The GEMS Summer program at U.S. Army Simulation and Training Technology Center (STTC) in Orlando, Florida, captures rising 5th-8th grade students’ attention with modeling, simulation, entertainment, gaming, medical, and space technologies. Programs are free of charge. If you have ever played a single or multi-player video game, or observer style strategy game, been in a simulator, seen a hologram, or experienced individuals or teams interacting with robots, then you have a sense of the type of work we do. By employing entertainment principles to physically, mentally, and emotionally immerse Warfighters for the serious job of training by making technology more user-friendly, engaging, and effective. This important work has the potential to save the military time, money, and lives. Together with our partners, this summer camp is for rising 5th to rising 8th graders who will work closely with scientists, engineers, and near-peer-mentors. If you enjoy hands-on activities and want to learn about science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) subjects and careers, apply to GEMS Orlando!

*NOTE: Each student is paid a stipend of $125. There will be no stipends for students who participate in GEMS virtually in summer 2022.

Our Partners

GEMS Orlando is provided in cooperation with the Navy Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division (NAWC-TSD), in collaboration with:

  • Hagerty High School’s Modeling and Simulation (M&S) Special Emphasis Program
  • MS&T Industry
  • National Center for Simulation
  • The Veterans Administration (VA) Simulation Learning Center (SimLearn)
  • University of Central Florida ROTC

For New Students, Rising 6th through 8th

Together with our partners, NASA, VA, and Universal Studios, we invite you to join us for a week of Elite GEMS. Middle school students will work closely with scientists, engineers, and near-peer mentors to engage in hands-on modules and activities. Students should be able to work well with other students and mentors.

For Returning Students

Together with our partners, we invite you back to join us for a week of Elite GEMS. Middle school students will once again meet their friends and work closely with scientists, engineers, and near-peer mentors to engage in hands-on modules and activities. Students should be able to work well with other students and mentors.

Important Dates

May 10, 2022
Student and Staff Applications Closed

June 13-17, 2022
GEMS for New Students

June 20-24, 2022
GEMS for New Students

July 11-15, 2022
GEMS for Returning Students

July 18-22, 2022
GEMS for Returning Students

Interested in This Program?

If you are interested in this program email us or call 1-800-807-9852. We'd love to hear from you!

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