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 underrepresented in STEM.

*NOTE: There will be no stipends for students who participate in GEMS virtually in summer 2022.


Since 2011, the USAARL GEMS program has provided STEM education to over 1,000 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

Forensics — investigation of problem solving, engineering, physics/force of motion, and forensics techniques

Robotics — building, coding, and programming robots to maneuver and conquer different tasks

Medical — investigation of the physiology of various human organ systems, and exploration of various healthcare professions

Important Dates

January 10, 2022
Student Application opens

March 14, 2022
Student Application closes

March 15, 2022
Student Waitlist opens

April 15, 2022
Student Waitlist closes

June 13-17, 2022
GEMS Session 1

June 21-24, 2022*
GEMS Session 2 *taking into consideration the Juneteenth Federal holiday on Monday, June 20, 2022

June 27-July 1, 2022
GEMS Session 3

July 11-15, 2022
GEMS Session 4

More Information

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

Recommendation and essay forms can be found here.

Information for Resource Teachers

Take your teaching out of the classroom and into the lab!

GEMS is looking for RESOURCE TEACHERS. Spend your summer introducing the excitement of STEM to a new generation of innovators.

GEMS and Educators

GEMS relies on local teachers to work alongside U.S. Army research scientists to provide inquiry-based, hands-on lab experiments and activities. The goal is to interest young people in STEM careers early enough that they have the time to prepare for their academic futures.

GEMS Resource Teachers receive a stipend based on experience and education level.


  • If you have a teaching certificate or degree in a STEM subject,
  • If you want to introduce students to hands-on experiments and learning,
  • And if you have the desire to guide students typically underrepresented in STEM, this program is for you!

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Resource Teacher Application

Important Dates

Resource Teacher and Near-Peer Mentor Application

December 15, 2021
Resource Teacher and Near-Peer Mentor Application closes

December 16, 2021
Resource Teacher and Near-Peer Mentor Waitlist opens

February 15, 2022
Resource Teacher and Near-Peer Mentor Waitlist closes

Interested in This Program?

If you are interested in this program email us or call 1-334-255-6907 or 1-334-255-6920. We'd love to hear from you!