Project Scientist Academy 2016

Project Scientist Academy

If you believe your daughter, age 4-12, would benefit from a community of like-minded girls that enjoy exploring through the sciences and celebrating their accomplishments, then Project Scientist is a place just for her! Surrounded by brilliant and passionate STEM teachers, professors, and professionals, your daughter will be inspired and provided the right tools to reach her highest potential.

Over the course of six weeks students are immersed in STEM, learning from a tailored curriculum facilitated by highly skilled and credentialed educators, exciting hands-on experiments and field trips, and daily interactions with female STEM role models from a variety of professional fields.

“I loved that Addison came home from camp referring to herself as a scientist and talking about experimenting and not being afraid to keep trying. I've tried to instill that in her in the past— but camp made it click! There is a whole new confidence. She's always loved these things but her time at Project Scientist gave her a sense of seeing herself as a scientist and explorer… THANK YOU!!”

- Project Scientist parent, Julia

Summer 2016 Academy Themes

  • Week 1: Animals, Bugs & Botany - Observe life cycles, habitats & natural environments!
  • Week 2: The Speed of Light - Discover physics, air & space, light & optics! 
  • Week 3: Forces of Nature - Learn more about hurricanes, tsunamis, earthquakes, weather, geology & more! 
  • Week 4: The STEM of Sports - Explore sports, medicine, health, physiology, fitness & nutrition! 
  • Week 5: The Science of Crime & Chemistry - Become a forensic chemist by solving crimes through analyzing evidence! 
  • Week 6: Tech Maker & Creator Lab - Create and code your own computer and use engineering design to create innovative products! 

Camp Logistics

Camp Hours
Students can be dropped off between the hours of 8:30 AM and 9:00 AM Camp activities begin at 9:00 AM and conclude at 5:00 PM Pick up hours are between 5:00 and 5:30.

Drop-off/Pick-up Locations
Drop off/Pick up locations are specific to each site. As we get closer to Summer 2016, more information regarding the specifications of the site logistics will be provided.

Camp Staff
Project Scientist Camp staff is comprised of State Certified teachers, STEM and Education major interns, and high school girls and volunteers. The Certified Teacher to student ratio does not exceed 1:20 and includes the support of trained college interns.

Students must bring 2 snacks, water bottles, and a sack lunch every day. A morning and an afternoon “snack time” are scheduled daily. There is no access to refrigerators or microwaves.

Off Site/Field Trips
Every week, students take field trips to a STEM location that enhances the theme for that week. Field trips usually take part at the beginning of the day and a bus is used to transport students and staff to the facility.

A Typical Day at Camp

8:30 AM – 9:00 AM Girls arrive and get pumped for the day!
9:15 AM - 10:00 AM STEM Superstar! – A female scientist visits in person or via Skype to talk with the girls about her STEM story, her profession, and strategies to succeed in that field
10:00 AM – 10:15 AM Snack / Restroom Breaks
10:15 AM – 12:00 PM Hands-on EXCITING SCIENCE!
12:00 PM -12:45 PM Lunch/breaks
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM Hands-on AMAZING SCIENCE!
2:00 PM – 2:15 PM Snack / Break
2:15 PM – 3:15 PM Arts (STEAM) integration
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM P.E. (Physics/Engineering) integration
4:30 PM – 5:00 PM Scientific Discovery Reflection
5:00 PM – 5:30 PM Pick-Up

*The times indicated are estimate and include transition periods
** One day per week will be offsite on a field trip.

Camp Fees

Total Cost: Charlotte: $390/week  Pasadena: $725/week

Discounts: Early-Bird Discount: Sign up by January 31st to save!

Sign up for all six weeks and save!  

Financial aid/scholarships available based on merit and need. More information available in January, sign up for more information.  


What do I do if a class is already filled?
In the event that the age group your child needs has been filled, a notification will be made informing you if other weeks are available.

How do you divide the students by ages?

  • Students ages 4-6; class cap of 16
  • Students ages 7-8; class cap of 20
  • Students ages 9-10; class cap of 20
  • Students ages 11-12; class cap of 20

Are my fees refundable?
Once you are accepted and have paid in full, fees are nonrefundable. As we hire staff, purchase supplies and rent space according to registration numbers, we rely on fees to cover program resources. 

Can I submit documents via mail?
All documents must be completed using our online system. If access to computers is limited, please notify a member of the Project Scientist team who can assist you in finding computer and Internet locations.

Can I mail my check?
Yes. You may mail a check for the initial deposits and for full payment. Checks must be received within 10 days of your online registration. Email confirmation will be provided upon receipt of check. If the check is not received within 10 days of registration, the spot reopens. Please address the check to “Project Scientist”. In the notes section of the check, please indicate your child’s name. Send checks to:

217 Cypress Dr. #F
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Attention: Project Scientist

Can my child bring a phone?
Project Scientist is a device-free camp. We encourage all scientists to be actively present to effectively learn and engage with our STEM curriculum. 

What will my child learn?
The lessons for the week are all based on the weeks’ theme and curriculum is created by the UNC Charlotte Center for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. The Project Scientist staff prioritizes establishing a safe community for female STEM leaners. Our staff practices and promotes tenants that uplift and encourage our students, and all lessons follow the process thinking of the scientific method. Your child will be surrounded by and practice strategies in teamwork, resiliency, self/group motivation, and trial/error recovery. The academic curriculum taught has been developed by nationally recognized affiliates. Here are a few: