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PROGRAM OVERVIEW

GEMS is an Army Educational Outreach program (AEOP) sponsored learning experience, that enables students to experience science and engineering in real-world Army laboratory settings. The AMRDEC GEMS program is based on a multidisciplinary educational curriculum, and is focused on age/grade-appropriate hands-on activities in areas such as science, technology, engineering, mathematics, computational
science, physics, optics, robotics, chemistry, and others. Students receive a stipend to participate in this one-week program. The 2017 stipend amount for all GEMS participants is $100.

Eligibility Requirements: Students in grades 6th – 12th, who are U.S.citizens with a valid SSN are eligible to apply for AMRDEC GEMS.

Eligibility Qualifier(s): Students who will be 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th or 11th graders on or before June 1st, are eligible for the AMRDEC GEMS program. Students who are currently 12th graders that will graduate before June 1, are not eligible to apply for the GEMS program an should consider applying for the Science and Engineering Apprentice Program (SEAP).

Highlights

  • Basic Eligibility Requirements
    • U.S. Citizen, Valid SSN
    • Students in 7th to 12th Grades
  • Goal
    • To broaden students’ interest in science, engineering, and mathematics
  • Length of Program
    • One week during the summer, typically in June or July
  • Curriculum
    • Designed to develop critical thinking skills, foster positive groups dynamics, and to conduct experiments illustrating basic scientific principles.
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GEMS Program Details

New science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM) learning modules (SLM) are perpetually under planning and implementation to all three AMRDEC GEMS programs as appropriate, and include inquiry and designed based learning objectives. Keystone AMRDEC GEMS learning modules are as follows:

    • GEMS 1 – (Mechanical Engineering | Math | Physics):¬†Students build and operate a robot; construct a 13-step Rube Goldberg apparatus; and design, construct and test bridges. Numerous activities, icebreakers, and games are incorporated n order to build team cooperation, improve observation skills, develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills. In every activity, the science behind each activity is stressed. Activities will include completing the Rube Goldberg apparatus, determining which bridge design could support the Constructing a lightweight most weight, utilizing bridge to sustain a static load sports materials to understand the coefficient of restitution, competing in a game of robot soccer, and/or Forensics Math I. Other activities will include daily tours of various projects being developed by AMRDEC on Redstone Arsenal. These may include tours of the Prototype Integration Facility, Software Engineering Directorate, and other laboratories within the Aviation and Missile Research, Development, and Engineering Center. Each project will culminate on Friday of the assigned week.

 

    • GEMS 2 – (Chemical Engineering | Electrical Engineering | Materials Engineering | Robotics | Physics): Students learn the fundamental STEM principles of missile technology, propulsion technology, science and impact of corrosion; and the fundamentals of computer technology. GEMS-2 students design, construct and test a propulsion powered device; conduct corrosion experiments on various materials configurations. Numerous activities, icebreakers, and games are incorporated in order to build team cooperation, improve observation skills, and develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills, utilizing sports materials to understand the coefficient of restitution, and/or Forensics Math II. In every activity, the science behind each activity will be stressed. Other activities might include tours of various projects being developed by AMRDEC on Redstone Arsenal. These may include tours of the Corrosion Lab, PAC3 Lab; Composite Materials Lab, and the Propulsion Lab. GEMS group taking a break from the fun! In addition, guest scientists and engineers will speak to the students about various projects on which they were working. Each project will culminate on Friday of the assigned week. Activities include testing the predicting results.

     

    • GEMS 3 – (Electrical Engineering | Additive Manufacturing | Physics | Forensic Science | Computer Engineering | Mechanical Engineering | Soft Skills):¬†Only students who have successfully completed GEMS-1 and GEMS-2 will be invited to participate in GEMS-3. There is no application process for GEMS 3. If selected, students will complete advanced activities beyond those in GEMS-1 and GEMS-2, in addition to working with scientists, engineers, interns and co-ops to solve real world problems. Students may also participate in tours and hear various guest speakers and technical briefings.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GEMS is part of the Army Educational Outreach Program (AEOP) and consists of Army-sponsored research, education, competitions, internships, and practical experiences designed to engage and guide students toward STEM professions For more information regarding GEMS and other AEOP programs, including on-line applications and program deadlines, visit the website at www.usaeop.com. GEMS summer programs are conducted at Redstone Arsenal, Alabama. For more information regarding the GEMS summer programs, contact usarmy.redstone.rdecom-amrdec.mbx.outreach@mail.mil.