July 8-19, 2019


August 5-16, 2019

Slots are filling fast! Available (as of 4/18):

Discovery: July – 5 slots, August – 6 slots

Forensics: July – FULL, August – 3 slots

Maker: July 10 slots, August – 4 slots

Apply here!

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.

Liquid Nitrogen Fog Fountain

Camp Topics

Rising 6th & 7th Graders - More than Meets the Eye: Science Discovery

Navigate the science scavenger hunt, visiting well-known and hidden features of the UO campus to collect data and solve the puzzle.  Learn about the scientific method with paper airplanes, plumb the depths of the mystery box, and apply what you've learned in the Amazing Science Race.

Rising 7th & 8th Graders -  Whodunit? Forensic Investigation

How do we know what happened before we arrived on the scene?  Forensics is the science of figuring out just that, whether it's a 100 million year old comet strike or a murder that happened just last night, learn how scientists solve mysteries with geology, chemistry, and archaeology.

Rising 8th & 9th Graders - Build It! Maker Camp

Learn about simple and complex machines, computer programming and all the physics in between.  Then put your knowledge to work building a series of maker projects such as BEAM bots, e-textiles, and interactive Rube Goldberg Machines.


Flyer 2019-Spanish

Who can participate?

Students who will be in the 6th through 9th grades in Fall 2019. SPICE camp is designed to yield 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 Eugene Science CenterNearby Nature, and the Boys and Girls Clubs.

What is the participation cost?

Camp tuition is $350.   Scholarships are available and awarded on need-basis. 

Camp tuition can be paid by check, cash, or through our eCommerce site (for credit or bank card services).

If you have requested a scholarship, we will notify you the amount due the first week of June.
Payment is due 2 weeks prior to the start of camp (June 24th for session 1 and July 22nd for session 2).
Can I sign my child up for part of camp?

SPICE camp is designed to be experienced for the full two weeks. If a camper must miss a day or two we can usually accommodate, we do not recommend attending if you will miss more than 1-2 days. We cannot pro-rate tuition for missed days. Our costs are largely fixed, regardless of daily attendance.


Camp will be held on the University of Oregon Campus and is based in 240 Willamette Hall.

Oregon Center for Optical, Molecular, & Quantum Science

1274 University of Oregon

Eugene, OR 97403-1274


Participants may sign up for one of the two sessions: July 8-19 or August 5-16. Each camp lasts two consecutive weeks, and runs 9am-4pm, Monday-Friday.  Additional wrap around care hours are available upon request for a small fee.

Selection Criteria:

Returning participants from previous years are guaranteed a spot if application is received by April 1st. New applicants will be added to a waitlist for the appropriate grade level, and are accepted on a first come, first served basis after the April 1st deadline for returning campers.

Students from underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

All rising 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th graders who identify as girls in Lane county are eligible. As camps fill up we may offer applicants positions in a different camp in order to serve as many girls as possible.


Please fill out and return all forms as soon as possible:


SPICE Camp Handbook 2019.pdf


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 Jorjie Arden at or (541) 346-4528.

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 Optical, Molecular, and Quantum Science.