Physics Inspiring the Next Generation: Investigating the Cosmos!
PING Camp 2019: July 22nd – August 3rd
PING is a STEMtastic summer camp program that actively seeks to increase the diversity of the next generation of scientists, engineers, and technologists. We are seeking current 8th-graders (rising 9th-graders), who are interested in science, engineering and math, and a fun, and challenging experience on location at the Green Bank Observatory. While we are especially interested in recruiting youth from under-represented groups, all current 8th graders are encouraged to apply.
Green Bank Observatory is home to the National Science Foundation’s world famous Green Bank Telescope. Students will be immersed in the research activities of this national research center. While in residence, students will work in small teams supported by an undergraduate student mentor and an observatory staff scientist (astronomer, physicist, engineer, etc.) to conduct research by observing the universe with a 40-foot diameter radio telescope. Supplemental educational activities, including bench experiences building electronic circuits, and coding activities complement the primary research theme. In addition, there is plenty of non-science fun to be had! Whole group seminars can include swimming, hiking, making and dancing– who knows? All activities take place on the Green Bank Observatory campus under the supervision of staff, who include outstanding teachers and STEM undergraduate students.
Space is limited! Please submit all of your application materials by our deadline!
Interested Middle School students must submit an online application AND all required camp forms by Friday, May 17, 2019. SPACE is LIMITED!
Link to 2019 Application Form
Link to required camp forms (must accompany application)
General Program Information:
- Approximately 25 current 8th graders (rising 9th-graders) will be selected to participate in the 12 day long summer program.
- Transportation will be provided from the Baltimore-D.C. Metro area and Charlottesville, Virginia (a designated meeting location will be provided).
- The program is fully funded, so there is no cost to students (except transportation to/from home to pick-up locations in D.C. and Virginia, or to travel directly to Green Bank if parents so choose).
About the Green Bank Facilities:
- PING students will live in a modern bunkhouse on the safe and secure Green Bank Observatory Campus (https://greenbankobservatory.org/green-bank-bunkhouse/). Note that PING summer students will not be charged the nightly fee; housing is included in the program.
- Students will be chaperoned by undergraduate students selected for the program who are majoring in Science/Engineering fields, have experience in working with youth, and who have passed a background check. Most meals will be served in the adjacent observatory cafeteria. Individual dietary needs can be met.
- Should it be necessary, medical/dental facilities are located at the Deer Creek Clinic just across the street from the campus, and several of the GBO staff are licensed EMTs as well.
- Parents and others who have questions about the PING Camp program, can contact Sue Ann Heatherly, Camp Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org