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.


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

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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!

Girls Explore Math and Science at HMNS – THIS SATURDAY!

The Girls Exploring Math and Science (GEMS) event is THIS SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 20!

The event will take place in the Houston Museum of Natural Science exhibit halls, grand hall and even include a few special events for participants!

For several years the Houston Museum of Natural Science and the Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council have joined together to put on this fun event at the Museum. We’ve invited girl scouts to host booths highlighting their favorite science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) concepts through cool hands-on activities and displays as well as community groups and organizations who will be on hand to talk with girls and families about cool careers in fields relating to math and science! Among these groups are the Houston Zoo, The John C. Freeman Weather MuseumThe Downtown AquariumRice University, The Society of Women Engineers and many more!

When you arrive at GEMS check in with us in the grand hall across from the box office to pick up your GEMS passport, patches and buttons — then go explore the booths! You’ll learn about probability, math in designs, knot tying and much more.

Don’t forget we have a special guest speaker who is a Girl Scout Gold Award recipient who now works as an engineer – be sure to arrive at GEMS before 9:30 a.m. to get your seat in the IMAX theater and hear all about her experiences and why she loves science and math!

GEMS participants will also get the opportunity to explore energy with Carolyn during her Exploring Energy Presentation at 10:45 a.m. The Museum’s Ecoteens (teen volunteers) will even be stationed around in the exhibit halls doing touch cart demonstrations – but don’t expect them to answer your scavenger hunt questions… you’ll have to use the clues to finish that hunt yourself.

Can’t wait to see you Saturday!