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GEMS: Gelfand Endeavor in Massachusetts Schools

Collaborative Goal

The Gelfand Endeavor in Massachusetts Schools (GEMS) teamed up with the Massachusetts Science & Engineering Fair (MSSEF) through its "Curious Minds Initiative" (CMI). The collaborative goal is to help increase the number of Massachusetts schools and teachers that use inquiry and project-based learning for teaching STEM. GEMS aims to inspire students through direct engagement in the discovery process and the excitement of science fair competition.
Through partnerships with individual schools and districts, GEMS provides science educators with the requisite training, resources, and tools to integrate real-world, inquiry-based learning activities into their existing curricula, and to create school-based Science & Engineering Fair Initiatives. In addition, the program expanded to provide support for district-wide STEM initiatives for the GEMS 3 Group (2012-2017).
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GEMS Benefits:
1. Funding for MA Schools & Districts for a STEM partnership
2. Technical assistance from the GEMS Team
3. Scholarships for teacher professional development/CMI graduate courses that lead to the STEM Certificate in Science & Engineering Practices
4. GEMS Awards to Students for Excellence in STEM at the MSSEF statewide science and engineering fairs
5. GEMS Awards to Schools for their students earning a place in the statewide MSSEF science and engineering fairs
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