Come join us to “Explore Weather, Climate, and the Environment”, as we launch the GEMS Summer Program for 2021 at the Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory (CRREL), Hanover, New Hampshire.  We invite Middle School Students, 7th, and 8th grade, for a week-long scientific exploration and hands-on approach to discover the weather, climate, and the environment in which we all live.

GEMS Goals

The GEMS 1 Camp goal is to demonstrate to early education STEM students how to apply scientific and engineering techniques to answer a myriad of pressing Earth science and climate related questions.  You will learn the concepts of mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, and earth science principals/methods through the process of building an Automated Weather Station, while collecting time-series observational data, and analyzing the data to answer their questions.

About the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory (CRREL)

The U.S. Army Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory (est. February 1, 1961) solves interdisciplinary, strategically important problems for the Corps of Engineers, Army, Department of Defense, and the Nation. CRREL discovers, develops, and delivers advanced and applied science and engineering to complex environments, materials, and processes in all seasons and climates.

One of seven laboratories that are the heart of the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center, CRREL is a national resource focused on solving specific, customer-driven problems and conducting innovative research in five program areas – Civil Works – Engineered Resilient Systems – Environmental Quality & Installations – Geospatial Research & Engineering – Military Engineering. CRREL partners with government agencies (federal, state, and local), academia, and industry to deliver far-reaching national and international impacts.

*NOTE: There will be no stipends for students who participate in GEMS virtually in summer 2021. 

Information for Students

The GEMS 1 Camp is an activity-based, hands-on approach to discovery.  Although this series will be delivered virtually, be prepared to dip into a stream to collect specimens for research, and in building your own wind turbine and microbial fuel cells at home.  All the materials you need will be shipped to your house!

Four modules will be incorporated into the GEMS 1 Camp to provide opportunities to demonstrate scientific and engineering processes through both climate and earth science data collection: (1) Building an Automated Weather Station (AWS) and conducting observations related to the AWS; 2) Energy generation comparison for Automated Weather Station through wind, solar, microbial fuel cells, and methanol fuel cells (3) Learning how to measure water quality with aquatic insects (4) Operation and applications of Ground Penetrating Radar.

Information for Volunteers

Near-Peer Mentors and volunteers work collaboratively with the resource teacher, scientists, and engineers to provide instruction and engage students in inquiry-based, hands-on lab activities related to CRREL’s research areas. Applicants must be U.S. citizens. Experience working with students is preferred.

Important Dates

July 12-16, 2021
GEMS held 09:00 AM – 4:00 PM daily (1-hour lunch break is provided)

Interested in this program?

If you are interested in this program email us or call CRREL Outreach Coordinator at 603-646-4137. We'd love to hear from you!

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