The GEMS program will continue virtually for the 2020-2021 school year!

Applications are available HERE and will be open until October 23rd, 2020.

Questions about GEMS? Contact us at 

About the GEMS Program

Girls in Engineering, Math, and Science (GEMS) is a science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) enrichment program for 7th and 8th grade girls currently attending a Seattle public school. The goal of the program is to encourage girls to maintain and broaden their interest in STEM topics by providing hands-on activities, mentoring, field trips, and information about a variety of fields.

GEMS activities occur once a month from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm, and will be held virtually over video chat. In a typical year, we host at two locations on two days, so we will continue to host the monthly activity on two days: Tuesday and Wednesday. The activities are the same on both days, so students will only be admitted to one of the GEMS activity days. We will also hold several optional virtual lab tours with scientist Q&As throughout the year.

GEMS tentative virtual activity dates and topics:

  • Nov. 17th or 18th
  • Dec. 15th or 16th
  • Jan. 12th or 13th
  • Feb. 16th or 17th
  • Mar. 16th or 17th
  • Apr. 13th or 14th

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Who can participate in GEMS?

Any 7th or 8th grade student who identifies as a girl and is currently attending a Seattle public school is welcome to apply.

How do I apply?

Fill out the application HERE by October 23rd, 2020 to participate in GEMS for the 2020-2021 school year!

If you would like to be notified when next year’s GEMS application opens, please fill out this form.

We try to accommodate every applicant, but unfortunately do not always have space. We strive to choose applicants with a diverse range of experiences, interests, and backgrounds that represent the student population of the Seattle Public School District.

How much does GEMS cost?

The program is free to students, but will require for the 2020-2021 school year that students have access to a computer and WiFi to participate. If you have any concerns about your ability to participate because of this, please let us know in the application. GEMS is funded by annual dues from the Seattle Area chapter of the Association for Women in Science (AWIS-SA) membership, and is led entirely by volunteers.

What do I get to do in GEMS?

GEMS activity

You will get to participate in hands-on and virtual activities once a month during the school year from home with the guidance of our volunteer mentors. We will also feature optional virtual lab and workspace field trips so you will get to see what it’s like to work in STEM and talk with people who work at awesome places!

Our activity topics schedule this year is tentatively as follows:

  • November – Neuroscience
  • December – Civil Engineering
  • January – Computer Science
  • February – Robotics and Circuits
  • March – Population Genetics/Evolution
  • April – Forensics

Get Involved

We are always looking for volunteers and organizations to help us support the GEMS Program.

Past field trips have included:

  • Google
  • Northwest Medical Physics Center
  • UW Planetarium
  • Thompson Research Vessel
  • UW Greenhouse
  • BioQuest at Seattle BioMed
  • Beach walk with Seattle Aquarium
  • 3D Printing Design
  • Center for Infectious Disease Research

GEMS activity
You can read more about the role of our volunteers and sign up here.

If you would like to make a donation to Seattle GEMS please click the button below.

For any other questions about the GEMS program, please contact us at

Seattle AWIS would like to thank many donors, including GEMS families and volunteers. Seattle AWIS would also like to thank the donors who contributed to the GEMS Program in memory of Karen Marie Jensen. Karen was an active contributor to the community through her service as a math tutor to students and her work at the APP Task Force, Lesbian Resource Center, and the Federation of Gay Games. Her passion for improving the lives of young people is reflected in this generous tribute to the GEMS program.