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If you know a female in a STEM profession who would like to participate in the mentoring program contact:
Kathy Gilbert PR STEM Division Leader

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Sixth through eighth-grade girls have a unique opportunity to explore careers in science,​ technology, engineering and math (STEM) at the D155 GEMS Conference.  Sixth-to-eighth-grade girls in District 155 feeder schools are invited to attend the free conference!

Did you know less than 25 percent of women currently hold positions in math and science, according to the U.S. Department of Labor?

District 155 wants to engage and excite young girls about STEM career opportunities!  The district is partnering with local businesses and community members to provide hands-on activities in architecture, computer science, environmental science, forensics, microbiology - infectious diseases, polymers and ​robotics.  During the conference, parents and their daughter(s) will engage in a parent/child STEM challenge and girls will attend four different interactive STEM sessions. They will also have a chance to talk one-on-one with women in several professional fields during the career expo.

Registration for the 2018 D155 GEMS Conference is full.

​​​It’s your time to shine at the D155 GEMS Conference! 

3rd Annual D155 GEMS Conference​

When:  Saturday, January 27, 2018

​ 8:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Where:  Prairie Ridge High School
6000 Dvorak Drive Crystal Lake, IL 60012
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2018 Guest Speaker: Sophie Shrand, Science with Sophie
(YouTube Comedy Series) 

SWS_social handles.jpgAbout Science With Sophie

Science With Sophie is a science comedy series for all ages. This fast-paced, light-hearted show invites YOU to explore science all around you and remember that you are brave, curious, funny, smart, and a scientist every day.

Hosted by science educator/actor/comedian Sophie Shrand, the cast of wacky characters (all played by Sophie) explores science on the street, in a glass of water, on a scraped knee, and more. You can find Science With Sophie Season One and subscribe to the channel on YouTube.

The show is Sophie's upbeat solution to the serious problem of inequity in STEM fields and underrepresentation of women in science media. By bringing strong female role models to people of all ages and gender identities, Sophie aims to level the playing field for girls and women in science.


About Sophie​

​​Sophie is a science educator, comedian, and actor with degrees in Neuroscience and Theatre from Northeastern University, Boston. In addition to creating Science With Sophie, Sophie develops educational programming at the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago, teaching 24,000 students per year. She has researched humans and addiction, held brains in her palm, generated three-story lightning bolts, and worked with a ​red-tailed hawk. As a performer, Sophie has appeared on stages and screens across Boston and Chicago, including the Second City Training Center's Musical House Ensemble. ​



Community High School
District 155
1 South Virginia Road
Crystal Lake IL 60014
Phone: 815-455-8500