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Science Camps for Girls

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The Science Camps for Girls was originally founded in cooperation with Dr. Sally Ride, first American woman in space, as Sally Ride Science Camps for Girls.  The mission was to inspire a love of science in young girls.  In 2015, after the passing of Dr. Ride, it was renamed the Science Camp for Girls.  We have continued to maintain Dr. Ride's passion for growing the number of young girls and women entering the science fields.  Whether your young scientist is showing the beginnings of interest in science or she is brimming with excitment at the idea of a science camp, we have the right program for her.  Our curriculums aim to enfuse summer fun with scientic exploration in a warm and supportive atmosphere that challenges girls to think critically about the world in which they live.  Through hands on expirements and daily labs, students will learn to ask the questions that matter.  Lead  by strong female role-models, they will learn the process of scientific exploration. 

The Science Camp for Girls offers female budding scientists the following 6 majors from which to choose: 

Grades 4 - 6: 

Grades 6 - 8: 

Grades 8 - 9: 

Science Camps for Girls - 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 - Jennifer Brakeman, PhD (Instructor)

Jennifer Brakeman, PhD — Instructor

Dr. Brakeman holds a Ph.D., in Neuroscience from Johns Hopkins University. She has been one of the most beloved teachers at the prestigious Head Royce school since 1997.  While at Head-Royce, Dr. Brakeman has...

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 - Erica Ho (Neuroanatomy Instructor)

Erica Ho — Neuroanatomy Instructor

Erica is a PhD student in Clinical Psychology at Yale University, and her research focuses on the systems neuroscience of social behavior. After receiving her BA in psychology from Cornell University in 2013, Erica spent three years as a full-time research assistant and later research coordinator at the Child Mind Institute's Center for the...

Education Unlimited - Prapti Koirala (Counselor)

Prapti Koirala — Counselor

Prapti is a rising Junior at Wellesley College majoring in Biology/...

Education Unlimited - Olympia Miranda (Counselor)

Olympia Miranda — Counselor

Hi, my name is Olympia Miranda. I have just completed my third year at...

Education Unlimited - Annie Nguyen (Instructor)

Annie Nguyen — Instructor

Annie T. Nguyen is a graduate of UC San Diego. In 2011 she obtained her Bachelor of Science in Ecology, Behavior, and Evolution, with minors in Science Education and History. She is also an alumna of Phi Sigma Rho, a national Greek organization for women in science and engineering. While an undergraduate, Annie worked with various campus...

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...

Education Unlimited - Lauren Patrick (Neuroanatomy Instructor)

Lauren Patrick — Neuroanatomy Instructor

Lauren is currently a PhD student at Yale University in the Neuroscience area of Psychology. Prior to this she gained a strong foundation in neuroscience during her undergraduate degree at Washington University in St Louis.

She has spent the past five years working in a variety of cognitive neuroscience labs at Washington University, Duke...

Education Unlimited - Oishee Shemontee (Instructor & Counselor)

Oishee Shemontee — Instructor & Counselor

An avid fan of all things science and science fiction, Oishee Shemontee decided to pursue both her twin loves of science and literature by obtaining a Bachelors of Science in Biology, as well as a minor in English, from the University of California, Irvine. She was part of a research team at the University of Texas Medical Branch, and...

Education Unlimited - Gladys Velez Caicedo (Astrophysics and Robotics Instructor)

Gladys Velez Caicedo — Astrophysics and Robotics Instructor

Gladys Velez Caicedo is a technical instructor in the Department of Physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).  A graduate of Columbia University in New York City, Gladys holds a Bachelor of Science degree in astronomy & physics.  Gladys has conducted high energy particle astrophysics at various labs around the world, such as...

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 Camps

Anatomy/Physiology - Gr. 4-6

If you have a budding physician on your hands who’s idea of fun may involve the dissection of a cow’s eye, look no further!

The new anatomy & physio...

Astronomy - Gr 6-8

In Astronomy, students will explore our solar system and ...

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 propert...

Marine Science - Gr 6-8

Marine Science: Marine Science students will "dive" headfirst into one of the world’s least-explored places – the ocean!  In this camp, we will take a multi-disciplinary approach to learning and incorporate studies in chemistry, oceanography, ecology, and marine biology to learn about Earth's ...

Neuroanatomy - Gr 8-9

In this course, students will learn the anatomy and physiology of various systems in the brain and apply what they 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 students will &ldquo...

Robotics - Gr 7-9


In this course, students will explore the emerging science of robot mechanics as they build an...