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, in person. We will also hold several optional lab tours with scientist Q&As and/or other fields trips throughout the year.

The GEMS program has plans to be back in person for the 2024-2025 school year! Thank you for your patience as we bounce back from the virtual space and get organized for a great year back in person.

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.

I am a 7th or 8th Grade Student, How do I apply?
Applications are done by school year. If you would like to be notified when next year’s GEMS application opens, please email us at 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. 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?
You will get to participate in hands-on activities once a month during the school year with the guidance of our volunteer mentors. We will also feature optional 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!

Get Involved!
We are always looking for volunteers and organizations to help us support the GEMS Program. If you would like to volunteer with this amazing program or have any other questions, please email us at We look forward to hearing from you! 

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

Thank You!
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.