2018 Girls’ Adventures in Mathematics, Engineering, and Science (GAMES): Bioengineering
Date:Sun, 6/17/2018 - Sat, 6/23/2018
Event Type:Summer Camp
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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 GAMES Camp website for full listing of all available topics and options.
2018 Bioengineering Camp Track
Bioengineering is all about modeling of systems, design of new technologies and devices for low cost, effective medical care. Bioengineers study and understand how complex biological systems work and how to design and construct medical devices, design better therapeutics, and solve big problems facing society. The intended long-term impact is to enrich the educational experience through technical education that uses a more inclusive, holistic view of social science integration that piques interest in STEM disciplines among underrepresented students, and provides a framework for current issues such as healthcare, health disparities, and sustainability.
Last year’s camp explored many of the exciting new topics within engineering, such as:
- Cell and Tissue Engineering
- Biomechanics and Prosthetics
- Imaging and Sensing
- Therapeutics Engineering
- Computational and Systems Biology
These topics were covered through lectures, hands-on activities and team projects. Some hands-on activities and projects that campers were involved in included:
- Cell culture of mammalian cells
- Trip to Jump Simulation and Education Center in Peoria to see medical devices in action
- Analysis of biomimetic materials
- Building biomedical instrumentation
Guest lecturers, like Prof Brendan Harley and Prof Andrew Smith were also invited to talk about the field and their research. More specifically, how materials can be made to mimic natural materials and how we can use quantum dots detect and treat diseases like Cancer.
This year’s camp will include most of these topics and projects, but is subject to change.
Application & Cost:
- Eligibility: rising 9th-11th graders
- Cost: $1,000
- To apply: Find more information on the Women In Engineering Application webpage or visit Engineering at Illinois Common Application for Summer Camps to find the specific camp application forms
- 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. Therefore, GAMES recommends submitting your full application as soon as possible.
- Applications will be accepted until camps are full. We will announce when the applications become full on our website.
- For those needing financial assistance to attend GAMES camp, please apply early as Women in Engineering has limited financial aid available.