GAMES 2016: Environmental Engineering and Sustainability

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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 rising10th - 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 Environmental Engineering and Sustainability

Cost: $1,000

Eligibility: rising 10th-12th graders

Environmental Engineering & Sustainability is all about understanding the interactions of humans and other living organisms with the atmospheric, terrestrial and aquatic environments. Such understanding helps Environmental Engineers design sustainable technological solutions to meet critical needs of the humans on Earth, such as, the need for clean air, the need for clean water, and the need for clean and renewable energy sources. Sustainable technological solutions developed by Environmental Engineers are contributing to protection of human health and the environment, so that future generations can enjoy a high quality of life.

Last year’s camp explored many of the exciting new topics within Environmental Engineering, such as:

  • Sustainability and how the environment, culture, society, and economics are all linked
  • Environmental pollutants and the cycles they follow as they move through the air, water and soil
  • Climate change
  • Renewable energy sources and energy efficiency
  • Water resources and clean water technologies
  • Air quality management
These topics were covered through lectures, hands-on activities and team projects. Some hands-on activities and projects that campers were involved in included:
  • Measuring air pollutant emissions generated while making popcorn over a wood stove.
  • Testing effectiveness of emerging nanotechnologies for purifying drinking water.
  • Measuring indicators of water quality and pollution in a local stream using portable sensors and field assay.
  • Measuring and comparison of ammonia emissions from fertilized and unfertilized corn plants.
  • Mapping of environmental data using geographical information systems (GIS) software.
  • Building and testing of wind turbines
  • Measuring the energetic content of renewable biofuels versus non-renewable fuels
  • Measuring electricity generation from solar panels.
  • Testing tidal current turbines under different turbulence conditions.
Campers also went on field trips to further understand concepts within Environmental Engineering and Sustainability and to witness how these topics apply to the real world. Last year, campers went to The Equinox House.
Guest lecturers, like Professors John Abelson, Mark J. Rood, Cassandra Rutherford and Dr. Chris Lehmann were also invited to talk about their field and their research. More specifically, Professor Abelson talked about Sustainability, Professor Rood talked about Air Pollution Control, Professor Rutherford talked about tidal power, and Dr. Lehmann talked about Atmospheric Deposition and its effects on plants, water and soil.
This year’s camp will include most of these topics and projects, but is subject to change.

Camp Coordinators for Environmental Engineering and Sustainability

Our camp faculty are Dr. Sotiria Koloutsou-Vakakis, and Professor Megan Konar of the department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE), with additional help from Adjunct Professor Timothy Strathmann. Dr. Koloutsou-Vakakis’ research interests are in air quality and land – atmosphere interactions. Professor Konar’s interests are in policy aspects of managing water, food, and trade.

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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