Materials Science & Engineering Middle School Day Camp

Due to COVID-19, Mid-GLAM camp for 2020 has been cancelled.

Mid-GLAM (Girls Learning About Materials) is an Engineers Aiming for Gender Equity & Representation (EAGER) Camp*

NOTE: This is a week-long day camp with no overnight stay. Participants will be dropped-off and picked-up daily.

“I think the best things about Mid-GLAM are the cool projects, learning about cool science things that relate to this science, the food, and being able to spend time with my friends.” (Camper feedback, 2018)

How do we think about the future? What will our future world be made of?

Campers will have the opportunity to think like a “materials scientist” by studying “stuff”. From the clothes we wear to the batteries that power our phones, all of that “stuff” is made of materials like plastic or metals. A material’s scientist investigates how materials are put together, how they can be used, and how they can be changed or improved.

Through hands-on experiences,

  • explore the materials that run our society,
  • learn how to make them,
  • understand their function and how we can predict the ways they will evolve in the future,
  • investigate how materials are made stronger, cleaner, smarter, more colorful, or lighter.

No special science background is required to participate, just a curious mind that’s ready for fun!

Camp Coordinators:

Cecilia Leal grew up in Portugal in a rural town but her appreciation for learning and science brought her to Sweden, Norway, and finally to the US to pursue an academic career. Cecilia has been a professor of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s Grainger College of Engineering since 2012. She is interested in materials for medicine as well as materials inspired by nature. Cecilia is passionate about fostering a diverse and inclusive scientific community. She likes to spend time with her two kids and husband, hangout with friends, and to ride her bike to work. More about Cecilia’s professional biography can be found here.

Robert Maass grew up in Sweden, but his academic interests has brought him to various location in Europe and also the US prior to accepting the position at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s Grainger College of Engineeringin 2015. His research interests are in the area of metallic materials. He enjoys spending time with his two kids, both of which were born in Urbana-Champaign, and if he has the opportunity, he likes to go for a run or for a row. You can find his professional biography here.

From previous years:


*NOTE: EAGER camps aim to increase the number of women and gender non-binary students pursuing STEM majors and careers. These groups have been traditionally underrepresented in STEM fields, and the absence of their talents is a detriment to the field overall. EAGER camps provide a safe environment to build a community of peers and mentors who empower one another to be confident in their exploration of STEM. All individuals are welcome to apply.