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Science Camps for Girls

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The Science Camp for Girls is the flagship week for science at Education Unlimited, held at Stanford University from 7/28/2019 to 8/2/2019. The Science Camps for Girls was originally founded in cooperation with Dr. Sally Ride, the first American woman in space, as Sally Ride Science Camps for Girls.  The mission was to inspire a love of science in young girls.  In 2015, after the passing of Dr. Ride, it was renamed the Science Camp for Girls.  We have continued to maintain Dr. Ride's passion for growing the number of young girls and women entering the science fields.  Whether your young scientist is showing the beginnings of interest in science or she is brimming with excitement at the idea of a science camp, we have the right program for her.  Our curriculums aim to infuse summer fun with scientific exploration in a warm and supportive atmosphere that challenges girls to think critically about the world in which they live.  Through hands-on experiments and daily labs, students will learn to ask the questions that matter.  Led by strong female role-models, they will learn the process of scientific exploration. 

The Science Camp for Girls offers female budding scientists the following 7 majors from which to choose: 

Grades 4 - 6: 

Grades 6 - 8: 

Grades 8 - 9: 

Science Camps for Girls - Staff Profiles

Education Unlimited believes in small-group, immersive learning with subject matter experts and experienced teachers. We strive to provide industry-leading instruction to all of our students and hold all staff to the highest possible standards. Staff assignments vary by program and location. Some of our recent staff members for this program include:

Education Unlimited - Rhonda McCoy, PhD (Camp Director)

Rhonda McCoy, PhD — Camp Director

Education Unlimited - Jennifer Brakeman, PhD (Instructor)

Jennifer Brakeman, PhD — Instructor

Dr. Brakeman is a dedicated high school science teacher who holds a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Johns Hopkins University. For more than 20 years, she has been one of the most beloved teachers at the prestigious...

Education Unlimited - Nadia Hallaj (Counselor)

Nadia Hallaj — Counselor

Nadia Hallaj is a recent graduate from Tufts University in Boston, MA, where she received her Bachelor of Science degree in biomedical engineering.  She has her sights set on work in a biomedical engineering lab before going back to graduate school to study pharmaceutical technology. During her time at Tufts, Nadia worked for a pharmaceutical...

Education Unlimited - Taylor Halsey, MS (Instructor)

Taylor Halsey, MS — Instructor

Taylor Halsey is a Graduate Teaching Associate at Cal Poly Pomona where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Biotechnology and a minor in Chemistry.  She received her Master’s Degree in Biological and...

Education Unlimited - Erica Ho (Neuroanatomy Instructor)

Erica Ho — Neuroanatomy Instructor

Erica is a PhD student in Clinical Psychology at Yale University, and her research focuses on the systems neuroscience of social behavior. After receiving her BA in psychology from Cornell University in 2013, Erica spent three years as a full-time research assistant and later research coordinator at the Child Mind Institute's Center for the...

Education Unlimited - Tia Martineau (Instructor)

Tia Martineau — Instructor

Tia Martineau is a high school physics teacher in Chelmford, Massachusetts.  She received Bachelor of Science degree in Physics from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.  She is currently preparing to transition into her graduate career, where she will be pursuing her doctorate in physics at the University of Florida. Alongside her...

Education Unlimited - Charlene Nguyen (Instructor)

Charlene Nguyen — Instructor

Charlene Nguyen is a high school biology teacher at Animo Leadership Charter High School in Los Angeles, CA. She graduated from the University of Southern California with a bachelor's degree in Biological Sciences and had worked in research labs as an undergraduate. Following her graduation from college, she tutored students in biology and...

Education Unlimited - Annie Nguyen (Instructor)

Annie Nguyen — Instructor

Annie T. Nguyen is a graduate of UC San Diego. In 2011 she obtained her Bachelor of Science in Ecology, Behavior, and Evolution, with minors in Science Education and History. She is also an alumna of Phi Sigma Rho, a national Greek organization for women in science and engineering. While an undergraduate, Annie worked with various campus...

Education Unlimited - Victoria Obenchain, MS (Instructor)

Victoria Obenchain, MS — Instructor

Victoria Obenchain is a dedicated science teacher to primary and middle school age students.  For more than 10 years she has taught at The Salkan School in Moraga, CA where she has focused on hands-on...

