Project Scientist

Year Founded
Local Leader/Exec. Director
Sandy Marshall
Main Address

PO Box 515
Laguna Beach, CA 92652
United States

Project Scientist
United States

What We Do
ABOUT PROJECT SCIENTIST Our mission is to expose a diverse population of young girls to high-quality STEM programs that inspire confidence in their pursuit of learning throughout the year.
Our vision is to originate a diverse STEM talent pool by building confidence for over 20,000 girls by 2022.
Our purpose is to ignite and cultivate confidence that a STEM career is attainable for any girl. Project Scientist strives to transform the face of STEM by nurturing future scientists who will lead the world in solving tomorrow’s greatest challenges. We know that 78% of school-aged girls have an interest in STEM, yet women only make up 25% of the STEM workforce, and that somewhere along the lines we are losing these STEM girls. Furthermore, 90% of girls with an interest in STEM want to use their knowledge to solve problems and help people. There is a clear need to encourage girls’ interest in STEM while allowing them to see themselves as future scientists. Existing inequities in education, exacerbated by school closures and remote schooling in 2020, created an urgent need for quality, interactive, hands-on STEM learning. Project Scientist was able to pivot from offering exclusively in-person STEM academies on university campuses to piloting a completely virtual program during the summer of 2020. To learn about our after school STEM Club, visit IMPACT OF COVID-19 - SPECIFIC NEEDS: The Project Scientist Summer STEAM Camp gives girls an immersive STEM experience from home! Your gift of $50 gets a custom STEM kit delivered to the home of an underserved girl in Charlotte, so she can participate in dynamic experiments with us. $300 gives her an iPad with cell service so she can join the Project Scientist Virtual Lab! OTHER WAYS TO HELP Project Scientist had to postpone a major fundraising event, and since we operate a summer program, we have experienced a loss of earned revenue. You can help support the next generation of female STEM superstars by DONATING and SIGNING UP FOR UPDATES so you can join us for the rescheduled fundraiser!
Interesting Info
  • 93% of girls who participated in the 2020 summer virtual program met someone in a career they admire.
  • Project Scientist increased these girls' STEM interest score, with 98% reporting they want to learn more about STEM.
  • Evaluations by Harvard and UNC Charlotte have proven girls leave Project Scientist with a greater understanding of and confidence in STEM careers and majors.
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