Gains in the Education of Mathematics and Science [GEMS] is an Army-sponsored, summer STEM enrichment program for middle and high school students that takes place in participating Army Research Laboratories. GEMS is driven by the overarching mission: to interest young people, who might not otherwise give serious thought to becoming scientists or engineers, in STEM careers early enough in their education so that they have the time to attain the appropriate academic training. The program is based on a multi-disciplinary educational curriculum, and is focused on age and grade-appropriate hands-on activities, in areas such as science, engineering, mathematics, computational sciences, computational biology, biomedical sciences, chemistry and biology.
The goals of the GEMS program are:
• Nurture interest and excitement in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) for middle and high school participants.
• Nurture interest and excitement in STEM for mentor and teacher participants.
• Implement STEM enrichment experiences that are hands-on, inquiry-based educational modules that enhance in-school learning.
• Increase participant knowledge in targeted STEM areas and laboratory skills.
• Outreach to participants inclusive of youth from groups historically underrepresented and underserved in STEM.
• Encourage participants to pursue secondary and post-secondary education in STEM.
• Educate participants about careers in STEM fields with a particular focus on STEM careers in Army laboratories.
• Provide information to participants about opportunities for STEM enrichment through advancing levels of GEMS as well as other AEOP initiatives.
All students who are selected and successfully participate in GEMS qualify for an educational stipend ($100 per week). Participants must be U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent legal residents.