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Grades 6-8 Summer Scholars

Why Choose GEMS & GISE?

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.

Choose the GEMS-GISE STEM Academy 6 week program or the GEMS-GISE STEM Blast Academy 1-4 week program, affording your family flexibility and choice!

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 entering grades K-8 are eligible to participate.

Example courses for different grades include:

  • Skateboard Science (6-8)
  • Engineering the Ride (6-8)
  • Journalism (6-8)
  • Everest Trek (6-8

Example courses for different grades can be found in the GEMS-GISE STEM Academy links:

Elementary (Grades 1-5)

The GEMS-GISE-STEM Academy will have an option for students that are only able to join us this summer for a week or two!

  • Middle School STEM Blasts are one-week Academies in which students immerse and engage in course based, camp like experiences. 
  • STEM Blast courses are held the weeks of:
    • July 8-July 11, 2024
    • July 15-July 18, 2024
    • July 22-July 25, 2024
    • July 29-August 1, 2024
  • 6.5 hours just like the full Middle STEM Academy Summer Experience.


Melinda Stapley
Program Coordinator, GEMS/GISE/STEM

Chrisie Jennings
Project Coordinator, Extended Learning

1250 W. Broadway Ave. 
Minneapolis, MN 55411

Fax: 612-668-5305


Information and Registration

Aftercare Options aftercare options for students entering Gr K-7.  Click on image below for more information.


Community Education and the YMCA Beacons programs also offer an aftercare option at certain Summer Scholars locations.  Visit their website for more information.

LOCATION:  Northeast Middle School Gr 6-8



LOCATIONS:  Sullivan Gr 1-8 

SULLIVAN EXTENDED DAY IS FULL!  A waiting list has been started and you will be notified if an opening becomes available.  Thank you.


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