The U.S. Army this week announced it will enter into a sole source agreement with Hood College, located near Ft. Detrick, Md., under the Gains in the Education of Mathematics and Science (GEMS) program.
GEM is a subordinate element of the United States Army Medical Research and Materiel Command (USAMRMC) and is a program that strives to excite and educate students in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) to meet the long-term national defense needs of the Nation.
The program is based on a multidisciplinary educational curriculum and is focused on age and grade-appropriate hands-on activities in areas such as science, engineering, robotics, mathematics, computational sciences, microbiology, biomedical sciences, chemistry, and biology.
USAMRMC has historically partnered under the GEMS program with Hood College and Frederick County Public Schools (FCPS) to enable young students in middle and high school to participate in various STEM learning experiences at the college or designated Army laboratories during the summer.
GEMS participating Army locations include: Fort Detrick; Walter Reed Army Institute of Research; Aberdeen Proving Ground, Redstone Arsenal; The Engineer Research and Development Center; Army Research Laboratory; Army Aeromedical Research Laboratory; Research Institute of Environmental Medicine at Natick; and the U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research.
Read more about GEMS at the Army Educational Outreach Program website.