Arlington Native Hopes To Break Scientist Stereotype With ‘LabCandy’

ARLINGTON, Va. (WNEW) — White lab coat. Thick goggles. Maybe geeky. Probably male. The stereotype of a scientist is fairly well set, but a young Arlingtonian is trying to shake that up.

“I like to shake things up,” Yale student Olivia Pavko-Giaccia says.

People passing by Pavko-Giaccia, who was bitten by the science bug while she was a student at the Potomac School in McLean, can’t help but comment on her multi-colored lab coat and bejeweled goggles.

The 20-year-old CEO of LabCandy LLC, which launched a Kickstarter campaign this month, hopes to help every little girl picture herself as a scientist.

Right now, an $80 LabCandy package includes the coat, the decorate-it-yourself goggles, a storybook, and hopefully a seed that will steer young girls to science.

Pavko-Giaccia and a team of classmates at Yale are trying to reach girls in kindergarten through third grade, early enough so they don’t have time to form the stereotype.

Arlington Native Hopes To Break Scientist Stereotype

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WNEW’s Kimberly Suiters contributed to this report. Follow her and WNEW on Twitter.

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