2018 Girls’ Adventures in Mathematics, Engineering, and Science (GAMES): Girls Building Awesome Machines (G-BAM)/Mechanical 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 Girls Building Awesome Machines (G-BAM)/Mechanical Engineering Track
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 3D printers to make things quickly
- 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.
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 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).
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.