GEMS I – Academy of Innovation: GEMS I (AoI)  is for students who just completed 6th and 7th grade who attend for one week in at AOI while learning about new discoveries at our local Army laboratory (ERDC). This camp creates a bridge from Camp Invention to the GEMS at ERDC (for 8th-10th graders).   GEMS I at AOI dives into topics such a mechatronics, water quality, scaling and  mapping.

Target Students and Program Goal – Purpose of the program is to increase STEM talent base by offering students in our area the opportunity to learn more about Army engineering and STEM.  Through GEMS I at AOI students gain knowledge about different DoD STEM careers while working on hands on STEM projects. Campers use laboratory procedure and tools, analyze data and draw conclusions while working collaboratively to solve real world problems.

GEMS I & II – ERDC: Students in 8th to 10th grade attend for one week in an Army laboratory to learn science and engineering technical skills.  These students will have opportunities in future years to build upon their prior experience in the GEMS program.

Target Students and Program Goal – Students who might have potential for science and math careers but who need motivation or information to pursue this goal.  Offer these students higher level skills than can be provided in a school setting and allow interactions with mentors in a one-on-one relationship.  Foster the scientific method to make these students serious contenders in science and math competitions, leading to greater chances for scholarships and college success.

About the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) in Vicksburg, MS

The U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) in Vicksburg, MS helps solve the nation’s most challenging problems in civil and military engineering, geospatial sciences, water resources, and environmental sciences for the Army, Department of Defense, civilian agencies, and our Nation’s public good. ERDC’s vision is to become the world’s premier public engineering and environmental sciences research and development organization.

As one of the most diverse engineering and scientific research organizations in the world, ERDC conducts research and development in support of the Soldier, military installations, and the Corps of Engineers’ civil works mission, as well as for other federal agencies, state and municipal authorities, and with U.S. industries through innovative work agreements. ERDC has a staff of approximately 2,500 federal employees and contractors, and an annual research program exceeding $1.6 billion in FY11.

Interested in this program?

If you are interested in this program call Ginny Dickerson at 601-634-4261. We'd love to hear from you!