Space & Science Summer Camp

Are you a Hawaiʻi high school girl who is interested in space exploration, astronomy or other STEM-related fields? Does the possibility of working in one of these areas pique your interest? If so, the Women’s STARS (STEM Aerospace Research Scholars) Program may be for you! STARS is a summer space and science camp designed to expose young women to a variety of STEM careers and the women who work in them. Participants meet inspiring women and like-minded peers, learn through hands-on activities and tours, and explore exciting possibilities for their future careers. 


    The STARS Mission

    Though half of Hawaiʻi’s population consists of women, only 25% work in STEM fields. According to a report by Million Women Mentors: “Women have lower self-confidence in their STEM abilities than men do, even when they perform at the same achievement levels as men. This lack of confidence can undermine their performance and their interest in pursuing STEM careers.”

    Since 2014, the STARS has sought to address this issue by encouraging young women in STEM-related careers through resources, inspiration, and mentorship support. The program also aims to improve gender equity and economic opportunities for young women in Hawaiʻi.

    STARS was inspired by NASA’s successful summer programs for young women and has grown since its inception, gaining increasing support and participation from local nonprofits, STEM organizations, and multinational corporations like Caterpillar and Microsoft.


    robotics student in STARS program

    Upcoming STARS Programs

    Due to a lapse in funding and staff shortage, we regretfully will not be able to hold the STARS program this summer. Please check back in mid-March of 2023 for an announcement about the next program.

    • Dates: Postponed until Summer 2023 (TBA)
    • Location: Big Island of Hawaiʻi
    • Cost: Free
    • Eligibility: Hawaiʻi high school girls, ages 14 +

    Student Testimonials

    “I had astronomy as an un-achievable dream beforehand and now it seems attainable.”

    “STARS really opened my eyes to how amazing certain careers I had previously overlooked can be.”

    “STARS exposed me to many different STEM fields, especially on our island. I had so much fun and loved hearing from so many knowledgeable people.”

    “I already was sure I was going into science, but the STARS Program boosted my confidence and excitement tremendously. It also gave me a more focused direction on where I want to be and how to get there.”

    “STARS validated my feelings about going into aeronautics and becoming a pilot. It opened my mind to how much of a difference I can make in this world.”