Who is eligible to attend GAMES?
Girls who are entering 9th through 12 grades in Fall 2019 (those graduating during 2020-2023) are eligible to apply for the over-night camps. Girls who are entering 7th and 8th grades in Fall 2019 are eligible for the Mid-GLAM day-camp. Specifically for this camp, it is best if you are local to campus due to it only being a day-camp. Applicants should have demonstrated an interest in math and science through academic achievements and a strong commitment to developing their abilities in math and science. Some camps may have pre-requisite courses; please check the pre-requisites for your camp of interest in the detailed section of each track option.
Where is GAMES held?
All GAMES camps take place on the University of Illinois college campus in Urbana-Champaign. Campers will stay with live-in female camp counselors in certified-private student housing on the university campus. Most projects and demonstrations will be conducted in University of Illinois campus buildings, though some camps include field trips to off-site locations. Many evening activities take place on the UIUC campus, though some may be held in other locations in Urbana-Champaign nearby campus.
When is GAMES?
GAMES Camp is during the months of June and July, for one week only. Please look on the original information page for the specific camp dates.
How much is GAMES?
Tuition for the GAMES overnight camps is $1,000 for each track. The total camp costs cover tuition, housing in a University Residence Hall, meals, snacks, classes, lab materials, field trips, evening activities, and of course, a camp t-shirt.
Financial aid scholarships are also available for those who qualify.
The GLAM-middle school day-camp is free for those participating. We do not provide housing for these campers.
What happens during GAMES?
Campers spend the week of camp working on a science or engineering team project, learning about various engineering and science disciplines. Campers participate in exciting hands-on demonstrations while working with other young women who share similar interests in math and science.
My daughter does not live in Illinois. Are there other girls from out-of-state? (**This does not apply for the mid-GLAM camp**)
While many of our campers are from Illinois, we are seeing more and more out-of-state campers every year! Last year alone, we had campers from Georgia, New York, Texas, California, and even China and India! The GAMES Administrative Staff will be happy to assist with the logistics of traveling as needed. While you are responsible for getting your daughter to and from Champaign, we will assist in picking her up/dropping her off at the airport or train/bus station if needed. If you would need assistance with arriving to camp, once registered there will be a Travel Form that needs to be completed to guarantee and ensure safe camper arrival.
Will my daughter be safe at GAMES?
At GAMES we keep our staff-to-camper ratios small (typically 1:8). While we want to give your daughter the “college experience”, we aim to ensure that your daughters are in small groups and cared for at all times. That means that your daughter will never be on or off campus without at least one GAMES counselor or staff member.
Is my daughter ready to go to GAMES?
This is a question you must discuss with your daughter. Each teenager is different, and as a parent, you know your daughter best. Please check out www.campparents.org for more information to help guide your decision.
Where is the GAMES Parent Page?
You can find the GAMES Parent Page by going here! It is password protected, you can find the password to the page in your Parent Packet.
Does GAMES receive external support or donations?
Yes! Our program could not run without the generous donations of our corporate and University of Illinois affiliates. Thank you for your continued support!
- Proctor and Gamble
- Abbott Laboratories
- John Deere
- Shell Oil Company
- UIUC- Department of Aerospace Engineering
- UIUC- Department of Bioengineering
- UIUC- Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
- UIUC- Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
- UIUC- Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
- UIUC- Department of Materials Science and Engineering
If you would like to help us continue this great program for girls by donating to GAMES, click here! Thank you!
Extra Unanswered Questions
If you have not found the answer to your specific question or questions regarding GAMES Camp either on this page or any of the other web-pages, please feel free to contact us:
GAMES Camp c/o Women in Engineering
206 Engineering Hall
1308 West Green Street
Urbana, IL 61801
(217) 244-3517; Fax: (217) 244-4974