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 2018-2019 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 Grades 4 & 5
    Environmental – Participants explore environmental science and physical science
  • For Grades 5 & 6
    Battlebots – Participants explore engineering design
    Learn.Play.Code.1 – Participants explore computer science
  • For Grades 6 & 7
    C.S.I. – Participants explore forensics, biology and engineering
  • For Grades 7 & 8
    Intermediate – Participants explore biology, rockets and lab techniques
    Learn.Play.Code.2 – Participants explore computer science and electrical engineering
  • For Grades 9 & 10
    Advanced – Participants explore Biology, Chemistry and Engineering
    Robotics – Participants explore engineering and computer science



You must register online by midnight on March 31st 2018.

More Information

All programs are completely free of charge to students and families. A stipend of $100 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.

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!