# Area middle school girls attend Girls Exploring Math and Science Conference (GEMS) at SCC

Students from Adair County Middle School recently participated in Girls Exploring Math and Science Conference (GEMS), at Somerset Community College. GEMS was created as a way to encourage female students to consider mathematics-oriented and science-oriented careers, to gain confidence in doing mathematics and science and to take advanced level mathematics and science courses in high school. Shown above from left front: Chloe Stapleton, Amber Loy, Hazel White; back: Jaylyn Burton, Viridiana Meza, Kennedy Stephens, Kiara Collins |

Students from Casey County Middle School recently participated in Girls Exploring Math and Science Conference (GEMS), at Somerset Community College. GEMS was created as a way to encourage female students to consider mathematics-oriented and science-oriented careers, to gain confidence in doing mathematics and science and to take advanced level mathematics and science courses in high school. Shown above from left: Taylor Canter, Kara Davis, Emilee Spears, Mollie Harne, Audie Stonecypher |

Olivia Sells, a student from Cumberland County Middle School, recently participated in Girls Exploring Math and Science Conference (GEMS), at Somerset Community College. GEMS was created as a way to encourage female students to consider mathematics-oriented and science-oriented careers, to gain confidence in doing mathematics and science and to take advanced level mathematics and science courses in high school. |

Students from McCreary County Middle School recently participated in Girls Exploring Math and Science Conference (GEMS), at Somerset Community College. GEMS was created as a way to encourage female students to consider mathematics-oriented and science-oriented careers, to gain confidence in doing mathematics and science and to take advanced level mathematics and science courses in high school. Shown above from left front: Kyleigh Hollis, Emily Duvall, Macy Daugherty; back: Kendyl Walters, Savannah Egnew, Mallory Canada. |

Students from Meece Middle School recently participated in Girls Exploring Math and Science Conference (GEMS), at Somerset Community College. GEMS was created as a way to encourage female students to consider mathematics-oriented and science-oriented careers, to gain confidence in doing mathematics and science and to take advanced level mathematics and science courses in high school. Shown above from left front: Emily Ham, Emma Ashlock, Lainey Barnett; back: Sydney Rogers, Abbigail Edwards, Rachel Tomlinson, Abby Ford. |

Students from Northern Middle School recently participated in Girls Exploring Math and Science Conference (GEMS), at Somerset Community College. GEMS was created as a way to encourage female students to consider mathematics-oriented and science-oriented careers, to gain confidence in doing mathematics and science and to take advanced level mathematics and science courses in high school. Shown above from left front: Erin Atwell, Rinna Tarter, Camille Powell; back: Roxanna Sadrinia, Catherine Cook, Carolina Oakes, Abigail Vacca. |

Students from North Laurel Middle School recently participated in Girls Exploring Math and Science Conference (GEMS), at Somerset Community College. GEMS was created as a way to encourage female students to consider mathematics-oriented and science-oriented careers, to gain confidence in doing mathematics and science and to take advanced level mathematics and science courses in high school. Shown above from left front: Trenda McQueen, Xadrian Burdette, Siarra Jones; back: Abigail Davidson, Lauren Sotingeanu, Luisa Yount. |

Students from Rockcastle County Middle School recently participated in Girls Exploring Math and Science Conference (GEMS), at Somerset Community College. GEMS was created as a way to encourage female students to consider mathematics-oriented and science-oriented careers, to gain confidence in doing mathematics and science and to take advanced level mathematics and science courses in high school. Shown above from left front: Emma Hackworth, Molly Craig, Caroline Brickley; back: Laney Bryant, Darby Smith, Hope Sowder. |

Students from Russell County Middle School recently participated in Girls Exploring Math and Science Conference (GEMS), at Somerset Community College. GEMS was created as a way to encourage female students to consider mathematics-oriented and science-oriented careers, to gain confidence in doing mathematics and science and to take advanced level mathematics and science courses in high school. Shown above from left front: Noell Funk, Riley Hill, Kayle Coffey; back: Mia Townsend, Emma Anderson, Sophie Shearer, McKenzie Trautman. |

Students from Science Hill Independent School recently participated in Girls Exploring Math and Science Conference (GEMS), at Somerset Community College. GEMS was created as a way to encourage female students to consider mathematics-oriented and science-oriented careers, to gain confidence in doing mathematics and science and to take advanced level mathematics and science courses in high school. Shown above from left front: Bailey Whitaker, Bethanie Hampton, Macy Norfleet; back: Madison King, Faith Bray, Hallie Young. |

Students from Somerset Christian School recently participated in Girls Exploring Math and Science Conference (GEMS), at Somerset Community College. GEMS was created as a way to encourage female students to consider mathematics-oriented and science-oriented careers, to gain confidence in doing mathematics and science and to take advanced level mathematics and science courses in high school. Shown above from left front: Kate Golden, Kate Hutchinson; back: Olivia Burnett, Kelsey Miller, Chloe West |

Students from Southern Middle School recently participated in Girls Exploring Math and Science Conference (GEMS), at Somerset Community College. GEMS was created as a way to encourage female students to consider mathematics-oriented and science-oriented careers, to gain confidence in doing mathematics and science and to take advanced level mathematics and science courses in high school. Shown above from left front: Laryssa King, Riley Sumner Hollyn Burgin, Sarah Keeney; back: Ashtyn Hines, Paige Truett, Brooklyn Marcum, and Trinity Melton |

Students from Wayne County Middle School recently participated in Girls Exploring Math and Science Conference (GEMS), at Somerset Community College. GEMS was created as a way to encourage female students to consider mathematics-oriented and science-oriented careers, to gain confidence in doing mathematics and science and to take advanced level mathematics and science courses in high school. Shown above from left front: Savannah Ramsey, Mariah Bowlin, Natalie Reagan; back: Elizabeth Wright, Mia Phillips, Mallory Campbell, Molly Dishman |

For 10 years, area middle school girls have had the opportunity to explore careers related to math and science thanks to a program at Somerset Community College (SCC).

The Girls Exploring Math and Science (GEMS) Conference is held annually on the SCC
Somerset campus. This year, students from 14 area middle schools including Adair,
Casey, Cumberland, McCreary, Meece, North Laurel, Northern, Rockcastle, Russell, Science
Hill, Somerset Christian, South Laurel, Southern and Wayne County took part in the
10^{th} anniversary event.

GEMS was created as a way to encourage female students to consider mathematics-oriented and science-oriented careers, to gain confidence in mathematics and science and to take advanced level mathematics and science courses in high school. The GEMS program is designed to promote the National Science Foundationâ€™s (NSF) program which promotes a larger and more diverse science and engineering workforce.

Each student participated in hands-on workshops hosted by programs such as Emergency Medical Services â€“ Paramedic, Nursing, Criminal Justice, Physics and Engineering, Augmented Reality and Construction Technology. Lunch was catered by SCC Culinary Arts students and Chefs Michael Wells and Ed Nazario.

GEMS team members include: Alesa Johnson, Cindy Byrd, Carol Calcaterra, Tanya Cowan, Deb House, Kelly Johnson, Kathy Lewis, Cecilia Ramilo and Shanda Catron.