GAMES 2016: Computer Science

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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 Computer Science / App Development

Cost: $1,000

Eligibility: rising 9th-12th graders

Have you ever dreamed about designing your own app?  Would you like to design and wear a blinky bracelet or carry a LED-studded purse that flashes in a pattern that you designed and programmed? Are you curious about your digital footprint? Can you tell if a photo has been altered? If so, this is the camp for you!

  • Campers will use App Inventor, an open-source software development tool maintained by MIT, to design and create their own mobile apps for Android phones and tablets.
  • The intersection of art, fashion, and technology will be explored through e-textiles projects.  Campers will write computer code for Lilypad Arduinos and other microcontrollers and then construct their own Wearable Tech accessory, singing critter, or electronic artwork.
  • Investigate topics in digital forensics and some of the complexities related to digital citizenship and creative content.
This year’s camp will include most of these topics and projects, but is subject to change.

Camp Coordinators for Computer Science / App Development

Our camp developers and coordinators are Jana Sebestik and Samantha Lindgren.  Jana Sebestik is the Assistant Director of STEM Curriculum Design in the Office for Mathematics, Science, and Technology Education at the University of Illinois. She coordinates education efforts for the Project for Digital Forensics and for the Trustworthy Cyber Security for the Power Grid project in the College of Engineering and led the development team for the mobile app, Tesla Town.  Samantha Lindgren is the Coordinator of STEM Teacher Development in the Office for Mathematics, Science, and Technology Education.

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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