GEMS Academy Online

Engaging workshops for Girls in Engineering, Math and Science (GEMS) to explore Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) lessons!

Explore the fascinating and intriguing fields of engineering, math, science and technology during a full day of GEMS Academy. Students will explore STEM activities online with Western professors, students and professionals in STEM fields. 

Our goal for GEMS Academy online is to provide a safe and empowering environment for girls to explore STEM fields with Westerns students, faculty, professionals, and other girls that share those interests. We will not turn away any identity, but would like to respect the focus of this program.

Would you like to see us offer a different or specific topic in this or other programs in the future?  We are always interested in ideas from our community. Send any questions or comments to

Youth program participants must abide by all University regulations and program rules.

A line of young female students work on a project at a long tables set up in the front of a classroom.

At a Glance

Grades: 5-8

Dates: Friday, June 5th, 2020

Times: 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Cost: $15 per student

NOTE: Online program


Each student enrolls in the entire day. The schedule is listed below.

Students will receive Zoom links to each program listed below a day before the event begins. Every Zoom program will be monitored by Youth Programs staff. 



8:30-8:45 a.m.

Youth Programs Staff Welcomes Girls, tells them about the day to come

8:45-9:45 a.m.

Astronomy Lesson and time for Q & A (With the Physicists for Inclusion in STEM Team from WWU)

9:45-11:15 a.m.


11:15-12:15 p.m.

Chemistry Lesson with Demonstration and time for Q & A (With Therese Claire, Chemistry Teacher)

12:15-1 p.m.

Break for Lunch

1-2 p.m.

Interview with Regina Barber DeGraaff, WWU Physics Lecturer & STEM Diversity and Outreach Specialist

2-2:30 p.m.

Open to questions for Regina Barber DeGraaff

2:30 p.m.

Quick Closing Remarks and Thank you from OCE Youth Programs Staff

Scholarship Opportunities

Financial assistance is available for this program. Before registering, apply for financial assistance with the WWU Youth Program Financial Assistance application.