Adelphi, MD


gems program

The Gains in the Education of Mathematics and Science (GEMS) Summer Program at the Army Research Laboratory (ARL) in Adelphi, MD, provides middle school and high school students with the opportunity to explore new concepts and activities related to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) subjects. Participants interact with scientists and engineers, near-peer mentors, and other STEM professionals to explore thought-provoking STEM topics and research. Daily drop off and pick up of students is Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Due to popular demand of these programs, students will not be able to participate in a previously attended program. 

GEMS I Overview: Students entering 6th– 8th grade will explore a variety of STEM topics during a one-week session. Topics include: electronics, micro-processors, robotics, reusable energy, atmospheric science, and 3D printing technology. The curriculum will consist of engaging project demonstrations, tours, and hands-on laboratory experiments.

GEMS II Overview: Students entering 9th-10th grade will investigate environmental science, robotics, and computer science projects during a one-week session. The curriculum will introduce students to the scientific method and the engineering design method through engaging project demonstrations, tours, and hands-on laboratory experiments.

GEMS III: Students entering 10th-12th grade will acquire knowledge about computer science principles, learn basic principles of engineering algorithms, and examine programming languages and techniques. Students will complete mini projects throughout the week and present their projects on the final day of the program.

2018 Application Dates:

Near-Peer Mentor applications:  November 3 – March 30, 2018 -> APPLY HERE!

Student Applications:  February 1 – March 30, 2018 -> APPLY NOW

GEMS Level 2018 Dates
Fall 2018 Grade Level
GEMS I 25-29 June

9-13 July

16-20 July

23-27 July

GEMS II 30 July – 3 August

6-10 August

GEMS III 6-10 August 10-12

*Drop off and pick up of students for GEMS is 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. at the Adelphi Laboratory Center.  Additional program information will be provided in our invitation email.


For questions regarding GEMS –Adelphi, please contact us at or 1-800-807-9852, M-F, 9-5 (Eastern).