Find your AEOP Pathway

Camp Invention®

A confidence-boosting STEM summer camp where kids build creative inventions and lasting friendships.

  • Summer program
  • Rising grades K-6
  • FREE with AEOP scholarships
  • Locations across the country

Junior Solar Sprint (JSS)

A competition where students design, build and race solar-powered cars using hands-on engineering skills and principles of science and math.

  • School year competition
  • Grades 5-8
  • FREE of cost
  • Locations across the country

Gains in the Education of Mathematics and Science (GEMS)

A summer STEM enrichment program where students experience real-world, hands-on STEM activities at select U.S. Army Research Labs. GEMS also recruits Teachers and Near-Peer Mentors (college students) who receive a stipend for their assistance.

  • Summer program
  • Rising grades 5-12
  • FREE of cost
  • Locations across the country


A virtual STEM competition where students, in teams of 2-4, choose 
a problem in their community to investigate with science or solve with engineering, competing for Savings Bond prizes.

  • School year competition
  • Grades 6-9
  • FREE of cost
  • Virtual program; open to all 50 states, U.S. territories and DoDEA schools worldwide

Junior Science and Humanities Symposium (JSHS)

A DoD-sponsored STEM competition where students submit original research to their regional symposium and compete individually to win scholarships and a chance to advance and compete at the National JSHS.

  • School year competition
  • Grades 9-12
  • FREE of cost
  • All 50 states, U.S. territories 
and DoDEA schools in Europe
and the Pacific


A summer STEM enrichment program held on university campuses where students will learn about STEM careers, collaborate and solve problems as a team, and participate in STEM-related, hands-on and project-based activities.

  • Summer program
  • Rising grades 9-12
  • FREE of cost
  • Locations across the country

AEOP Internships

A paid, hands-on research opportunity with real-world STEM experiences alongside renowned scientists and engineers in labs throughout the country.

  • Summer and year-round opportunities
  • High school and undergraduate students
  • Stipended opportunity
  • Locations across the country

AEOP Fellowships

A paid, professional research opportunity at U.S. Army Research Labs and Centers.

  • Year-round opportunities
  • Graduate students, PhD candidates, recent master’s graduate, or postdoctoral students
  • Locations across the country

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STEM Enrichment Activities

STEM Enrichment Activities

STEM Enrichment activities spark student interest in STEM from the earliest grades through high school. They also provide experiential learning opportunities for educators. Our programs are great for students and teachers from all backgrounds and interests, and are designed to complement classroom learning and teaching by providing exciting, engaging, hands-on experiences. EXPLORE


STEM Competitions are designed to expose students to scientific research methods and engineering principles in an interactive, hands-on way, and enables them to compete for recognition, scholarships and awards. EXPLORE

Internships & Fellowships

Internships & Fellowships

AEOP Internships and Fellowships help you gain the skills and experience you need today to prepare for the STEM careers of tomorrow. As an intern or fellow, you will conduct cutting-edge research in a state-of-the-art facility alongside a professional STEM mentor. EXPLORE

Scholarships & Grants

The Department of Defense provides a variety of opportunities that enable students to pursue STEM education through fellowships, grants and tuition-for-service programs. EXPLORE

Scholarships & Grants

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Of participants agreed that AEOP contributed to their STEM confidence and interest


Meet Our Students

AEOP alumni are doing amazing things. Hear what our alumni learned and what they’re up to now.


Latest Blog Posts

February 26, 2024

Unveiling AEOP Internships – A Refreshed Identity for the Same Exceptional Program

AEOP Internships, formerly known as AEOP Apprenticeships, has recently undergone a name change designed to better reflect the program’s extensive offerings.

February 13, 2024

Welcome our 2024 AEOP Membership Council

The AEOP team is thrilled to announce the 2024 AEOP Membership Council!

February 5, 2024

Gisella Lamas’ Impactful Role in STEM Education through eCYBERMISSION 

Meet Gisella Lamas, a lecturer at the University of Kentucky in the Department of Chemical Engineering, who has a passion for STEM education and community engagement.

January 9, 2024

Hanaan Abdulmalik-Vollmer’s GEMS Lessons: From Antimicrobial Spices to Combining STEM and Interactive Education

Meet Hanaan Abdulmalik-Vollmer, a senior at Stevenson University in Maryland. She’s been telling everyone from younger family members to her professors with children to get involved with Gains in the Education of Mathematics and Sciences (GEMS) for years – read on to hear why! What made you decide to participate in AEOP? Why did you […]

January 4, 2024

From JSHS to International Forums: Jason Zhang’s Trailblazing Path in Cancer Research and Beyond

In the heart of San Diego, California, a junior at Del Norte High School named Jason Zhang has emerged as a rising star in the world of cancer research.

January 2, 2024

2024-2025 Internships and Fellowships RFP: Bring AEOP’s Internships Program to your Campus

AEOP Internships and Fellowships, a career development initiative in the AEOP portfolio, provide high school, undergraduate, and graduate students, as well as postdoctoral scientists and engineers, with immersive STEM research opportunities in Army and postsecondary educational institution laboratories across the United States and its territories.