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 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-3:30pm on Aberdeen Proving Ground.  The building number and directions will be included in our invitation email (if student is selected). ***GEMS I sessions will be held 24-27 June, 15-18 July, and 29 July – 1 August, 2019.***

GEMS II: Students in the 7th-10th grade GEMS II Program will also experience a wide range of laboratory experiences from synthesis, fabrication, and instrumentation/analysis.  The GEMS II Program has a hands-on approach with numerous labs throughout the week lead by the Scientists and Engineers of the Army Research Laboratory and other organizations.  The 2019 GEMS II labs include:  chemistry, environmental, physics, engineering, math, computer science, and robotics, along with other sessions.  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-4:00pm on Aberdeen Proving Ground. The building number and directions will be included in our invitation email (if student is selected). ***GEMS II sessions will be held 24-27 June, 8-11 July, 22-25 July, and 5-8 August, 2019.***

GEMS III Cyber Communications: In today’s changing operational environment, Soldiers depend on secure and robust networks for reliable connectivity and communications The GEMS III Program for 2019 will focus on the various technologies that make up Army Communications to include: Cyber, RF, Networking & Satellite. Students will work with the world class engineers of the Communications-Electronics Research Development and Engineering Center (CERDEC) to gain hands on knowledge of these critical technology lanes.  Students who will be ENTERING the 10th, 11th or 12th grades in Fall 2019 are eligible for this program. For questions about GEMS III CERDEC, please contact Stephanie.m.overstreet2.ctr@mail.mil.  Drop off and pick up of selected students for GEMS III will occur Monday-Thursday 8:00am-4:00pm on Aberdeen Proving Ground. The building number and directions will be included in our invitation email (if student is selected). ***GEMS III Cyber Communications session will be held 22-25 July, 2019.***

GEMS III Computer Science Principles. Students entering 10th-12th grade will be introduced to computer science principles, applications and tools, basic principles of engineering algorithms, programming languages and techniques. Students will be writing programs using skills learned throughout the week. ***GEMS III Computer Science Principles session will be held 8-11 July, 2019.***

GEMS III Computer Science Applications. This is a fast paced week with hands on exercises providing the student opportunity to apply computer science and programming skills learned. Topics may include data analytics, robotics, cryptography and machine learning. Pre-requisite: This is a programming intensive course and students are expected to a) complete a 10-hour online programming tutorial before the start of their first day or b) show a working knowledge of programming by completion a programming exercise or c) completed GEMS III Computer Science Principles. ***GEMS III Computer Science Applications session will be held 15-18 July, 2019.***If you have any questions about the GEMS III Computer Science Programs and how they work please contact usarmy.apg.rdecom-arl.list.outreach-office@mail.mil

Important Dates

Applications Open
January 11, 2019

Applications Close
February 28, 2019

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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