Our Response to COVID-19

As we continue to evaluate the rapidly changing tides of COVID-19 throughout the United States, we want you to know that the health and safety of Project Scientist families and supporters is our top priority. We would love to see your STEM girl in person this summer, but we've determined that online learning will be the safest way to keep your children engaged, learning, and having fun, given the current restrictions from our university campus sites as well as health guidance from government officials. We're happy to introduce our new online summer program, The Project Scientist Virtual Lab, which is designed to keep your children engaged and learning in an online virtual community.

We are closely monitoring the recommendations of the CDC and have contacted our local and state health departments to implement all guidelines provided by these organizations. While our Summer STEM Academy will plan to continue in 2021, Project Scientist will work with its partners to take essential steps to keep our guests and staff healthy and prevent the spread of COVID-19:

  • We clean our facilities and equipment frequently. While we have always cleaned tangible surfaces and objects throughout the day during our Academy, we plan on introducing a routine hourly cleaning cycle to maintain cleanliness throughout our sites. 

  • We bring in professional cleaners. We are working closely with our university sites to implement new and existing cleanliness protocols. Our sites are cleaned daily by a professional cleaning service, using only EPA approved, hospital-grade disinfectants.

  • We use CDC approved products. We use cleaning products that have been recommended by the CDC as being effective against COVID-19 and other illnesses.

  • We encourage clean hands. We encourage our students and staff to wash their hands with soap and water for a minimum of 20 seconds. When soap and water is unavailable, we provide hand sanitizers.

  • We limit the number of students per class. We have always kept our class sizes small to enhance our students’ learning experience. Our classes contain no more than 20 students, which is within CDC’s recommendation for gathering sizes.

  • We are educated and prepared. All of our staff are CPR and first-aid certified. Additionally, we are trained and aware of pandemic safety response protocols. We are continuously engaging with local and state health departments to receive updated information on COVID-19, including how to respond to it.

The safety of our students and staff is our utmost priority. We are confident that we have the steps in place to reduce risk of COVID-19 at our sites. We are closely monitoring the situation and are adjusting accordingly to respond. We are learning more and working on adjusting to this situation with all of you day by day.