Picatinny Arsenal, NJ


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

The mission of the US Army’s Research & Development Engineering Command’s ARDEC – is to lead research and development of system solutions to the warfighter.  Established at Picatinny Arsenal, NJ, as a critical asset that is vital to National Security, this vision is supported by its ability to deliver products and provide world class facilities and services.  Our ARDEC GEMS program is based on joint, multi-disciplinary collaborations; between STEM educators and our engineers and scientists; for an age/grade appropriate educational curriculum; instructed 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.  Since 2017, our program strives to offer STEM areas such as: physics and chemistry, applied science, engineering & technology, mathematics, and computer science; focused along select competencies unique to our armaments science and technologies.


ARDEC GEMS 2018 advances and sustains our program, fostering STEM-based scientific and engineering fields, within the context of our ARDEC subject matter competencies, where enabling technologies and state-of-the-art facilities are applied and demonstrated, through real world problem-solving and activity-based projects, lessons and experiments.




2018 Important Dates:

15January: Applications open for Students, Resource Teachers and Near-Peer Mentors.
15April: Applications Close. Early Registrants selected*
15May: Lottery Selection of new registrants for 2018
31May:  Course curriculum finalized
15 June:  All GEMS participants selected, notified, acceptances received
30 June:  All selected student forms completed, processed and registered
16 July – 10 August: Students participate in GEMS program**

*Early registrants are students who participated in a past ARDEC GEMS, and assigned a different course.

**One week courses, dates vary by scope and course type.



(Applicants selected via Lottery by 15 May 2018)

July 16-20

July 23-27

July 30-August 3

August 6-10

GEMS I (Entering Grades 7-9)

GEMS II (Entering Grades 10-12)


  • The Physics of Guidance and Trajectory
  • Material Design of Armaments
  • Aeroballistics & Motion Dynamics
  • Strength of Materials
  • Chemistry of Armaments
  • Design of Experiments – Game Theory & Statistics
  • The Mechanics of Robotics and Autonomy
  • Programming…Building an App for That
  • Computer Science and Cybertechnologies
  • Demil Technologies in Environmental Science
  • Non-Destructive Tools of the Trade & Analysis
  • Optics & Photonics Explained
  • Polymers and Ceramics in 3D Applications


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



ARDEC GEMS 2018 Information Paper

ARDEC GEMS 2017 Program Review

Picatinny Arsenal Background Check (NCIC III Release Form)

Hold Harmless Waiver – Student