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Camp GEMS

Girls in Engineering, Math and Science: A Brilliant Way to Foster Your Daughter’s Love of Math and Science

July 10-13, 2016 at Ohio Northern University

Registration is closed.

Please contact Laurie Laird at l-laird@onu.edu if you have questions.

The fee for our entire four-day camp is $310, which includes all meals, housing, instructional materials, recreational activities and a T-shirt. But we can only take up to 72 girls, so click here to register and reserve your spot.

Applications are accepted on a first-come basis, and fees will be returned if the camp is full. No refunds will be issued after July 1, 2016.

Our 21st camp will be held this year! Camp GEMS truly is a rare find. We’ve designed this one-of-a-kind four-day experience specifically for girls who love math and science, and who will be entering seventh or eighth grade next fall.

On the beautiful campus of Ohio Northern University in Ada, Ohio, your daughter will explore a vast array of exciting worlds – from technology, math, chemistry and computers to civil, electrical and mechanical engineering. She’ll be taught directly by our University professors and other expert faculty members, receiving plenty of personal attention with only 12 students per teacher.

Plus, your daughter will have lots of fun along the way with her own family group and camp counselor (a female ONU student majoring in math, science or engineering). And she’ll be kept busy with exciting recreational activities too, including a movie night, tennis, rollerblading, hiking or swimming with a lifeguard on duty.

Check out our testimonials from previous campers:


“Thank you for inviting me to Camp GEMS. I made a lot of new friends and learned more about things like chemistry, math, computers, civil engineering and technology. I had a really great time!”

“I really enjoyed meeting new people who shared the same interests as me. The classes were also really cool.”

“I loved how the teachers were fun and kept me listening, and how they used their own experiences to help us.”

“I really enjoyed my group of girls and my counselor. I also liked the hands-on engineering classes the best!”

“I liked the technology aspect the best, because we got to move robots around, and that was a lot of fun.”

“What did I like best about camp? The counselors, the food, making new friends, meeting new people, technology, soldering and swimming!”

We’re happy to answer your questions. Just contact Laurie Laird, camp director, at l-laird@onu.edu or 419-772-2421.

More important information

A brochure about camp can be accessed at the bottom of this page.

Wondering what to pack? This handy checklist should help.

Camp GEMS is conveniently located. Get directions here.

All in a day’s learning. See a sample daily schedule of activities from past camps.

Medical insurance: Campers are expected to provide their own medical insurance. While a registered nurse is always on call, Ohio Northern University does not assume direct responsibility for the health care of those using University facilities for summer programs. In the event of injury or illness, camp attendees are transported to either Lima Memorial Hospital or St. Rita’s Medical Center in Lima, Ohio, or Bluffton Hospital in Bluffton, Ohio.

Ohio Northern University is not responsible for lost or stolen items. Camp attendees are provided with room keys and are encouraged to use them at all times.

Registration for 2016 Camp GEMS is now closed. Please contact Laurie Laird, l-laird@onu.edu, to express interest.

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College of Engineering

Lori Goldsmith

Executive Administrative Assistant
419-772-2371
l-goldsmith@onu.edu
Biggs 201
525 South Main Street
Ada, Ohio 45810
Monday: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Tuesday: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Wednesday: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Thursday: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed