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Girls in Engineering, Mathematics and Science (GEMS) & Guys In Science and Engineering (GISE):

Girls in Engineering, Mathematics and Science (GEMS) & Guys In Science and Engineering (GISE):
The GEMS-GISE-STEM Academies are after-school and summer school STEM programs designed specifically for Minneapolis Public Schoool District students in Kindergarten through 8th grade.  The programs focus on explorations of science and mathematics through project-based and problem-based learning experiences promoting the integration of engineering and technology concepts, content, and process. Students that participate in GEMS-GISE enroll in a year-long after-school program that is comprised of two semester courses with an opportunity to continue learning in the six week summer K-8 STEM Academy.

Fall 2023- Robotics

In this exciting robotics class students learn mechanical design, construction, programming, and teamwork skills. In pairs, using LEGO  building elements, motors, and sensors, students build different robot prototypes and program them with a computer to move, react, and make sounds. Students will utilize their prototypes and programming to solve design challenges using the LEGO WeDo 2.0 or Spike Prime Robotic Systems. Students will participate in the 2024 Robotics FIRST Lego League Challenge:MASTERPIECESM on January 20, 2024.

Everyone deponds on the transportation of goods for their daily needs.  How can you improve the transportation of products?  Students identify a specific problem within this them then create or improve a piece of equipment, a technology, or a method of transportation to solve the problem.  The student designed and programmed robots must activate mission models that represent transportation safety, efficiency, connection, and access in the challenge.


Spring 2024 – Aerospace Engineering & Rocketry

Explore Science and Engineering!  In these engaging and investigative classes students are immersed in the fundamentals of aerospace engineering and rocketry through an interactive problem-based approach.  Working in pairs, students solve a series of complex problems designing, constructing and testing a variety of aircraft.

GEMS-GISE-STEM students conduct hands-on investigations exploring aerospace engineering and related career fields.  Students explore this specialized field that includes the design of spacecraft and aircraft.  Discovering that air (navigating within the earth's atmosphere) and spacecraft (operating primarily in outer space, beyond the earth's atmosphere) are technologies that extend human potential to transport people and goods.  Students work and learn through exciting, project-based aerospace engineering activities designing, construction, testing, and troubleshooting as they work toward their final flight.