“Physics Wonder Girls” is a free, STEM/Physics Camp for middle school girls and is the brainchild of USciences Physics Professor Dr. Roberto Ramos. Originally funded out of his physics research grant from the National Science Foundation in 2012-2015, the camp started out in Indiana and came to Philadelphia in 2016, on the campus of the University of the Sciences! In 2017, two free physics camps was funded by the Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Foundation. The camp has received national attention through the national Society of Physics Students, Miss USA website, ABC Network News 6 Philadelphia, and is registered with The Connectory – a popular portal for STEM programming.
The physics outreach camp aims to sustain interest of middle school girls in science through hands-on physics demonstrations, physics-based games, and career talks. Students in the Philly-South Jersey area who are nominated by their science teachers to be among the most promising in science undergo final selection on the basis of science grades, letters of recommendation, and a short essay, to form a small, specialized cohort of 12 campers (two cohorts in 2017, courtesy of the Lindback Foundation). Campers experience four intense days of project-building, physics demonstrations and experiments, and interactions with women scientists. The capstone activity is a Girls’ Physics Showgiven by the participants to friends and family on the last day.
Dr. Ramos was inspired to create the camp by his daughter Kristiana, who expressed interest in the sciences at an early age. What started as a small idea turned into a bigger vision of inspiring middle school girls to pursue careers in STEM fields. Dr. Ramos is committed to advancing the role of women in STEM.
ORGANIZATION/PROGRAMOrganization Name: University of the SciencesOrganization Street Address: 600 South 43rd Street (Physics)Organization City, State, Zip: Philadelphia, PA 19104Organization Phone Number: 2155968546Short Description of Organization:
The University of the Sciences (USciences), officially known as the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, is a university in the Spruce Hill neighborhood of Philadelphia. USciences offers bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees in pharmacy and a variety of other health-related disciplines. While the university's heritage is associated with the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy (PCP), the first college of pharmacy in the nation, USciences is now home to over 30 degree-granting programs in four colleges. Its nearly 2,700 students have enrolled in premier programs in the sciences and health sciences. It has a vibrant Physics program that boasts of 6 specialized tracks in physics, world-class physics faculty, and a nationally-reknowned, award-winning chapter of the Society of Physics Students.Program Street Address: 4217-4231 Woodland Ave
19104Program Phone Number: 2155968546Which one best describes your organization?: Non-ProfitWhich one best describes your program?: Site-based - stationary (students come to a site)Is your program delivered in collaboration with external partners?: NoAccepting Mentors: No
CONTENTIs STEM the "core" of your program?: YesWhich type of STEM programming do you offer? (choose ALL that apply):
Which other activities does your STEM program include? (choose All that apply):
Does your program use volunteer STEM mentors?: Yes
- Civic Engagement and Service-Learning
- Project-Based Learning
- Workforce Development
LOCATION AND SHARINGWhere is your STEM program offered? (choose ALL that apply): West PhiladelphiaWhen does your STEM program take place? (choose ALL that apply): Summer
PARTICIPANTSHow many children does your program serve each year? Numbers can be estimates.: Less than 100 individualsHow many hours/week does each child participate? Numbers can be estimates, and can be specific to a season or semester.: More than 10 hours per weekWhich ages/grades does your STEM program serve? (choose ALL that apply): 7th - 8th gradeWhich gender(s) does your STEM program serve? (choose ALL that apply): GirlsWhich ethnic/racial populations does your STEM program serve?: Multi-RacialWhat percentage of your participants are eligible for free or reduced lunch? Percentages can be estimates.*: Do not knowWho can participate in your STEM program?: Individuals and groupsCan your STEM program accommodate youth with special needs?: No
FEE/FEE STRUCTUREDo participants need to pay for your STEM program?: NoIs transportation to and from your program provided?: No students must provide their own transportation.
ADDITIONAL COMMENTSPlease place your additional comments in the section below.:
Application is through nomination/recommendation by middle school science teachers. The final participants are selected on the basis of grades, recommendations and a science essay.