FREE STEM Camp for Girls in August

GEMS Camp participants, April 2015

GEMS Campers collect data outside

Do you know a middle school girl who lives on the Oregon Coast and likes to create, build, and make discoveries?   The Oregon Coast STEM Hub is partnering with the Oregon Coast Aquarium to offer Girls in Engineering and Marine Science (GEMS), a unique Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) camp this summer in Newport. This free two-day camp will be led by female faculty and graduate students from Oregon State University and will take place on August 17th and 18th at the Hatfield Marine Science Center, with participants spending the night in the shark tunnels at the Oregon Coast Aquarium. Female campers will explore careers in STEM fields through hands-on activities like building wave energy devices and hydrophones, designing and running experiments, and collecting data in the Yaquina Bay Estuary. Participants will develop teamwork, communication, and leadership skills throughout the program and learn from OSU mentors about what it’s like to pursue a degree and career in a marine related field.

GEMS LT1 2015

GEMS Campers test their engineering design

GEMS begins at 9 am on August 17th and ends at 4 pm on August 18th. Only girls who are Oregon Coast residents and are entering 7th and 8th grades are eligible to participate. Meals are included both days.

Space is limited and pre-registration is required. To take advantage of this opportunity, participants must register by August 10th by visiting the Oregon Coast STEM Hub Website at To obtain a paper registration form, please email

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