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Girls Excel in Math (GEM)

Young Women enjoying long Division

GEM aims to establish and support a community of fourth through seventh grade Twin City girls who are interested in math. Forming lasting friendships and a strong student-mentor bond with a teacher are important goals for the GEM program.

We know that spending time with other girls who enjoy challenging math activities reinforces a girl's own pleasure in and enthusiasm for the subject. To this end, GEM will recruit dedicated teachers from different metro-area Public School Districts who will in turn recruit girls from their classes or their school. In this way, a teacher and a group of girls can continue working together between and after program events.

During the 2015-16, up to twenty teachers, each with 10-12 students will be participating in
4 events on the University of Minnesota campus.

Tessellating Patterns
Saturday, November 7, 2015
Examine tessellating patterns and create your own tessellation print. Learn about the symmetry of polygons and how these patterns are linked to nature, art and science.

Origami: Touchable Geometry
Saturday, December 5, 2015
Study geometry by folding paper. Create geometric shapes using origami folding sequences. Challenge your problem-solving skills by connecting basic geometric shapes to create many different polyhedra models.

Celebration of Pi
Saturday, February 27, 2016
Students will learn about the transcendental number, Pi, and how it has evoked more mystery, misconception, and romanticism than any other mathematical symbol. 

Seeing the Connection with the Recognition Ceremony
Saturday, April 23, 2016
Learn to play connect-the-dots like a professional.  Explore ways in which dots and lines can model our world and help to solve problems.  Discover several problems that still have mathematicians stumped. We will then invite parents to join us for the Recognition Ceremony, as we celebrate the completion of the school year programs!


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This program is sponsored by
the Center for Energy and the Environment.

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