**What is ****GEMS?**

The Gateway to Exploring Mathematical Sciences program (GEMS) is a once monthly, Saturday morning workshop designed to get young students excited about math and science. GEMS is designed to reach eighth, ninth and tenth grade students who may have an interest in mathematics or science. The workshops present mathematics and science applications in an exciting way that catches young students’ interest from the surrounding areas. Professors, undergraduates and graduate students from each of the six colleges in the Claremont Consortium take part in the GEMS program, thus offering the incoming students, their parents, and teachers a chance to meet and work with the large variety of excellent and award winning faculty, staff, students and alumni at the Claremont Colleges. The GEMS program helps excite the interests and curiosity of young students and shows them how amazing and satisfying the mathematical sciences can be.

*Participants limited to 80 and pre-registration is required. Links attached below by the workshop descriptions*

** ******** PARTICIPANTS MUST PRE-REGISTER**********

**Program Format : **The Saturday morning workshops begin at 10:00 and go through to 12:00 noon. They typically begin with a forty-five minute presentation by a professor, then a break with a snack, followed by a forty-five minute breakout session, in which students in small groups conduct their own hands-on personal exploration. Each breakout group consists of approximately six to eight students and is assisted by the colleges' undergraduate and graduate students. The breakout sessions are followed by group presentations, posters, explanations, and discussion.

**GEMS is grateful to the following sponsors:**

**Claremont Graduate University’s Blais Foundation Challenge Award and Research Initiatives**

**Parking**: Participants can park for free on any of the surrounding streets. In addition there is a parking lot adjacent, on the N side of 11th St.

**Transportation **for the young students is provided by the respective school districts (bus, van, carpooling by parents, teachers, etc) or personal transportation and the site for the 2017 GEMS program is in the Drucker Building on Claremont Graduate University's campus (see directions above). Registration is open and free of charge to all students in the eighth, ninth and tenth grades. Because each session is independent from the other sessions, a student may choose to participate in one workshop, or all of the workshops. However once a student has experienced one session, it is unlikely he or she will want to miss a single one.

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**2017-2018 Year**

**Fall 2017 Dates**

Abstract: In this presentation, you will learn a lot of important advanced mathematical concepts, theories, and applications just by visualizing the intuitive geometry behind them without deep theoretical definitions. We have also designed some hands-on expedients for getting your hands dirty to learn some advanced mathematics concept. You will also see many many examples demonstrating why geometry is fun, powerful, and useful.

**Location**: Burkle 16, Claremont Graduate University. **The address is**1021 N Dartmouth Avenue Claremont CA 91711. The Drucker building (CGU School of Management, also called Burkle) is bounded on the North by 11th St, (now called Drucker for one block). It is bounded on the South by 10th St, on the East by Dartmouth Ave, and on the West by College Ave . The room is located below street level and is best accessed from the outside, say from walkways close to the SE corner. Map is at http://cgu.edu/pages/1418.asp

**November 4 at 10 AM**

Topic: A difference in numbers

Abstract: We use different kinds of numbers daily -- whole numbers, fractions, irrationals. What are the properties that distinguish them? What unifies them? In which ways can numbers be represented? These are classical questions that mathematicians thought about for centuries. In this lecture, we will revisit some of the origins of the theory of numbers, and also touch upon its application to astronomy, dating back to medieval Europe and even Ancient Greece.

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**Previous Programs**

**Speaker: **Blake Hunter **Topic: **Walking Outbreak** - **Using Dice and Mathematics to Model the Spread of a Disease

**Speaker: **Judy Grabiner

**Topic: **The most powerful principle in mathematics meets the odds in a Native American game

**Speaker: **Marina Chugunova **Topic:** Geometry of Castles and Forts

**Speaker: **Marina Chugunova **Topic:** How to catch a liar.

**Speaker: **Alfonso Castro **Topic: **Plane Geometry and Real Numbers

**Speaker:** Angel Chavez **Topic:** Brownian Motion and Random Walks

**Speaker:** Dr. Jemma Lorenat **Topic:** Inescapable Logic

**Speaker: **Shanda Nelson **Topic: **Symmetry

**Speaker: **Shahriar Shariari **Topic: **Can you make a soccer ball using only 12 pentagons and 20 hexagons? How about with 13 pentagons and 12 hexagons?

**Speaker: **Blake Hunter **Topic: **Matheematics of Tessellations

**And many more since 2008...**

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