2024 Summer Physics Camp For Young Women in NM and Hawaii

2024 Summer Physics Camp For Young Women in NM and Hawaii

2024 Summer Physics Camp for Young Women

The 8th annual 2024 Summer Physics Camp for Young Women offers a unique opportunity for young students to explore careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) with STEM professionals, including women scientists and researchers from Los Alamos National Laboratory and Sandia National Laboratories.

This FREE two-week camp will explore topics related to energy and energy security (reliable, affordable access to all fuels and energy sources) and offers students a chance to boost their understanding of how STEM improves the world through hands-on activities, demonstrations, tours, talks and a multiday hands-on engineering project.

Students will learn the principles of physics, engineering, bioengineering, chemistry, computer programming and cybersecurity, and will apply their knowledge in a range of exciting hands-on multi-day projects. They will also explore different energy sources, including solar, wind, geothermal and nuclear power, to better understand the challenges faced by our modern society.

Participants will also learn a broad range of professional skills including: how to write a resumé, how to apply and interview for a job, and what opportunities are available at our local colleges and at Department of Energy National Laboratories like Sandia National Laboratories and Los Alamos National Laboratory. During the camp, the students will also be offered the opportunity to tour Los Alamos National Laboratory.

WHEN: June 10-21, 2024, 9:00am – 4:30pm (MT)

WHERE: New Mexico School for the Arts, Santa Fe, New Mexico OR Hilo Intermediate School, Hilo, Hawaii

For eligibility requirements and how to apply, see the “Apply” tab!

The application is due April 1, 2024. 

If you are curious, love learning, and enjoy a challenge, we would love for you to apply! Acceptance to the camp is NOT based on grade point average. The goal of this program is to engage those who are underrepresented in STEM (e.g. women). ALL students are invited to apply. A limited number of FREE residential spots will be available to selected students living more than 60 miles away from Santa Fe and unable to commute to the camp each day.

For more information see the Summer Physics Camp for Young Women Flyer.

Interested in becoming a volunteer? See the “Volunteer” tab above!

 

 

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The Summer Physics Camp for Young Women started in 2017 as an effort to provide local students an opportunity to interact with role models in STEM, be exposed to cool hands-on science and discover what scientists do day-in and day-out. At the camp we not only share our technical fields but also share our personal paths and it is often that sharing that makes our students realize that few years earlier we were in their shoes and we were also uncertain about what to do in life.

Held at Pojoaque Valley High School in 2017, 2018 and 2019 the camp supported 20-25 students every year from Northern New Mexico and also offered a unique opportunity to tour LANL in person! Many students met their uncles or parents during those tours and students came from as far as Taos and Las Vegas.

The unexpected pandemic brought a challenge to the organizers but they faced it and from that challenge we built a VIRTUAL camp in 2020 and 2021 which offered new opportunities for students from rural areas in NM and also allowed us to offer the camp to a larger number of students through partnerships with Sandia National laboratory and Hawaii Science Museum. And if you join the camp… you will learn that we use the term: “if life gives you lemons… get ready to make lemonade!” and we can tell you that students (and parents) had lots of fun doing the VIRTUAL camp and building robots at home!. In 2022 the camp was hosted by New Mexico School for the Arts(NMSA)  and invited 40 students from NM and Hawaii to participate in the in-person camp again. At the crossroads of many public transportation venues, NMSA offered an amazing venue to link STEM and creativity.

If you want to look at what we did in previous years, you can browse through our previous year’s website and see the activities, and lots of pictures of our students having fun.

After the camp, we continue to be in touch with the students, encourage them in their educational paths and share opportunities that we believe they might be interested in like talks, information about internships or college scholarships.  After the camp, students are encouraged to apply for interships at the National laboratories and the number of past students that secure internships at LANL in a variety of roles has increased from 16 in 2020 to 24 in 2023!.  In addition, students that participate in the camp are joining the SAGE Journey program.

The Science Accelerating Girls’ Engagement (SAGE) mission is to engage curious and passionate young women and empower them to explore a wide range of possibilities for their futures and are offered monthly virtual events and opportunities like internships at DOE National Laboratories. There is much more than STEM at LANL and we are committed to help our community.” >The Science Accelerating Girls’ Engagement (SAGE) mission is to engage curious and passionate students and empower them to explore a wide range of possibilities for their futures and are offered monthly virtual events and opportunities like internships at DOE National Laboratories. There is much more than STEM at LANL and Sandia National Laboratories and we are committed to help our community.

