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PING Summer Camp Experience

Physics Inspiring the Next Generation: Exploring the Cosmos!

PING Camp 2022: July 24th – August 6th

group photo of 2019 PING campers
Group photo of 2019 PING campers rockin’ their tie-dye. Photo by SA Heatherly.

PING Camp Info Sessions

DateTime
January 18, 202212:00 EST
February 1, 202212:00 EST
February 15, 202212:00 EST
March 1, 202212:00 EST
March 15, 202212:00 EDT
March 29, 202212:00 EDT

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, math, and a fun and challenging camp experience.  We are especially interested in recruiting youth from historically excluded and under-represented groups in STEM majors and careers.

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. 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 games, hiking, making, dancing– who knows?! Teachers, Observatory staff, and STEM undergraduate mentors lead these talent-share seminars and teach students about new hobbies and influence an environment where hard work and fun are balanced.

Space is limited! Please submit all of your application materials by our deadline!

Interested 8th grade students must submit an online application AND all required camp forms by Monday, May 30th, 2022.

Application Information:


Link to 2022 Application Form
Link to required camp forms (must accompany application)

General Program Information:

  • Approximately 20 current 8th graders (rising 9th-graders) will be selected to participate in the 2 week long summer program.
  • Transportation will be provided from the Baltimore-D.C. Metro areas and Charlottesville, VA (a designated meeting location will be provided to accepted campers).
  • All project supplies are provided.
  • Except for transportation to/from home to pick-up locations in D.C. and Virginia or directly to Green Bank, the program is fully funded.
  • Students will work with undergraduate students selected for the program who are majoring in Science/Engineering fields, have experience working with youth, and who have passed a background check.
  • Guardians who have questions about the PING Camp program, can contact Sophie Saint Georges, Camp Coordinator, at ude.o1656671348arn@t1656671348niase1656671348ds1656671348

About GBO Facilities:

  • PING students will live in a modern bunkhouse on the safe and secure Green Bank Observatory Campus. 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.
  • Families who have questions about the PING Camp program, can contact Sophie Saint Georges, Camp Coordinator, at ude.o1656671348arn@t1656671348niase1656671348ds1656671348