This program is now closed to non-Philadelphia School District students.
Taught by members of Penn’s Department of Physics and Astronomy and regional physics teachers, this program combines in-depth lectures and discussions on mechanics, electromagnetism, quantum dynamics, and astrophysics with hands-on experiments to measure the speed of light and a field trip to an amusement park to study the physics of rides using electronic data-logging devices.
Other activities include an afternoon at Penn’s indoor rock-climbing wall to learn first-hand about how best to use friction to counteract the force of gravity as well as a tour of the Franklin Institute planetarium and observatory.
Want to learn more? Peruse the blog of three former program participants.
Are you a School District of Philadelphia public or charter high school student? Learn how you could attend this program free of charge through our Penn Summer Scholars Program.