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GEMS participants are provided with laptop computers to enhance learning

Laptop Computers

"Before GEMS, I had no idea what binary code was or how computers worked. After this week, I understand binary code, I learned what a supercomputer looks like, and I know how to work with ALICE. In addition, I learned that girls can be computer scientists and don't have to be afraid about learning it"

GEMS Student

Past Workshops

Spring 2004 Girls explored Access Grid, Project Interactive, and SQUEAK.

Spring 2005 Girls learned about Logic Gates, SQUEAK, 3-D Graphics Rendering and Open Croquet during a series of four workshops.

Summer 2005 Girls worked with SQUEAK and Open Croquet, Logger Pro, Moodle, AVS, EasyViz and Databridge, ChemViz, and Movie Maker during a weeklong event.

Fall 2006 Girls explored mathematics, Moodle and ALICE.

Spring 2007 Girls explored the universe with digital astronomy.

Summer 2007 Girls continued their exploration of the universe with digital astronomy.

Spring 2008 Girls explored the universe with digital astronomy.

Summer 2008 Girls continued their exploration of the universe with digital astronomy.

Spring 2009 Girls explored the universe with digital astronomy.

Summer 2010 Girls explored the biodiversities of Costa Rica and Urbana Champaign.

Summer 2011 Girls explored computer science through interactive and hands-on activities.

Summer 2012 Girls explored computer science through interactive and hands-on activities.


The GEMS website has been developed by middle and high school participants. GEMS is a program of the National Center for Supercomputing Applications at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Last updated December 22, 2011. All rights reserved. © 2011 Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois.