Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

gems program

The Aberdeen Proving Ground (APG) GEMS program is a joint/collaborative effort between many different Research & Development and Test & Evaluation organizations on APG, including the US Army Research Laboratory (ARL), the US Army medical Research Institute of Chemical Defense (MRICD) ,the Communications- Electronics Research, Development & Engineering Center (CERDEC), the US Army Test and Evaluation Command (ATEC), the US Army Materiel Systems Analysis Activity (AMSAA)  and the U.S. Army Edgewood Biological-Chemical Center (ECBC) in addition to other on-post collaborators along with collaborators from off-post such as Harford Community College and the Maryland Section of the American Chemical Society.

GEMS I Overview: Students entering 5th– 7th grade will experience a wide range of laboratory experiences from synthesis to fabrication to instrumentation/analysis.  The 2017 GEMS program has sessions on chemistry, biology, physics, engineering, and Earth science along with other sessions. For questions about GEMS I, please contact Ms. Joanne Holloway at usarmy.apg.medcom-usamricd.mbx.marketing@mail.mil or 410-436-3225, M-F 9-5 (Eastern). Drop off and pick up of students in GEMS I will occur 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. on Aberdeen Proving Ground. The building number and directions will be included in our invitation email (if student is selected).

GEMS II Overview: Students in the 7th – 10th grade GEMS II Program will experience a wide range of laboratory experiences from synthesis to fabrication to instrumentation/analysis.  The 2017 GEMS program has sessions on chemistry, environmental, physics, engineering, computer science, robotics, non-destructive evaluation along with other sessions. For questions about GEMS II, please contact us at aeopgems@nsta.org or 1-800-807-9852, M-F 9-5 (Eastern). Drop off and pick up of students for GEMS II will occur 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. on Aberdeen proving Ground. The building number and directions will be included in our invitation email.

GEMS III Alternative and Renewable Energy (10-12 grade): The Alternative and Renewable Energy Session will introduce the various forms of and methods for harvesting and storing energy that is readily available and occurring within our environment.  Students will learn the fundamentals of science and engineering topics such as basic chemistry, basic electric theory, physics, microbiology, agriculture, and various forms of methods for collecting/harvesting energy leading to building a working alternative/renewable power systems.  Systems include solar panels, thermo-electric generator, and electromagnetism.  In addition, students will experience the design, testing, and demonstration of anaerobic digesters that can convert livestock manure to methane fuel.  An opportunity for students to get hands-on experience learning about the historical, contemporary and future application of the technology of anaerobic digestion of waste, for energy production and environmental protection. Course Pre-requisites: Completion of at least one high school level math, and also one science, course is necessary to derive the most benefit from this program.

GEMS III Computer Science (10-12 grade): Students will be introduced to supercomputing architectures, applications and tools, basic principles of engineering algorithms, programming languages and techniques and scientific visualization technologies. Please note, this is a 2-week course. Students will work on capstone projects on Days 7-9 and are required to make a project presentation in the afternoon of day 10. Course Pre-requisite: This is a programming intensive course and students are expected to complete a 10-hour online Python programming tutorial before the start of their first day.

 

2017 Important Dates:

Applications Open (February 1)

Applications Close (April 1)

 

GEMS Level 2017 Dates

Fall 2017 Grade Level

GEMS I
  • June 26-30
  • July 10-14
  • July 31 – August 4
5-7
GEMS II

*Note: GEMS II weeks will be four(4) days.

  • June 26-29
  • July 10-13
  • July 24-27
  • July 31 – August 3
7-10
GEMS III – Alternative & Renewable Energy
  • July 17-21
10-12
GEMS III – Computer Science

*(Two week pilot program)

  • July 17-21 & July 24-28
 10-12

For questions about GEMS II, please contact us at aeopgems@nsta.org or 1-800-807-9852, M-F 9-5 (Eastern).

Drop off and pick up of students for GEMS will occur 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. on Aberdeen proving Ground. The building number and directions will be included in our invitation email.