Engineer Shop — Coding & Wearable Tech With LilyPad Arduino
Girls Engineering Course | Ages 10-15
Engineer Shop — Coding & Wearable Tech With LilyPad Arduino
Alexa Café Course | Ages 10-15
- Alexa Café
- 10-15 (Must turn 10 by 12-31-17)
- Skill Level
- Beg - Adv
- Ratio Guarantee
- 8 students per instructor
- Arduino Programming Language, LilyPad Arduino Starter Kit
In a supportive, engaging environment, girls will learn electrical engineering and coding principles using a take-home LilyPad Arduino Starter Kit. They'll create wearable electronics that spring to life with lights and sensors, prototyping devices that amaze and inspire—the perfect balance of creativity and tech.
This course introduces girls ages 10-15 to STEM principles that set the foundation for promising futures in fields like engineering, electrical engineering, programming, robotics engineering, and more.
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What Will Students Take Home?
Students will take home their final project, project files, and a LilyPad Arduino Starter Kit.
What Will Students Learn?
You'll Learn to:
- Discover electrical design concepts
- Use variables, methods, and loops
- Use the Arduino interface
- Learn circuit design and implementation
- Program and use sensors
Top Skills Gained
Software & Hardware Skills Development
- Arduino Programming
- Arduino Lilypad Microcontroller
STEM & 21st Century Skills Development
- Principles of system design
- Electrical engineering
- Physics and mathematics
Skill Level | Is This Engineering Course Appropriate for Your Student?
The course has no prerequisites other than a love for collaboration, style and fun! It is ideal for girls who like building, making, creating, and programming. The LilyPad Arduino teaches electrical programming and electrical prototyping and allows girls to build and program soft circuits. This wearable technology teaches programming in a fun way with immediate results!
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Where Is This Girls' Engineering Course Offered?
California - Northern
California - Southern
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Hours & Tuition
Check-In: 8-9am Mon-Fri
Pick-Up: 5-6pm Mon-Thurs, 3-4pm Fri
Tuition: From $949/week USD. All taxes included.
Lunch Plan: Lunch can be purchased for an additional $60/week.
Check-In: 6pm Sun
Pick-Up: 3-4pm Fri
Tuition: Add $569/week USD. All taxes included.
Meals: All meals included
Please note: In addition to the prices listed above, there will be a one-time Safety & Compliance Fee of $20 per student per year.
Your Tuition Includes:
- 8:1 student-to-instructor ratio (guaranteed)
- Free flex hours at check-in and pick-up
- Diploma with transcript and instructor insights
- Final project and software discounts
- Custom Alexa Café t-shirt, H2O bottle
- Outdoor time, campus tours (most locations)
- Access to online curriculum (iD Game Plan)
Add $179 (annual subscription)
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7:15am: Overnight campers, rise and shine! Eat breakfast in the campus dining hall—breakfast is typically all-you-can-eat, and consists of favorites such as pancakes, sausages, orange juice, cereal, waffles, and fruit. (Make sure to notify us of any special dietary needs or allergies before camp.)
8–9am: Day campers check in between 8–9am with our flex hours (no extra cost).
9am: All campers meet for morning announcements, icebreakers, and team-building activities.
9:30am: Split into course groups. Grab your laptop, put on your favorite song, and start creating!
Noon: Lunch time—head to the dining hall if you’re on the Meal Plan. Depending on the policy of each university, students who bring their own bag lunch will either eat in the dining hall with the rest of the crew, or gather elsewhere with an Alexa Café instructor.
1pm: Back to the labs to collaborate and create!
2:30pm: Lanyard making? A game of Ultimate Frisbee, anyone? Team-building activity? Board games? We offer many summer camp activities that vary by week and location. Beyond STEM skill development, students will socialize, make friends, and have fun.
3:15pm: Return to the labs.
5pm: Wrap-up your projects for the day.
5–6pm: Pick-up time for Day campers. Pick-up flex hours are between 5–6pm, at no extra charge.
6pm: Dinner for overnight campers.
7pm: Overnight campers participate in supervised recreational activities such as optional sports, crafting, gaming, and movie nights. In some cases, students can continue working on their projects, as scheduling permits.
10pm: Lights out for overnight campers.
Discover what sets our teaching style apart.
8:1 Staff Ratio Guarantee
We guarantee small class sizes, with a maximum of 8 students per instructor. At Alexa Café, our teaching philosophy is premised on personalization—your path, at your pace. Passionate, all-adult instructors guide you through tailored curriculum with one-on-one teaching. The immersive environment is ideal for fostering creativity and allowing you to reach your potential. Read more about our 8:1 iD Guarantee.
How We Teach | Personalized Instruction with a Purpose
Our tech curriculum is based on a blended learning strategy. We couple live one-on-one instruction with iD Game Plan, our innovative learning engine, to provide you with properly paced learning. All girls enrolled at the Café will learn about 1-for-1 social movements, stylish, game-changing brands, and real-world entrepreneurship and leadership, all the while being challenged to incorporate technology to make a difference. It’s not just about building a webpage or learning to code--it’s about creating a passionate vision to inspire and help others in our local communities and beyond our borders.
Our entire staff is comprised of adults ages 18 and over. We do not hire Counselors-in-Training (CITs) at our summer technology camps. We believe you learn best from adults who have mastered their technology skills. Some of our instructors are tech industry professionals. Others are graduate and undergraduate students majoring in the fields of Computer Science, Web Design, Computer Engineering, App Design, Film, and other related fields. We’re extremely selective when it comes to our summer staff.
Friday Concept Café for Families
On the last day of camp during Concept Café, instructors present each student with a personalized iD Tech Diploma and recap students' key accomplishments. Afterwards, students unveil their final projects to parents and siblings, demonstrating all that they learned in just one week of camp.
Why Alexa Café?
Alexa Café, named after iD Tech co-founder Alexa Ingram-Cauchi, was designed with girls ages 10-15 in mind. While all iD Tech programs are great for girls, we acknowledge the pervasive STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) gender gap, and seek to remedy it with a chic, collaborative learning environment focused on girls. The Café emphasizes leadership, entrepreneurship, brand identity, and philanthropy, with STEM subjects creatively woven into the curriculum.
Code.org reports that while over 50% of the U.S. population is female, women make up only 12% of Computer Science undergrads. Similarly, women comprise nearly half of the U.S. labor force, but hold only 4.6% of top leadership positions (according to catalyst.org). Many girls are missing out on future STEM careers and big opportunities to innovate and create change. Alexa Café is not about special treatment for girls. It's about fostering leadership and tech skills in a fresh setting that's unlike anything else. For a more detailed program overview, please visit AlexaCafe.com.
Coding Camp Reviews & Testimonials
“The Alexa Café staff was so friendly and helpful. The teachers inspired my daughter to learn to create circuits and program. They were able to spark her curiosity and teach her about technology all within a fun and safe learning environment.”- Mark M., Parent, Engineer Shop — Coding & Wearable Tech With LilyPad Arduino
“My daughter had a wonderful time and is excited about the possibility of making this field a consideration for her career goal.”- Bent L., Parent, Engineer Shop — Coding & Wearable Tech With LilyPad Arduino
“Thanks for putting together a fantastic program that has engaged my daughter and sparked her interest in electronics, programming, and technology.”- Debbie Y., Parent, Engineer Shop — Coding & Wearable Tech With LilyPad Arduino
“My daughter spent a week learning about stitch-able components and the Lilypad Arduino board. She had a blast, but more importantly, learned a lot about coding and electronics.”- Gunaidi D., Parent, Engineer Shop — Coding & Wearable Tech With LilyPad Arduino
“My daughter loved the camp and I was impressed that she came up with a creative idea and learned how to program with Arduino.”- Michal C., Parent, Engineer Shop — Coding & Wearable Tech With LilyPad Arduino
“I had so much fun. I learned a lot of new stuff with the Arduino board! We coded a lot, sewed, and had fun!”- Amelia J., Student, Engineer Shop — Coding & Wearable Tech With LilyPad Arduino
“Alexa Café has opened my eyes—I never knew engineering could be so fun! Everyone was so nice and my instructor was awesome.”- Lauren S., Student, Engineer Shop — Coding & Wearable Tech With LilyPad Arduino
“I recommend this course to anyone who loves hands-on learning and experiences. My instructor taught me so much about the Lilypad kit.”- Kalyn O., Student, Engineer Shop — Coding & Wearable Tech With LilyPad Arduino
“It’s really fun to program and sew the circuit, and especially to see your final project.”- Sophie B., Student, Engineer Shop — Coding & Wearable Tech With LilyPad Arduino
“Alexa Café is a great learning experience for younger girls to learn about programming, while having fun and meeting new people. The activities they do here are great for everyone. The counselors are nice, helpful, and smart.”- Alaina R., Student, Engineer Shop — Coding & Wearable Tech With LilyPad Arduino