At Alexa Cafe at Rice University, girls ages 10–15 tap into the power of tech, exploring leadership, entrepreneurship, and social impact. Ideas take shape in a unique, coffee shop-like setting that fosters collaboration between new friends. Students build a love of tech and bring their final projects to life with unabashed creativity.
Inspired by iD Tech co-founder Alexa Ingram-Cauchi, our all-girls experience blends tech, entrepreneurship, and social impact in a fresh, café-like setting. Big ideas come to life amidst moon chairs and stylish decor. Whether you want to code an app for charity, 3D model and print essential tools, or discover the possibilities of AI with Cozmo, you’ll collaborate with new friends and create a project you’re passionate about.
Did you know...
Over 50% of the U.S. population is female, yet women make up only 12% of computer science undergrads (Code.org). Or, that women comprise nearly half the U.S. labor force but hold only 4.6% of top leadership positions (Catalyst.org). And, that girls’ interest in STEM peaks in middle school and drops off during high school due to social factors and a lack of access (Girls Who Code).
Why Alexa Café?
- Uniquely qualified, passionate instructors and guaranteed small classes make all the difference
- Creative courses, meaningful projects, and lasting skills
- Life skills development, increased confidence, and a taste of college
- Industry-standard products from Apple, Google, Adobe, Autodesk, and more
- Off-computer activities including crafts, sports, talent shows, and campus excursions
- Friday Concept Café—debut final project to family and receive diploma
The heart of our programs
We know the right instructor changes everything. Our Alexa Café staff mentors students while teaching the most in-demand tech skills, bringing our collaborative, innovative camp culture to life.
Inspirational industry pros and top university recruits
Our selective hiring practices, honed for over 20 years, yield the most talented, passionate recruits from tech companies, and universities like Stanford, Caltech, and NYU.
All adults, no CITs, and thorough background checks
We adhere to a policy of no “Counselors in Training.” Instead, you’ll find fun-loving, well-paid, all-adult instructors. We take safety seriously. All staff members undergo extensive background and reference checks and are CPR & First-Aid Certified.
Trained in person
There’s no substitute for in-person training. By the first day of camp, our summer staff is confident, excited, and equipped to inspire the next generation of innovators.
Cost and Session Information
Day camp (base price)
Check-in: 8:30–9am Mon–Fri
Checkout: 5–5:30pm Mon–Thurs, Fri 3–4pm (varies by site)
Tuition: From $949/week
Check-in: Sunday 6pm
Checkout: Friday 3–4pm (varies by site)
Room and Board: From $579/week (all meals included)
Day Camp Lunch: From $60/week
Weekend Stays: $379/weekend (limited locations)
Continuing Education Units: $99/week (ages 13+)
College Advising: $99/hour (ages 13+)
Online Private Lessons: From $50/hour