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Astrophysics Summer Camp

The Astrophysics course will establish a firm introduction of the forces at work upon the fabric of the universe and how these dynamics interplay to create the structure and harmony that we observe today.

For Summer 2022 students may select from three versions of this course:         
Overnight: In-person / On-campus
* Students live in the university residence halls and enjoy meals in the university dining hall
Day Camp: In-person / On-Campus
* Students attend daily from 9am to 9pm. Lunch and dinner included in the university dining hall
Online: Synchronous small group instruction
* Morning and afternoon classes with a 1-hour lunch break, Mon-Fri live via zoom and google classroom


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Whether online or in-person, Education Unlimited proudly offers top-tier curriculum in our Astrophysics program! 

To learn more about our online program, click here.

Beginning from the cosmic chaos, astrophysics will delineate the foundation goals of the field by tracing the evolution of the universe from its origins through to modern times and probing into its future fate. 

Students will delve into the depths of the cosmos to push their understanding to the very frontier of the unknown, and perchance beyond that! Students embarking on this adventure will be introduced to the wave-particle duality of light, radiation, and stellar evolution, illuminating their curiosities in the process. They will then explore advanced topics in cosmology such as supermassive black holes, spacetime fabric, and mapping the large-scale structure of the cosmos. Studies will culminate with Einstein’s Theory of Relativity. 

The curriculum is supported by computational simulations of dark matter and galactic formation, physical demonstration, student-led discussions, and thought experiments. Observational astronomy will be interlaced into the course using solar and night sky observational telescopes, focusing on techniques for identifying the constellations and naked-eye astronomy. Students will pursue their final research in a self-selected specification of interest. Projects vary but are all relevant to modern professional research and exploration, such as observational astrophysics, astroparticle physics, or physical cosmology. Their final research projects will incorporate real data from working telescopes and research laboratories. 

For Summer 2022 students may select from three versions of this course:         

  Overnight: In-person / On-campus

     * Students live in the university residence halls and enjoy meals in the university dining hall

  Day Camp: In-person / On-Campus

     * Students attend daily from 9am to 9pm. Lunch and dinner included in the university dining hall

  Online: Synchronous small group instruction

     * Morning and afternoon classes with a 1-hour lunch break, Mon-Fri live via zoom and google classroom


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Online Camp Schedule Astrophysics

Pacific TimeEastern TimeBreaks
Monday9:00 am to 4:00 pm
10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Includes a 1-hour lunch break plus shorter 10-15 min breaks
Tuesday - Thursday9:00 am to 3:35 pm
10:00 am to 4:35 pm
Includes a 1-hour lunch break plus shorter 10-15 min breaks
Friday9:00 am to 11:15 am10:00 am to 12:15 pm
*Schedule subject to change - Final schedule posted in Google Classroom the Wednesday prior to the start of class.
*July 5-8 will have a special schedule due to the 4th of July holiday - class will meet Tues - Fri 10 am - 5:15 pm Eastern with a one hour lunch break daily

On-Campus Sample Schedule Co-ed Science Camps

7:30 am Overnight campers - wake up!
8:00 am Breakfast in the dining hall (overnight campers)
9-9:15 am Extended day camper check-in
9:00 am Camp meeting & warm-up
9:15 am Lab session
12:00 pm Lunch in the dining hall (included for overnight & extended day campers)
1:15 pm Recreation
2:00 pm Lab session
5:30 pm Dinner in the dining hall (overnight & extended campers)
6:30 pm Evening class session
7:45 pm Evening recreation & activities
8-9:00 pm Extended day camper check-out
9:30 pm Floor check (overnight campers get ready for bed)
10:00 pm Room check & lights out

Education Unlimited believes in small-group, immersive learning with subject matter experts and experienced teachers. We strive to provide industry-leading instruction to all of our students and hold all staff to the highest possible standards. Staff assignments vary by program and location. Some of our recent staff members for this program include:

Micol Chirstopher, PhD - Instructor

Dr. Micol Christopher received his undergraduate degree in Physics and Astronomy/Astrophysics at Harvard University where he graduated Summa Cum Laude.  He subsequently completed a Ph.D. program in Astrophysics at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) where his research focused on analyzing young star clusters both around the black hole at the center of our galaxy and in the colliding galaxy system known as the Antennae.  Even from his time at Harvard, Micol knew that teaching was his true passion, so after Caltech, he began teaching Astronomy at Mt. San Antonio College, a two-year college in Walnut, California.  He has been a tenured full-time professor there since 2006 and has taught introductory astronomy and astronomy lab classes to well over 2000 students.  Micol also created online versions of both the introductory astronomy class and the astronomy lab class and has been teaching some classes online each semester since 2014.  Micol absolutely loves teaching and the opportunity to share the passion that he has for astronomy and learning with all of his students.  In his spare time, Micol enjoys outings and adventures with his young son, taking hikes in the Southern California mountains, traveling, and experiencing foods from all cultures.

Allen B. Davis, PhD - Instructor

Dr. Allen B. Davis received his PhD in astrophysics from Yale University in 2021. His dissertation explored novel uses of statistical techniques to aid in the detection of potentially habitable exoplanets, and it presented the discovery of two new giant exoplanets detected by the TESS mission. Teaching is Dr. Davis's greatest professional passion. He has five years of experience teaching undergraduate astronomy students at Williams College and Yale University, and he has served as a full-time high school physics and math teacher at the International School of Boston for the past year. Dr. Davis loves incorporating astronomy into his classes wherever possible; he takes great pleasure in seeing his students light up as they come to understand complex topics when they are broken down and presented in an accessible way.

Gladys Velez Caicedo - Instructor


Gladys Velez Caicedo is an instructor in the Department of Physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).  A graduate of Columbia University in New York City, Gladys holds a Bachelor of Science degree in astronomy & physics.  Gladys has conducted high energy particle astrophysics at various labs around the world, such as Nevis Laboratories and as part of the VERITAS collaboration. Gladys developed a passion for high school education during her college years. While at Columbia, she established the Columbia Education Studies Program in 2011, designed to give high school students wide-range access to university education.  Gladys joined the Education Unlimited team in 2017. She has developed the curriculum for both the astrophysics and introduction to astrophysics programs.