Union Elementary began a girl's after school STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) club called the G.E.M.S. (Girls Excelling in Math and Science) Club. The Governor's STEM initiative was sponsoring a grant for STEM projects in schools around the state. They were giving preference to grants that encouraged girls to enter the math and science fields.
The G.E.M.S. club consist of 20 girls in 3rd-5th grades. They meet twice a month to complete a variety of activities, such as tie-dye t-shirts with sharpies, making sleds from cardboard and duct tape, robotic lessons, cooking class with Dale Hawkins, designing bridges and visiting New River Gorge, and also designing model roller coasters and then taking a trip to Kennywood to compare their results. The G.E.M.S. club grant was written and led by third grade teacher, Ms. Gabrielle Rhodes at Union Elementary.