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GEMS participants are assisted in using real-world computational tools to study mathematics and science.

Real World Computational Tools

"I loved the animations. I am an artist and this was really cool, like making a story or a movie. I took what was in my mind and made it a reality."

GEMS Student


"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

"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

"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

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.