FAQ

Q: What is Girls in Engineering?
Girls in Engineering is a 5-day non-residential program for middle school girls at UC Santa Cruz designed to broaden interest in computer science and engineering through fun, hands-on projects. The camp hands-on activities include using the Scratch programming environment for creating 2D games and animations, programming Sphero robots using smartphones, and using Lego-NXT for building microprocessor based robots and interactive art pieces, among other things. Their week will include tours of the Baskin School of Engineering labs from Bio-engineering to Digital Games. The program enables girls to imagine themselves as future computer scientists and engineers, and encourages achievement in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields.

Q: When is the program?
Girls in Engineering will be offered twice. Session one will be from TBA.  Session two will be TBA. Both sessions will take place at the UCSC Jack Baskin School of Engineering, with free bus transportation provided from stops in Salinas, Castroville, Watsonville, and locations along the way as necessary. The camp will run from 9am-3pm each day, not including transportation time.

Q: Who is eligible to apply to Girls in Engineering?
Middle school girls in 7th and 8th grades from across Santa Cruz and Monterey Counties with strong mathematics skills are encouraged to apply. Preference will be given to students currently enrolled in Algebra I or gradelevel Common Core math. The deadline to apply is TBA.

Q: How do I apply to Girls in Engineering?
Applications are available online at gie.soe.ucsc.edu. There is also a paper application form available.  Students also need to get one recommendation from a math or science teacher. The completed electronic application, along with the teacher recommendation must be received by TBA. Students can also fax the paper application form to (831) 459-3570.

Q: What is the selection process?
Admission is based on academic achievement in mathematics, a teacher recommendation, and interest and motivation to learn about computer science and engineering as demonstrated in the student’s Statement of Interest in the application. Admission is competitive; 24 students will be accepted into each of the two sessions.

Q: How much does it cost to attend Girls in Engineering?
There is no application fee or cost to attend the program. As indicated above, free bus transportation will be provided from the Salinas/Watsonville area.