GAMES 2016: Aerospace Engineering

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Sun, 7/10/2016 - Sat, 7/16/2016
Please note: this event occurred in the past!

Event Type:

Summer Camp

Participation Details:

  • Fee required
  • Registration/Application required
  • Participation is limited:
    Open to rising 9th - 12th graders (girls)



  • 217-244-3517


Parent Program(s):




2016 Girls' Adventures in Mathematics, Engineering, and Science (GAMES)

Girls’ Adventures in Mathematics, Engineering, and Science (GAMES) is an annual week long camp, designed to give academically talented high school girls (rising 9th-12th graders) an opportunity to explore exciting engineering and scientific fields through demonstrations, classroom presentations, hands-on activities, and contacts with women in these technical fields.

There are eight tracks to choose from for GAMES 2016. However, admissions is done on a first-completed, first-served basis, which means that your camp of choice may be full at the time of your application’s consideration. If this happens, you will be placed on a waiting list for your first choice camp, and will be admitted to your second or third choice of camp, space permitting. Please note that there is financial aid available for those who qualify.

2016 Aerospace Engineering

Cost: $1,000

Eligibility: rising 9th-12th graders

The Aerospace summer camp provides young women with the opportunity to explore aerospace engineering through numerous hands-on projects and demonstrations, including an actual flight in a small airplane. Utilizing individual team activities, participants will investigate various aspects of the discipline comprising flight mechanics, aerodynamics, aerospace structures, orbital mechanics, and propulsion systems and apply them to aircraft and spacecraft design. These topics will help the students answer questions such as:

  • What keeps airplanes in the air during flight?
  • How are composite materials used to improve aircraft efficiency?
  • What is needed to launch people and satellites into space?
  • How do satellites stay in orbit around the earth?

These questions are answered through lectures, hands-on activities, and team projects. Some examples include:

  • Designing and constructing a model rocket
  • Designing and constructing a boost glider
  • An engineering creativity and problem solving activity with a MacGyver theme

Additionally, the campers get to see Aerospace Engineering in practice through laboratory demonstrations and field trips such as:

  • Wind tunnel laboratory
  • Rocket propulsion demonstration
  • Launch exposition at the end of the week for the students to test their own rocket and glider designs
  • Trip to the local airport for an actual flight in a small airplane!

This year’s camp will include most of these topics and projects but is subject to change.

Camp Coordinators for Aerospace Engineering

The camp coordinator for Aerospace Engineering is Dr. Brian Woodard. He earned an Aerospace Engineering PhD from the University of Illinois studying high-energy chemical lasers. He currently works as the Undergraduate Program Director for the Department of Aerospace Engineering and his research is in applied aerodynamics with a focus on aircraft icing. Dr. Woodard is assisted by Laura Richardson who is a graduate student in Aerospace Engineering studying the dynamics of small, Earth-orbiting satellites.

How to Apply:

  • Visit the GAMES application website
  • Admissions are done on a first-completed, first-served basis. There is a chance that your first choice camp may be full at the time of your application's consideration. If this happens, you will be placed on a waiting list for your first choice camp, and will be considered for your second or third choice camp. Therefore, we recommend submitting your full application as soon as possible.
  • Please keep in mind that ALL your application materials (including your teacher recommendation) must be submitted in order for your application to be reviewed.
  • Applications will be accepted until April 15th, or until camps are full.
  • For those needing financial assistance to attend GAMES camp, please apply early as Women in Engineering has limited financial aid available.

Full listing of 2016 GAMES Tracks Offered

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Bioengineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Computer Science-App Development
  • Environmental Engineering and Sustainability
  • Girls Learning Electrical Engineering - GLEE
  • Girls Learning About Materials - GLAM
  • Girls Building Awesome Machines - GBAM

Visit the GAMES Camp Tracks webpage for more details on these tracks.

States Impacted:

University of Illinois
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