Teacher reccomendations are not required for GIE Summer 2024. 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!
Session 1: July 8-12, 2024
Session 2: July 15-19, 2024
Session 3: July 22-26, 2024
ALL GIE 2024 Participants Invited: August 5 field trip to Google to meet REAL Girls In Engineering!
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Girls in Engineering  

Designed to spark a lifelong passion and familiarity with technology, this free, fun 5-day camp enables middle school students 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. Girls in Engineering is a girl-focused learning environment. Middle School female/identified students in Santa Cruz and Monterey Counties (Middle School = 6th/rising 7th; 7th/rising 8th; 8th/rising 9th graders) are eligible to apply. 


Girls in Engineering has made it possible for young minds to learn the Scratch programming environment for creating 2D games and animation, and VEX IQ 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! 

Free transportation will be available to the University of California, Santa Cruz.

What: This is a five-day (Monday-Friday) non-residential summer camp for female/identified middle school students in Santa Cruz and Monterey Counties.

When: Summer of 2024:

Session 1: July 8-12, 2024

Session 2: July 15-19, 2024

Session 3: July 22-26, 2024

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. The specific bus stop locations and times will made public to all attending students prior to the program start date. 

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 VEX IQ 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 it (to address listed on application) or emailing the paper application (en Español) to 'girlsine@ucsc.edu'. 
Teacher reccommendations are not required for GIE Summer 2024.

Deadline: Sign-ups are accepted on a rolling basis until all spots are filled. Contact Kyle Neeley at kyneeley@ucsc.edu with any questions about availability. 

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, email girlsine@ucsc.edu. 

Thank you to our sponsors for their generous support.  

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Contact Us!

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

  • Send an e-mail to girlsine@ucsc.edu 


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A print-ready PDF is also available in both English and Spanish for you to share with your friends and family.