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Science Camps for Girls

Our science camps for girls offer 4th-9th grade girls with a passion for science the opportunity to live, learn and make lifelong friends on the campuses of Caltech, MIT, UCLA, Georgetown, UC Berkeley, UC San Diego and Stanford.  

Programs by location: 

MIT & Caltech

At Caltech and MIT, we offer special day-only sessions of our science and engineering camps. These programs feature a convenient 5-day schedule, with classes from approximately 9am to 5pm each day. Please note that while day camp students attend a truncated version of the program of the curriculum offered at the overnight camps.  Beginning and intermediate Majors are offered. (Advanced 8th graders should consider the overnight programs rather than the day camps.)

Science Majors: Each girl will choose a Science Major that will be the focus of her morning or afternoon classes.

4th - 6th Grade Campers
  • Intro to Marine Science: Students will experiment with the physical and chemical properties of water, explore major marine ecosystems and phyla, and dissect a fish!
  • Intro to Engineering: Students will learn the basic principles of physics and design while building bridges, towers, hovercrafts and automobiles that must survive performance trials and unexpected obstacles.
7th - 8th Grade Campers
  • Astronomy:  Students will simulate the big bang theory, study the surface of the sun and measure its diameter, explore light diffraction and build their own water rockets!
  • Marine Biology: Students will investigate animal adaptations in a creative creature project, dissect a fish, learn how temperature and salinity create ocean currents and create an “oil spill” to see how human actions impact the planet.  

Enrichment Activities outside of class give girls an opportunity for informal science learning, as well as leadership and problem-solving training, through workshops, experiments and recreational activities. Students will also attend a mid-program excursion to a local science venue, and meet many new friends. 

UCLA, Georgetown, UC Berkeley, UC San Diego and Stanford

These programs feature a 6 day, 5 night schedule, with activities scheduled from approximately 9am to 5pm each day. Students participate in morning labs, tailored to a science major of their choice, afternoon enrichment activities for informal science learning and recreation, and a wide variety of evening activities and games.  

Introductory Majors

 

Offered only at Stanford for 4th & 5th graders
  • Intro to Marine Science: Students will experiment with the physical and chemical properties of water, explore major marine ecosystems and phyla, and dissect a fish!
  • Intro to Engineering: Students will learn the basic principles of physics and design while building bridges, towers, hovercrafts and automobiles that must survive performance trials and unexpected obstacles. 

Intermediate Majors

Offered at Stanford for 6th & 7th graders and at UC Berkeley and UC San Diego for 5th - 8th graders

  • Marine Biology: Students will investigate animal adaptations in a creative creature project, explore marine phyla, dissect a fish, and create an “oil spill” to see how human actions impact the planet.
  • Astronomy: Students will simulate the big bang theory, study the surface of the sun and measure its diameter, explore light diffraction and build their own water rockets!
8th - 9th Grade 
  • Neuroanatomy (offered at Stanford and Berkeley): In this major, you will learn the anatomy and physiology of various systems in the brain and apply what you know to fictitious neurological patients. Specifically, we will focus on the cerebral cortex, various sub-cortical structures, the visual system, somatosensory system, and the motor system in the brain and spinal cord. The culminating event on Friday will be a case studies test where you will “act” like neurologists to predict where a lesion in the brain or spinal cord is in a person, as well as “acting” like neuroradiologists in order to predict the symptoms and prognosis of patients with particular nervous system lesions. (Co-ed Neuronatomy programs also offered at Georgetown and UCLA)
  • Robotics (offered at Stanford only): Students will explore the emerging science of robot mechanics by building a robot from scratch, remotely control it, experiment with light and pressure sensors, create drive trains for varying terrains and play robotic sports.  
Enrichment Activities in the afternoons and evenings give girls an opportunity for informal science learning, as well as leadership and problem-solving training, through workshops, experiments, guest speakers, and recreational activities. Students will also attend a mid-program excursion to a local science venue.
 
*Activities listed are examples of typical activities and are subject to change. 
 
The Staff at our science camps is made up of a fantastic group of female role models who are teaching and/or studying science and are excited to share their passion with our campers.
 
