Laguna Beach resident Sandy Marshall learned of the disadvantages that girls and women face in science, technology, engineering and math while working as the founding executive director of The NASCAR Foundation.
She decided to make a difference in her own community and in 2011 established Project Scientist, summer camps and expeditions for girls ages 4 to 12.
About 1,000 girls have taken advantage of the program nationwide. Marshall is hosting the first local Project Scientist expedition on Monday, Oct. 10, the Irvine office of State Street Corporation, a financial services company.
The girls will receive a VIP behind-the-scenes tour of how they work, a catered lunch, and a rigorous hands-on math, engineering, and problem solving challenge. The day will end with a UC Irvine Engineering lab tour.
“Underserved and unidentified girls are not provided STEM opportunities at a pace, depth, and breadth commensurate with their talents and interests. I founded Project Scientist to change the world’s view of ‘who’ a scientist is and ‘what’ a scientist does,” Marshall said.
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