March 25-27, 2013, Indiana Wesleyan University Campus

Funded by National Science Foundation DMR Grant #1206561

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Three days of fun and fascination with hands-on physics experiments, demonstrations, games, and science tours for Girls Only  !!!

The Physics Wonder Girls, Class of 2013, included:

Caroline Fraker, Kennedee Franklin, Megan Griffin, Olivia Hazelwood, Rachel Jones, Emily Knight, Rachel Knight, Victoria Miller, Grace Pluimer, McClane Rush, and Katie Whybrew.

All participants were recommended by their science teachers and chosen on the basis of science grades and submitted essays. Participants worked in groups on the following physics themes, using modules most of which were written and developed  by R. Ramos (PI) for the camp:

Kitchen Physics                                                             Electrifying Fun

-   The Physics of Microwave Ovens                         – Make Lightning in the lab

-    Soft Drinks, Buoyancy and Sugar                        – Levitating Plates

-   Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream                                     – High-Voltage, Hair-Raising Fun

Physics of the Invisible                                           Wonder Materials!

-   Manipulating Light and Sound                              -  Levitating Superconductors

-   Air Cannons!                                                                 -  Nanotechnology-inspired fabrics!

Things that Float                                                         Science Tours / Career Talks

-  Walk on a liquid !                                                          -  Interview with Girl Scientists

-   Hovercraft Rides                                                         -  The Science of Fingerprinting

-  Floating on Heavy Gas: SF6                                     – Tour the college campus

No Pressure!                                                                 What Goes up Comes Down

- The Power of Vacuum                                               – Free fall with G-balls

- Walk on Eggs                                                                -  Eggdrop Competition


culminating in a Physics Girl Show for Family, Friends and Teachers!


The  amazing and highly-talented all-female IWU student crew of Camp Counselors include : Joy Fetter, Rachel Potter, Jaki Richter, Kaley Necessary, Audrey Evans, Leah Rasmussen, Molly Fuller, Kelsey Davitt, and Ellen Steinke.  Audrey Evans, Gail Runyan and Charlene Redwine contributed to artwork.

Cheryl Edris, Charlotte Sallade, Dale Briscoe, Jeff Gordon, and Neil Rush  provided outstanding administrative and resource support. Profs. Tara Renbarger and Grace Miller provided science career insights to participants as female scientist-models. Prof. Eric Kern provided his expertise in forensic fingerprinting. Thanks to middle school teachers Brian Adams, Lori Babb, Andrea Lane, and Steve Shugart for encouraging their students to participate and send in applications.

Kristiana Ramos provided the inspiration for the camp and Brenda Fermin-Ramos provided many creative ideas, encouragement, and unwavering moral support.

Roberto Ramos (PI and Camp Director) gratefully acknowledges the National Science Foundation DMR Grant # 1206561 for funding the Physics Wonder Girls Camp.

The Girls Physics Demonstration Show, the camp's capstone activity, was packed with an audience that included parents, families and friends of campers, IWU staff and counselors, and the eleven middle school participants.

Feedback from Parents:

My daughter had a great time! She loves to do the “hands on” learning. The young women who worked with the girls were very awesome role models. They made learning exciting and fun! I cannot say enough about how impressed I was with Megan’s experience. I hope there are more opportunities throughout her high school years! Thank you again, Dr. Ramos!

                                                                                                                                                                                                    – Cathy G.

I wanted to let you know how much our family appreciated our daughter being given the opportunity to participate in this event. Any chance that a young student is provided to get deeper into math and science I feel should be taken advantage of. Many are intimidated by the words themselves but when given an opportunity, such as this, have their eyes opened to what they can do. The hands on, practical, introduction to science made it fun and interesting. Participating in this event has open new conversations between us about what our daughter’s future might be.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    - Todd R.

I want to take this time to thank both you and Indiana Wesleyan for providing an enrichment opportunity for middle school aged girls. We were warmly welcomed to the campus. The Physics Camp allowed my daughter to venture beyond, her comfort zone. Not only did she make new friends, but she was able to conduct hands-on physics experiments. Daily, she excitedly would explain what she did and was able to explain how and why, regarding the experiments…Again, thank you for providing this wonderful opportunity, to enrich the minds of middle school girls.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  - Sheila F

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant Number #1206561. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

Physics Wonder Girls is registered with the National Girls Collaborative Project