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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.

“My daughter has been glowing all week! This is a week where she has been in her element. This has been an experience of a lifetime and I am beyond delighted to give her. Thank you, thank you! An AMAZING program!”
- Project Scientist Parent

 

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Summer STEM Academy 2019 Themes & Dates: 

  • June 17-21: Coding & Gaming - Computer programming code runs the world. We'll learn basic and advanced techniques for creating code for computers, video games and more using interactive platforms such as Roblox. 
  • June 24-28: All Aboard! Transportation: Past, Present and Future - No matter the destination, we’ll tinker with different transit vehicles to get you there by air, space, road, water, and more! We’ll learn how transportation systems work together to keep us moving and tinker with tried and true vehicles to create new platforms for efficient mobility.
  • July 8-12: Genetics, DNA, and Dissection - What does a brain really look like? How does the circulatory system work? What determines eye color? We’ll spend the week dissecting and analyzing what makes each of us unique. We will study Gregor Mendel and his peas, Punnett squares/pedigrees and DNA all week long. Campers should feel comfortable with age appropriate dissections to attend this camp.
  • July 15-19: Science of Crime - Real Life and Online - Become a forensics expert by solving both in person and online crimes through analyzing evidence. Digital crime is on the rise and we’ll learn how to protect ourselves and others through cybersecurity. 
  • July 22-26: Robotics & AI - Join us as we dive into the world of AI through robotics. We'll use various platforms to build models, use sensors and motors and configure behaviors to design our own robots. As our robots come to life, we'll test our models with challenges fostering creativity and innovation.
  • July 29-August 2: How It’s Made - Let’s get our hands dirty as we uncover how things are made! We’ll take apart and breakdown well-known and beloved items and gain appreciation for the processes and people who make them.

 

Site Location

 

Johnson & Wales University

801 W Trade St, Charlotte, NC 28202

University of North Carolina, Charlotte: Center City Campus

320 E 9th St, Charlotte, NC 28202

Questions about the Charlotte locations? Contact us at info@projectscientist.org

Camp Logistics

Pricing
$450 per week

Register for 6 weeks and receive $120 off your total camp tuition! Discount is auto-applied at register. Cannot combine any discounts. The system will auto apply the greatest discount per application. 

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 PM.

Drop-off/Pick-up Locations
Drop off/Pick up locations are specific to each site. As we get closer to Summer 2019, 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 college 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. 

Food
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!
9:00 AM - 9:45 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
9:45 AM – 10:00 AM Snack / Restroom Breaks
10:00 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.

FAQ’s

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 info@projectscientist.org

What will my child learn?
The lessons for the week are all based on the weeks’ theme and curriculum is curated by Project Scientist in collaboration with SciGirls. 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. 


EXPEDITIONS

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 Charlotte we offer full day Expeditions when Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools are closed, offering parents an exciting and educational full-day option for their girls ages 4 to 12.

Upcoming Events

Davidson College

Davidson LogoDate: Monday, January 21st

Times: 8:30am-9:00am (Drop-off), 4:30pm-5:00pm (Pick-up) 

*Please pack a full water bottle, lunch, and two snacks for the Expedition. 

Price: $80/individual, $150 for two siblings

University Host / Bus Pick-up Location: First Ward Elementary School

Expedition Location: Davidson College

Description: Come join us for our Martin Luther King Jr. Day Expedition to Davidson College! We will spend the day speaking to women faculty, students, and researchers within Davidson's Science Complex. Exploring the various departments housed here, including physics and the life sciences, our students will be able to see leading edge research being completed here in North Carolina. Through engaging hands-on activities, plenty of demonstrations, and meeting with NC's innovators, our scientists will walk away feeling inspired! We are excited to visit another university in the Charlotte area and we hope you'll join us. 

Register Here!

 

Red Ventures

Red Ventures LogoDate: Monday, February 18th

Times: 8:30am-9:00am (Drop-off), 4:30pm-5:00pm (Pick-up) 

*Please pack a full water bottle, lunch, and two snacks for the Expedition. 

Price: $80/individual, $150 for two siblings

University Host / Bus Pick-up Location: First Ward Elementary School

Expedition Location: Red Ventures

Description: Come join us for our Presidents Day Expedition with Red Ventures! Principally a marketing company, Red Ventures expands across many disciplines including platform design, software engineering, data analytics, and ecommerce allowing them to be able to uniquely serve their clients. During our visit with Red Ventures our scientists will be meeting with and speaking to women in a variety of STEM roles, touring their amazing camps, and completing hands-on, interactive activities that highlight the many career paths at this leading edge company.

Register Here!

 

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