Our weekend-long girls science camps focus on teaching Student Driven Research in an outdoor setting with female scientist mentors guiding campers though their research. These camps are for girls in grades 8-12 and typically occur 2-3 times per year.

Student Driven Research is a framework designed to help students learn science skills and content through conducting their own original research. This framework is designed to supplement high school biology and environmental studies course materials through focusing around either biodiversity, nutrient cycling, or wetland chemistry and ecosystem services.

Campers will:

  • Study applicable real-world science
  • Develop independent research questions
  • Interact with female scientist mentors
  • Explore the outdoors
  • Earn valuable college prep experience

Los Altos Girls Camp 2020 (postponed)

About: This weekend-long mini camp will teach young female scientists to use the Student Driven Research methods designed by Headwaters Science Institute.

Location: Monte Bello Open Space Preserve- Black Mountain Backpack Campground

Focal Questions: How does the availability of resources affect populations around Los Altos? How do humans impact the environment around Los Altos?

General Camp outline:
Day 1: Introduction, question asking, and project design

Students will arrive having read pre-program reading. On day 1, students will meet at 9 a.m., set up camp, brainstorm research, and start collecting preliminary data.

Day 2: Data collection and analysis

On day 2, students will collect data and begin graphing their findings, as well as spend some recreational time together in the evening.

Day 3: Finish presentation building and present findings.

On day 3, students will pack up camp, walk back to school, finish their analysis and presentations on computers, and present to a small audience. This is a great experience that mimics the academic presentations required for earning an advanced degree.

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Check out our Girls Summer Science Camp, another all-female learning opportunity.

Location: Webber Lake and Lacey Meadow in Truckee, California
Dates: July 12-17
Cost: $700 (scholarships available)