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GEMS participants walking to visit the Blue Waters facility.

Blue Waters

"Before coming to GEMS, I did not know that supercomputers can do 400,000,000 calculations per second. I was also surprised to learn that the very first supercomputers were about as powerful as a modern day laptop. I also didn't know that scientists use words like 'megaflop,' 'gigaflop,' 'teraflop,' and 'petaflop.'"
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.