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Intro to Astrophysics

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, demonstration, student-led discussions, and thought experiments.



In response to the success of our high school astrophysics course, 
Education Unlimited is proud to introduce 
Intro to Astrophysics for our rising 6th to 8th graders!

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

The course will focus on three main sectors: stellar structure, galactic evolution, the large-scale structure of the universe as well as the early formation of the universe.
Student’s learning will be supported by daily online laboratory work and group exercises.

The curriculum is supported by computational simulations of dark matter and galactic formation, student-led discussions, and thought experiments. 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 or physical cosmology.

Students will have the option for their final research projects to incorporate real data from working telescopes and research laboratories.

Online camp Schedule for Introduction to Astrophysics:


Program Grades Location Start Date End Date Price Options Register

Online Camp Schedule Astrophysics 6-8

Pacific TimeEastern TimeBreaks
Monday8:45am - 3:00pm
10:00 am to 4:30 pm
Includes 1-hour lunch break plus shorter breaks as needed
Tuesday8:45am - 12:45pm
10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Includes 1-hour lunch break (EST only) plus shorter breaks as needed
Wednesday8:45am - 3:00pm10:00 am to 4:00 pmIncludes 1-hour lunch break plus shorter breaks as needed
Thursday8:45am - 12:45pm10:00 am to 4:00 pmIncludes 1-hour lunch break (EST only) plus shorter breaks as needed
Friday8:45am - 3:00pm10:00 am to 12:15 pmIncludes 1-hour lunch break (PST only) plus shorter breaks as needed
                                
Click here to view the ONLINE schedule for Eastern Time Zone
Click here to view the ONLINE schedule for Pacific Time Zone
*Schedule subject to change - Final schedule posted in Google Classroom the Wednesday prior to the start of class.

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:

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 developed the curriculum for the astrophysics and intro to astrophysics summer programs.

Rhonda McCoy, PhD - Camp Director

Dr. Rhonda McCoy is a Manager of Quality Control for a leading global biopharmaceutical company.  Through analysis of quality from creation to post-expiration date, Dr. McCoy oversees a team that ensures medications sold around the world are both safe and effective.  Dr. McCoy holds a PhD in Chemistry from Howard University in Washington DC.  A member of the Education Unlimited team since 2005, Dr. McCoy has been passionate about the empowerment of middle and high school age girls throughout her career, evident in her work as Director of our Science and Engineering Camps for Girls.  She has volunteered her time as the scholarship program chair for Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and taught chemistry and physics in the Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools of Charlotte, North Carolina.

In addition to her doctorate degree, Dr. McCoy has a Bachelor of Science degree from North Carolina A&T State University. Prior to her five years as a research assistant at Howard while pursuing her doctorate, she spent time as an analytical chemist with the global cosmetics brand, L’Oreal.  In her free time, Rhonda enjoys travel, shopping, and time with her family.