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 Overview

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 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 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 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 III: C5ISR Center R&D Deep Dive: Students entering 10th-12th grade will get an up close look at the research and development happening across several Aberdeen Proving Ground Directorates within the Command, Control, Communications, Computer, Cyber, Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance (C5ISR) Center. This years GEMS III program will not focus solely on one specific area of STEM, but rather a range of topics such as Alternative and Renewable Energy, Satellite Communication, Radio Frequency, Computer Science, Virtual Technology and more, giving participants an in depth concept of the inner workings across the C5ISR Center campus. This Deep Dive will offer various topic lessons facilitated by our world-renowned Scientist and Engineers, while also giving participants the chance to have a hands-on learning experience with some of the technologies touched on in each subject area.

GEMS III: Computer Science Principles: Students entering 10th-12th grade will investigate computer science principles, develop basic algorithms, examine programming languages and techniques and explore how computing and technology can impact the world.  Basic programming skills and use of Python programming language is required. Pre-requisite: Students will be requested to complete programming tutorial prior before the start of the first day.

GEMS III Computer Science Applications: This is a fast paced week with hands on exercises providing the student entering 10th-12th grade the 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 I.

GEMS III Immersive Environments: New to the GEMS III portfolio, students entering 10th-12th grade will learn how virtual reality, human factors, emerging technologies, math, science and engineering, students have applications in the real world. Prerequisites: Programming skills or the completion of GEMS III Computer Science Applications.

Important Dates

November 2020 - January 2021
Near-Peer Mentor Applications Open

Coming soon
Application Deadline

Near-Peer Mentor
Are you a STEM or Education Major interested in gaining leadership and hands on laboratory experience? Looking for a summer internship opportunity that allows you to work alongside Army Research Scientists and make amazing career connections while giving back to your community?

Becoming a Near-Peer Mentor for the Gains in the Education of Mathematics and Science (GEMS) program is a great way to gain skills while inspiring the next generation to become scientists, engineers, doctors, and leaders.


  • Competitive Stipend
  • Hands on experience in life sciences, forensic science, computer science, and engineering
  • Local or virtual internships available
  • Expand your professional network within the Department of Defense
  • Mentor and Teach America’s Future
  • 4 or 8 week internships available
  • Work in teams with other college students from across the Nation

Additional Details

  • High School Juniors or Seniors may apply with leadership and hands-on biomedical or coding experience.
  • Near Peer Mentors will receive training and collaborate with the primary instructors. During the day camp, Near Peer Mentors will interact with middle and high school participants full time by assisting and/or leading experiments/challenges to include: laboratory experiments, coding (block and Python), engineering, and robotics.
  • Near Peers are selected to teach a specific class.

Apply TODAY! Applications are open till January 16th, 2020.

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!