The GEMS Summer Program in Vicksburg provides students who are going into 7th through 11th grade in 2019 the opportunity to learn more about Army engineering and STEM. Programs are free of charge. If you enjoy hands-on activities and want to learn about science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) subjects and careers, apply to GEMS in Vicksburg!
About the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Engineer Research and Development Center
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.
*Links to the application are at the bottom of the page.
Information for Students
GEMS 1 at the Academy of Innovation (AOI)
GEMS 1, AOI, is for students who are entering 7th and 8th grade in the 2019 school year. Students 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-11th graders). GEMS 1 at AOI dives into topics such a mechatronics, water quality, scaling and mapping.
GEMS 1 at ERDC Headquarters
Students entering 8th to 9th grade in the 2019 school year may attend this one week program in an Army laboratory to learn science and engineering technical skills. GEMS 1 at HQ builds on the experiences the students have at GEMS 1, AOI. Topics include hydrology, chemistry, robotics, and geo sciences.
GEMS 2 at ERDC Headquarters
Students entering 9th to 11th 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.
Information for Volunteers
Near-Peer Mentors work collaboratively with resource teachers, scientists, and engineers to provide instruction and engage students in inquiry-based, hands-on lab activities related to ERDC’s research areas. Applicants must be U.S. citizens. Experience working with students is preferred.
2020 Program Dates
Students will receive a $125 stipend for their participation upon completion of the program.
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!