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 – 11th  grade in 2020 the opportunity to learn more about Army problems related to Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning for vehicles and STEM. Programs are free of charge.

*COVID-19 UPDATE: GEMS – ARL South/Austin Virtual Edition June 22– 26, 2020

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) for the first time in Austin, TX!

Important Student Information

Beginner Course:
Students that will be entering the GEMS I Beginner are those entering 9th-11th grade and are welcome to apply for this GEMS program. This program offers students the opportunity to explore new pursuits in computer sciences and expand upon their current interests with unique hands-on experiences.

Eligibility Requirements
All participants must be United States Citizens. 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

February 1, 2020
Student Application Opens

April 30, 2020
Near-Peer Mentor and Resource Teacher Applications Close

May 15, 2020
Student Application Closes

June 22-26, 2020
Program Dates

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 the letters of recommendation to the local program coordinator by May 15, 2020 via email. Ensure that all Letters of Recommendations are sent to: ARLSouth@arl.army.mil

Applicants will also need to prepare 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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