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GEMS Partners With Carnegie Mellon on STEM Projects


GEMS Education and the Community Robotics, Education and Technology Empowerment Lab (CREATE Lab) at Carnegie Mellon University have joined together to empower students through the development of a STEM-based learning laboratory and the integration of innovative robotics programs into school curricula.

The partnership gives faculty and students at GEMS World Academy Chicago access to the latest thought and practice to emerge from the CREATE Lab. Peg Keiner, technology and innovation leader at GEMS, said the partnership will enhance GEMS World Academy Chicago's already-strong STEM program.

"It's exciting to have the opportunity to work with Carnegie Mellon experts," Ms. Keiner said. "We have such strong technological resources here, and this partnership will help us integrate those into the curriculum in meaningful ways."

Kim Wargo, head of school at GEMS World Academy Chicago, said the partnership will help students become "architects of their futures."

"Understanding the social impact of how technology works is a critical program component, and it will set up GEMS students for success long after graduation," Ms. Wargo said.

The CMU-GEMS partnership also extends to GEMS World Academies in Dubai, Singapore and Switzerland, as well as GEMS Nations Academy in Dubai. All of the participating GEMS schools will develop programs focused on robotics to teach students technological advancements and design issues within the context of positive social change. 

The CREATE Lab, part of CMU’s Robotics Institute, partners with various schools across the United States to help teachers incorporate technological tools into their practice, and empower learners to employ technology for social good. 

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