Worcester Polytechnic Institute

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School Notes Overview:

Founded in Worcester, Mass. in 1865, WPI is one of the nation's earliest technological universities. From our founding days, we've taken a unique approach to technological education......

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School Overview:

County Worcester County, MA
Program Name Gems: Girls in Engineering, Math and Science
Program Type Girls' residential academic program
Student Body Type All-girls
Ages Accepted Age 14 - Age 17
Program Director Dr. Stephanie Blaisdell
Campus Area 88 acres
Founding Year 2002
Application Date 4/30/2019

Strive: Exploring Engineering, Math and Science:

Program Type Coed residential academic program
Student Body Type Coeducational
Ages Accepted Age 14 - Age 17
Application Date 4/30/2019

School Notes:

  • Founded in Worcester, Mass. in 1865, WPI is one of the nation's earliest technological universities. From our founding days, we've taken a unique approach to technological education.
  • GEMS (Girls in Engineering, Math and Science) is a hands-on exploration of engineering, math and science for young women. You will be able to learn more about potential careers in these areas by engaging in labs facilitated by a dedicated team of WPI faculty and students. Although labs change every year to accommodate repeat participants, in the past they have included comparing the quality of water from various sources and testing different techniques for making it potable, building a robot that responds to sound, and learning about the process of making artificial skin.
  • In addition to labs, participants work in teams on a week-long engineering design project. Last year the project involved using a wheelchair to determine what tasks are difficult for a disabled person to accomplish. The teams then each redesigned their chair and presented the results, using CAD drawings, to an audience of their peers.
  • GEMS isn't all work! The evenings are filled with opportunities for you to have fun with your fellow participants, who come from all over the country. Bowling, an art party, a chance to drive a Segway, and karaoke were highlights of last year's evening activities.

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