Physics Summer Camp

A one week commuter (non-residential) camp for students interested in the physical sciences, including physics and engineering, mathematics and computers.


Dates: July 7 - July 11, 2014
July 21 - July 25, 2014
Application Deadline: Applications must be postmarked by May 15, 2014
Cost: $500.00 ($50 due upon acceptance; balance due on first day of program)
Instructor: Dr. Gillian Winters

Students entering 10th, 11th or 12th grade in the fall of 2014. Students with a strong interest and background in math and science are encouraged to apply. This camp is not for students who have taken Physics.

Hours: Monday - Thursday


  Friday 9:00am-3:00pm
Lunch: Students may bring bag lunches or may purchase food at the university Student Activities Center.

Goal:  Introduce motivated high school students to aspects of physics through a variety of hands-on activities. The activities will be supplemented by short lectures and demonstrations from guest speakers, as well as tours of the university facilities. Activities may include, but are not limited to:

  • Demonstrate physical concepts. Many magic tricks use physics-related concepts to deceive the audience or make the unexpected occur. We will explore the science behind some classic tricks.
  • Design and build simple electrical circuits, with the goal of understanding simple household light fixtures and switches.
  • Build a simple circuit game such as a reaction tester or heads-or-tails using a kit. These kits require soldering, so participants will be introduced to (or reminded of) basic soldering techniques.
  • Explore statistical processes. Complex systems, such as global warming, economic uncertainty, and even sports, are best understood using statistical reasoning. We will use games and computer programs to explore some statistically-based events.
  • Create a light-maze using lasers and mirrors, and discuss eyes and vision while we explore lenses.
  • Frank Lloyd Wright’s famous Fallingwater house is spectacularly cantilevered over a waterfall. We will explore structures and cantilevers through a variety of design and build projects.

Physics Summer Camp Application

For additional information or questions, please call (631-632-9750) or e-mail (



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