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GEMS Academy (Girls in Engineering, Math & Science)

Explore the fascinating and intriguing fields of engineering, math, science and technology during a full day of GEMS Academy. Students will explore hands-on STEM activities in Western's Science Resource Center and other lab spaces across campus with Western professors, students and professionals in the STEM fields.

Our goal for GEMS Academy is to provide a safe and empowering environment for girls to explore STEM fields with Western students, faculty, professionals, and other girls that share those interests. We will not turn away any identity, but would like to respect the focus of this program.

Would you like to see us offer a different or specific topic in this or other programs in the future?  We are always interested in ideas from our community. Send any questions or comments to youth@wwu.edu.

GEMS Academy events sponsored by the Phillips 66 Ferndale Refinery

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Youth program participants and staff must abide by all University regulations and program rules.

At a Glance

Grades 5-8

Saturday, May 4, 2019

10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Western Washington University
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45
student

Courses

Morning Sessions (11-12:30 p.m.)

The Planetarium Show

Take a journey through space in the WWU StarLab Planetarium, guided by inspirational captains from the WWU Women in Physics Association!

The Process of Fossilization

Calling all future geologists! Discuss and examine cool geologic events, like fossilization, and learn more about backyard geology in this fun and hands-on workshop!

Oil 101: It’s More Than You Think

Join us as we explore the journey of oil from extraction from the ground all the way to the finished products we use every day! Students will get to engage in hands-on, interactive activities that help them visualize how the world procures oil and processes it to make useful products.

LED Lights

Dive into the world of LED lights with this interactive and illuminating workshop.

Everything Engineering

Explore the world of engineering with this hands-on workshop that dives into innovation, design, problem solving, building and creating.

Afternoon sessions (1:30-3 p.m.)

Introduction to the World of Coding

Explore the capabilities of computer coding through introductory exercises and activities through Scratch!

The Hidden Physics of a Fruit Piano

Explore the conductive properties of fruit in this creative workshop. You'll build instruments out of fruit and discover the hidden physics that can be unlocked in the simplest of snacks!

Oil 101: It’s More Than You Think

Join us as we explore the journey of oil from extraction from the ground all the way to the finished products we use every day! Students will get to engage in hands-on, interactive activities that help them visualize how the world procures oil and processes it to make useful products.

Everything Engineering

Explore the world of engineering with this hands-on workshop that dives into innovation, design, problem solving, building and creating.

The Art of Chemistry

Investigate light and color, the surface tension of liquids and the mixing of metals in an actual chemistry lab!

  • Requirements: Wear long pants and closed toed-shoes.

Students are asked to bring:

  • A rain jacket
  • A healthy snack
  • A water bottle
  • A curious mind
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Schedule

9:30 - 10 a.m.

Check-in

10 - 10:15 a.m.

Welcome

10:15 - 10:35 a.m.

Keynote

10:45 - 11 a.m.

Travel to workshops

11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Workshops

12:30 - 12:40 p.m.

Travel to Lunch

12:40 - 1:15 p.m.

Lunch - provided on campus

1:15 - 1:30 p.m.

Travel to workshops

1:30 - 3 p.m.

Workshops

3 - 3:10 p.m.

Travel for group picture

3:10 - 3:15 p.m.

Group Photo

3:15 - 4 p.m.

Closing ceremony

4 p.m.

Dismissal

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Location Details

Western Washington University

516 High St, Bellingham
Directions

For detailed parking instructions (if applicable), please refer to the confirmation letter.

 

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Parking

Free parking is available on the weekends in all “C” lots on south campus.
Please do not park in No Parking, fire lanes or handicapped zones.

Campus map

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Cost Details

Cost for this program is $45.00 per student. This cost includes a cafeteria lunch.

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Cancellation Policy

All courses are subject to enrollment. A full refund is granted if a program or camp is cancelled. No reduction in fees is given for late arrival, early departure, or expulsion for disciplinary matters. Cancellation requests must be submitted via email to youth@wwu.edu 7 days prior to the first day of the session. No refund is given for this program.

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Scholarship

Thank you to our sponsor, Phillips 66 Ferndale Refinery. Because of their support of our GEMS programs, there are scholarships available for this program!

Please contact us prior to registration at youth@wwu.edu for scholarship application information.

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