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Western Piedmont - 2018 GEMS Club Coach Applications and Filling the Gap

Calling for teachers to apply to become GEMS club coaches!!

These clubs will allow girls to gain confidence in science, technology, engineering, and math. There has been a great deal of research that continues to provide evidence that gender is the gap found in STEM careers. For more specific information about GEMS clubs see

STEM West has received funding from the Duke Energy Foundation and pending funds from the Appalachian Region Commission to support the start-up of 15 clubs across the following counties: Alexander, Burke, Caldwell, Catawba, and Lincoln.


  1. Attend stipend paid ($100 per day= $400) summer training: August 6-9, 2018

  2. Attend 2 follow-up sessions to collaborate and present updates on club (substitutes will be paid by grant)

  3. Hold at least 10 club sessions with approximately 30 girls in elementary or middle school

  4. Responsibly use the funds provided for club materials


  1. Paid professional development from experts in the field of girls and STEM, receiving certificate of completion

  2. Paid substitutes for follow up

  3. Opportunities to collaborate and learn from others across the region

  4. $200 provided to your school under your name for GEMS club materials

Apply at:

Applications are Due: March 16th

Questions? Contact Carol Moore at or 828-241-5480


Filling the Gap: Project-Based Learning


Teachers will work with local STEM businesses to create and implement a project-based learning (PBL) unit in their classes. PBL units allow students to do authentic work/learning. All their work is based on a real-life problem or issue, in this case at a local STEM business. Aligning this issue with the mandated state standards provides a meaningful framework for students. The final projects will be diverse and yet relevant to students and the business. The pilot project carried out in 2014-15 and in 2016-17, and 2017-18 provided mandatory engagement for students. If they are engaged they are learning….

Teacher Deliverables:

  1. Attend and engage in all learning opportunities

  2. Work professionally with business partner

  3. Create and implement PBL unit with classes and provide reflection on that activity

  4. Provide unit plan in provided formats

  5. Present unit and reflection at the spring STEM West meeting in 2019

Teacher Receivables:

  1. Teachers will receive $100/day stipend for training (5 days, July 9-13, 2018)

  2. Teachers will network with teachers across 4 other counties and STEM businesses

  3. Teachers will be provided with funding for 2 substitutes to attend a meeting in the fall and then to present at the spring STEM West meeting

  4. Teachers will receive $200 for completion of PBL units in correct formats