GEMS (girls exploring math and science) at HMNS this Saturday!

This Saturday the Houston Museum of Natural Science and the Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council are partnering to bring you the annual Girls Exploring Math and Science event at HMNS! The GEMS event is open to all ages and will begin at 9 a.m. and go until noon – there’s lots to see and do so I would recommend coming early!

Thanks to our fabulous presenting sponsor KBR we are able to offer the GEMS event free with HMNS general admission for the day!! That means this event is FREE for HMNS members and the regular price of $10 for children and $15 for adult non-members for the day. There’s no need to pre-register (unless you want to avoid the box office line on a Saturday morning) so we hope you’ll grab your family and head on over to HMNS for a little fun in learning with us this Saturday! Tickets are available online here.

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We have a great line up of Girl Scout hosted booths who will be sharing lists of really fun science and math demonstrations and activities with visitors from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Two KBR engineers will share with us their passion for science and math and a little about how they use their skills in their job in the Mechanical Engineering Department at KBR here in Houston. Want to come up with some questions to ask our visiting Engineers about their jobs – check out this website to find out more about engineering.

Since 2011 is the International Year of Chemistry we are also including a Cool Chemistry program for GEMS participants. The Cool Chemistry program is presented by our Science on Stage presenter here at the Museum and will include exciting reactions, and liquid nitrogen demonstrations! Science on Stage can be booked to visit your school – for more information email sos@hmns.org.

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Don’t forget to visit our Community booths in the Grand Hall of the Museum during GEMS  – here’s the line up of this year’s community partners; KBR, The Houston Zoo, Swift Energy Corporation, Fisher Science EducationThe John C. Freeman Weather Museum, Downtown Aquarium, CB&I, MD Anderson, Society of Petroleum Engineers, Career Girls, Kinetic Energy, City of Houston Waterworks Education Center, Rice University Association for Women in Mathematics, The Center for Hearing and Speech, LyondellBasell and the Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Astronomy and Robotics groups.

Can’t wait to see everyone here on Saturday morning!

Reminder: GEMS booth host applications due on November 20th!!

DSC_0160Attention Girl Scouts:

Just one more reminder to send in your booth host application for GEMS 2010 by Friday at 5 p.m. for consideration – we’re going to have a lot of fun this year and we don’t want anyone to miss out on the opportunity to participate and share some knowledge! Go to our website to download the information packet and application – I can’t wait to see what everyone comes up with this year.

Is your troop not yet old enough to host a booth? Leave a comment and let us know what topics you’re most interested in learning about at GEMS 2010!

See you all in February at GEMS!

GEMS 2010 – Share your knowledge!

DSC_0087Girls Exploring Math and Science (GEMS) 2010 is looking for Girl Scouts (4th-12th graders) to host the activity booths and we are now accepting applications! GEMS 2010 is going to be held on Saturday, Feb. 20, 2010, at the Houston Museum of Natural Science. Girl Scout booths will be placed throughout the Museum exhibit halls so that visitors can learn all about the wonders of science, technology, engineering and mathematics!

HMNS has been hosting GEMS since 2006 alongside the Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council and we have seen many really incredible booths put together by Girl Scouts! From probability games and circuit testing to optical illusions and magical mobius strips - girls can really get creative with the topics they choose to share with the crowds at the GEMS event. A really fun part of being a GEMS booth host is participating in the booth host set up event and Overnight the night before GEMS, then everyone wakes up on Saturday morning ready to roll!DSC_0167

So – how can my Girl Scout troop apply to be a booth host- you ask?

It’s easy…

1)BRAINSTORM: Come up with several ideas of math and science topics that seem intriguing to your group.

2) KNOW THE GUIDELINES: Download the information packet for Girl Scouts interested in hosting a GEMS booth from the HMNS website and review all of the parameters for hosting a booth. Think about the space limitations, participant requirements, etc.

3) SELECT A TOPIC: Pick which topic from your brainstorming session that will best suit the GEMS guidelines and complete the booth description part of the application — be creative!

4) APPLY! Applications are due by 5pm on Nov. 20, 2009 – that’s only a few weeks away so don’t delay!

Be sure to contact us if your group is interested in hosting a Girl Scout booth! Stay tuned for more information on how to join us on the day of GEMS as a visitor and visit all of the fun booths!

Girls Exploring Math and Science at HMNS this Saturday!!

It’s National Engineers Week and what that means for us is that it’s almost time for GEMS 2009 here at the Houston Museum of Natural Science.

The Girls Exploring Math and Science event has been hosted at the Houston Museum of Natural Science since 2006 and we’re all geared up for this year to be so much fun. We have Girl Scouts hosting booths on hands-on topics ranging from catapults and gravity to probability and electricity!

Our Community partnership with the Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council has drawn in more and more girl scouts from across the council each year to come up with exciting topics to study and share with the GEMS visitors on Saturday during the event. We have also invited other groups from the community to host booths in the Grand Hall of the Museum and share their love of Math and Science through hands on activities and information about their organizations.

The 2009 Community booths will include the Society of Women Engineers, MD Anderson Cancer Center, Baylor College of Medicine and the John C. Freeman Weather Museum among other great organizations with lots to share to our visitors!

So bring your family and join us for a fun event learning about Science, Engineering, Math and Technology here at the Girls Exploring Math and Science event on Saturday, February 21, 2009 from 9am - 12pm.

Come early so that you can beat the Saturday crowd, see all of the great booths and really enjoy the event!

(I would also definitely suggest buying your tickets online at www.hmns.org so you can just jump right in on Saturday and avoid the box office line!)