*COVID-19 UPDATE: USAMRDC HQ Fort Detrick GEMS will be on a digital platform this summer.
We are excited to offer e-GEMS for elementary, middle and high school students for the summer of 2020. Rising 5th -12th graders will have the opportunity to explore STEM from their homes and learn about STEM careers under the guidance of college-level mentors called Near-Peer Mentors (NPMs), via web-based educational modules.

Surveys will be sent out on May 15th, 2020 to all participants that have registered.
Continuing the tradition of GEMS, e-GEMS will offer an exciting platform to engage in hands-on STEM activities designed to stimulate inquiry-based thinking, scientific skills, and interest in STEM careers. Classes will include the choice of either CSI or Learn Play Code for all grade levels.

  • Crime Scene Investigators (CSI) will focus on solving a murder mystery by examining evidence and completing labs such as hair and fiber analysis, blood typing, blood splatter analysis, mystery powders, fingerprinting, and a helmet design challenge. All accepted students will be provided with the supplies to complete CSI during a curbside pick-up at Hood College before the start of the program.
  • Learn Play Code (LPC) will focus on using the Scratch platform developed by MIT, to code and create interactive stories, games, and animations.

*Students that do not have internet access or the ability to use a mobile device, may a paper lab manual to complete CSI at home.*

We will also be sending out e-mails to all registrants once we have finalized details of e-GEMS.

There is no cost to participate in eGEMS. Upon completion, students are eligible to receive stipend of $125.

Please note: We have not made changes to the application for eGEMS.  If you have registered for GEMS at Fort Detrick you do not have to re-apply.

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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