Photo Story: GEMS conference targets girls interested in science

Conant hosted District 211’s eighth annual GEMS (Girls in Engineering, Math, and Science) Conference on Feb. 3. Fifth and sixth grade girls from District 211’s feeder schools came to Conant to participate in a variety of events intended to encourage their interest in STEM fields.

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Student volunteers from all five District 211 schools prepare for the event and receive their tasks for the day.

 

Annika Lafyatis | Conant Crier

Ann Murray, ’18, talks with an attendee about Conant’s Project Lead The Way (PLTW) program during the career fair. The booth displayed projects from the intro-level engineering classes.

 

Annika Lafyatis | Conant Crier

CNA teacher Victoria DeGuia represented Conant’s Certified Nursing Assistant Program along with several students. “We would like the young girls in the district to be aware of the opportunities D211 offers for getting hands-on experience providing patient care,” DeGuia explained.

 

Annika Lafyatis | Conant Crier

A group of girls listen to a presentation from Roosevelt University’s College of Pharmacy after learning how to make lip balm. “It was pretty cool. I thought chemistry was boring, but now I see how it can be fun,” said attendee Emilia Kaminska.

 

Annika Lafyatis | Conant Crier

Attendees polish and file their metal designs made with sand casting at one of the stations. “My favorite part was cutting the metal with giant scissors,” said Lily Devooght (right).

 

Annika Lafyatis | Conant Crier

The event ended with a raffle for science-related prizes.

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