The Inman GEMS Club has received the 2013 Educational Partnership Award offered through the Georgia Tech Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning (CETL). The Educational Partnership Award is an annual Georgia Tech award of $7,500 that recognizes genuine and substantial partnerships between the faculty and students of Georgia Tech and the K-12 community. GEMS club, which stands for Girls Excelling in Math and Science, will accept the award at the annual Georgia Tech staff and faculty awards luncheon in April.
Now in its fifth year of operation, GEMS attracts more than 40 girls in grades six through eight to its sessions. Club members meet after school for 1.5 hours each week to engage in hands-on experiments and leadership activities.
Georgia Tech professors, Carol Colatrella and Mary Lynn Realff, co-direct GEMS Club. The club is a joint initiative sponsored by the Center for the Study of Women, Science, and Technology (WST) and Inman Middle School. Members of the educational partnership include several Georgia Tech students, as well as Paula Herrema, Principal at Inman Middle School, and Candice Price, 7th grade Science Teacher at Inman.