July 10-21st, 2017


August 7-18th, 2017

Application is Open!

Have you ever wished you had an invisibility cloak or gone looking for the end of the rainbow? Are you the kind of person who always wants to know WHY?  

SPICE Camp is a UO supported program designed to engage young women in the physical sciences through hands on experimentation.  Camp participants have the option of joining the year-round Optical Science Discovery Program that includes regular Science Club Meetings, fun science events, and opportunities to intern in real university research labs.

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Camp Topics

Rising 6th Graders - Science Discovery - Explore a wide range fo topics through hands on activities.

Rising 7th Graders - Both Weeks - Forensic Investigation - learn how scientists discover what happened before they were on scene, be it a crime that happened a few hours before or an event that happened millions of years ago.

Rising 8th Graders - Both Weeks - Computer Science and Engineering - learn simple programing, robotics and basic physics.  Then put all three together to build your own fully functional pinball machine.

Who can participate?

Students who will be in the 6th through 8th grades in Fall 2017. SPICE camp is designed to yeild maximum benefit to girls. Preference is given to girls and non-gender conforming applicants. For boys who are intersted in a similar experience, we recommend camps from the Science Factory, Nearby Nature, and the Boys and Girls Clubs.


What is the participation cost?

Camp tuition is $350.   Some scholarships are available.


Camp will be held on the University of Oregon Campus and is based in Willamette Hall.

Selection Criteria:

Returning participants from previous years are guaranteed a spot in the next camp. New applicants are accepted on a first come, first served basis.

Students from underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.


*All rising 6th, 7th and 8th graders who identify as girls in Lane county are eligible. 

Oregon Center for Optics
1274 University of Oregon
Eugene, OR 97403-1274



SPICE administrators will be conducting research on the effects of the program.  Campers will all have the opportunity to participate in this research.  More information on the research plan will be available soon.

Questions? Contact Brandy Todd at the Oregon Center for Optics or (541) 346-4313.

SPICE is supported by funding from the University of Oregon College of Arts and Sciences, the University of Oregon Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity and the Oregon Center for Optics.