Past camp websites:

2019- https://sites.google.com/view/2019-summer-physics-camp/home

2020- https://sites.google.com/view/2020-summer-physics-camp/home

2021- https://sites.google.com/view/2021-summer-physics-camp/home

2022- https://sites.google.com/view/2022-summer-physics-camp/home

2023-  https://sites.google.com/view/2023-summer-physics-camp/home

 

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Program:

Information on the program coming soon for the 2024 camp!

This camp will include virtual tours, lectures, hands-on demonstrations and interactive projects in Optics, Electricity, Robotics, Coding, Engineering and more.

For more information see our past camp websites:

2019 https://sites.google.com/view/2019-summer-physics-camp/home

2020- https://sites.google.com/view/2020-summer-physics-camp/home

2021- https://sites.google.com/view/2021-summer-physics-camp/home

2022- https://sites.google.com/view/2022-summer-physics-camp/home

2023  https://sites.google.com/view/2023-summer-physics-camp/home

 

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Eligibility Requirements:

  • Students living in NM, NM tribal communities or East Hawaii Island.
  • Completed Algebra I or a higher-level math course
  • Able to commit to two-week full participation

If you are curious, love learning, and enjoy a challenge, we would love for you to apply! Acceptance to the Camp is NOT based on grade point average. The camp will provide free lunch and snacks!” > If you are curious and enjoy a challenge, we would love for you to apply! Acceptance to the camp is not based on grade point average but on how the experience can impact your future. One of our goals is to engage those who are underrepresented in STEM (e.g. women). ALL students are invited to apply.

SAGEThere is no cost to attend and participants who complete the program will be offered a stipend and opportunity to join the SAGE Journey program. The Science Accelerating Girls’ Engagement (SAGE) mission is to engage curious and passionate young women and empower them to explore a wide range of possibilities for their futures.

How to Apply:

Application deadline:  COB Monday, April 1, 2024

  • Complete the online application (including a short essay about yourself, your interests and why you think the camp will be useful to you).
  • Ask a teacher/counselor to send a reference letter explaining why they think this camp will benefit you to spcyw-nm@lanl.gov
  • Obtain copies of your school transcripts confirming you have Algebra 1 and email to spcyw-nm@lanl.gov

Questionsspcyw-nm@lanl.gov

Application is due April 1, 2024

TO APPLY CLICK HERE

 

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Interested in becoming a volunteer?

Share your time and expertise: Volunteer at the free physics camp this summer

Success depends on support of people like you

The 2024 Summer Physics Camp (June 10-21) will be in person at the New Mexico School for the Arts in Santa Fe, bringing students from across New Mexico together to meet scientists, engineers, technicians, technologists and STEM role models.

During the two-week camp, students will learn about STEM concepts through hands-on experiments, short talks and demonstrations. The camp will also provide professional development sessions and information about careers and educational opportunities in New  Mexico (such as local colleges, trade schools, STEM careers in the military, internships at national laboratories).

The Summer Physics Camp needs volunteers to make an impact on the next generation of students in STEM, in their communities and in the national security enterprise and mission. The success of the camp depends on people just like you.

Volunteer your time as a role model

Share your expertise and give a lecture, lead hands-on demonstrations or a virtual tour, support an in-person tour of Lab facilities, or share about your experiences working as a STEM scientist. Every shared experience is meaningful.

Time slots for volunteers are flexible to accommodate different schedules. If you’d like to volunteer at this year’s camp for an hour, half a day or more, simply fill out the Volunteer Form and the camp’s organizers will get in touch with you.

Share the news

Spread the word — encourage students to apply and share with fellow STEM scientists who may be interested in volunteering.

Interested in becoming a sponsor? 

The success of the Summer Physics Camp depends on our wonderful sponsors. We appreciate the support and do our best in exhibiting their business logo. Donations are tax deductible and can be sent to:

New Mexico Consortium
Attn: Teri Thomas-SPCYW
4200 West Jemez Rd, Suite 301
Los Alamos, NM 87544

Sponsors include:

2024 Sponsors

Frequently Asked Questions:

Information coming soon.