The Morton Branch of AAUW (American Association of University Women) partnered with Morton Public Library to offer the May session of GEMS (Girls Excelling in Math and Science). Girls, grades four through seven, focused on putting the “A” in STEAM with an art session entitled “Fun with Duct Tape”. Though often concentrating solely on traditional STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and math), adding in arts allows young people to develop innovation, creativity, and a different set of problem-solving skills while also encouraging self-expression and self-esteem.  Karen Kemp facilitated this exciting session, helping girls to create unique handbags out of duct tape.

The next GEMS session will be held on June 18 at the Morton Public Library from 4:00-5:30 p.m. Lisa Reed will present “How to Create a Pollinator’s Paradise: Milkweeds and Monarch”, in which participants will learn how to help protect this endangered butterfly.  All girls in grades four through seven are welcome, but must pre-register through the Morton Public Library at

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