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University of Pennsylvania

3 Weeks

Experimental Physics Research Academy

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On Campus $5,700 - $21,115Age Range 14-18Course Time Morning, Afternoon EST

This Academy allows students to take advantage of the vast research facilities on Penn’s campus to explore modern physics topics that are out of reach for most high school programs. You will learn about mechanics and optics, and move on to basic electricity and prove basic theory through the knowledge and lab skills. Each lab group will construct and use its own apparatus to measure the speed of light. The program is organized to allow students to become familiar with laboratory hardware they use and to actually assemble and test some of it. Prerequisite: Previous physics experience is encouraged, though not required.

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Highlights Once or twice a week, instructors from Penn speak about their research work, and students present group reports on the work they have done. Afternoons are typically spent in the lab. You will learn mechanics in preparation for a field trip to a local amusement park, where you will study the physics of rides with the help of electronic data logging devices and computers. The Program Director is Peter Harnish, the Undergraduate Lab Manager for the Department of Physics and Astronomy, where he designs and runs the first- and second-year physics labs. While his physics experience includes theoretical graphene research and experimental quantum optics, his vocation is toward teaching.
Courses & Academies This program meets 5 days a week, both morning and afternoon, with a lunch break. Students receive a Certificate of Completion from the university at the end of the program.
Dates & Tuition
  • Jul 10 - Jul 28: Research Academy - $5,500
Supplemental Fees $250 Supplemental Lab Fee
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