WiSE Girlz Spring Camp 2018

2018 WiSE Girlz Spring Camp events [Gallery]

The WiSE Girlz Science Spring Camp is a program organized by the Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE) at the University of Florida during the Alachua County Spring Break. The program is aimed at female 6th and 7th graders from Alachua County. The girls will be exposed to different science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) subjects through hands-on experiments and discussions organized directly by 5 different departments at UF (a different one each day). Additionally, the girls will meet professional women scientists and administrative college personnel to gain a better understanding of what a career in science entails, and how to pursue science in high school and college. Finally, the girls will have a chance to reflect on their experience each day and build material to present to their community (class, school, group) when they return. This last part is essential and an empowering part of the WiSE Girlz Science Spring Camp as it will help narrow the current gender gap in STEM fields.

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Eligibility: 6th and 7th grade girls attending an Alachua County Public School

Date: Monday, March 26th, 2018 – Friday, March 30th, 2018. From 9:00am – 5:00pm

Application Requirements:

The application package consist of:

Please contact uf.wise@gmail.com to request an application package.

Application Deadline: Applications need to be turned in no later than March 21th,  2018.

Registration Costs and scholarships:

  • It costs $50/student. Parents can pay with cash/check addressed to the Florida Museum of Natural History on the first day of the camp.
  • The registration fee covers lunch, snacks and transportation.
  • Scholarships are offered to students who cannot pay $50. There is a section in the application form where they could provide justification for it.

Camp rules and regulations:

Please read carefully through the WISE Camp Rules and Regulations_2018 document to maximize the fun and to ensure compliance with all policies at all times.

Preliminary 2018 program itinerary with host departments:

  • Monday: Biology Day (Explore Three lakes creek and tour modern shark lab!!)
  • Tuesday: Engineering Day –  Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) & Biomedical Engineering (BME): Explore a brain phantom, see your very own heart activity, modulate your brain activity and look at your cheek cells under the microscope!!)
  • Wednesday: Drone Flying and Bio-mechanics Day (Fly a real drone and wear an exoskeleton!!)
  • Thursday: Technology and Physics Day ( 3D printing activity and tour the Microkelvin lab!!)
  • Friday: Chemistry and Food science Day (make some ice-cream and learn about food research!!)


If you are interested in helping make this an even greater event please visit our Volunteering page.

Previous camps:


Update: Applications for the 2016 camp are going to be closed Friday, March 11 .

If you applied but did not complete all paperwork, you can still submit the Teacher Endorsement form (link below).

We are in the process of sending out notifications to the participants.

2016 WiSE Girlz Camp is March 21-25.

Application form herehttp://goo.gl/forms/iBgVTZiUKk
Teacher Endorsement form herehttp://goo.gl/forms/ngv3ThC2jn
Electronic submissions are preferred.

Studies show that as girls transfer from middle to high school, they can perceive science as ‘uncool’ and subsequently lose interest in scientific careers before reaching college. The camp is aiming at girls from public schools (or other non-fee schools) who are interested in STEM disciplines but would not otherwise have the opportunity to come to campus and meet scientists, hear about their research and do hands-on experiments.

2016 Program Itinerary with host departments:

  • Monday: Astronomy
  • Tuesday: Chemistry
  • Wednesday: Biology (includes field trip)
  • Thursday: Engineering
  • Friday: Computer Science

Contact Judit Ungvari Martin, WiSE External Vice President of Outreach 2015-16, at wisegirlzcamp@gmail.com with any questions.


WiSE external vice-president Dr. Charlotte Germain-Aubrey proposed a WiSE Girlz Spring Science Camp to contradict this notion. She sent a call for help organizing different days in different departments and the response by faculty, staff and students across campus was amazing!!! Sponsored in part by iDigBio and run March 21-25, 2014 for the first time through the Florida Museum of Natural History (FLMNH), the camp welcomed 7 girls and was an explosion of fun activities and discoveries. Monday was engineering day and the girls made slingshots and got a tour of campus, Tuesday was computer science day and they got to make their own video game, Wednesday was chemistry and they got to make some chemical magic, Thursday was astronomy day and the girls built their own telescopes, and then made some volcanic explosions in a short geology workshop. Friday finally was biology day and they went collecting plants in the Ordway-Swisher biological. The girls then have to present what they learned about the STEM disciplines and the career possibilities to their class and school, and become advocates of women in sciences and engineering.

The camp was a success and WiSE has decided to make it an annual event! The 2015 WiSE Girlz Camp was March 23-27, always coinciding with the county public school spring break. We are hoping some of the same volunteers will work with us again, and even more will expand the scope of the camp!

Multimedia coverage from the camp:

WiSE Girlz at Ordway-Swisher Biological Station

WiSE thanks the support of these wonderful organizations for helping make the camp a success!

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