What are the different GEMS levels offered at WRAIR?
In an effort to improve our program we have made many changes to our programs and curriculums. We have redesigned the curriculum to focus on an interdisciplinary approach that forms a full circle understanding of a given topic. Our students will study topics from a perspective of biology, chemistry, engineering, physics and its application to everyday life. All of our programs reflect influences from this comprehensive learning approach. We now offer various levels for a total of six different programs.
Designed for rising 7th and 8th graders, this one week course covers basic concepts in physics, chemistry, mathematics and biology through hands-on, inquiry based experiments. It is an introductory level intended to provide a broad coverage of STEM academia.
Intermediate Engineering GEMS:
A course for rising 9th and 10th graders that focuses on design, prototyping, and analysis principles of engineering. Students work in teams to create solutions to real-world problems. Students are exposed to more rigorous mathematics and physics and work with the near-peers to achieve the goals of the projects. Students are also expected to present their work, introducing them to professional communication and building leadership skills.
Intermediate Bio-medical GEMS:
A course for rising 9th and 10th graders that exposes students to current research methods in the biomedical field. The course covers important principles in biology and chemistry and covers topics such as DNA extraction, bacterial sampling and dissection.
This course is the most rigorous GEMS program. It provides an in-depth study of life sciences and biomedical engineering. The program is designed for rising 11th and 12th graders. The program's length allows for longer projects that reinforce research techniques and advance concepts of working in a laboratory.