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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.

“I loved that my daughter 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 STEM Academy 2017 Themes & Dates

  • June 26-30: Deep Sea Divers - Dive into oceanography, nautical engineering, and aquatic ecosystem health of animals, habitats, and ocean geology. Expedition to: Cabrillo Marine Aquarium -WAITING LIST
  • July 3-7*: Mythbusters - Manipulate the physics and chemistry behind everyday occurrences and phenomena the Mythbusters way. Expedition to: Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator and USC Levine Lab
  • July 10-14: 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: USC Spinal Injury Center
  • July 17-21: 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: Center Theater Group -WAITING LIST
  • July 24-28: 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: Carnegie Observatories -WAITING LIST
  • July 31-August4: Coding and Makerspace - Practice coding through a variety of platforms including wearable tech and circuit bracelets, Makey Makey game creation, and robotics! Expedition to: Microsoft  -WAITING LIST

*No camp on July 4th

Site Location 

California Institute of Technology

1200 East California Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91125

Questions about the CA Location? Contact us at

Caltech/JPL employees receive $100 off for each week registered. Please email from your Caltech/JPL 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. 

Camp Logistics

$725 per week ($600 the week of 4th of July)

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 2017, 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 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 40 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.

Scholarships/Financial Aid

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

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 Pasdena we offer full day Expeditions when Pasadena Unified School District is closed, offering parents an exciting and educational full-day option for their girls ages 4 to 12.

Upcoming Events

UCLA Engineering: Society of Women Engineers

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: Caltech

Expedition Location: UCLA Campus - School of Engineering

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

Description: Come join us for our November Expedition to UCLA Engineering to meet with the Society of Women Engineers. SWE UCLA, one of the largest engineering groups on UCLA's campus, is an educational and service organization that works to empower women to succeed and advance in the field of engineering, as well as to inform young women of the opportunities available to them in the ever expanding field! The amazing women of SWE UCLA have planned an amazing day for our young scientists. We will spend the morning speaking to women engineering students and faculty and seeing the sites of UCLA Engineering, while our afternoon will be filled with DNA extractions and roller coaster design. We are excited to visit campus and spend the day learning all about engineering from the women of UCLA Engineering!

Register here!


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