GAMES 2016: Chemical Engineering

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Sun, 6/19/2016 - Sat, 6/25/2016
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 Chemical Engineering

Cost: $1,000

Eligibility: rising 9th-12th graders

Chemical engineering is a discipline that is organized around producing useful materials by combining ideas from science and mathematics. In most cases, a chemical engineer takes a scientific process or discovery and engineers it so that it can be made on a large scale. This makes the products produced by these processes more affordable. Because chemical engineers make food, clothes, power, medicines, and plastic on a large scale, they are cheaper for all of us! Last year’s camp explored many of the exciting new topics within Chemical engineering, such as:

  • Polymers, Catalysis Reaction, Imaging of Cell Migration, and Bio-transportation, etc.
  • Unit Operations: Distillation/Separations, Extruder, and Bioreactor
  • Refractometer & Refractive index

These topics were covered through lectures, hands-on activities and team projects. Some hands-on activities and projects that campers were involved in included:

  • Imaging of Cell Migration Activity
  • Hydrogel activity
  • Shower gel activity
  • Utilization of Distillation, Extruder and Bioreactor equipment

Campers also went on field trips to further understand concepts within chemical engineering and to witness how these topics apply to the real world. Campers went to:

  • Lyondell Bissell Plant, Tuscola, IL
  • Dow Agro Sciences, Indianapolis, IN

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

Camp Coordinators for Chemical Engineering

Our camp coordinators are Dr. Jerrod A. Henderson and Ricky Greer. Dr. Henderson is a professor in the Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering Department at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His research interests are in Engineering and S.T.E.M. Education. Ricky Greer is the K-12 Outreach Coordinator and lab assistant for the Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering Department at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has a combined 10 years of experience as a program coordinator and a teacher.

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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