Intro to Astrophysics

In Intro to Astrophysics, students will learn about the origins of the universe and the physics of the cosmos. We will begin with structures like planets, stars and galaxies, and then explore tools that scientists use to understand how the universe works. Once we have grasped the basics, we can begin to consider astrophysical topics like relativity, dark matter and black holes! We will also investigate the wide range of careers in space, from astronauts to on-the-ground technical experts and researchers.

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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!

This course will be interactive and often collaborative, as scientists rarely uncover the mysteries of the universe alone! As the physics of light is fundamental to astronomy, we will explore optics and spectroscopy through hands-on explorations and virtual labs. Fundamental rocketry and aerospace concepts will be highlighted as we discuss how humans have ventured beyond Earth. Students will make astronomical observations and learn how they can contribute to real-world research while still in middle school!

Online camp Schedule for Introduction to Astrophysics

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Online Camp Schedule Astrophysics 6-8

Pacific TimeEastern Time
Monday - Thursday9:00 am to 3:00 pm
10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Includes a 1-hour lunch break plus shorter 10-15 min breaks
Friday9:00 am to 11:00 am
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Includes 10 min breaks as needed
*Schedule subject to change - Final schedule posted in Google Classroom the Wednesday prior to the start of class.
*July 19 is a combined time zone course that will meet beginning at 8:30 am Pacific/11:30am Eastern

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.

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.

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.