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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.

“Trend-changing, revolutionary focus on placing young women on a path to traditionally male-focused disciplines. Way to go!”
- Project Scientist Parent

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Summer STEM Academy 2019 Themes & Dates: 

  • 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 platfors for efficient mobility. 
  • July 1-5*: 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. *There is no camp on the 4th of July.
  • July 8-12: 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 15-19: 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. 
  • July 22-26: 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. 
  • July 29-August 2: 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.


Site Location:

Concordia University Irvine

1530 Concordia
Irvine, CA 92612

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Camp Logistics

$750 per week 

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. 

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.


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

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. 



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

Upcoming Events

Johnson & Johnson

Johnson & Johnson LogoDate: Monday, January 21st

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

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

Price: $125/individual, $225 for two siblings

University Host / Bus Pick-up Location: UC Irvine

Expedition Location: Johnson & Johnson

Description: Come join us for our Martin Luther King Jr. Day Expedition with Johnson & Johnson! The women of Johnson & Johnson's OC WiSTEM2D, Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, Manufacturing, and Design, have planned an amazing day for our students. Exploring the various Johnson & Johnson companies, the girls will explore the world of germs, what makes great bones, and how circuits are used in the medical field. Including the activities and visiting with employees, the girls will get the chance to tour the spaces, including a surgical suite, and feel like they are one of the team. It will be a great day and we hope you'll be able to join us! 

Register Here!


Hoag Orthopedic Institute and Corona Del Mar Beach Tidepools

Hoag Orthopedic LogoNewport Beach LogoDate: Monday, February 18th

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

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

Price: $125/individual, $225 for two siblings

University Host / Bus Pick-up Location: UC Irvine

Expedition Location: Hoag Orthopedic and Corona Del Mar Beach Tidepools

Description: Come join us for our Presidents Day Expedition with Hoag Orthopedic Institute & New Port Beach's Corona Del Mar Beach Tidepools! We will spend the morning with Hoag Orthopedic in scrubs and bootie covers to explore operating rooms, examining x-rays, and spending time talking with surgeons, doctors, nurses, and technicians that keep us healthy. After lunch, we will hike down to the tidepools to learn about the ecosystems we will be observing, exploring the differences between the sandy and rocky beaches, and then freely adventuring around the site to take notes as a true naturalist would. It will be a great day and we hope you'll be able to join us!

Register Here!


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