St. Olaf College

The Engineering and Physics Camp for Girls

Camp will not be offered in 2017.

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Sessions, Fees, and Registration

Register now with our secure online form or complete a printable registration form on your computer and send it via mail or fax. Registrations are accepted until capacity has been reached.

St. Olaf Physics & Engineering Camp for Girls: $$$$
For girls entering grades 10th, 11th, and 12th.

Building a machine that uses a number of whimsical, counter-intuitive steps to accomplish a simple task might sound like a fun challenge, but it’s also the perfect way to learn physics and engineering. Each of the machine’s steps must be as efficient as possible and take into account various physics principles in order to make the entire creation work. Participants in this camp will gain hands-on engineering experience by working in small groups to construct a Rube Goldberg machine.

Camp Features:

  • Classrooms and laboratories in Regents Hall of Natural and Mathematical Sciences
  • Hands-on experience using tools to construct complicated machines
  • Creative problem solving and teamwork with other girls interested in science
  • A Rube Goldberg Machine Exhibition
  • An astronomy outing on the campus natural lands
  • Camp staff with experience in the national Rube Goldberg Machine Contest
  • Meeting professionals working in the field
  • Career exploration
  • Tour state-of-the-art laboratories while research is being conducted
  • Low camper to staff ratio
  • Enriching social activities

Admission:
Admission is by application only with priority given to upper class students who find science challenging and fun, however all are encouraged to apply.  Application must be submitted by March 11.  Notification of acceptance will be sent April 1.

Camp fee includes:
Lodging, meals, and camp t-shirt.  Campers are housed in comfortable, secure students residence halls.  Bedding and bath towel are provided. Coaches and counselors live in the residence halls and provide 24-hour supervision.  St. Olaf employs a professional security staff that is on duty 24/7.

Roommates:
Campers are housed two per room and may request a specific roommate. Roommates need to request each other on their registration form. Camp space is filled on a first-come basis and spots cannot be held for a late-registering roommate.

Refund Policy:
Written cancellations (post, fax, or email) received four weeks prior to camp start date will receive a refund less the $100 non-refundable deposit fee. No refunds are given within four weeks of camp start date; substitutions are accepted.

Meet the Staff

Working with faculty who have supervised the team of students who won the national Rube Goldberg Machine Contests held annually at Purdue University, participants in this camp will learn principles and techniques utilized by engineers and scientists every day as they build their own machines. They will then demonstrate their completed machines to their peers, family, and friends on the last day of camp.

Camp Schedule

Camp begins with check-in from 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Sunday and concludes with a presentation Friday at 11:00 am, followed by lunch and room checkout by 2:00 pm. Family and friends are encouraged to attend the presentation and accompany their camper to lunch. Lunch tickets for family members may be purchased at the door of Stav Hall.

Days are filled with brainstorming, individual and integrated building, and lab work. Evening activities include a movie night, bonfire, and an astronomy outing.

Bon Appetit – Stav Dining Hall

Meals are prepared by Bon Appetit. Healthy options include the salad bar, grilled meats and veggies, and hot entrees, cereals, yogurt, fresh fruit, a deli station, soup, and dessert station.  There are plenty of food options for vegetarians, gluten free, and other specific needs.  However, if you have a specific food allergy, please email us so we can get your camper connected with the kitchen.

Do you like good food? So do we! Four schools across the country, St. Olaf being one of them, with food service operated by Bon Appétit Management Company were placed on the Princeton Review ‘Best College Food’ list this year. Campers will have the chance to taste the amazing creations, experience and service from our friends at Bon Appétit! Check out this article to learn more about their recent accomplishment!

Transportation, Additional Housing, and Non-Residential Housing

Contact the St. Olaf camp office to inquire about transportation options to and from the airport, additional housing, and non-residential options.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do you get on our mailing list to receive open registration updates and brochure?
E-mail us to get added to our list.

How many campers are at camp?
Up to 40 girls should be expected at camp.

Will participants be allowed to travel around campus alone? 
Campers are informed to travel with a buddy during movement between breaks.

What is your cell/smart phone and other electronic devices policy? 
Cell phones and other electronic devices are not prohibited, but should be used only during free time.

If a participant drives themselves to the program, can they leave whenever they want? 
No, at check in the drivers keys are turned in and given to the directors of the camp.  If they wish to leave, a note must be provided from their guardian in advance.

Do you have enforceable consequences for prohibited actions?
Campers who break rules are sent home.

My child is one year too young for camp. Can he still register?
We maintain a wait list and if there are still openings prior to the start of camp we will fill positions with younger students. Call the camp office to get your name on the list. 507-786-3031.

What if my child is on medication?
Although camp counselors can hold the medication in a locked room, counselors cannot administer the medication to the camper.
All campers must be able to administer their own medications.

May I use a credit card to pay for camp other than online.
No. In order to meet regulations we can only take credit cards using our online form.

What is the refund policy?
Written cancellations (post, fax, or email) received four weeks prior to camp start date will receive a refund less the $100 non-refundable deposit fee. No refunds are given within four weeks of camp start date; substitutions are accepted.

What if you need to cancel due to a medical circumstance?
A doctors note and written request will need to be submitted.  Once received and confirmed,  refund/credit will be submitted on a case-by-case basis.

What if camp gets cancelled?
Any camp not meeting the minimum enrollment week prior to camp start date will be cancelled and notification will be sent.  Some camps may have earlier deadlines and either a refund/credit towards another camp will be offered if camp is cancelled.

Where is St. Olaf College located at?
St. Olaf College is located 40 miles south of the Twin Cities metropolitan area in historic Northfield, Minnesota. Call the conferences, camps, and events office at 507-786-3031 to inquire about transportation options to and from the airport and/or refer to our website for further information.