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Intro to Engineering - Gr 4-6

Education Unlimited - Intro to Engineering - Gr 4-6

In Intro to Engineering, students will learn the basic principles of engineering design and use this process to solve a variety of ‘build challenges’, which must survive performance trials and unexpected obstacles along the way!  Students will work collaboratively with one another and our amazing instructors to study the principles of force, energy, mass, and other fundamental properties in Newtonian physics.  Using real world buildings and other edifices as inspiration, campers will start the week by defying gravity to build the tallest “skyscrapers” and strongest bridges.  Then, they will move onto air resistance and density and study how different types of planes, boats, and cars operate, seeking out unique ways to build them all and optimize their designs.

As the week continues, our engineering challenges get even more elaborate!  Campers will be faced with tasks that combine their knowledge of physics with ingenuity and an ability to work together within a budget!  The camp finale will be a demonstration of campers’ final invention, an egg drop – whose team will succeed and get their precious cargo to safety, and who will crack under pressure?

Minors: In addition to the "Major" activities, students participate in “Minor” labs that allow them to gain a breadth of scientific knowledge by exploring different scientific disciplines.  These may include activities such as extracting the DNA of a strawberry or delving into forensic science with blood type analysis. 

Enrichment Activities in the afternoons and evenings give campers the 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.

  • Day and Overnight Camp Options are available at Stanford. Students attend Sunday through Friday. 

  • Only a Day Camp option is available at MIT and Caltech.  Students attend 9am to 5pm, Monday through Friday with lunch included daily. 

Use the Apply Now link

On page 3 of the application, select the following:

Camp Category: Science Camp for Girls

Camp Name: Intro to Engineering

  • Rising 6-8 grade students should also consider the Co-ed Robotics and Astronomy programs offered at Stanford, UC Berkeley and UCLA.

  • Rising 4-6 grade female students should also consider the Science Camp For Girls Anatomy/Physiology program offered at Stanford, Caltech and MIT.

  • Rising 6-8 grade female students should also consider the Science Camp For Girls Astronomy and Marine Science programs offered at Stanford and UC Berkeley.


Intro to Engineering - Gr 4-6 - Staff Profiles

Education Unlimited believes in small-group, immersive learning with subject matter experts and experienced teachers. We strive to provide industry-leading instruction to all of our students and hold all staff to the highest possible standards. Staff assignments vary by program and location. Some of our recent staff members for this program include:

Education Unlimited - Rhonda McCoy, PhD (Camp Director)

Rhonda McCoy, PhD — Camp Director


Education Unlimited - Taylor Halsey (Instructor)

Taylor Halsey — Instructor

Taylor Halsey is a Graduate Teaching Associate at Cal Poly Pomona where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Biotechnology and a minor in Chemistry.  She will complete her graduate degree in Biological and...


Education Unlimited - Victoria Obenchain, MS (Instructor)

Victoria Obenchain, MS — Instructor

Vickie Obenchain has been teaching for Education Unlimited for the past 8 summers, teaching at both the Science Camp for Girls program and also the A+ Middle School program. She has two degrees in...


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  
Jul 9th - Jul 13th 4th - 6th Caltech Day: $1,065.00
Jul 29th - Aug 3rd 4th - 5th Stanford University $1,570.00 – $2,235.00
Jul 30th - Aug 3rd 4th - 6th MIT Day: $1,065.00