… we have a small favor to ask. Thousands of people have placed their trust in the Racine County Eye’s high-impact journalism because we focus on solutions-based journalism.

With no shareholders or billionaire owners, we can provide trustworthy journalism that focuses on helping readers.

Unlike many others, Racine County Eye’s journalism is available for everyone to read, regardless of what they can afford to pay. We do this because we believe in information equality. Greater numbers of people can keep track of events, understand their impact on people and communities, and become inspired to take meaningful action.

If there were ever a time to join us, it is now. Every contribution, however big or small, powers our journalism and sustains our future. Support the Racine County Eye from as little as $5 – it only takes a minute. Thank you.


Your contribution is appreciated.

The number of girls going into STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) careers is rising, but is still lower than women in those fields would like to see.

To help spark interest in STEM occupations, 200 girls in 7th and 8th grade from Gilmore, Starbuck, Jerstad and Mitchell middle schools through Girls, Inc. participated Wednesday in the annual GEMS (Girls Empowered by Math and Science) conference at University of Wisconsin-Parkside.

“We target girls in 7th and 8th grades so they can think about selecting and taking an interest in STEM courses in high school and, hopefully, engage them in a STEM career,” said Jeanette Brown from Girls, Inc.

GEMS is an annual conference that includes almost three dozen hands-on workshops, guest speakers, and parent workshops. The idea is to keep the girls’ educational and family support systems involved so teachers from their schools attend as well.

Some of the sessions the girls attended included:

  • Persnickety Polygon Numbers Club
  • Crime Scene Forensics
  • Make Your Own App
  • Anatomy and Physiology Demos
  • A Chemist made THAT?

Workshops were led by members of the Parkside faculty and leaders from SC Johnson, Emerson Electric, Froedtert Hospital, and Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare.

Parent sessions focused on supporting their daughters: Fostering Girls Success in STEM & Life; Preparing Girls for College; and Advancing Girls and Women in STEM Majors and Career.

To make sure the girls are getting the most out of the workshops and gauge their interest in studying more science, technology, engineering and/or math, Brown has the students fill out a survey. She said the results indicate the conference is working.

“Through the surveys, we see the girls’ reactions are excitement, enthusiasm and there’s a lot of discussion about what they learned and experienced in the workshops they attended,” she said.

To volunteer for Girls Inc or serve on a committee people can contact Brown at jbrown@girlsincracine.org or by calling (262) 989.9693.

The GEMS conference is hosted by Girls, Inc. in partnership with UW-Parkside, SC Johnson, American Association of University Women, and United Way of Racine County.

Advertising disclosure
To support our site and content, we work with partners to present valuable offers to help you save, earn, and get ahead. We may be compensated for the purchase of goods and services made through the links in this offer program.
Offers for you
Curated offers for our readers
advertiser disclosure
Coding for kids! Introducing programming games for the next generation. Get your kids coding today.
Start with a free trial.
Start with a free trial.

Get your students coding in no time!

CodeMonkey is a fun and educational game-based environment where kids learn to code without any prior experience. After completing CodeMonkey's award-winning coding courses, kids will be able to navigate through the programming world with a sense of confidence and accomplishment.

Kids will love learning to code with CodeMonkey

  • Ready to Go Courses. With CodeMonkey’s teacher kit and support team, anyone can teach the basics of computer science.
  • Real Coding Languages. CodeMonkey's courses teach text-based coding so students learn to program like a real developer.
  • Game-Based Learning. Kids learn coding in an engaging and rewarding environment that utilizes gaming elements.

Free Trial - Enjoy a full-blown gaming experience that will teach your kids to code!