Yellow Scope was founded in 2014 by scientists and moms, Marcie Colledge and Kelly McCollum. Marcie and Kelly met in 2008 at their children’s elementary school as volunteers running the school's STEM programs, including Family Science Nights and the Science Fair. Their “aha moment” was realizing how well they work together and how passionate they both are about science, girls, and education. Over the years, this grew into an idea to build a company that would help young girls fall in love with science. Thus Yellow Scope was born! At Yellow Scope, we make rigorous, creative (and fun!) science kits for girls. Each kit is lovingly assembled by hand in Portland, Oregon.
Marcie has a PhD in neuroscience from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has over 15 years of experience in academic science running her own research lab, publishing her work in peer-reviewed journals, and presenting her research at conferences. She also has over 10 years of teaching experience – from leading courses for undergraduate and medical students, to training students in the lab. She enjoys yoga, walking, and camping with her husband and two daughters. Marcie loves color, design, and all sorts of fonts.
Kelly has an MPH in Epidemiology and Biostatistics from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and a BS in Biology. She has over 10 years of experience conducting data analyses for publication in peer-reviewed science and medical journals and overseeing the operations of large-scale biomedical research studies. She also has a decade of formal and informal teaching experience including teaching middle school science, graduate level biostatistics, and tutoring in math. Kelly enjoys camping, gardening, listening to live music, and taking adventuresome trips with her husband and three children. She also loves puzzles and has never met a spreadsheet she didn’t like.
Meghna has a PhD in Biochemistry from The Ohio State University. She has eight years of research experience and has published her work in peer-reviewed journals. Meghna recently completed a science education internship at Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI), designing exciting hands-on science experiments for kids. She has a passion for science communication and writes a biology blog to channel that energy. Meghna loves mountains and enjoys being outside, exploring new trails with her husband. She also likes to rhyme words, even the “sciency” ones.
Jennifer graduated from the University of Delaware with a degree in International Relations. She has over 11 years of professional experience fundraising for civil liberties and health care non-profits. Jennifer enjoys playing soccer, being outside, exploring new cities and attending Portland's professional women's soccer team, the Thorns, games with her husband and three children. She is also certain she must love carpooling children to sports practices, otherwise why would she spend so much time doing it?
Chelsea is a content writer who combines computer nerdery with science enthusiasm to create interesting stuff to read. She is a firm believer in ditching the textbooks and getting kids (and adults) learning with their hands and their laughter. She has a biology degree from Lewis & Clark College, taught 5th and 7th graders in New Orleans science camp, has volunteered in numerous conservation projects (mostly in Africa), and dreams of seeing every David Attenborough documentary ever made. Learn biology without realizing it from her blog The Chelsea Scrolls.
Claire is a senior in high school and has been drawing since before she can remember. She has won several awards for her illustrations and photography. When she's not doing homework or petting her cats, Claire enjoys drawing, watching movies, hiking, and loves animation concept art.