Gems Computer Science Camp for Girls

Computer Science Summer Day Camps for Middle and High School Girls

Illinois Computer Science will not be offering Gems Camp this summer. The department is currently taking some time to evaluate our many K-12 outreach offerings and how they fit with the other programming in the community. For department programs that are continuing in the fall, please visit:

Join us for an action-packed week of coding, group project work, field trips, problem solving, and social networking with peers. Be inspired to consider computing as a course of future study. Learn and interact with dynamic CS women undergraduate mentors/instructors.

Who should attend?

Middle school girls at Gems Camp 2016. Photo by Priten Vora.Any female students entering grades 6-12 each fall who are interested in computing, programming, or problem solving, and who want to see how computer science applies to medicine, business, entertainment, fashion, and the arts.

What do campers do each day?

New activities are designed each year, but past Gems Camp participants have learned how to program in various computer languages, designed computer games and animations, and made LED bracelets and fashion apparel. Each of the four middle school sessions are unique.

Work in the Thomas M. Siebel Center for Computer Science, one of the finest instructional and research facilities in the country.

Meet and work with like-minded peers who are passionate about learning.

Camp hours are 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. daily for each week.

Can I attend more than one camp?

Gems Camp is quite popular, so we cannot promise that there will be room to accommodate you for more than one camp. When you register, be sure to indicate which camp session is your first choice, so we can do our best to accomodate your request. You may apply for more than one camp and admittance will be done based on availability.

What is the high school Gems Camp like?

New in 2016, the high school camp provides young women with opportunities to engage in advanced, hands-on CS activities like coding, and more.

Participants completing this camp are eligible to volunteer as mentors for the subsequent middle school camps.

How much does it cost to attend?

Nothing. Seriously, campers pay nothing to attend thanks to the generous support of our alumni. However, participants are responsible for their own meals and travel expenses—including daily meter fees if they park on campus. Participants attending from out of town are responsible for finding and paying for their own lodging.

We welcome donations to support the costs of student staffing and supplies during each camp. Please Give Now if you can help.