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GAMES 2016: Girls Building Awesome Machines - GBAM

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Date:

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

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Phone:

  • 217-244-3517

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Description:

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 Building Awesome Machines - GBAM (Mechanical Engineering)

Cost: $1,000

Eligibility: rising 9th-12th graders

Mechanical Engineering is all about building things! Mechanical engineers understand how machines work and how to design and construct new ones to solve challenging problems in the world. This camp will explore many of the exciting new topics in mechanical engineering, such as:

  • constructing wind turbines to harvest clean energy from nature
  • building robots to explore and clean up hazardous waste
  • creating prosthetics to help injured people walk again
  • making water treatment systems that run on sunlight for the developing world

Campers will get hands-on experience building and designing machines that make the world a better place, using all their creativity and problem-solving skills. The camp will also include field trips to on-site labs and nearby research and manufacturing companies.

Camp Coordinators for Girls Building Awesome Machines - GBAM (Mechanical Engineering)

The Mechanical Engineering faculty creators and coordinators are Dr. Elif Ertekin, Dr. Matthew West and Joe Muskin. Dr. Ertekin received her Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley in 2006 and is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering at the University of Illinois. Her research focuses on constructing new materials for devices, with a particular focus on new types of solar cells and other devices for efficient power generation. Dr. West received his Ph.D. from the California Institute of Technology in 2004 and is an Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering at the University of Illinois. He investigates computer simulation techniques for mechanical systems, including unmanned aircraft, and telescope design. Joe Muskin is the Education Coordinator for the Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering. He has extensive experience teaching middle school science and developing inquiry-based science and engineering lessons for all ages. Joe received NSTA’s Distinguished Informal Science Educator Award in 2013 for his outstanding work bringing 3D printing to students across the country. (Adapted from UIUC’s I-RISE website).

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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