GEMS program encourages middle school girls to explore STEM subjects

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Girls at Richards Middle School in Columbus are getting to expand their knowledge of Engineering, Math, and Science.

The program called GEMS was started by Melissa Niemi, an eighth grade science teacher with a goal of encouraging an interest in STEM subjects among female students.

On Thursday the group had a guest speaker from CSU and completed experiments to see who could build the tallest spaghetti structures.

"What I hope it does is get girls to think of career avenues that they wouldn't normally have thought of, maybe expose them to so many things that they find something new that they're interested in and hopefully push them in that right path," Niemi said.

The group is also planning a trip to Sapelo Island in Georgia to do ecological studies.

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