GAMES 2016: Girls Learning About Materials - GLAM

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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 10th-12th graders



  • 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 Girls Learning About Materials - GLAM

Cost: $1,000

Eligibility: rising 10th-12th graders

Everything is made of materials. From buildings to batteries, clothing to cars, we depend on materials for many things in our everyday life. Materials science and engineering is all about studying the fundamentals of materials and how they behave in different conditions. This information is then used to develop new materials and improve all the materials being used today.

As a camper, you will get to see how varied materials science and engineering really is! We will be exploring topics such as:

  • 3D Printing
  • Shape Memory Alloys
  • Biomaterials
  • Non-Newtonian Fluids
  • Materials Casting
  • Crystallography
  • Polymers—Vacuum Forming
  • Nucleation and Growth
  • The Materials Science of Chocolate
  • And many more!

Camp Coordinators for Girls Learning About Materials - GLAM

GLAM has two coordinators: Kaitlin Tyler and Professor Jessica Krogstad. Kaitlin is currently working on her PhD at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) in Materials Science and Engineering under Professor Paul Braun. She is working on manipulating eutectic material microstructures for optical applications. She completed her BS in Materials Science and Engineering at Michigan State University in 2012. Professor Krogstad received her PhD in Materials at the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2012. Her research focuses on material performance in extreme environments (like gas turbine engines and nuclear reactors). Professor Krogstad joined the Materials Science and Engineering Department at UIUC in the Fall of 2014 as an Assistant Professor, but she’s no stranger, having received her BS from the department in 2007. Fun fact: she worked as a GAMES Counselor when she was an undergraduate at UIUC!

In addition, the laboratories will be coordinated by Nicole Johnson. Nicole is currently working towards a PhD in Materials Science and Engineering at UIUC under Professor Angus Rockett. She is working on analyzing defect properties under illumination in solar materials.

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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