GEMS 2021 Virtual Summer Program

The Gains in the Education of Mathematics and Science (GEMS) Summer Program at the U.S. Combat Capabilities Development Command Army Research Laboratory (DEVCOM-ARL) in Adelphi, MD, provides rising 5th – 12th grade students the opportunity to interact with scientists and engineers to explore essential research areas related to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects and careers.  If you enjoy hands-on activities and want to learn more about STEM topics and careers, apply to GEMS-Adelphi!

About DEVCOM ARL – Adelphi

Research at the Adelphi Laboratory Center focuses on many technological areas to include:  Electronics, Biotechnology, Photoelectric Chemistry, Computer Science, Renewable/Reusable Energy, and Robotics.  GEMS participants will be engaged in hands-on activities, work in collaborative groups and interact with scientists and engineers to explore STEM subjects and careers.  GEMS 2021 will be a virtual program.

*NOTE: There will be no stipends for students who participate in GEMS virtually in summer 2021. 



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 throughout the one-week session.

GEMS II: Students entering 9th-10th grade will acquire knowledge about circuit design, electronic devices, biotechnology, computer science and robotics through engaging demonstrations, tours, and hands-on laboratory activities throughout the one-week session.

GEMS III: Students entering 10th-12th grade will investigate computer science principles, develop basic algorithms, and examine programming languages and techniques. Basic programming skills and use of Python programming language is required. Students will challenge their programming skills throughout the one-week session.

More Information

  1. GEMS is free of charge.
  2. Student Sessions: One-week, Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
  3. Students must attend the whole program week. No exceptions.

Important Dates

November 30, 2020 - March 31, 2021
Near Peer Mentor and Resource Teacher Application Window

January 4 - March 31, 2021
Student Application Window

June 28 - July 2, 2021
GEMS I, Week 1 - Rising 5th - 6th Graders

July 6-9, 2021
GEMS I, Week 2 - Rising 6th - 8th Graders

July 12-16, 2021
GEMS I, Week 3 - Rising 6th - 8th Graders

July 19-23, 2021
GEMS II, Week 4 - Rising 9th -10th Graders

July 26-30, 2021
GEMS III, Week 5 - Computer Science Only, Introduction/Beginners, Rising 10th-12th Graders, *Prerequisite: Algebra I

August 2-6, 2021
GEMS III, Week 6 - Advanced CompSci: Rising 10th - 12thGraders, *Pre-requisite: Python Programming experience

Information for Educators

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 DEVCOM-ARL’s current research initiatives. Applicants must be U. S. citizens. A current teaching certification is required.

Information for Volunteers

Near-Peer Mentors

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 DEVCOM-ARL Adelphi’s essential research programs. Applicants must be U.S. citizens and at least 16 years old. Experience working with students is preferred.

Important Dates

November 30, 2020
Near-Peer Mentors and Resource Teachers applications open

March 31, 2021
Resource Teacher and Near-Peer Mentor 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!