The USAARL GEMS program engages rising 4th through 11th grade students in hands‐on, inquiry‐based experiments and nurtures students’ interest in STEM career fields. USAARL’s GEMS program aims to reach students who are from southeast Alabama and who are historically underserved or underrepresented in STEM.


Since 2011, the USAARL GEMS program has provided STEM education to over 950 students from Fort Rucker, Enterprise, Ozark, Daleville, Dothan, and other local communities. Each year the program has grown in both the modules offered and the number of students who complete the program.


Simple Machines — exploration of basic engineering techniques to build, test, and evaluate simple machines (4th-5th graders)

Forensics — investigation of problem solving, engineering, physics/force of motion, and forensics techniques (6th-7th graders)

Robotics — building and programming robots to maneuver and conquer different tasks using LEGO and VEX engineering and design (8th-9th graders)

Medical — investigation of the physiology of various human organ systems, and exploration of various healthcare professions (10th-11th graders)

Important Dates

March 14, 2019
Student Registration Deadline

April 30, 2019
Waitlist Registration Deadline

June 17-21, 2019
Session 1

June 24-28, 2019
Session 2

July 8-12, 2019
Session 3

July 15-19, 2019
Session 4

More Information

Sessions are Monday through Friday from 8:30 to 3:30.

Recommendation and essay forms can be found at

Interested in this program?

If you are interested in this program email us or call 1-334-255-6907. We'd love to hear from you!