at the 22nd GEMS, Girls Exploring Math and Science, supported by local businesses and sponsored by the local chapter of the American Association of University Women.

“We want to encourage girls to pursue math and science in their education and career goals.” said Jamie Pardau, event organizer. “ We want to show them that it’s OK to be smart, and that there are many career options that they may not have thought of until they are told about them at this event.”

The workshops ranged from marine sciences, astronomy, and various sciences to finance and robotics.  Presenters encouraged hands on activities.  Girls worked the robots by remote control, made their own slime in a chemistry class, and found out more about the art and science of cooking.

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