GEMS 2023 Summer Program

The Gains in the Education of Mathematics and Science (GEMS) Summer Program at the U.S. Combat Capabilities Development Command U.S. 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.

 

Sessions

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.

Information for 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.

More Information

  1. GEMS is free of charge.
  2. Student Sessions: One-Week, Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (ET)
  3. Students must attend the whole program week. No exceptions.
  4. Near-Peer Mentor Weeks: Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (ET)
  5. Near-Peer Mentors must attend the mandatory orientation. No exceptions.
  6. Near-Peer Mentors must attend all program weeks. No exceptions.

Important Dates

November 28, 2022 – January 31, 2023
Near-Peer Mentor Application Open

January 23 – February 28, 2023
Student Applications are open

June 26 – 30, 2023
Mandatory Near-Peer Mentor Orientation Week

July 3 – 7, 2023
GEMS I, Week 1 – Rising 5th – 6th Graders

July 10 – 14, 2023
GEMS I, Week 2 – Rising 7th – 8th Graders

July 17 – 21, 2023
GEMS II, Rising 9th – 10th Graders

July 24 – 28, 2023
GEMS III, Advanced CompSci: Rising 10th – 12th Graders *Pre-requisite: Python Programming experience

Sessions

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.

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.

Important Dates

November 28, 2022 – January 31, 2023
Resource Teacher Application Open

June 26 – 30, 2023
Mandatory Resource Teacher Orientation Week

July 3 – 7, 2023
GEMS I, Week 1 – Rising 5th – 6th Graders

July 10 – 14, 2023
GEMS I, Week 2 – Rising 7th – 8th Graders

July 17 – 21, 2023
GEMS II, Rising 9th – 10th Graders

July 24 – 28, 2023
GEMS III, Rising 10th – 12th Graders

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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