The U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command (CCDC) / Yuma Proving Ground (YPG) GEMS program is a joint effort lead by RDECOM and executed by the U.S. Army Test and Evaluation Command (ATEC), YPG.

Rising 6th-8th graders will engage in hands-on activities while applying scientific methods as they conduct their labs and see the real world application. Module topics will include, but are not limited to, rockets, army basic automotive performance testing, physics, robotics, environmental testing, bacterial health hazards, and projectile testing. Learn more about the GEMS program and find additional locations here.

About the Yuma Proving Ground

Yuma Proving Ground is a United States Army facility which is one of the largest military installations in the world. It is located near the Arizona-California border, adjacent to the Colorado River, approximately 24 miles north of the city of Yuma (pop 87,000). YPG conducts tests on medium and long range artillery, aircraft target acquisition equipment and armament, armored and wheeled vehicles, a variety of munitions, and personnel and supply parachute systems and is the Army’s center for desert natural environment testing as well as the management of cold weather and tropic testing. It is here that America’s ground combat equipment proves it has the right equipment to win our nation’s battles. Yuma employs many engineers, scientists, physicists and military personnel to accomplish their missions.  These same employees coordinate and conduct our GEMS programs.

Information for Volunteers

GEMS is looking for NEAR PEER MENTORS! Local college students spend your summer mentoring the next generation of innovators.

GEMS relies on local college 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, this program is for you!

Important Dates

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Application Timeline

Interested in this program?

If you are interested in this program email us or call 1-928-328-7740. We'd love to hear from you!