The original FOCUS program!

The FOCUS camp for middle school girls began in 2014.  It is a week-long camp which is held on the Fairfax campus of George Mason University for rising 6th-8th graders.  Each day the participants engage in four different interactive and hands-on STEM workshops and on the last day, the participants present what they learned in these workshops in a conference-style setting.  Camp is held from 9 am-3:30 pm each day.  Drop-off in the morning begins at 8:30 am.

2020 FOCUS Dates:  July 6-10

2020 FOCUS Costs:

Early registration through April 1:  $155

Standard registration (April 2-May 16):  $205

Late registration (May 16-June 1):  $255

Sample Schedule

Monday (Science Day):


Camp pre-assessment

Team building activities

Buffet lunch in university dining hall (included in camp price)

Science workshop 1

Science workshop 2

Tuesday (Technology Day):

Technology workshop 1

Technology workshop 2

Buffet lunch in university dining hall (included in camp price)

Technology workshop 3

Technology workshop 4

Wednesday (Engineering Day):

Engineering workshop 1

Engineering workshop 2

Buffet lunch in university dining hall (included in camp price)

Engineering workshop 3

Engineering workshop 4

Thursday (Mathematics Day):

Mathematics workshop 1

Mathematics workshop 2

Buffet lunch in university dining hall (included in camp price)

Mathematics workshop 3

Mathematics workshop 4


Global STEM workshop 1

Global STEM workshop 2

Camp post-assessment

Preparation for poster presentations

Buffet lunch in university dining hall (included in camp price)

Poster presentations (family and friends invited)

Closing Ceremony (family and friends invited)

Examples of past workshops:


Monday (Science Day):

Anodization of Niobium (jewelry-making) 

The Genetics of Sickle-Cell Anemia

Forensic Science:  The Real CSI

Astronomy and Telescopes 

Sustainable Action Survey and River Sample Analysis with US Fish & Wildlife

Tuesday (Technology Day):

HTML Programming


Map Making and Geographic Information Systems

Squishy Circuits 

Robotics and Coding


Facial Reconstruction using FACES Software

Wednesday (Engineering Day):

Electrical and Mechanical Engineering with Aerospace

3-D Printing

Computer-Aided Design (CAD)

Underwater ROV Construction 

Thursday (Mathematics Day):

Mason Experimental Geometry Laboratory

Applied Mathematics with Mitre

The Law of Large Numbers:  Testing Probability

Snowflake Symmetry


Using STEM to Solve Real-World Problems

Speed Mentoring

College Application and Admissions Panel

FOCUS Academy Panel (junior counselors from the residential high school program)

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