Project Scientist Summer Academy Camp
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.
“Trend-changing, revolutionary focus on placing young women on a path to traditionally male-focused disciplines. Way to go!”
- Project Scientist Parent
Summer STEM Academy 2017 Themes & Dates
- June 12-16: Space Explorers - Explore Earth's systems (sun, moon and solar system) and beyond including several means of transportation to and on other planets and moons. Expedition to: Columbia Space Center
- June 19-23: Deep Sea Divers - Dive into oceanography, nautical engineering, and aquatic ecosystem health of animals, habitats, and ocean geology. Expedition to: Santa Monica Aquarium
- June 26-30: Sports Medicine - Learn about how the body works during sports and how to prevent, recognize and treat a range of sports related injuries. Expedition to: LA Coliseum
- July 5-7*: Mythbusters - Manipulate the physics and chemistry behind everyday occurrences and phenomena the Mythbusters way. Expedition to: USC Levine Lab and Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator
- July 10-14: Designing Your World - From civil engineering to urban planning, girls will execute STEAM challenges to design and create future structures, bridges, roads and more with a sustainable focus. Expedition to: Morley Builders and Pivotal Labs
- July 17-21: Coding and Makerspace - Practice coding through a variety of platforms including wearable tech and circuit bracelets, Makey Makey game creation, and robotics! Expedition to: PwC
*No camp on Monday, July 3rd and Tuesday, July 4th
University of Southern California
University Park Campus
Los Angeles, CA 90089
Questions about the Los Angeles location? Contact us at email@example.com
USC employees receive $100 off for each week registered. Please email info@project scientist.org from your USC email address for the discount code.
Registering siblings? You will receive a 10% discount on second and third siblings when registering. Employee and sibling codes cannot be combined.
Until May 14th, enter code OCLA10 to receive a 10% discount!
$725 per week ($450 the week of 4th of July)
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 PM.
Drop off/Pick up locations are specific to each site. As we get closer to Summer 2017, more information regarding the specifications of the site logistics will be provided.
Project Scientist Camp staff is comprised of State Certified teachers, STEM and Education major fellows, and volunteers. The Certified Teacher to student ratio does not exceed 1:20 and includes the support of trained college fellows. All staff members complete background checks and CPR certification prior to the beginning of the Academy.
Ages and Curriculum
We accept girls ages 4-12 to be a part of our Academy program. We accept no more than 80 girls per week. Girls are divided into age level groups for hands-on STEM time. Typical grouping is Pre-K/K, Gr 1/2, Gr 3/4, and Gr 5-7 but may vary depending on weekly enrollment numbers. The curriculum is differentiated for each of the age groups so you don't have to worry about the curriculum being too high-level or low-level for your child.
Students must bring a full water bottle, 2 snacks, and a sack lunch every day. A morning and an afternoon “snack time” are scheduled daily. There is no access to refrigerators or microwaves.
Field Trip Expedition
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 STEM!|
|12:00 PM -12:45 PM||Lunch/Recess|
|1:00 PM – 2:00 PM||Hands-on AMAZING STEM!|
|2:00 PM – 2:15 PM||Snack / Break|
|2:15 PM – 4:45 PM||Innovation Enrichment Labs - Girls are divided and spend 30 minutes in each activity: Arts (STEAM) integration, PE (Physical Education) integration, and Makerspace|
|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.
2017 Scholarship and Financial Assistance Application window is now closed.
What do I do if a class is already filled?
In the event that the age group your child needs has been filled, you can be placed on a waiting list and will have the opportunity to schedule other weeks.
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 full payments. 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:
PO Box 515
Laguna Beach, CA 92652
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.
If I have more questions, who should I reach out to?
For more information or answers to additional questions, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
What will my child learn?
The lessons for the week are all based on the weeks’ theme and curriculum is created by Project Scientist and the University of Southern California. The Project Scientist staff prioritizes establishing a safe community for female STEM learners. 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:
Teacher Work-Day Expeditions
Project Scientist has you covered parents! When school is closed for teachers, our STEM programs and expeditions have you covered for all girls ages 4 to 12! Have your girls join the Project Scientist team as we explore and learn from exciting local STEM companies and universities. Our popular Expedition program brings home the relevance of STEM to girls through getting a VIP behind the scenes look at companies and hearing from female STEM professionals. Tours of University campuses provide a glimpse of what college life is like and hearing from female STEM majors gives girls the vision that they too can succeed in science, technology, engineering, and math.
During the school year in Los Angeles we offer full day Expeditions when Los Angeles County Unified School District is closed, offering parents an exciting and educational full-day option for their girls ages 4 to 12.
Date: Friday, November 10th
Times: 8:30am-9:00am (Drop-off), 4:30pm-5:00pm (Pick-up)
Price: $120/individual, $200 for two siblings
University Host / Bus Pick-up Location: USC
*Please pack a full water bottle, lunch and two snacks for the Expedition
Description: Join us on our Expedition to the Bowers Museum! Located in Orange County, this museum includes 100,000 objects from the areas of pre-Columbian Mesoamerica, Native American art, and the art of Asia, Africa, and Oceania. In addition to their main campus, the Bowers Museum also includes a children’s museum, Kidseum. During our time at the Kidseum we will be traveling through two exhibits: Future Park: Art + Technology and Endurance: The Antarctic Legacy of Sir Ernest Shackleton and Frank Hurley. During Future Park our scientists will explore the digital and technological side of art by creating complicated courses projected on the floor that move and change when touched, rolling soft, large (as tall as our scientists!) orbs of light that are reactive to touch and change color and sound when moved across an orchestral floor, and by using blocks that code to become digital thoroughfares for all modes of transportation. Exploring Endurance, our scientists will experience the incredible story of Sir Ernest Shackleton’s Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition into uncharted territories. Following along with their own expedition journal, the girls will document their own Antarctic expedition as if they were experiencing it in 1914. Creativity abounds when our young scientist work and learn together in these interactive spaces!
This Expedition is powered by Daimler!