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Reston GEMS Visiting White House Tuesday

Girls Excelling in Science and Math from several Reston schools taking part in White House event.

Fairfax County Public Schools GEMS (Girls Excelling in Math and Science) Clubs will participate in a White House event on Girls in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) on Tuesday, April 24.

Seven girls and adult sponsors from and and will be representing the FCPS Cluster VIII GEMS Clubs at the White House Girls in STEM live webcast, thanks to the support of the Mid-Atlantic Girls Collaborative and the American Association of University Women (AAUW)."

Girls are an integral part of our future in STEM,” McNair Elementary School Technology Specialist Laura Reasoner Jones, founder of more than 25 GEMS clubs in Fairfax County and across the country, said in a statement.

 “Encouraging girls to see themselves in these fields of study and careers is paramount to developing an effective and productive workforce.”

GEMS clubs have been in existence since 1994, when Jones, a preschool teacher at the time, was concerned about her fourth-grade daughter’s waning interest in math. She started the first GEMS club with support from the Reston-Herndon branch of AAUW at her daughter’s school. The clubs have grown to serve girls all over the country through her research, outreach, and presentations at national conferences.

Students, parents, and teachers are invited to watch the Girls in STEM event live from the White House site: www.whitehouse.gov/cwg beginning at 10:30 a.m.

The White House Council on Women and Girls is hosting the event that features a panel of trailblazing women in STEM fields who will share their experiences and encourage girls to follow in their footsteps—or blaze a trail of their own. 

This event will also include the very first public screening of the video "Girls in STEM," featuring footage from girls who participated in the 2012 White House Science Fair.

Pat Hynes April 23, 2012 at 04:26 PM
How exciting for our hardworking girls and their sponsors! Meeting STEM role models is a proven strategy for changing perceptions and expectations. Go GEMS!

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