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GEMS participants are provided with laptop computers to enhance learning

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"GEMS has opened up a new world for me. Learning and seeing basic programming has been really fun and that has made me become a lot more excited by computer science."

GEMS Student


Over the years, GEMS provided over 1,000 middle school girls with hands-on activities, experience using computer applications to do science and math, visits to research laboratories on the Illinois campus, opportunities to conduct research projects, access to network of female role models, and opportunities to work side-by-side with mentors across the community.

One of the very first GEMS activities was creating the first website for the program. The site was created by a team of eighth-grade girls using NCSA Mosaic, the world's first graphical web browser. Over the years, as the GEMS program has grown, so have its activities, including the use of emerging technologies, and leading-edge information and communication tools.

The GEMS website has been developed by middle and high school participants. GEMS is a program of the National Center for Supercomputing Applications at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Last updated December 22, 2011. All rights reserved. © 2011 Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois.