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GEMS provides class sizes small enough for one-to-one teacher-student interaction yet large enough for plenty of new friendships to form.

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"GEMS has opened up a new world for me. Learning and seeing basic programming has been really fun and that has made me become a lot more excited by computer science."

GEMS Student

Click here to apply for GEMS 2015!

Wearable Computing
    Session 1: June 15-19, 2015, 9a-4p, OR
    Session 2: June 22-26, 2015, 9a-4p
Computing and the Arts
    Session 1: July 6-10, 2015, 9a-4p, OR
    Session 2: July 13-17, 2015, 9a-4p
Game Design
    Session 1: July 20-24, 2015, 9a-4p, OR
    Session 2: July 27-31, 2015, 9a-4p

We are happy to announce our slate of camps for GEMS 2015! GEMS is a free day camp, held in the Siebel Center for Computer Science at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. All girls entering or leaving 7th grade are welcome to apply.

This year we are offering THREE different one-week camps: Wearable Computing, Computing and the Arts, and Game Design. Each workshop will focus on an exciting application area of computing, and will contain activities that integrate that application area with computation.

For more information: Read the article about the 2012 GEMS program. View curriculum and materials from the week. Vist the Frequently Asked Questions page for more information.

The GEMS 2013 program was a recipient of the National Center for Women & Information Technology's Aspire IT award for middle school outreach.

The Girls Engaged in Math and Science program at the University of Illinois' Siebel Center for Computer Science targets middle school girls in east- Central Illinois and is one of the few sustained outreach programs that has been successfully implemented since 1994. It is intended to encourage girls to consider STEM careers, to gain confidence in using authentic computer tools for math and science, to increase their higher level thinking skills, and to encourage them to take advanced level mathematics and science courses in high school and college.

Over the years, GEMS content covered a wide range of topics and skill development, including, but not limited to, astronomy, mathematics, and biodiversity, and 3-D graphic rendering, and have used a number of computational resources, such as SQUEAK, Sloan Digital Sky Survey, Biology Student Workbench, NetLogo, and more. In the past, GEMS participants have also been Beta testers for software such as OpenCroquet.

The GEMS website has been developed by middle and high school participants. GEMS is a program of the Computer Science Department at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Contact the webmaster with questions regarding this page. Last updated December 22, 2011. All rights reserved. © 2011 Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois.