Gems Camp

Mark your calendars! G.E.M.S. (Girls Exploring Math & Science) Camp is coming up with two sessions, the first: June 22-23, 2017 and the second: July 6-7, 2017!  

Explore science, technology, math, and engineering, while having fun on a college campus! Girls will have the opportunity to explore college programming through a variety of hands-on activities.

They meet with professional women working in the science, technology, engineering, and math fields, as well as create, explore, and discover through S.T.E.M. (Science Technology Engineering Math) projects!

Gems Camp 2016

While some progress has been made, girls continue to be significantly under-represented in STEM career fields. Although girls have proven to be above average in Math and Science on many standardized tests, they continue to choose careers and majors that are not in STEM fields. G.E.M.S. is designed to motivate females to use their skills and cultivate their interest in these areas.

2017 G.E.M.S. Camp Details:

Popularity of the 2017 G.E.M.S. Camp has soared to new heights and we are now offering the Camp at two different dates. The first session has already reached maximum capacity,
but we are still taking registrations for the 2nd session!

Advanced Technology Center, IHCC, Main Campus (Ottumwa)

First Session: (This session is now full.)

June 22-23, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
(Orientation and sign in beigns at 8:30 a.m.)

Second Session:
(This session is now full.)
July 6-7, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
(Orientation and sign in beigns at 8:30 a.m.)

The 2017 G.E.M.S. Camp is open to: Female students finishing the 3rd, 4th, or 5th grades.

This camp is funded through a John Deere Corporate Grant and an Eddyville Cargill Cares Grant, with no cost to participants. Registration will be limited to the first 50 students who RSVP with registration.


G.E.M.S. Philosophy

  • Let the girls take the lead
  • Do the STEM activities; don’t just talk about them
  • All girls have the potential to be interested in STEM—this not just for girls identified as gifted
  • Experience-repeat-experience success in a non-risky environment
  • All girls can have fun and learn
  • “You can’t break it.” This is especially important in technology
  • Dream big—there is nothing you cannot try
  • Get messy and stop the ick factor
  • Draw out the quiet girl who holds back


Online Registration:

The 2017 G.E.M.S. Camp has now reached maximum registrations for this year's event. You are welcome to continue to registration but please be advised, any registrations recieved from May 22, 2017 on, will be put on a waiting list. If, for whatever reason another student is not able to make it, and a spot opens up we will be sure to let you know.

 Online Registration is now closed! Please check back again next year!

Questions? Nathan's got the answers!


miller_profileNathan Miller, Work-Based Learning Specialist
Indian Hills Community College

525 Grandview Avenue Ottumwa, Iowa 52501

Phone: (641) 683-5309 or (800) 726-2585, ext. 5309





The 2017 G.E.M.S. Camp was sponsored by:

Cargill   John Deere