Girls introduced to environmental engineering at annual camp

6/29/2015 6:26:00 AM

Girls' Adventures with Math, Engineering and Science (G.A.M.E.S.) is an annual camp held at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign which gives high school girls from across the country an opportunity to explore engineering and scientific fields. The camp consists of eight week-long tracks in a variety of disciplines held throughout June and July. This year, the Environmental Engineering and Sustainability (EES) track took place June 21-27, 2015, and was attended by 20 girls entering grades 10-12.

Throughout the week, the campers participated in hands-on activities, demonstrations, presentations and team projects that explored topics like air and water quality, water resources and water footprints, climate change, renewable energy sources, sustainability and visualization of environmental data. In the evenings, the campers took part in fun activities designed to foster friendships and introduce them to student life at the Illinois.

The EES track was co-organized by CEE lecturer and research scientist Sotiria Koloutsou-Vakakis, assistant professor Megan Konar and Colorado School of Mines professor Timothy Strathmann, with the assistance of CEE graduate students Srinidhi Balasubramanian, Nicole Jackson, Tory Boyd, Rishabh Shah, Jeff Wallace, Lexi Sheehan, Moses Leow, Raul Tenorio, Yalin Li, Tianye Sun and Kan Fu.