Project Scientist for Girls

Mar 15, 2015

PS_slide-3Here’s a shout out to girls and teens who love science and math, enjoy tinkering, designing, and building, considers themselves young techies, and are inquisitive, curious, and keen.…

Here comes Project Scientist.

Project Science Academy is a summer program for girls and teens age 4-14 who have “a passion for science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).”

For the first time, this 5-week summer camp will be held at Caltech and Longfellow Elementary.




Each week investigates a different STEM theme and offers an expedition to local STEM companies. Daily class incorporates science experiments, art projects, physical activities, and the opportunity to meet a STEM Superstar (a local female employed in a STEM field). (Italics indicate official text)

Over 100 female STEM professionals work with Project Scientist Academy and the scholars program on a yearly basis.




Studies demonstrate that girls with a high aptitude for STEM subjects have not been receiving the adequate attention, opportunities, and education in proportion to their interest and potential.

Research shows that 78% of school-aged girls have an interest in STEM, yet women only make up 25% of the STEM workforce, and somewhere along the line society is losing these STEM girls. Project Scientist is determined to reach STEM girls and hold their hand through a PhD or as long and as far as their STEM dreams will take them.




Project Scientist was created by Sandy Marshall in Charlotte, North Carolina in 2011. Her goals? To change society’s perception of girls (i.e. that they don’t have the interest or aptitude for such things), “inspire girls in STEM fields,” continually reflect, consider, and improve upon Project Scientist’s guiding and teaching methods, and to “nurture today’s future scientists.”




For years, Project Scientist has been partnering with Harvard University and University of North Carolina. Now, add California Institute of Technology to the list.

Theoretical Physicist at Caltech, Spiros Michalakis, says, “We are extremely proud to be able to bring Project Scientist to girls in Los Angeles. After spending a week at Project Scientist camp last summer in Charlotte, I knew it was the type of program that Caltech would want to support and collaborate on in support of girls and women in STEM.”




Failure is the fuel of scientific innovation. Project Scientist is committed to providing a nurturing environment for girls to learn through scientific exploration that fear of failure cannot stand between them and their goals.…At Project Scientist, we will teach them that nothing is certain, but everything is possible. 


Project Scientist Summer Camp
Dates: June 8th-July 24th
Caltech, 1200 E. California Blvd., Pasadena 91125
Longfellow Elementary, Pasadena
For ages 4-14
Cost: $725 per week (monthly payment options possible)
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California Institute of Technology
12-14 year olds will be at Caltech full-time
4-11 year olds will spend part-time at Longfellow Elementary

Week 1: June 8-12, 2015
Week 2: June 22-26, 2015
Week 3: July 6-10, 2015
Week 4: July 13-17, 2015
Week 5: July 20-24, 2015




Summer 2015 Themes (as found at

  • Week 1: “What does the fox say?”Animals, Zoology, and Veterinary Science. From the warm blooded to the cold blooded, we will explore animal life and the vital role animal sciences plays in our society.
  • Week 2: “Under the Sea”Oceanography, Nautical Engineering, and Aquatic Ecosystem Health. From coral systems and fish populations, to scuba discoveries and aquabots, we will explore the world under the sea.
  • Week 3: “Digging the Dino”Archeology, Paleontology, and Anthropology. There is so much beneath our feet! Students will explore how it got there, figuring out how long it has been there, and what it takes to get it out of there.
  • Week 4: “I like to move it, move it…”Locomotion, Automotive Technology, and Transport Engineering. From racecars and sailboats, to roller coasters and rocket ships, we will explore the mechanics and landscape requirements that allow us to navigate any terrain.
  • Week 5: “iCode”Code Synthesis, Information Technology, and Mobile App Development. We all use its product, but can we speak the newest and fastest growing language? We will investigate different platforms of computer technology and information and develop products of code.






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