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Charlotte camp aims to help girls master science

By Allison Futterman
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    For information about Project Scientist Academy For Girls camp or to volunteer, www.projectscientist.org.



When it comes to summer camp, parents have no shortage of choices. There are camps that focus on art, music, swimming, outdoor adventures and sports. This year in Charlotte, parents of girls, ages 4-12, will have a new option for their daughters.

Project Scientist Academy For Girls will offer a four-week summer camp in partnership with Queens University. Sandy Marshall, former NASCAR Foundation executive director and mother, founded Project Scientist Academy when she could not find a camp to meet the needs of her daughter. She was seeking a camp that stimulated learning and focused on science.

Marshall became aware of the disadvantages girls and women face in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education and careers. She decided to create Project Scientist and along with a qualified teacher, offered a summer camp for the past two summers. The camp was run out of her guesthouse. Now, officially a nonprofit, Project Scientist has expanded to form relationships with CMS as well as Queens University.

A credentialed CMS teacher, along with two Queens University STEM students, will run each small group of 10-12 students. The teachers will then be able to relay their experiences with their CMS colleagues and students.

The camp will provide a learning environment for girls with an aptitude and interest in STEM areas. The campers will interact with women who are working in the sciences, from teachers and professors, to female scientists. There will be field trips and guest speakers. Camp is a full day and each day will include physical activity and art activities. The cost is $375 per week, with a $25 discount/week if a sibling attends and $100 off the fourth week if camper attends all four weeks. The price includes lunch, snacks, field trips, lab and art materials. Parents are responsible for transpiration to and from Queens University.

Project Scientist is also looking for volunteers. They are seeking women who work in the sciences, who would like to come and speak with the girls. They are also accepting yoga and/or Zumba teachers who would like to volunteer.

Allison Futterman is a freelance writer. Have a story idea for Allison? Email her at aliwrites10@gmail.com.
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