Picatinny Arsenal, NJ


Armaments Research, Development and Engineering Center (ARDEC), Picatinny Arsenal, NJ.

The US Army, ARDEC mission is to lead research, development and engineering of system solutions to the US Army.  The ARDEC vision, established at Picatinny Arsenal, NJ, as a critical asset that is vital to National Security, is its ability to deliver products and provide world class facilities and services.  Our  GEMS program is based on joint, multi-disciplinary collaborations; between educators and our engineers and scientists; for an age/grade appropriate educational curriculum; taught by teachers and mentors.  ARDEC GEMS is uniquely focused on forming the type of hands-on, real-world activities; that are relevant to the state-of-the-art armaments work our labs strive to develop, design and produce for the warfighter.  Our GEMS education strives to reach STEM areas such as: physics and chemistry, applied science, engineering & technology, mathematics, and computer science; applied among select competencies unique to our armaments science and technologies.

2017 Important Dates:

24 April: Applications open for Students, Resource Teachers and Near-Peer Mentors. APPLY HERE!
15 May: Applications Close. Lottery Selection and Course Assignments
31 April:  Course curriculum finalized
9 June:  All GEMS participants selected, notified, acceptances received
30 June:  All selected student forms completed, processed and registered
24 July – 18 August: Students participate in GEMS program (one week courses, dates vary by scope and type)


For questions and more information, please call and a leave a voice message, or email us at:
Email:  usarmy.pica.rdecom.mbx.picatinny-stem-gems@mail.mil
DoD Address:  USARMY PICA RDECOM Mailbox Picatinny-STEM-GEMS
Tel: (973) 724-1153
DSN 880-1153



(Applicants selected via Lottery by 31 May 2017)

Applicable Grade Levels
July 31 – August 4


August 7-11


August 14-18

  • The Physics of Guidance and Trajectory
  • Material Design – From Drawing to Product
  • Motion Dynamics and Aeroballistics
  • Strength of Materials
  • Chemical Reactions Explained
  • Math in Gaming Theory and Statistics
  • The Mechanics of Robotics and Autonomy
  • Programming…Building an App for That
  • Tools of the Trade – Test & Analysis
  • Optics and Photonics Explained
  • Polymers and Ceramics in 3D Printing
  • Research Topics Using the Scientific Method
I (7-9)

II (9-12)



Welcome Guide

Picatinny Arsenal Background Check (NCIC III Release Form)

Hold Harmless Waiver – Student