Summer 2015

Summer Program for Middle School Girls


Baskin Girls in Engineering
@ Cabrillo College


Supported by


July 27 - July 31, 2015

The 2015 program is full with a waiting list. We are no longer accepting applications.

Please consider applying to a similar program at UCSC. Click here for details.

My daughter thoroughly enjoyed this opportunity, what a gift! When I picked her up at the end of each day she was full of enthusiasm and excitedly shared about each experience. She enjoyed meeting other girls and it sounds like you blended the girls into new teams nicely so it was a collaborative and comfortable situation for her. She is one of the girls who now believes she wants to be a chemical engineer when she grows up and is looking forward to further opportunities! Thank you, - A Baskin GiE Parent

Baskin Group Shot


The Baskin Girls in Engineering @ Cabrillo College summer engineering program is designed for female students entering 6th - 8th grades who want to learn more about the role engineers and engineering play in our lives. This program is aimed at fostering female students' interest in engineering as an innovative, creative, and exciting field that shapes our lives. Students will engage in hands-on learning experiences in all areas of engineering designed to nurture their natural curiosity and will apply their creativity to solve engineering design challenges.

Why Engineering?

Engineering unleashes the spirit of innovation. Engineers constantly discover ways to improve our lives. Engineers help shape the future. Exploring engineering when in middle school gives opportunities for students to experience first-hand how science, technology, engineering, and mathematics can impact real-life challenges. According to the National Science Foundation, only 11% of women in the United States are employed as engineers. Baskin Girls

Our Goal

Baskin Girls in Engineering @ Cabrillo College hopes to inspire female students to explore all fields of engineering: civil, structural, mechanical, aerospace, aeronautical, biomedical, electrical, software, computer, industrial, and chemical.

We hope to foster their natural curiosity and encourage the spirit of innovation needed to engage with the many challenges of our time.

Who is eligible to participate?

Female students living in Santa Cruz County currently in 5th, 6th, or 7th grade. Students who have already particpated in Baskin Girls in Engineering @ Cabrillo are not eligible to apply again.

Program Highlights

Participants attend a attend a 5 day long hands-on workshop on the Aptos campus of Cabrillo College in the summer from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Transportation is provided.

Activities included:

  • Building a book light to discover electronics
  • Designing a watercraft to explore buoyancy
  • Constructing a card stock bridge to learn about the strength of materials
  • Building a windmill to learn about alternative energy
  • Discovering coding with Tic Tacs

Experiencing hands-on design projects, students will be exposed to the many fields of engineering and technology at an early age and learn that these fields offer exciting, lucrative, and rewarding careers.


Participants are taught by Rhoxanne Morris, Head Teacher and Mechanical Engineer, along with a team of female engineering students at Cabrillo College. They serve as role models and mentors to the participants, demonstrating their passion for science and illustrating the many opportunities available to those who pursue fields in engineering.


Questions? Email Kate Staveland at


Watch a video with highlights from the 2014 end of program celebration