GEMS at Fort Detrick brings local students into the cutting-edge world of U.S. Army Research and Development. Designed for 5th through 11th grade students of all academic abilities in the 2019-2020 school calendar, GEMS promises a hands-on experience that will excite.

Courses are 4 days long. During this time, student groups work with young aspiring scientists called Near-Peers.  Students navigate a curriculum that local Fort Detrick education specialists and researchers developed just for your student.

Programs Offered at Fort Detrick

  • For Rising 5th & 6th Grades
    Environmental – Participants explore environmental science and physical science
  • For Rising 6th & 7th Grades
    Battlebots – Participants explore engineering design
    Learn.Play.Code. – Participants explore computer science
  • For Rising 7th & 8th Grades
    C.S.I. – Participants explore forensics, biology and engineering
  • For Rising 8th & 9th Grades
    Intermediate – Participants explore biology, rockets and lab techniques
    Learn.Play.Code. – Participants explore computer science and electrical engineering
  • For Rising 10th & 11th Grades
    Advanced – Participants explore Biology, Chemistry and Engineering
    Robotics – Participants explore engineering and computer science

Important Note:

Learn, Play, Code, is offered in all 6 sessions. However, the first 3 sessions are reserved for older interns (Rising 8th and 9th grades) while the last 3 sessions are reserved for younger interns (Rising 6th and 7th grade).

Eligibility

You must register online by midnight on April 30th 2020.

More Information

All programs are completely free of charge to students and families. A stipend of $125 will be awarded to those who participate to offset the cost of transportation.

Stipends are not awarded to those who do not meet the definition of participation as explained by our Terms and Conditions.

Important Dates

December 16, 2019
Near-Peer Mentor and Resource Teachers application opens

February 1, 2020
Student application opens

April 30, 2020
Student application closes

March 27, 2020
Near-Peer Mentor and Resource Teachers application closes

June 29 - July 2, 2020
Rising 6th & 7th Grades: Battlebots
Rising 7th & 8th Grades: C.S.I.
Rising 8th & 9th Grades: Intermediate, Learn.Play.Code.
Rising 10th & 11th Grades: Advanced, Robotics

July 6-9, 2020
Rising 6th & 7th Grades: Battlebots
Rising 7th & 8th Grades: C.S.I.
Rising 8th & 9th Grades: Intermediate, Learn.Play.Code.
Rising 10th & 11th Grades: Advanced, Robotics

July 13-16, 2020
Rising 6th & 7th Grades: Battlebots
Rising 7th & 8th Grades: C.S.I.
Rising 8th & 9th Grades: Intermediate, Learn.Play.Code.
Rising 10th & 11th Grades: Advanced, Robotics

July 27-30, 2020
Rising 5th & 6th Grades: Environmental
Rising 6th & 7th Grades: Battlebots, Learn.Play.Code.
Rising 7th & 8th Grades: C.S.I.
Rising 8th & 9th Grades: Intermediate
Rising 10th & 11th Grades: Robotics

August 3-6, 2020
Rising 5th & 6th Grades: Environmental
Rising 6th & 7th Grades: Battlebots, Learn.Play.Code.
Rising 7th & 8th Grades: C.S.I.
Rising 8th & 9th Grades: Intermediate
Rising 10th & 11th Grades: Robotics

August 10-13, 2020
Rising 5th & 6th Grades: Environmental
Rising 6th & 7th Grades: Battlebots, Learn.Play.Code.
Rising 7th & 8th Grades: C.S.I.
Rising 8th & 9th Grades: Intermediate
Rising 10th & 11th Grades: Robotics

Interested in this program?

If you are interested in this program email us or call 301-619-7942. We'd love to hear from you!

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