STEM Educational Outreach

The DEVCOM Aviation & Missile Center outreach office conducts and participates in a variety of high-quality educational and community outreach activities and experiences.

  • Community volunteer activities:
  • Girls Science and Engineering Day
  • Readers in the classroom
  • Science fair judging
  • FIRST Lego League Robotics/Boosting Engineering Science and Technology Robotics
  • Cross-cultural awareness programs

Contact: 256-303-4311 or

Gains in the Education of Mathematics and Science

GEMS is an Army Educational Outreach Program that enables students to experience science and engineering in real-world Army laboratory settings. The GEMS program is based on a multidisciplinary educational curriculum and is focused on age-/grade-appropriate hands-on activities in areas including science, technology, engineering, mathematics, computational science, physics, optics, robotics, and chemistry.

Learning modules:

GEMS I - mechanical engineering | math | physics 

GEMS II - chemical engineering | environmental science | electrical engineering | materials engineering | robotics | physics

GEMS III - electrical engineering | additive manufacturing | physics | forensic science | computer engineering | mechanical engineering | materials engineering and fiber science | soft skills   *GEMS III is by invitation only.


Eligibility Information:

Students in grades 7 through 12 are eligible to apply for GEMS. Students who are currently in 12th grade who will graduate before June 1 are not eligible to apply for the GEMS program.

Only students who have successfully completed GEMS I and GEMS II will be invited to participate in GEMS III. If selected, students will complete advanced activities beyond those in GEMS I and GEMS II, in addition to working to solve real-world problems and participating in tours and technical briefings.

Student application period (varies by site)

January - March: Applications due.

April: Applications reviewed; participants selected and notified

June and July: Students participate in GEMS program

Educators - Visit the AEOP GEMS program site to apply to be a summer resource teacher
GEMS application

Engineers and Scientists in the Classroom

AvMC engineers and scientists visit school classrooms to conduct hands-on inquiry and design-based activities tailored to meet a specific STEM learning objective or event theme. Coupled with real-world technologies and career discussions, engineers and scientists put a personal face on STEM professions and help students see why STEM literacy and choosing a STEM profession are important.

Application process: Schools wishing to participate should contact the STEM Outreach office for an application.

STEM Tours

K-16 STEM tours may include 10 to 25 students

Tours of various Aviation & Missile Center facility areas are designed to provide students with a glimpse of the technologies and real-world STEM disciplines employed within AvMC, while providing a valuable learning experience about the working environment of Army laboratories in general.