Recommend your students here. Click here to access the online submission form . If you would like to print out a copy of our flyer for your classroom, a print-ready PDF is also available in both English and Spanish.

Save the Dates!
Summer 2020 GIE has been postponed due to COVID-19. New dates TBD.
Apply Now!
Students! Submit your Application by April 17th, 2020. Click here for the online submission form.

The Girls in Engineering team is committed to the health and safety of our students, mentors, faculty, and staff. We are actively monitoring the situation around COVID-19 (coronavirus). The well-being of all those affiliated with our program is our highest priority. In accordance with state, local, and UC Santa Cruz campus protocols, the in-person Summer 2020 Girls in Engineering program has been postponed. The GIE team is envisioning a new way to deliver the program specifically to schools in Monterey and Santa Cruz counties. We will continue to update the website with further details as they develop. For any questions, please contact girlsinengineering@ucsc.edu

Girls in Engineering  

Designed to spark a lifelong passion and familiarity with technology, this free, fun 5-day camp enables students in the 7th and 8th grade (at the time of application) to create their very own robots, imagine themselves as computer scientists and engineers, and explore the careers and educational opportunities available to them in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields. Although Girls in Engineering is a girl-focused learning environment, any 7th or 8th grade student of any gender who resides in Santa Cruz and Monterey counties can apply.

Young minds will learn to use the Scratch programming environment for creating 2D games and animation, and Lego NXT for building microprocessor-based robots and interactive art pieces. The camp also includes visits to the Baskin School of Engineering Labs and other exciting activities, for example:

  • Building computer games and computer-controlled creations including robots and musical instruments;
  • Animating videos;
  • Touring research labs, from Bioengineering to Robotics;
  • Exploring the UCSC campus and experiencing college life;
  • Learning how to prepare for college;
  • Exploring Engineering careers;
  • Learning about other STEM opportunities available to them such as COSMOS, MESA & science fairs.

No coding experience necessary! Deadline to apply is April 17 2020. 

A free bus will make stops in Salinas, Castroville, Watsonville and, if necessary, Marina.

What: This is a five-day (Monday-Friday) non-residential summer camp for middle-school students currently in 7th or 8th grade.

When: Summer 2020 GIE has been postponed due to COVID-19. New dates TBD.

Cost: Free for all attendees.

Transportation: Free bus transportation will be provided from several stops originating in Salinas with a stop in Castroville and Watsonville. In addition, if there is a need an additional stop will be made in Marina.

Content: The camp introduces students to computer science and engineering through a series of hands-on activities using the Scratch programming environment for creating 2D games and animations, and Lego NXT for building microprocessor based robots and interactive art pieces, among other things. Their week will include visits to several Baskin School of Engineering labs (from Bio-engineering to Digital Games).

Apply: Applications can be submitted online (click the "Application" link near the top of this page) or by printing, completing, and mailing or faxing the paper application (en Español). All applicants will need to have a math or science teacher complete the online teacher recommendation using the "Recommend" link at the top of this page.  All applications must be submitted electronically by April 17 2020

Promote: If you want to help us promote Girls in Engineering, feel free to print out our informational flyer in English and Spanish and share it with someone that might like to apply.

For more information send e-mail to girlsinengineering@gmail.com or call 831 854-7817.

Thank you to our sponsors for their generous support.  

Monterey Peninsula Foundation



Contact Us!

Do you have questions? Check out our FAQ or contact us at:

  • Send an e-mail to girlsinengineering@ucsc.edu 
  • Call 831 854-7817


Spread the Word

Our poster is available for printing in English and Spanish.