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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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If you have questio​ns about the event or if you’re a business interested in participating, please 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 will open on December 1, 2017. Check back for updates and the link.

​​​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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D155 GEMS Mentoring Program

Community High School District 155 piloted a new GEMS Mentoring program for the 2016-17 school year to give high school girls an opportunity to meet and build relationships with STEM professionals. Seventy-three high school sophomore and junior girls from all four D155 high schools who have an interest in STEM were selected to participate. Various sessions will focus on networking, computer science, health care, and engineering.

In addition to networking with STEM professionals, high school girls will volunteer at D155's GEMS Conference for middle school girls on Saturday, January 28, 2017.

October 19, 2016 – Cary-Grove High School
December 7, 2016 – Crystal Lake South High School
January 28, 2017 – Prairie Ridge High School
February 22, 2017 – Prairie Ridge High School
April 12, 2017 -​ Crystal Lake Central High School​
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Community High School
District 155
1 South Virginia Road
Crystal Lake IL 60014
Phone: 815-455-8500