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), South and Army Futures Command. 

The GEMS Summer Program in Austin, TX provides students who are entering 9th – 10th  grade in 2021 the opportunity to learn more about Army problems related to Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning for vehicles and STEM. Programs are free of charge.

Join us on an exciting and fun adventure as we learn Autonomy, Machine Learning, Computer Vision, and Public Policy! We’ll be forming teams to explore science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) activities, from the comfort of your own home! Join us and learn how rewarding it would be to pursue a career in a STEM field as we discover how important STEM expertise is for our military to safeguard our nation. During the week we will learn and rely on Python to program robot ground vehicles to maneuver an autonomous navigation challenge…Best of all, each participant who completes the week long program will receive a $125 stipend!

About the U.S. Army Research Laboratory-South

The U.S. Army Research Laboratory is the Army’s sole fundamental research laboratory focused on cutting-edge scientific discovery, technological innovation, and are happy to be hosting Gains in the Education of Mathematics and Science (GEMS) virtually from Austin, TX!

Important Student Information

GEMS I: AutoAuto Program
Students that will be entering the GEMS I are those entering 9th-10th grade.  This program offers students the opportunity to explore new pursuits in computer sciences and expand upon their current interests with unique hands-on experiences using the Python language to program a robotic vehicle.

GEMS IComputer Science Principles:
Students entering 9th and 10th 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 a programming tutorial prior to the start of the first day.

AEOP Eligibility Requirements
The Army Educational Outreach Program (AEOP) provides programs that are free for teachers and students to participate. All U.S. citizens* and Lawful Permanent Residents (LPR)** are eligible to participate in AEOP. Reporting U.S. Citizenship or LPR is not required; however, only those students with a valid social security number, or able to prove LPR status, are eligible to a) receive an AEOP award, scholarship, or incentive and b) able to access or participate in Army laboratory experiences. Awards include, but are not limited to, recognition, educational stipends, scholarships, or travel funding. Participants cannot receive awards, financial or recognition, without proof of citizenship. Please be sure to talk directly to each program administrator if you have concerns. This information is not reported beyond AEOP administration staff.

* The definition of a US citizen from the IRS website:

  • U.S. Citizen
  • An individual born in the United States.
  • An individual whose parent is a U.S. citizen.***
  • A former alien who has been naturalized as a U.S. citizen
  • An individual born in Puerto Rico.
  • An individual born in Guam.
  • An individual born in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

**Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR) is defined as the following by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services: “Any person not a citizen of the United States who is residing the in the U.S. under legally recognized and lawfully recorded permanent residence as an immigrant. Also known as “Permanent Resident Alien,” “Resident Alien Permit Holder,” and “Green Card Holder”. F1-Visa holders are not eligible to receive an AEOP award, scholarship, or incentive.

***The Child Citizenship Act, which applies to both adopted and biological children of U.S. citizens, amends Section 320 of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) to provide for the automatic acquisition of U.S. citizenship when certain conditions have been met. Specifically, these conditions are: One parent is a U.S. citizen by birth or through naturalization; The child is under the age of 18; The child is residing in the United States as a lawful permanent resident alien and is in the legal and physical custody of the U.S. citizen parent.

All participants are eligible for an educational stipend.

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 Army’s Essential Research Programs (ERP’s). Applicants must be U.S. citizens. Experience working with students is preferred.

Important Dates

January 1 – February 28, 2021
Near Peer Mentor Application
Letters of Recommendation due by February 28, 2021

February 7 – April 4, 2021
Student Application
Letter of recommendation due by April 4, 2021

June 28 – July 1, 2021
(Virtual) GEMS I – AutoAuto Program

July 19 – July 22, 2021
(Virtual) GEMS I – AutoAuto Program

August 2 – August 5, 2021
(Virtual) GEMS I – Computer Science Course

More Information

Students need one Letter of Recommendation. Near-Peer Mentors need two Letters of Recommendation. Each letter should be descriptive of the students’ academic attributes. We will accept one letter of recommendation from a parent.  Send your letters of recommendation to the local program coordinator by April 4, 2021 via email. Ensure that all Letters of Recommendations are sent to: ARLSouth@arl.army.mil

Online application will request short essays on topics listed below. *** It is advisable to have written these essays into a word processing program so that you can cut and paste into the GEMS application.

– Please list the science activities in which you have participated; provide additional details on those you particularly enjoyed (no more than 3000 characters)

– Please describe your major academic, career and research areas of interests

Students will receive a $125 stipend for their participation upon completion of the program.

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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