Summer Programs Offered Throughout Harford County

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Summer Programs –

Current 10th and 11th graders see your school counselors for information about SAT Prep.

Summer school information can be found on the school counseling page.

Gains in the Education of Mathematics and Science [GEMS] is an Army-sponsored, summer STEM enrichment program for middle and high school students that takes place in participating Army Research Laboratories. GEMS is driven by the overarching mission: to interest young people, who might not otherwise give serious thought to becoming scientists or engineers, in STEM careers early enough in their education so that they have the time to attain the appropriate academic training. The program is based on a multi-disciplinary educational curriculum, and is focused on age and grade-appropriate hands-on activities, in areas such as science, engineering, mathematics, computational sciences, computational biology, biomedical sciences, chemistry and biology.

The goals of the GEMS program are:

  • Nurture interest and excitement in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) for middle and high school participants.
  • Nurture interest and excitement in STEM for mentor and teacher participants.
  • Implement STEM enrichment experiences that are hands-on, inquiry-based educational modules that enhance in-school learning.
  • Increase participant knowledge in targeted STEM areas and laboratory skills.
  • Outreach to participants inclusive of youth from groups historically underrepresented and underserved in STEM.
  • Encourage participants to pursue secondary and post-secondary education in STEM.
  • Educate participants about careers in STEM fields with a particular focus on STEM careers in Army laboratories.
  • Provide information to participants about opportunities for STEM enrichment through advancing levels of GEMS as well as other AEOP initiatives.

All students who are selected and successfully participate in GEMS qualify for an educational stipend ($100 per week). Participants must be U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent legal residents.


Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD

The Aberdeen Proving Ground (APG) program is a joint/collaborative effort between many different Research & Development and Test & Evaluation organizations on APG, including the US Army Research Laboratory (ARL), the Communications- Electronics Research, Development & Engineering Center (CERDEC), Army Test and Evaluation Command (ATEC), Army Materiel Systems Analysis Activity (AMSAA) and U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Chemical Defense (MRICD) in addition to other on-post collaborators along with collaborators from off-post such as Harford Community College and the Maryland Section of the American Chemical Society.

GEMS I Overview: Students accepted into GEMS I Program will experience a wide range of laboratory practices in the use of biomedical instrumentation and will conduct analysis of biological data. Students will work with scientists and near-peers to cover sessions in topics such as: chromatography, DNA analysis, toxicology, genetics, neuro-anatomy, and microscopy.

GEMS II Overview: Students in the 7th – 10th grade GEMS II Program will experience a wide range of laboratory experiences from synthesis to fabrication to instrumentation/analysis. The 2015 GEMS program has sessions on chemistry, environmental, physics, engineering, computer science, robotics, non-destructive evaluation along with other sessions.

GEMS III Overview: Students in the 10th-12th grade GEMS III sessions will be able to experience a more direct learning into very specific fields. These week long courses usually consist of Computer Science, Power and Energy, and Advanced Robotics and Programming.

GEMS I Jun 22-26; Jul 13-17; Jul 27-31 Rising 5th, 6th & 7th
GEMS II Jun 22-26; Jul 6-10; Jul 20-24; Aug 3-7 Rising 7th, 8th, 9th & 10th
GEMS III – Computer Jul 6-10 Rising 11th, 12th and recent high school graduates
GEMS III – Power & Energy Jul 13-17 Rising 11th, 12th and recent high school graduates


Access application February 1st through March 15th to apply at