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Physics Camps for High School Girls
Physics camps build confidence and introduce students to key principles in Advanced Placement (AP) Physics in a hands-on lab environment.

Two-week camps are taught by Physics teachers who have attended gender equity training. Camps are held in high school classrooms and can accommodate up to 60 girls who have taken the prerequisite courses for AP Physics.

Students take field trips to a University and to a technology related company. To introduce students to STEM careers, time is allotted each day for a female speaker working in STEM field.
 


"Women should know, now more than ever, that engineering is a career that brings together passion, creativity and intelligence to a job where you can help people."

Dr. Irena Atov
Chair of IEEE Women in Engineering

Student feedback from 2013 AP Physics Camps

“I liked being able to learn and be exposed to material that I will see next year in my Pre-AP Physics class.”

“I liked how we could work in groups, so if we didn't know the answer to a question we could ask them for help.”

“I liked being able to do hands-on activities because that is one of the ways I learn the best.”

“I liked all the hands-on labs we did, because I am a visual learner. I also enjoyed learning something new, and the fun ways the teachers had to explain things.”

“I loved the energy and positivity that was presented. It's amazing what a little ‘you're doing great’ remark can do to your confidence and persistence.”

“The teachers were very passionate about what they were doing, and that made it more enjoyable.”

“The teacher did a lot of experiments to show exactly how some things worked, and it let us actually see how the laws of physics applied to everything.”

“I really liked all of the experiments, the demos, and the speakers. The speakers were very nice because they motivate you to become someone bigger in life and give you advice for your near future that really helps."

“We were learning, but at the same time having fun.”

“Y'all did a great job! I am a lot more ready for Physics, and this camp should continue as long as it can. Thanks for everything!"

Topics covered include:

  • Problem solving
  • Experimental design
  • Ohm's law and series circuits
  • Parallel circuits
  • Velocity and acceleration
  • Motion
  • Trajectories
  • Optics
  • Spatial skills

"I just wanted to say thank you so much for all of the things you taught me this summer! I was accepted to a university College of Engineering, and I don't think that I would have even applied if I had not gone to the AP Physics Camp over the summer. I ended up writing one of my essays for college about the camp and I am extremely grateful for everything that you did for us this summer."

Beth Wallace
Student

 

 

 

Camp sponsors

Posey Family Foundation
Hillcrest Foundation


 

2014 AP Physics Summer Camps
The physics camps have a new brand: Design Connect Create! Visit the new website and learn more about the sessions offered this summer.

Dallas ISD AP Physics camp

Impact:

A longitudinal study of the Dallas ISD graduating class of 2006 shows that:

    • 93% of camp participants enrolled in college. In contrast, 77% of students who did not attend the camps enrolled in college.
    • 64% of camp participants earned a 4-year college degree compared with 25% of students who did not attend camp.
    • Girls who attended the camps were 2.5 times more likely to receive a STEM degree and 5 times more likely to receive an engineering degree in college

The AP Physics camps make a difference for students who have been traditionally underrepresented in STEM fields. Out of the students who attended the 2013 camps:

·         90% were minority

·         67% participated in the federal free and reduced lunch program

·         53% would be the first in the family to attend college

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Watch a video from the 2013 Dallas ISD camp. 65 students attended the Dallas ISD camp, and 14 students attended the UTD camp.

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Watch a video - Dallas ISD high school girls attending the 2012 High-Tech High Heels Advanced Placement Physics Camp at Mountain View College were invited to spend a day at Texas Instruments.

View a photo slideshow from the 2009 camp
Request to join the Dallas ISD camp Facebook group

Plano ISD AP Physics camp
 
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Watch a video from the 2009 camp
 
View a photo slideshow from the 2009 camp