To provide young women opportunities to learn about the importance of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) in careers.
To promote young women's participation in STEM courses in high school and college.
The Piasa Area Council of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) will again present a GEMS - Girls Empowered by Math and Science - conference for girls in the 6th, 7th and 8th grades. This includes girls from schools and districts in Calhoun, Greene, Jersey, Macoupin and Madison Counties and East St. Louis. Teachers, parents and guardians of these girls are also invited to attend special sessions designed for them. The conference will be held on Saturday, March 15, 2014, at Lewis and Clark Community College in Godfrey.
The Program was initiated after an AAUW Educational Foundation funded study, "Shortchanging Girls, Shortchanging America" revealed that girls in elementary school show aptitude and interest in math and science, but tend to fall behind in these areas in middle school. AAUW wants girls to continue to both value and excel in mathematics, science and technology.