The GEMS program at United States Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine (USARIEM) and Natick Soldier Systems Center (NSSC) focusses on rising 5th to 9th graders.  The program offers three different curricula (GEMS I, GEMS II, and GEMS III) that is geared for rising 5th-7th graders, rising 6th-8th graders, and rising 7th-9th graders, respectively.  The GEMS program is open to the public and is aimed to reach students who are historically underserved or underrepresented in STEM.  GEMS schedule includes learning about neuroscience, biochemistry, biomechanics, and physics.  Sample classes include making bottle rockets and understanding physics, conducting fun physical training to understand biomechanics, and isolating DNA.

GEMS I: Rising Grades 5-7

GEMS II: Rising Grades 6-8

GEMS III: Rising Grades 7-9

Eligibility for Students

All participants must be United States or US Permanent Legal Residents.  All participants are eligible for an educational stipend.  Priority will go to underserved/underrepresented children.

Information for Volunteers

GEMS is looking for Near Peer Mentors.  Local college and high school students, spend your summer mentoring the next generation of innovators.  GEMS relies on local college and high school students to work alongside teachers and Army research scientists to provide inquiry-based, hands-on lab experiments and activities. This is not just a summer work opportunity but a way to give back to your local community.  GEMS Near-Peer Mentors receive a stipend based on experience and education level.

  • If you are 16 years of age or older,
  • If you want to mentor other students with hands-on experiments in Army Laboratories,
  • And if you have the desire to share your passion for STEM with other students, or have an interest in learning more about Army research then this program is for you!

Important Dates

December 1, 2019
Near-Peer Mentor and Resource Teacher Application opens

Mid-January 2020
Near-Peer Mentor and Resource Teacher Application Deadline

Mid-January 2020
Student Application Opens

March 31, 2020
Student Application Closes

July 13-16, 2020
GEMS I

July 20-23, 2020
GEMS I

July 27-30, 2020
GEMS II

Aug 3-6, 2020
GEMS II

Aug 10-13, 2020
GEMS III

Aug 17-20, 2020
GEMS III

Our Partners

GEMS Natick is provided in cooperation with the USARIEM, United States Army Research Institute for Environmental Medicine in collaboration with:

  • CCDC
  • NSRDEC
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