Gems Camp

Mark your calendars! GEMS (Girls Exploring Math & Science) Camp is coming up with two sessions, the first: July 20 & 21, 2023 and the second: July 27 & 28, 2023!  

Explore science, technology, math, and engineering, while having fun on a college campus! Girls will have the opportunity to explore college programming through a variety of hands-on activities.

They meet with professional women working in the science, technology, engineering, and math fields, as well as create, explore, and discover through STEM. (Science Technology Engineering Math) projects!


While some progress has been made, girls continue to be significantly under-represented in STEM career fields. Although girls have proven to be above average in Math and Science on many standardized tests, they continue to choose careers and majors that are not in STEM fields. GEMS. is designed to motivate females to use their skills and cultivate their interest in these areas.

2023 GEMS Camp Details

Camp has soared to new heights and we are offering the Camp at two different dates.

Camp is open to: Female students finishing the 3rd, 4th, or 5th grades.

Location: Advanced Technology Center, IHCC, Main Campus (Ottumwa)

First Session: FULL - No longer accepting sign ups.
July 20 & 21, 2023 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. 
(Orientation and sign in begins at 9:00 a.m.) 

Second Session: FULL - No longer accepting sign ups.
July 27 & 28, 2023 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. 
(Orientation and sign in begins at 9:00 a.m.)


GEMS Philosophy

  • Let the girls take the lead
  • Do the STEM activities; don’t just talk about them
  • All girls have the potential to be interested in STEM—this not just for girls identified as gifted
  • Experience-repeat-experience success in a non-risky environment
  • All girls can have fun and learn
  • “You can’t break it.” This is especially important in technology
  • Dream big—there is nothing you cannot try
  • Get messy and stop the ick factor
  • Draw out the quiet girl who holds back 

The 2023 GEMS Camp is sponsored by:

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Questions? Cammie's got the answers!

cammie_richardsCammie Richards, Director, High School Programs
Indian Hills Community College

525 Grandview Avenue Ottumwa, Iowa 52501

Phone: (641) 683-5277 or (800) 726-2585, ext. 5277
Email: [email protected]