Physics Wonder Girls Camp Teaches Science of Food, Light

By Jenna Pizzi

Published on July 5, 2018

Physics Wonder GirlsMiddle school girls interested in physics got a chance to plunge into the science behind light and food this week at the Physics Wonder Girls Summer Camp, a week-long, free STEM camp organized by Dr. Roberto Ramos, associate professor of physics

The camp engages two dozen local girls interested in science in activities like building and operating submersible robots and telescopes; discovering the science of waves, electricity, and photonics; and learning about careers in science from women working in various fields. This year’s camp was sponsored by Puratos Corporation and the International Society for Optics and Photonics. 

Physics Girls CampThis year, the girls were visited by female food scientists from Puratos, an international company helping bakers, patissiers and chocolatiers find the best products and ingredients to improve their products. The girls were also visited by Dr. Xuemei Cheng, a nanoscientist, professor and chair of Bryn Mawr College's Physics Department and INTEL software engineer Dr. Marisa Bauza-Roman. Dr. Cheng discussed her research on spintronics and mechanobiology while Dr. Roman shared her career story that led her from being an engineer to biophysicist to computing engineer. 

The camp also visited the Puratos regional research and development plant in Pennsauken, NJ and got a hands-on presentation from Kerry Groves, senior R&D technologist, on “The Science of Chocolate “on campus.

The one-week held in two sessions concludes with the Physics Wonder Girls Show where the students give a presentation about what they took away from the experience.

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 (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields. This is the sixth season for the camp, the third at USciences. All attendees have to apply to participate in the camp.

Fox 29's Good Day Philadelphia and reporter Jenn Frederick visited the camp to learn more about what the girls were learning.

More Information about the Physics Wonder Girls at the  Websitehttps://sites.google.com/usciences.edu/physicswondergirlscamp/

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