GEMS/GISE at Upper

GEMS - Girls in Engineering, Math and Science

GISE - Guys in Science and Engineering

An extracurricular program for grades 4 through 8

The GISE and GEMS program mission is to offer a high-quality, challenging enrichment program to students who are interested in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).



Introduction to GISE and GEMS

GISE and GEMS teaches STEM concepts using team-based, hands-on projects involving robot programming and design and other engineering challenges. Registration for GISE and GEMS is usually open in early September for interested 4th-8th grade students at Lake Harriet. Teams form after the application deadline has closed and practices usually start in late September or early October. Team membership is based on grade, gender and student interest. Please see the Introduction section at right for general information on the program. Applications are available from the GISE/GEMS LHCS teacher and/or parent volunteer coorinator.

Homework Requirements

The first semester of GISE and GEMS is devoted to a program called First Lego League (FLL). This exciting program includes both a Robotics Challenge and a Research Project. Because time with a coach is limited (and the robot is usually with the coach), much of the Research Project and accompanying presentation must be completed by the students at home (homework!) or through parent volunteer-led additional meetings. Please see the Homework Requirements section at right for more information.

First Lego League Theme

It's all about building a better future! Check out the First Lego League website for this year's theme and challenge, City Shaper.