Cabrillo Engineering Summer Program for Middle School Girls

Cabrillo Engineering Summer Program for Middle School Girls

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Baskin Girls In Engineering @ Cabrillo College           

                          Supported by

                          July 8–12, 2013

                   9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.



Join us for an exciting summer engineering program designed for female students currently in 5th – 7th 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.

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 entering grades 6 – 8 in Fall 2013.

Program Highlights

Participants will attend a attend a 5 day long hands-on workshop on the Aptos campus of Cabrillo College in the summer July 8 – 12, 2013, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Transportation will be provided.

Activities will include:

  • 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 will be taught by a team of women who teach and work in engineering. They will 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.

Meet our faculty:

Rhoxanne Morris, Head Teacher, Mechanical Engineer
Kelli Horner, Support Teacher, Environmental Engineer
Katy Disney, Support Teacher, Electrical Engineer
Jo-Ann Panzardi, Support Teacher, Civil Engineer
Hilde Bell, Support Teacher, Biomedical Engineer

In addition to our wonderful faculty, the students will be supported by two teacher assistants, who are female engineering students at Cabrillo College.


Space is limited, so we encourage girls to apply early! This program is supported by a grant from the Peggy and Jack Baskin Foundation and is offered to girls at no cost.

Click here to apply.

Questions? Email Kate Staveland at