Physics Wonder Girls Get Grant Support for Renewable Energy–Themed Camp

By Jenna Pizzi

Published on May 21, 2019

Physics Wonder Girls CampUSciences was awarded grant support for the Physics Wonder Girls summer camp through the E2 Energy to EducateSM grant program, funded through Constellation, an Exelon company.

E2 Energy to Educate awarded 20 projects over $450,000 in 2018, reaching more than 18,000 students nationwide. These grant awards support team-oriented, hands-on projects with specific results. E2 Energy to Educate projects enhance student understanding of the science and technology needed to address energy issues and reach and inspire students to think differently about energy.

With this grant funding, the Physics Wonder Girls Camp at USciences will be able to produce renewable energy–themed activities this summer. The funding will support student projects including solar car competitions, learning around fuel cell technology and wind power, and learning energy concepts via an interactive gaming platform.

Two elite cohorts of 15 rising eighth and ninth graders from diverse backgrounds are selected, on the basis of recommendations, grades, and a personal essay, from a pool of top-performing students nominated by their science teachers.

Mentored by Roberto Ramos PhD, and undergraduate students, the cohort will work in teams as they undergo an intensive week of project-building, experiments, and demonstrations focusing on renewable energies. They will study solar and wind energies, including their physical basis, generation, storage, transmission, and application, as well as comparisons between conventional and organic solar cells.

Campers will be treated to physics-based games, research lab tours, and inspiring STEM career talks by women scientists and engineers from the private sector and academia. The camp will end with a capstone Community Energy Show by the newly minted Energy Girl Ambassadors who will perform their favorite energy demonstrations to a roomful of family, teachers, and friends. For even broader impact, the girls will participate in community energy outreach at the annual Philadelphia Science Festival Carnival, which is visited by over 70,000 people. They will explain and lead renewable energy–based demonstrations and interactive, hands-on activities that will excite and stimulate interest in renewable energy. Finally, the energy equipment and materials will be used during the regular semesters by Dr. Ramos to catalyze and energize energy-based undergraduate research.

For more information about the Physics Wonder Girls Program, or to learn how to apply, visit the camp website at https://sites.google.com/usciences.edu/physicswondergirlscamp/ or contact the camp director, physics professor Dr. Roberto Ramos at r.ramos@usciences.edu or physicswondergirls@gmail.com.

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