Our GEMS & GISE Program

Girls in Engineering, Mathematics and Science (GEMS) &

Guys In Science and Engineering (GISE):


Girls in Engineering, Mathematics, and Science (GEMS / Little GEMS) and Guys in Science and Engineering (GISE / Jr. GISE) are after-school and summer programs designed specifically for 1st -8th grade girls and boys (respectively) in the Minneapolis Public School District.  The goal of these programs is for students to have measurable and significant gains in mathematics and science.  Inaugurated in 1997, the success of GEMS prompted the development of GISE in 2006.  The Little GEMS and Jr. GISE programs started in the fall of 2010.

These STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) programs are supported through the collaborative efforts of the Minneapolis Public School District, the Minneapolis Federation of Teachers, and Achieve! Minneapolis.  Principal benefactors and community partners include The Medtronic Foundation, The Cargill Foundation, ADC Foundation, High Tech Kids, The Bakken Museum, Lockheed Martin, NASA, and Augsburg College.

The GEMS and GISE programs are award-winning science programs that energize our students' excitement about the possibilities in cutting-edge science.  We value the talent and innovation the programs developers and teachers bring to the Minneapolis Public Schools.

Please contact Melinda Stapley with questions or comments at Melinda.Stapley@mpls.k12.mn.us