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GEMS Day at the Houston Museum of Natural Science

GEMS Day at the Houston Museum of Natural Science

January 2024

By Gilbert Portillo, PE, CFM

Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council and the Houston Museum of Natural Science held their annual GEMS (Girls Exploring Math and Science) event for scouts and their families to learn about science, technology, engineering, and math with hands-on science and math for everyone to experience. Local professionals answered questions about their careers in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math. On November 4th, there were multiple professional booths with hands-on STEM activities for Girl Scouts and the public. ASCE Houston Branch and student chapter members participated in this event by offering an activity booth to build straw bridges, which was led by the Primary and Secondary Education Committee. The kids could plan, construct, and test their bridges which were made of straws and tape. The volunteers provided bridge design fundamentals, tips, support, and giveaways to over 2,500 people including participants and the public who attended the event.

If you know of any STEM events or would like to get involved with the education committee, please e-mail Gilbert Portillo at [email protected].