The Girls Who Build Cameras workshop for high school girls is a one-day, hands-on introduction to camera physics and technology (ie. How Instagram works!) at the MIT Lincoln Laboratory Beaverworks Center. The workshop includes tearing down old dSLR cameras, building a Raspberry Pi camera, and designing Instagram filters and Photoshop tools. Participants also get to listen to keynote speakers from the camera technology industry, including Kris Clark who engineers space cameras for NASA and MIT Lincoln Laboratory, and Uyanga Tsedev who creates imaging probes to help surgeons find tumors at MIT. During lunch, representatives from the Society of Women Engineers and the Women Technology Program at MIT will present future opportunities to get involved in engineering in high school and college. The curriculum will be available online after the workshop on June 4th.


Saturday, June 4th 2016


Check-in begins at 8.30am. Please arrive by 9.00am. Pick-up 4.00-4.30pm.

8.30 am - 9.10 am            Check-in & Tear Down Digital Cameras

9.10 am - 9.30 am            Welcome and Intro to Cameras

9.30 am - 10.00 am         Keynote Speaker: Kris Clark

10.00 am - 12.00 pm       Activity: Build a Camera

12.00 pm - 1.00 pm         Lunch with SWE and WTP representatives

                                         Keynote Speaker: Uyanga Tsedev

1.00 pm - 1.30 pm            Intro to Image Processing

1.30 pm - 3.30 pm           Activity: Program Instagram Filters      

3.30 pm - 4.00 pm         Closing Remarks

4.00 pm - 4.30 pm         Demo stations (3-D imaging, infrared, photobooth)


MIT Lincoln Laboratory Beaverworks Center

NE45-202, 2nd Floor, 300 Technology Square, Cambridge, MA

There is metered street parking available and nearby MBTA stop, Kendall/MIT Station for drop off and pick up. 


Who can sign up?

High school girls (Grades 9-12th). Some coding experience will be helpful but is not required.

How do I sign up?

Register here.

 Check out one of our image processing challenges! Where ever you click, just show that color.

Check out one of our image processing challenges! Where ever you click, just show that color.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can incoming 9th graders attend?


Where can I park to drop off/pick up my daughter?

There is metered street parking and nearby MBTA stop, Kendall/MIT station.

Is there any preparation I need to do?

A week before the workshop, you will receive photo release forms. Please fill these out ahead of time or at the workshop check-in. If you are bringing a laptop, you will get additional instructions. Otherwise, just bring yourself and the signed forms (and maybe a prop or two, lots of photos will be involved!).

How will I know if I am fully registered?

You will get a confirmation email that your payment has been received and you are fully registered.

Can parents attend?

No, but we offer online curricula (including this one!) so parents can try out the activities with their daughters at home.