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GAMES 2017: Aerospace Engineering

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Sun, 7/9/2017 - Sat, 7/15/2017
Please note: this event occurred in the past!

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Summer Camp

Participation Details:

  • Fee required
  • Registration/Application required
  • Participation is limited:
    Open to rising 9th - 12th graders (girls)

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  • 217-244-3517

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Description:

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.

GAMES presents an advanced curriculum, uses world-class instructional facilities, and provides an “away from home” experience at one of the best engineering schools in the world.

Enrollment in the program is limited to ensure the quality of the academic experience. GAMES has a selective admissions process based on academic performance, a written essay, and a teacher recommendation.

Visit the Camp Tracks webpage for full listing of available topics and options.

2017 Aerospace Engineering Camp Track

The Aerospace summer camp provides young women with the opportunity to explore aerospace engineering through numerous hands-on projects and demonstrations, including an actual flight in a small airplane. Utilizing individual team activities, participants will investigate various aspects of the discipline comprising flight mechanics, aerodynamics, aerospace structures, orbital mechanics, and propulsion systems and apply them to aircraft and spacecraft design. These topics will help the students answer questions such as:

  • What keeps airplanes in the air during flight?
  • How are composite materials used to improve aircraft efficiency?
  • What is needed to launch people and satellites into space?
  • How do satellites stay in orbit around the earth?

These questions are answered through lectures, hands-on activities, and team projects. Some examples include:

  • Designing and constructing a model rocket
  • Designing and constructing a boost glider
  • An engineering creativity and problem solving activity with a MacGyver theme

Additionally, the campers get to see Aerospace Engineering in practice through laboratory demonstrations and field trips such as:

  • Wind tunnel laboratory
  • Rocket propulsion demonstration
  • Launch exposition at the end of the week for the students to test their own rocket and glider designs

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

Application & Cost:

  • Eligibility: rising 9th-12th graders
  • Cost: $1,000
  • To apply: Visit the GAMES application website
  • Please note: There are eight total GAMES Camp tracks to choose from. However, admissions is done on a first-completed, first-served basis, which means that your camp/topic 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. 
  • Financial aid available for those who qualify.

Application Deadlines

  • April 15, 2017 - Last day to submit applications (although they may be kept open if some camps are not full by this time)
  • May 1, 2017 - Deadline for reserving your spot in the GAMES camp. Registration and non-refundable $50 deposit must be completed.
  • May 31, 2017- Last day to submit full payment.

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