The GEMS Summer Program at the RDECOM Research Laboratory in Adelphi, MD, provides rising 5th-12th grade students the opportunity to explore research and development of technology for Soldiers in the field. Programs are free of charge. If you enjoy hands-on activities and want to learn about science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) subjects and careers, apply to GEMS-Adelphi!

About ARL-Adelphi

The Army Research Laboratory (ARL-Adelphi), is an Army Corporate Research Laboratory. Research at the lab focuses on sensors and electron devices, bio-technology and computational and informational sciences (networking and communications, advanced computing, information assurance). GEMS participants will experience real-world simulations, work in collaborative groups, and explore STEM careers.


GEMS I: Students entering 5th-8th grade will explore electronics, reusable energy, biotechnology, cyber security, and robotics through engaging demonstrations, tours, and hands-on laboratory activities.

GEMS II: Students entering 9th-10th grade will acquire knowledge about computer science and robotics during a one-week session through engaging demonstrations, tours, and hands-on laboratory activities.

GEMS III: Students entering 10th-12th grade will investigate computer science principles, learn basic engineering algorithms, and examine programming languages and techniques. Students will challenge their programming skills throughout the one-week session.

Information for Volunteers

Near-Peer Mentors work collaboratively with resource teachers, scientists, and engineers to provide instruction and engage students in inquiry-based, hands-on lab activities related to ARL-Adelphi’s research areas. Applicants must be U.S. citizens and at least 16 years old. Experience working with students is preferred.

More Information

Students will receive a $100 stipend for their participation upon completion of the program.

Important Dates

March 15
Staff and student applications close

June 24-28
GEMS I (Rising 5th - 8th)

July 8-12
GEMS I (Rising 5th - 8th)

July 15-19
GEMS I (Rising 5th - 8th)

July 22-26
GEMS II (Rising 9th - 10th)

July 29 - August 2
GEMS III (Rising 10th - 12th)


Resource Teachers work collaboratively with STEM professionals to develop curriculum, supervise and provide instruction to students through thought provoking hands-on lab activities related to ARL-Adelphi’s current research initiatives. Applicants must be U.S. citizens. Teaching certification required.

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!