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GEMS/GISE STEM Academy (PreK-7)

GEMS/GISE STEM Academy (PreK-7)

GEMS/GISE (Girls in Engineering, Math and Science/Guys in Science and Engineering) STEM Academy helps students uncover the wonders of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics in a six-week, all-day program. Students participate in project-based and problem-based learning, using a hands-on and minds-on approach that integrates the skills of reading and math. Knowledgeable staff help immerse students in high-interest and rigorous STEM experiences designed to provide relevant, real-world connections and career explorations. Students have the option of participating in GEMS, GISE or combined groups. Students in grades PreK-7 are eligible to participate.
Example courses for different grades include:
  • Amazing Animals and their Habitats (PreK)
  • Amazing Structures: Buildings and Bridges (K-2)
  • STEM in the Gym (K-2)
  • Biomedical Investigations (3-4)
  • Roller Coaster Science (3-4)
  • Skateboard Science (5-7)
  • Engineering the Ride (5-7)
  • Journalism (5-7)
  • Everest Trek (5-7) 
GEMS/GISE STEM Academy is held Monday through Thursday from June 21 to July 29 at:
  • PreK-4: Lucy Laney Community School (3333 Penn Ave. N.), 9:15 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.
  • PreK-4: Pillsbury Community School (2250 Garfield St. N.E.), 8 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
  • 5-7: Northeast Middle School (2955 Hayes St. N.E.), 9:15 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.
  • 5-7: Sanford Middle School (3524 42nd Ave. S.), 9:15 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.
In addition, students in grades K-4 can join the Multicultural or American Indian STEAM (STEM + Arts) experiences as part of the GEMS/GISE STEM Academy at Pillsbury Community School:
Multicultural Experience (K-4):
Multicultural Experience immerses students in some of the cultures here in Minneapolis: Latin American, Somali and Hmong. Through arts, literature, social traditions, games and STEM, students will learn about the historical contributions of people from these cultures. This immersive experience will provide an opportunity for students to gain a deeper understanding of the cultures that form our community.
American Indian STEAM Experience (K-4):
American Indian STEAM Experience enhances students’ knowledge of the unique heritage of American Indian nations found in Minnesota. This course emphasizes Indigenous ways of knowing and learning in the past and present while also exploring American Indian contributions to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Topics include: American Indian language and vocabulary; culture-based stories and oral histories; Indigenous star knowledge; methods for keeping count; traditional and contemporary art; and various engineering and design activities. 

Find your GEMS/GISE STEM Academy location:

Student’s current school: GEMS/GISE STEM Academy:

Andersen, Anishinabe, Bancroft, Dowling, Folwell, Hale, Hiawatha, Howe, Lake Nokomis Keewaydin, Lake Nokomis Wenonah, Marcy, Northrop, Pillsbury, Pratt, Seward, Sheridan, Sullivan, Waite Park, Webster.

Residences East of 94/35W

Pillsbury (PreK-4)

Armatage, Barton, Bethune, Bryn Mawr, Burroughs, Cityview, Emerson, Green, Hall, Hmong, Jefferson, Jenny Lind, Kenny, Kenwood, Lake Harriet Lower, Lake Harriet Upper, Loring, Lucy Laney, Lyndale, Nellie Stone Johnson, Whittier, Windom. 

Residences West of 94/35W

 Lucy Laney (PreK-4)

Anwatin, Bethune, Bryn Mawr, Cityview, Franklin, Hall, Heritage, Hmong International, Jenny Lind, Loring, Lucy Laney, Marcy, Nellie Stone, Northeast, Olson, Pillsbury, Sheridan, Waite Park

Residences North of 394/94

 Northeast (5-7)

Andersen, Anishinabe, Anthony Armatage, Bancroft, Barton, Burroughs, Dowling, Emerson, Field, Folwell, Green, Howe, Jefferson, Justice Page, Kenny, Kenwood, Lake Harriet Upper, Lake Nokomis Keewaydin, Lyndale, Northrop, Pratt, Sanford, Seward, Sullivan, Whittier, Windom

Residences South of 394/94

 Sanford (5-7)