Education Unlimited - Kayley Pettoruto, MPH (Instructor)

Kayley Pettoruto, MPH — Instructor

Kayley Pettoruto is an 8th grade science teacher in Andover, Massachusetts. She has a Master’s degree in public health from Boston University, in addition to a Bachelor’s degree in community health, Spanish, and child development from Tufts University.  Kayley spent several years as a researcher in public health in a private firm before...

Education Unlimited - Shannon Pylant, MS (Instructor)

Shannon Pylant, MS — Instructor

Shannon Pylant is a 6th grade science teacher in Winston-Salem, NC.  She has a Masters of Science in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center and a Bachelor of Science in Biology with Minors in Chemistry and Education from Belmont Abbey College. Prior to teaching, Shannon worked as a cancer...

Education Unlimited - Oishee Shemontee (Logic and Science instructor)

Oishee Shemontee — Logic and Science instructor

Oishee Shemontee is an experience science instructor and SAT tutor with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a minor in English from the University of California, Irvine.  Oishee is passionate about making science more relevant and easily accessible to people from a young age. In high school, she co-founded a peer tutoring program to help...

Education Unlimited - Gladys Velez Caicedo (Instructor)

Gladys Velez Caicedo — Instructor

Gladys Velez Caicedo is a technical instructor in the Department of Physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).  A graduate of Columbia University in New York City, Gladys holds a Bachelor of Science degree in astronomy & physics.  Gladys has conducted high energy particle astrophysics at various labs around the world, such as...

We will continue to add additional staff members as enrollment and availability dictate. Details are posted on additional staff members as they are confirmed.

Upcoming Camps

Anatomy/Physiology - Gr 4-5

Anatomy and Physiology scientists will be dissecting the wonders of the human body. In this camp, we will zoom into multiple body systems using interactive and kinesthetic laboratory explorations.  

Throughout the week, scientists will have opportunities to wonder, lead, and explore their curiosities of the human body. Scientists will begin the week investigating the curvy, mushy, and aromatic digestive system. Understanding how the human body obtains the nutrients required for survival will...

Astronomy - Gr 6-8

In Astronomy, students will explore our solar system and the universe beyond!  We’ll start out by revisiting and simulating the Big Bang theory, then study the surface of the sun, explore light diffraction, and build our own water rockets!  Campers will also have the opportunity to retrace Galileo’s footsteps and explore the universe as he did – through the lens of a simple, refracting telescope that’s easy enough to assemble in camp, yet powerful enough to see the Jovian moons and Saturn!


Cardiology - Gr 6-7

In one of our newest Education Unlimited offerings, scientists will uncover the complexities of the cardiovascular system through a wealth of interactive and inquiry-based experiments and project-based, hands-on activities. New in Summer 2019, the Cardiology program offers your budding scientist the opportunity to deepen their understanding of body systems. It is the perfect bridge between our Anatomy and Physiology course, and prior to enrolling in Neuroanatomy.  Scientists will explore how ...

Intro to Engineering - Gr 4-5

In Intro to Engineering, students will learn the basic principles of engineering design and use this process to solve a variety of ‘build challenges’, which must survive performance trials and unexpected obstacles along the way! Students will work collaboratively with one another and our amazing instructors to study the principles of force, energy, mass, and other fundamental properties in Newtonian physics. Using real-world buildings and other edifices as inspiration, campers will start the ...

Marine Science - Gr 6-7

Marine Science students will dive headfirst into one of the world’s least-explored places – the ocean! In this camp, we will take a multi-disciplinary approach to learn and incorporate studies in chemistry, oceanography, ecology, and marine biology to learn about Earth's amazing seas and the animals and plants that inhabit them.

Campers will begin their week by investigating water and discovering how its unique properties shape our oceans, its currents, and its biomes both under the sea and ...

Neuroanatomy - Gr 8-9

In this course, students will learn the anatomy and physiology of various systems in the brain and apply what they know to fictitious neurological patients. Specifically, we will focus on the cerebral cortex, various sub-cortical structures, the visual system, somatosensory system, and the motor system in the brain and spinal cord. The culminating event on Friday will be a case-studies test where students will act like neurologists to predict where a lesion in the brain or spinal cord is in a...

Robotics - Gr 8-9

In this course, students will explore the emerging science of robot mechanics as they build and program their robot from scratch, remotely control it, experiment with light and pressure sensors, create drive trains for varying terrains, and play robotic sports.

Students will use the VEX robotics platform, the world’s premier classroom robotics platform.   We will begin by building a chassis - our robot needs a stable structure to provide physical support and like a skeleton, it holds everyth...