Available All Girl Science Programs: 
Location Start Date End Date Grades
UC Berkeley Sun, Jun 25, 17 Fri, Jun 30, 17 8th - 9th
UC Berkeley Sun, Jun 25, 17 Fri, Jun 30, 17 5th - 8th
MIT Mon, Jul 31, 17 Fri, Aug 4, 17 4th - 8th
Stanford University Sun, Jul 30, 17 Fri, Aug 4, 17 4th - 5th
Stanford University Sun, Jul 30, 17 Fri, Aug 4, 17 6th - 7th
Stanford University Sun, Jul 30, 17 Fri, Aug 4, 17 8th - 9th
Caltech Mon, Aug 7, 17 Fri, Aug 11, 17 4th - 8th
 
Students should also consider our Co-Ed Science Programs. CLICK HERE for the below sessions!
 
Available Co-Ed sessions: 
Location Start Date End Date Grades
Stanford University Mon, Jul 3, 17 Fri, Jul 7, 17 6th - 8th
Stanford University Sun, Jul 9, 17 Sat, Jul 15, 17 9th - 10th
UC Berkeley Sun, Jul 9, 17 Fri, Jul 14, 17 6th - 8th
UC San Diego Sun, Jul 16, 17 Fri, Jul 21, 17 6th - 8th
Georgetown University Sun, Jul 23, 17 Sat, Jul 29, 17 6th - 8th
Georgetown University Sun, Jul 23, 17 Sat, Jul 29, 17 9th - 10th
UCLA Sun, Jul 23, 17 Fri, Jul 28, 17 6th - 8th
MIT Mon, Jul 31, 17 Fri, Aug 4, 17 9th - 10th
UCLA Sun, Aug 6, 17 Sat, Aug 12, 17 9th - 10th

 


Science Camps for Girls - Staff Profiles

Staff are typically subject matter experts and experienced teachers. Staff assignments vary by program and all staff are held to the highest possible standards. Some of our recent staff members for this program include:

Education Unlimited - Rhonda McCoy, PhD (Camp Director)

Rhonda McCoy, PhD — Camp Director

Dr. Rhonda McCoy obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro, NC.  After graduating from college she accepted a teaching position in Charlotte, NC.  She dedicated herself to teaching chemistry and physics, and strongly believes that “Our Kids are Worth Whatever It Takes”

After...


Education Unlimited - Victoria Obenchain, MS (Instructor)

Victoria Obenchain, MS — Instructor

Vickie Obenchain has been teaching for Education Unlimited for the past 7 summers, teaching at both the Sallie Ride program and also the A+ Middle School program. She has two degrees in Environmental Science, a Bachelors of Science from Elon University in North Carolina, and a Masters from Montclair State University in New Jersey. While she...


Education Unlimited - Macara Nicoll (Camp Counselor)

Macara Nicoll — Camp Counselor

Macara Nicoll is thrilled to be back with Education Unlimited for another season of learning! Macara was a part of Education Unlimited last summer with Sally Ride Science counselor, and A+ Middle School programs. She loves to learn and continues to do so every day. Macara works as a paraeducator during the year, and in the fall, Macara will be...


We will continue to add additional staff members as enrollment and availability dictate. Details are posted on additional staff members as they are confirmed.



Upcoming Sessions
* Tentative and Subject to Change

Session Grade Location Price Range  
Jun 25th - Jun 30th 5th - 8th Berkeley Camp Location: UC Berkeley $1,510.00 – $2,150.00
Jun 25th - Jun 30th 8th - 9th Berkeley Camp Location: UC Berkeley $2,045.00 – $2,600.00
Jul 30th - Aug 4th 4th - 5th Stanford University $1,510.00 – $2,150.00
Jul 30th - Aug 4th 6th - 7th Stanford University $1,510.00 – $2,150.00
Jul 30th - Aug 4th 8th - 9th Stanford University $2,045.00 – $2,705.00
Jul 31st - Aug 4th 4th - 8th Massachusetts Institute of Technology Day Camper: $1,025.00
Aug 7th - Aug 11th 4th - 8th Caltech Day Camper: $1,025.00