About Us

Pearl Project Institute – Who Are We?

THE PEARL PROJECT INSTITUTE FOR INNOVATION IN STEM LITERACY, is a non-profit organization designed to create a direct pipeline of STEM literate youth ready for the global workforce by “Fanning The Flames Of Invention And Innovation” between experts, novice professionals and America's youth. The Institute is located in Reston Virginia and we offer innovation workshops. Robin McDougal - Founder

» Corporate Structure: Not-for-profit 501 (C)3
» Tax-Exempt # 46-5249711


Schools Pearl Project Institute — Our Board of Advisors

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Dr. Carlton Carter

Senior Consultant, The American Institute for Research

Latisha Durham

Systems Engineering, Naval Air System Command in Maryland

Joyce Tobias

Senior Level Regional, Xerox Corporations, TriState Area Marketing Manager (Retired)

Laura Moorhead

Advanced Academic, Fairfax County Public School

Jenny Oh,

IT & Business Strategy, Booz Allen Hamilton, Branding- Digital and Media Strategist Tri-State Area

Chimene Davis

CEO Suburban Entertainment Group,
Los Angeles

Cindy McDowell

IT Consultant
Leadership SAAS, SerticeNow, Inc

Allyson McDougal

Marketing & Sales Canon, Inc. 
Manager Mid Atlantic Region

Eugene McDougal (Retired)

National Institutes of Health

Audie Serrano Consultant

Strategic Partnership & Development

Lauren McDougal, Administrator

Montgomery County Public Schools

Ms. Robin McDougal, M.Ed., has been a STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) advocate and seasoned educator for over 25 years. She uses a blend of educational expertise, business acumen and grassroots activism to guide parents, youth, emerging professionals and professionals re-entering the business market. As a certified advanced academic expert, product designer and curriculum developer, she acts as advisor for parents of gifted learners.

Ms. McDougal has conducted STEM, critical thinking and creative problem solving professional development in over a dozen school districts nationally and in school districts abroad.

Other Accomplishments Include:

» Collaborated with the national team of curriculum designers asked to create learning lessons for the Oh Freedom! Exhibit planned for the Smithsonian’s new National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC).
» Conducted STEM training for National Geographic JASON Project
» A member of Women In Technology (WIT), serving in the Washington Metropolitan region as the Steering Committee Chair of Girls In Technology and ViceChair of Women Business Owners. While serving, she will work with a team of executive women dedicated to encouraging middle and high school girls to consider STEM related careers in their future.

Robin McDougal, Founder & Chair
Contact information
Phone: 703.994.8645


Pearl Project Institute – What we do?

Training For Community Leaders

Community Out Reach Projects

The Pearl Project is a community based Afterschool initiative that is actively serving DC metro area and selected inner cities school districts nationally. The Pearl Project introduces STEM to Middle & High school aged children from low socio economic background — Our Goal to reach 1 million children.

Cyber Security Pipeline


Program created to inspire high school girls to consider careers in cyber security or other science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (stem) disciplines critical to our nation's future.

Girls Who Animate


This is a 6 week two hour session afterschool program that will empower girls in grades 6-12 from low socio-economic backgrounds nationally.


Pearl Project Institute – Future Plans

The Pearl Project Animated Series


This is a multicultural animated television series in development targeting elementary and middle school children using multicultural animated characters and STEM related episodic content.

A Media Campaign Targeting Girls


This National awareness campaign will target girls 8 to 18 years old called “TELL A GIRL…” using traditional and non-traditional media encouraging young women to focus on STEM related careers and education.

The Pearl Project Institute Opens


Our STEM Literacy Hub opens in the D.C. Metro Area June 2020.

The America Garage


This is a boot camp developed to incite Entrepreneurial STEM Leadership. Through case Studies and Simulation, students (H.S. & College) tackle Real-World Challenges using the Advance Thinking Method; What Color is Your Thinking? while solving problems with creative solutions.

Contact us in Reston, Virginia, to learn how you can support our
educational workshops and help us promote academic excellence in a digital age.