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Creating some electricity

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By Sharon Warner

Collins High School students Marisa Mayer (from left), Miranda Mayer and Brianna Robinson, the students in engineering, math and science (GEMS), showcase their technical expertise in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) showcase category at University of Louisville and qualify for state at Rupp Arena in March. They created circuits and converted mechanical energy to electrical energy and electrical energy back to mechanical energy during the event. GEMS was created at Collins by Terri Henry, the engineering instructor, to encourage girls to find confidence and get involved in STEM activities. The next GEMS event will be held at 5 p.m. at Jan. 19 at Collins. GEMS showcased their first outreach program on Nov. 15, with female mentors (from left) Jessica Groves, Sherry Curtsinger, Terri Henry, Angie Deckard, Jennifer McGibben, Gilda Ellis and Shelbyville engineer Jennifer Herrell attending the event to build and learn about circuits and energy conversion.