Summer Physics Camp for Young Women
The 6th annual Summer Physics Camp for Young Women in New Mexico offers a unique opportunity for young women to explore careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
Held virtually this year, this two week long camp will offer students from all over New Mexico a chance to boost their understanding of how STEM improves the world around us through activities, speakers, virtual tours, and a hands-on projects.
Have you heard about the James Webb Space Telescope or Mars Rover? Do you know how we send missions to space and what they can tell us about the evolution of our Universe? Do you know how we track COVID or HIV, and how the vaccines were created? Would you like to learn how to build a robotic hand or design an object with a computer aided design application?
At the Camp, students will study the principles of physics, engineering, bioengineering and computer programming, applying their knowledge in a range of exciting projects. They will also learn about different energy sources, including nuclear power, to better understand the challenges faced by our modern society.
Reaching beyond engaging science, the participants will find out how to successfully write a resume and interview for a job, as well as explore the internship opportunities available at local colleges, universities and national laboratories like the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) and Sandia National Laboratories (SNL).
The camp also includes virtual tours of Los Alamos National Laboratory and Sandia National Laboratories facilities.
- When? June 6-17, Monday-Friday from 10:00 am to 4 pm
- What? Virtual tours, lectures, hands-on demonstrations and interactive projects in Optics, Electricity, Robotics, Coding, Engineering and more
- Where? This year camp will be VIRTUAL
- Benefits? This camp is FREE to students. Participants who complete the program will be provided a stipend and offered to be part of SAGE Journey program that offers access to virtual gatherings and information about future opportunities after the camp
For eligibility requirements and how to apply, see the “Apply” tab above!
The application is due April 3, 2022.
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 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. Last year 16 past students from the Summer Physics Camp were placed in internships at LANL in a variety of roles! There is much more than STEM at LANL and we are committed to help our community.
Past camp websites:
Information on the program coming soon for the 2022 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:
- Young women living in northern NM, central NM and/or NM tribal communities
- 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 want YOU! Acceptance to the Camp is NOT based on grade point average or specific grades.
How to Apply:
- Complete the 2022 Summer Physics Camp for Young Women in Northern New Mexico – Application : https://forms.gle/E5rp5CbB7xZc2Wya7.
- Write a short essay: Who are you? Why are you interested in this camp? How do you believe this program will be useful to you? What are your current interests? What do you think you would like to do as a career in the future (if you know it)? And enter it in the form above.
- Ask a teacher/counselor to send a reference letter to firstname.lastname@example.org
explaining why they think this camp will benefit you.
- Obtain copies of your school transcripts confirming you have passed Algebra I level of math and email to email@example.com
Application is due April 3, 2022
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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: email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
Frequently Asked Questions:
Information coming soon.