Summer Physics Camp For Young Women in NM and Hawaii

Summer Physics Camp For Young Women in NM and Hawaii

Summer Physics Camp for Young Women

 

The 7th annual Summer Physics Camp for Young Women offers a unique opportunity for young women (including transgender women or nonbinary) to explore careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) with STEM professionals.

This two-week long camp will explore topics related to Energy and Energy Security (reliable, affordable access to all fuels and energy sources) and offer students a chance to boost their understanding of how STEM improves the world around us through activities, speakers, tours, and a hands-on project.

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

Reaching beyond engaging science, the participants will also learn how to write a resume, how to apply and interview for a job, about opportunities available at our local colleges, and at Department of Energy National Laboratories like Sandia National Laboratories and Los Alamos National Laboratory.

WHEN: June 5-16, 2023, 9:30am – 4:30pm 

WHERE: New Mexico School for the Arts, Santa Fe, New Mexico

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

The application is due April 1, 2023. 

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!

There 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.

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

 

 

The Summer Physics Camp for Young Women started in 2017 as an effort to provide local young women 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!

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. In 2020, 16 past students from the Summer Physics Camp were placed in internships at LANL in a variety of roles! In attrition, 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.

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

Program:

Information on the program coming soon for the 2023 camp!

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

Check out 2022 VIRTUAL schedule:

https://sites.google.com/view/2022-summer-physics-camp/daily-schedule?authuser=0#h.gwy4cfud8qcv

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

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Students living in northern NM, central NM and/or NM tribal communities who are women (including transgender women) or nonbinary.
  • Completed Algebra I or a higher-level math course
  • Able to commit to 2 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!

There 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:  Saturday April 1, 2023

  • 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

For more information visit: https://newmexicoconsortium.org/summer-physics-camp-for-young-women/

Questionsspcyw-nm@lanl.gov

Application is due April 1, 2023

Interested in becoming a volunteer?

To make this camp possible, every year, the organizers work with ~90 volunteers that offer to serve as role models in STEM and lead demos or hands-on experiments or activities. Sometimes volunteers also support existing activities to offer students the best experience through one-on-one support. Are you interested? Please send us an email to spcyw-nm@lanl.gov

Every year the camp also hires local educators that participate in the camp and also get exposed to the large number of role models and activities that they can then transfer to their classroom, impacting their school and students after the camp. Teachers selected receive a stipend for participating in the camp. Please, send us an email at: spcyw-nm@lanl.gov

Are you an undergraduate student or graduate student looking for an opportunity to do outreach and participate in the organization of the camp? We would be happy to talk to you. A stipend is provided. Send us a message at spcyw-nm@lanl.gov

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:

Frequently Asked Questions:

Information coming soon.