CHARLOTTE — Pediatric Orthopedic Surgeon Virginia Casey showed young girls what it's like to be a doctor at the Project Scientist Summer Camp.

"It allows us to give girls relevant examples of women down the street in their neighborhood that are doing STEM careers and are really excelling," Project Scientist Founder Sandy Marshall said.

Project Scientist is the only program in the nation that starts as young as age 4, as well as the only program that focuses only on girls.

"We do that because kids are born with a natural interest in the sciences," Marshall said.

It's a natural interest many girls lose as they grow up.

"At that age, you have these dreams and then society can in one way or another trample them or we can lift them up, and I think having experiences like this and having the STEM project lifts up these girls so they can have their dreams come true," Marshall said.