The Aberdeen Proving Ground (APG) GEMS program is a joint/collaborative effort between many different Research & Development and Test & Evaluation organizations on APG, including the US Army Research Laboratory (ARL), the US Army medical Research Institute of Chemical Defense (MRICD), the Communications- Electronics Research, Development & Engineering Center (CERDEC), the US Army Test and Evaluation Command (ATEC), the US Army Materiel Systems Analysis Activity (AMSAA) and the U.S. Army Edgewood Biological-Chemical Center (ECBC) in addition to other on-post collaborators along with collaborators from off-post such as Harford Community College and the Maryland Section of the American Chemical Society.

Program Overviews

GEMS I: Students entering 5th– 7th grade will experience a wide range of laboratory experiences from synthesis to fabrication to instrumentation/analysis.  The 2017 GEMS program has sessions on chemistry, biology, physics, engineering, and Earth science along with other sessions. For questions about GEMS I, please contact Ms. Joanne Holloway at joanne.c.holloway.civ@mail.mil . Drop off and pick up of students in GEMS I will occur 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. on Aberdeen Proving Ground. The building number and directions will be included in our invitation email (if student is selected).

GEMS II: Students in the 7th – 10th grade GEMS II Program will experience a wide range of laboratory experiences from synthesis to fabrication to instrumentation/analysis.  The 2017 GEMS program has sessions on chemistry, environmental, physics, engineering, computer science, robotics, non-destructive evaluation along with other sessions. For questions about GEMS II, please contact us at aeopgems@nsta.org or 1-800-807-9852, M-F 9-5 (Eastern). Drop off and pick up of students for GEMS II will occur 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. on Aberdeen proving Ground. The building number and directions will be included in our invitation email.

GEMS III Networks and Cyber Security (10-12 grade): The GEMS Computer Science – Networks and Cyber Security Session will provide an introduction into how computer networks operate, and how cyber security plays into building, operating, and using those networks.  Students will learn a wide range of networking and cyber security topics, including network principles, digital forensics, and wireless network security.  The Computer Science week is fast paced with hands on exercises and demonstrations, providing the opportunity to apply the skills being learned. Pre-requisites: Familiarity with and experience using Windows based computers.  Preferred: Computer Science / programming classes

GEMS III Computer Science (10-12 grade): GEMS III Computer Science Summer Institute (10-12 grade): Students will be introduced to computer science principles, applications and tools, basic principles of engineering algorithms, programming languages and techniques. Please note, this is a 2-week course. Students will work on capstone projects and are required to make a project presentation in the afternoon of the last day. Course Pre-requisite: This is a programming intensive course and students are expected to complete a 10-hour online Python programming tutorial before the start of their first day.

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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