2018 Girls’ Adventures in Mathematics, Engineering, and Science (GAMES): Aerospace Engineering
Date:Sun, 7/8/2018 - Sat, 7/14/2018
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 Aerospace Engineering Camp Track
From tiny airplanes delivering packages to sending humans to Mars, today is an exciting time for everything related to Aerospace Engineering! The Aerospace GAMES camp provides young women with the opportunity to explore aerospace engineering through numerous hands-on projects and demonstrations, including a field trip to the local airport. Utilizing individual and team activities, participants will investigate various aspects of this 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 a 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?
Additionally, each camper will design and build a model boost glider and a model payload rocket throughout the week. As the camp finale, all of the participants will launch their models and observe which designs performed the best.
The Aerospace Engineering faculty coordinator for the camp is Dr. Brian Woodard who serves as the Director of Undergraduate Programs in Aerospace Engineering. He organizes several summer outreach programs and developed the curriculum for the Aerospace GAMES camp. Dr. Woodard earned his Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Illinois where he studied high-energy chemical lasers. His current research interests include engineering education and aircraft icing aerodynamics.
Application & Cost:
- Eligibility: rising 9th-12th 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.