JetBlue has started latest collaboration between the JetBlue Foundation
and Project Scientist to introduce science, technology, engineering
and math (STEM) education and aviation careers to girls from
traditionally under-represented communities. Project Scientist’s
STEM Expedition Summer Academy is geared towards girls ages four to
12 and includes behind-the-scenes looks at STEM-focused companies
and college programs. During these summer camps, girls learn
directly from women in STEM fields.
JetBlue Foundation hosted more than 60 Project Scientist campers at
Long Beach Airport in Southern California. Students received an
overview of the various career options available within an airline.
The vision of Project Scientist is to transform the face of STEM by
nurturing today’s future scientists who will lead the world in
solving tomorrow's greatest challenges. Meanwhile, the JetBlue
Foundation, a STEM education-focused entity, works to further
JetBlue’s efforts to place aviation top-of-mind as a career choice
“Cultivating an interest in STEM at a young age is critical to a
variety of career opportunities, including aviation,” said Joanna
Geraghty, president, JetBlue Foundation. “A strong STEM foundation
early in a student’s academic career lays the groundwork for future
success. To help the next generation of aviators take off, the
JetBlue Foundation is focused on providing access and encouraging
curiosity among all students.”
According to Women in Aviation International, only seven percent of
U.S. pilots are women. The JetBlue Foundation’s mission is to
introduce students from traditionally underserved communities,
particularly girls, to STEM and aviation and help increase these
The JetBlue Foundation has committed to provide ongoing support to
help Project Scientist grow its STEM-related programming. On August
1, 2018, JetBlue hosted more than 60 Project Scientist campers at
Long Beach Airport (LGB) in Southern California. Students received
an overview of the airline’s operation and learned directly from
pilots and other aviation professionals about the various career
options available within an airline. The JetBlue Foundation
sponsored a similar program last year for Project Scientist students
in Charlotte, NC.
"For several years JetBlue has been a key supporter of our mission
to educate, coach and advocate for girls with an aptitude, talent
and passion for STEM," said Project Scientist CEO and founder Sandy
Marshall. "JetBlue's continuing financial and educational support
will help today's campers become tomorrow's problem solvers in
science, technology, engineering and math."
Project Scientist works with universities, research partners, and
curriculum developers to offer educational programming for girls
from low-income backgrounds to participate in hands-on experiments
and partake in local field trips. Earlier this year, Project
Scientist was the recipient of a grant from the JetBlue Foundation.
This grant is funding their Pasadena and Orange County sites and
providing scholarship support and the necessary infrastructure to
position Project Scientist for growth. In 2016, Project Scientist
received their first grant from the JetBlue Foundation to fund
similar STEM programming.
addition to providing grants, the JetBlue Foundation also believes
in the power of mentorship and in-kind support. Knowing that each
grant recipient has unique needs, the JetBlue Foundation lends a
supportive hand in a variety of ways. From Q&A sessions with female
engineers and pilots at JetBlue, to sponsoring aviation-related
curriculum, to hosting tours at JetBlue’s airports and training
centers, the JetBlue Foundation provides students with awareness and
access to spark an interest in STEM and aviation.
Beyond just grants, the JetBlue Foundation provides internships and
much more to make a difference for the next generation of aviators,
engineers, dispatchers, schedulers, aircraft mechanics and pilots.
Over the past five years, the Foundation has built ongoing
relationships with nearly 40 aviation and STEM-focused programs and
provided more than $750,000 in grants to help these programs take
off and soar.
The JetBlue Foundation is currently accepting applications for the
next round of grants. For grant criteria or to submit an
application, go to jetbluefoundation.org. Visit the site for more
information, to see how previous recipients have utilized their
grants, examples of JetBlue Foundation partnerships in flight and
other STEM-related news.