Great Explorations in Math and Science: GEMS
GEMS Centers and Network Sites
GEMS has built a substantial base of regional leadership through a national and international network of over 80 GEMS Centers and Network Sites. Sites and Centers are closely affiliated with the LHS GEMS Project, and provide professional development to teachers in their communities.
The New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science has been New Mexico’s first and only GEMS Site since its dedication in 2003.
The LHS GEMS Project
GEMS is a leading resource for innovative science and mathematics education. Developed at the Lawrence Hall of Science, the public science education center at the University of California at Berkeley, and tested in thousands of classrooms nationwide, over 75 GEMS Teacher's Guides and Handbooks offer a wide range of supplementary learning experiences for preschool through 8th grade.
Celebrating more than 20 years of curriculum development and with more than 2 million books in print, GEMS is a hugely successful resource for inquiry-based science and mathematics instruction.
GEMS activities engage students in direct experience and experimentation to introduce essential, standards-based principles and concepts. Clear step-by-step instructions enable all teachers to be successful presenting the activities. GEMS units offer effective, practical, economical, and schedule-friendly ways to provide high-quality science and math learning to all students.
The educational excellence and effectiveness of GEMS has been recognized by the U.S. Department of Education’s Special Panel on Science and Mathematics Education, and GEMS has received the Award for Excellence in Integrated Mathematics & Science from the School Science & Mathematics Association (SSMA). GEMS guides and handbooks serve as a strong support to the National Science Education Standards, other leading benchmarks and frameworks, and the curriculum standards of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM).