Summer Math Applications in Science with Hands-On (SMASH) Experience for Girls

Join us at RIT for five days of fun with math and science!

The Summer Math Applications in Science with Hands-On Experience for Girls, or SMASH, is a week-long summer camp for rising eighth graders, with an emphasis on encouraging girls to explore science and math. SMASH introduces campers to the many ways math and science are used in the real world. Through hands-on activities, campers increase their skills and self-efficacy in STEM disciplines.

At SMASH, you can expect:

  • Hands-on science and math activities to learn skills used in real world jobs
  • Connect what you learn in your math classes to science used in college
  • Try a new recreational activity on RIT’s campus each day
  • Build confidence in your abilities
  • Make new friends and have fun!

Camp Details

July 8 - 12, 2024
9:00am - 4:00pm

Daily Drop Off: 8:30am - 9:00am
Daily Pick Up: 4:00pm - 4:30pm

Final Presentation for Parents:
Friday, July 12, 2024
4:00pm - 4:30pm


Register by July 1 online at RIT Camp Tiger

Registration Fee: $375
Includes lunch, snacks, recreational activities, and t-shirts. Scholarships are available.

Register Here


“My daughter attended SMASH camp. She loved it and from a parent perspective I think my daughter’s interaction with the college students that assisted with camp was invaluable to her. The camp itself was great but it was all the little things that the camp provided that she responded to the most. Lunch was another big deal and, again, invaluable! Thanks for a job well done!” -SMASH Parent

“An amazing week that my daughter still talks about. She absolutely loved it.” -SMASH Parent

“Overall experience at camp was productive and rewarding. Each day we finished camp, we had many so many cool things to tell our parents about.” -SMASH Participant

“I loved all the activities I did with my new friends and I love my counselors.” -SMASH Participant


Kara Maki

Associate Professor
School of Mathematical Sciences
College of Science

SMASH Director

Lea Michel

School of Chemistry and Materials Science
College of Science

Director of Experiments


Two different scholarships are available for the 2024 SMASH Experience.

Limited scholarships provided by the American Association of University Women, Fairport Area Branch. Participants must reside in the towns of Fairport, Penfield or Pittsford. To be considered for this scholarship, check the “scholarship” box in your child’s registration form under the Payment section. Applicants must register before April 16th to be considered.

Thanks to generous support of the College of Science and with the intent of minimizing barriers to participation, SMASH is able to offer full scholarships for qualified campers. Free bus transportation between the City of Rochester (40 Franklin St.) and RIT is also available. To be considered for a camp scholarship, check the “scholarship” box in your child’s camp registration form under the Payment section.