The Aberdeen Proving Ground (APG) GEMS program is a joint/collaborative effort among several organizations on APG, including the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command’s (CCDC) – U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command – Army Research Laboratory (CCDC-ARL) and CCDC -C5ISR Center along with the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Chemical Defense (MRICD). Additionally other organizations on APG often support GEMS with technical displays, tours and laboratory instruction.

Program Overviews

GEMS II: Students entering 7th-10th grade will experience a wide range of laboratory experiences in various disciplines to include environmental science, chemistry, physics, computer science, robotics, materials science and biology. The GEMS II program has a hands-on approach with numerous labs throughout the week lead by Army scientists and engineers. For questions about GEMS II, please contact us at aeopgems@nsta.org or 1-800-807-9852.  Drop off and pick up of selected students for GEMS II will occur Monday-Thursday 8:00am and 4:00pm on Aberdeen Proving Ground.
***GEMS II sessions will be held June 22-25, July 6-9, July 20-23 and August 3-6.

GEMS I – Students entering the 5th-7th grade will experience a wide range of laboratory experiences from synthesis, fabrication, and instrumentation/analysis.  The GEMS I Program has a large focus area in 4 labs throughout the week along with smaller group lab activities taught by college level students.  The 2019 GEMS I program has sessions on chemistry, biology, physics, engineering, math, and earth science.  For questions regarding GEMS I please contact the MRICD Team at usarmy.apg.medcom-usamricd.list.rdi@mail.mil Drop off and pick up of selected students for GEMS I will be Monday-Thursday 8:30am and 3:30pm on Aberdeen Proving Ground.
*** GEMS I sessions will be held June 22-25, July 13-16, and July 27-30

GEMS III – Computer Science  (managed by CCDC-ARL)
*** GEMS III Computer Science sessions will be held July 6-9 and July 13-16

GEMS III – (managed by CCDC-C5ISR)
*** GEMS III session will be held July 20-23

Important Dates

January 6, 2020
GEMS Student Applications Open

February 29, 2020
GEMS Student Applications Close

Near Peer Mentors will serve as student mentors throughout the GEMS program; serving as role models, sharing personal educational pathway experiences and helping to bridge potential learning gaps between the students and the Army scientists and engineers. Near Peer Mentors may be called upon to develop and instruct laboratory activities. Applicants must be at least 16 years of age and must be U.S.citizens.

Resource Teachers will serve as advisors/mentors throughout the GEMS program; helping to bridge potential instructional and learning gaps between the students and the Army scientists and engineers.  Resource Teachers may be called upon to instruct a lab activity session or assist when Near Peer Mentors are providing instruction.  Resource Teachers will be asked to document lab sessions by creating written age appropriate lesson plans that will facilitate future repeated use of the activity. Applicants must be U.S. citizens.  Current certified teachers are preferred.

Important Dates

November 15, 2020
Near Peer Mentor and Resource Teacher Applications Open

February 29, 2020
Near Peer Mentor and Resource Teacher Applications Close

Interested in this program?

If you are interested in this program email us or call 1-800-807-9852. We'd love to hear from you!

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