WRAIR's Gains in the Education of Mathematics and Science (GEMS) program offers middle and high school students an exciting platform to engage in hands-on STEM activities that are designed to stimulate inquiry-based thinking, scientific skills, and interest in STEM careers. Rising 7th – 12th graders will have the opportunity to explore STEM -- either in a sophisticated laboratory setting or online -- and learn about STEM careers under the guidance of Near-Peer Mentors (NPMs).
NPMs are typically college undergraduates or HS seniors. Closer in age to our students, NPMs share their STEM interests with the students, guide students in a hands-on exploration of STEM concepts, and develop meaningful connections throughout the week. In addition to a strong understanding of the STEM content, NPMs offer guidance in choosing high school courses, applying to college and scholarships, and adjusting to college-level academics. NPMs receive competitive stipends based on their educational level and experience.
Find out more at https://www.usaeop.com/program/silverspring/.