The U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command (DEVCOM) Army Research Laboratory is committed to providing opportunities for K-12 students to engage in science, technology, mathematics and engineering (STEM) activities. These activities and programs are designed to inspire and excite students, and motivate them to pursue STEM higher education and eventual STEM career pathways.

The Army Education Outreach Program (AEOP)

AEOP is managed through a youth science cooperative agreement with Battelle Memorial Institute. Through AEOP, the Army continues its long tradition and strong commitment to the advancement of STEM education and literacy. Leveraging its most valuable assets – world-class scientists and engineers and research facilities – AEOP offers our nation’s youth and teachers a collaborative, cohesive portfolio of opportunities that effectively engage future workforce generations in meaningful, real-world STEM experiences, competitions and paid internships. Visit http://www.usaeop.com for detailed information on all Army sponsored STEM enrichment activities, national competitions, apprenticeships and DOD scholarship and award programs.

AEOP Programs offered through ARL

Gains in the Education of and Mathematics and Science (GEMS)

GEMS is a program that immerses middle and high school students in multi-disciplinary, age appropriate hands-on activities, led by Army scientists, engineers and Soldiers. ARL sponsors several GEMS programs each summer at three geographic locations: Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD, Adelphi Laboratory Center, MD and White Sands Missile Range, NM. Students who successfully participate in GEMS qualify for an educational stipend.

GEMS Near Peer Mentors (NPM)

High school and college students from all STEM fields and education-related majors, are hired to help develop, explain and execute teaching modules in the GEMS program. They are selected for their technical experience, attitude and teaching skills and are responsible to act as role models for GEMS students, promote interest in pursuing higher level science and math classes, and act as resources concerning college life and career pathways. NPMs receive stipends of varying amounts depending on experience, prior research and academic grade.

Science and Engineering Apprentice Program (SEAP)

SEAP matches talented high school students with scientists and engineers in a direct mentor-student relationship that provides students with “hands-on” experience in a professional research setting. At the end of the apprenticeship, students prepare and present final reports based on their experience. SEAP students who successfully complete their apprenticeship are awarded an education stipend.

  • Duration: 8-10 weeks during June through August only
  • Requirements:

High School Apprenticeship Program (HSAP)

HSAP provides rising high school juniors and seniors with a science and engineering research experience alongside university researchers sponsored by the Army Research Office (ARO). The program provides the mechanism to expose new students to research opportunities in the sponsored lab. This commuter program provides a stipend and the student is required to produce an abstract documenting the research they performed during the apprenticeship.

  • Duration: Students may work up to 300 hours total during June through August only.
  • Requirements:

Junior Solar Sprint Regional Competition (JSS)

JSS is an educational program for 5th through 8th grade students with the goal of creating the fastest, most interesting and best crafted solar-vehicle possible. Using engineering skills and principles of science and math, students in teams of 2-3 each, work together to design, build and race their solar powered cars. ARL hosts a Regional JSS Competition annually in April at Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD. The winning team receives a paid berth to compete in the National JSS Competition as well as paid travel and lodging expenses.