About DEVCOM ARL – Army Research Office

ARO is a directorate within DEVCOM ARL responsible for setting and executing the nationwide extramural research agenda and programs on Army focused basic research to provide critical enhancements to current warfighter needs and revolutionary advances required for technological dominance of the future force with emphasis on the Army’s Modernization Priorities 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 I:  Students entering 7th – 8th grade will explore electronics, reusable energy, biotechnology, cyber security, and robotics through engaging demonstrations, lessons and hands-on activities throughout the one-week session.

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

February 5, 2024
Near-Peer Mentor, Student and Teacher Applications Open

May 9, 2024
Near-Peer Mentor Applications Close

June 1, 2024
Student and Teacher Applications Close

June 17 - 21, 2024

For Educators

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 Near-Peer Mentors

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