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GEMS (Girls in Science, Engineering & Math) is a one-day event allowing participants to rotate through four interactive, hands-on STEAM workshops in a welcoming and encouraging environment. Participants will explore various topics, including Computer Science, Agriculture, Psychological Sciences, Biology, Astronomy, Entrepreneurship, and more!

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This year's program is Saturday, October 28, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. It includes a keynote presentation with Shelley Porter, the director of Engineering at Kentucky American Water, and several workshops across the MSU campus.

It's sponsored by the Center for STEM+eXcellence & Girl Scouts of Kentucky Wilderness Road Council.

  • 9:30 a.m. - Opening Ceremony
    • Flag Presentation Promise and Law
    • Message from the CEO
    • Keynote Presentation, Shelley Porter, Director of Engineering at Kentucky American Water
    • Q & A with Ms. Porter
  • 9:50 a.m. - Group Dismissal
  • 10 a.m. - Workshop 1 begins
  • 11 a.m. - Workshop 2 begins
  • 11:45 a.m. - Lunch
  • 1 p.m. - Workshop 3 begins
  • 2 p.m. - Workshop 4 begins

Shelley PorterShelley Porter, Director of Engineering at Kentucky American Water

Porter manages and coordinates capital investment projects and leads engineering activities for KAW. She holds a master’s in engineering degree with dual emphases in environmental engineering and engineering management from Marshall University and a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering from West Virginia University Institute of Technology.

Adron Doran University Center (ADUC)

  • ADUC 3rd Floor Health and Fitness with a Beat
  • ADUC 301 Qualitative Coding
  • ADUC 311 Wildlife Adaptations
  • ADUC 320 LED Pumpkins
  • ADUC 321 First Aid for Scouts
  • ADUC 322 Intro to Weaving
  • ADUC 325 Power of Magnetism
  • ADUC 326 Binary Bonds: Creating Friendship Bracelets with Ones and Zeros
  • ADUC 329 Frankenstein and the IRB

Lappin Hall

  • Lappin 101 Programming with Ozobots
  • Lappin 102 Importance of relationship building
  • Lappin 107 Parlez-vous STEM
  • Lappin 112 Rocket Build and Launch
  • Lappin 113 Battle of the Beaks
  • Lappin 206 How Strong is Your Hair?
  • Lappin 208 Express Yourself: Supporting Friends without Spoken Language
  • Lappin 213 Basics of Bacteria
  • Lappin 224 I Love Your DNA
  • Lappin 226 Tin Foil Boats
  • Lappin 227 Tree Identification
  • Lappin 302 Hand-Stamped Affirmation Keychains
  • Lappin 402 Elephant Toothpaste
  • Lappin 408 Block Printing
  • Lappin 414 Strawberry DNA Extraction

Lloyd-Cassity Building

  • Lloyd-Cassity 109 Stressed Out Jack-O-Lanterns

Reed Hall

  • Reed 235 Ready, Set, Grow! Intro to Hydroponics
  • Reed 325 The Beauty of You: Make a Necklace with your DNA
  • Reed 346 Filtration of Water

Please use the campus map below to find workshop locations. All workshops are on the west side of campus in the Adron Doran University Center (ADUC), Lappin Hall, Lloyd-Cassity Building, Lappin Hall, and Reed Hall.

Contact Us

Center for STEM+eXcellence

Brenda Porter, Program Coordinator
421D Bert Combs Bldg
Morehead, KY 40351

PHONE: 606-783-2300