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!
Session 1: 7/11/2022 - 7/15/2022
Session 2: 7/25/2022 - 7/29/2022
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Students! Submit your Application Deadline Extended June 30, 2022. 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. Our program is operated in accordance with state, local, and UC Santa Cruz campus protocols. For any questions, please contact girlsine@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.

Girls in Engineering has made it possible for young minds 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 June 30, 2022. 

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 middle-school students currently in 7th or 8th grade.

When: Summer of 2022, July 11th through July 29th.

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 June 30, 2022

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 girlsine@ucsc.edu or call (831) 421-2443. 

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 girlsine@ucsc.edu 
  • Call (831) 421-2443


Spread the Word

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