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Fall Mini Med School at RWJ

posted Aug 28, 2019, 12:19 PM by Barbara Fortunato

Extracurricular opportunity attached...  

Rutgers Summer Workshop on Particle Physics and Cosmology

posted Feb 6, 2019, 11:04 AM by Barbara Fortunato

From the coordinator at Rutgers:

The Physics Department of Rutgers University is currently accepting applications from high school students to participate in the 9th Annual Summer Workshop on Particle Physics and Cosmology. In this program, students will learn about the most important fundamental open questions being addressed in physics today. Students will gain first-hand knowledge of research in fundamental particle physics by analyzing actual data from the Large Hadron Collider at the CERN laboratory in Switzerland using the analysis tools used by research physicists. In addition, students will get hands-on experience at collecting cosmic ray data and designing and carrying out their own cosmic ray experiments using particle detectors. Participating students will be expected to prepare and give a presentation with a group of fellow students at the conclusion of the program.

Graduates from previous years have highly praised the program and have found it to be of great help in deciding on areas of study in college. Participation in this program also helps to demonstrate a strong interest in science when applying for college admission.

The program will consist of engaging activities, fun demonstrations, interesting guest lecturers, tours of different labs at Rutgers, one special trip, and opportunities to work with other highly motivated students from around New Jersey.

The program will require students to spend about 20 hours on pre-workshop preparation using materials and activities that will be provided.

The program will meet weekdays (Monday through Friday) for two weeks at Rutgers University, Piscataway Campus, from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM each day from Monday, July 8, 2018 to Friday, July 19, 2018.

This program is sponsored by QuarkNet, an organized outreach program of the US high energy physics community, supported in part by the National Science Foundation and the Office of High Energy Physics, Office of Science, U.S. Department of Energy. The program is also supported by the Physics Department of Rutgers University.

Application Deadline: April 12, 2019

The program is free for the students

PhysicsBowl 2019!!!

posted Jan 12, 2019, 2:06 PM by Barbara Fortunato   [ updated Jan 12, 2019, 2:08 PM ]

Interested in participating in a fun physics contest for prizes, bragging rights, and fun? If so, fill out the form below, and get $6 to me by Monday, February 4th.  
The AAPT PhysicsBowl contest will be held on Monday, April 1st at 12:45-1:45pm -- B-day 5th hour (period 8).

For more info, check out the official website:

Please spread the word!

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Physics conference for HS women and teachers @ TCNJ

posted Nov 26, 2018, 7:36 AM by Barbara Fortunato   [ updated Nov 26, 2018, 7:39 AM ]

From the organizer:

Hi all,

  The College of New Jersey is very excited to announce that registration is now open for the high school student and teacher session for CUWiP (Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics) 2019.  We hope you will encourage any young women in your classes who show an interest in science in general or physics in particular to consider attending; teachers are also encouraged to join!

Some highlights include workshops for both students and teachers, a networking fair featuring industry firms and academic institutions, a virtual keynote address from the Director-General of CERN, and a research poster session.  The High School session will be held at TCNJ on Jan 19, 2019 from 7:30AM-5PM.  There is NO COST for students or teachers.

For more information and to apply, you and your students may visit and click the link for “High school students and teachers.”  You may reach out to me at this email address with any questions.  Thank you very much, and we hope to see you and your students in January!

AJ Richards

AJ Richards, Ph. D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Physics
The College of New Jersey
Ewing, NJ

How to get 2 years of college FREE...

posted Oct 21, 2018, 12:27 AM by Barbara Fortunato

TCNJ is looking for juniors and seniors interested in becoming physics teachers. They have several scholarships to offer. If you are genuinely interested in physics, science, and math and like explaining things to your peers, send me an email with your interest in attending an open house at TCNJ on Saturday, November 3rd. 

Want to be on the US Physics Team?

posted Oct 11, 2018, 6:27 AM by Barbara Fortunato   [ updated Oct 11, 2018, 6:37 AM ]

Then you might want to take the qualifying test.  Take it for fame or take it for fun.  Sign up below first and then...
Submit $10/$20 to Mrs. Fortunato by Tuesday, November 6th.  

Each year, the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) and the American Institute of Physics (AIP) sponsor a competition for high school students to represent the United States at the International Physics Olympiad Competition. The mission of the U.S. Physics Team Program is to promote and demonstrate academic excellence through preparation for and participation in the International Physics Olympiad.  

F=ma is the first qualifying exam for the US Physics Team.  The F=ma exam focuses on mechanics, including kinematics, statics, Newton’s laws, momentum and energy, oscillations, orbital mechanics, fluids, and elementary data analysis. All problems can be solved without the use of calculus.

Students must be either U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents of the United States (green card holders) to participate in the F=ma or USAPhO (semi-final) exam.  

********  NEW FOR THIS YEAR  ********

The test will be administered TWICE - Wednesday, January 23 AND Friday, January 25, 2019.  (There will be two different versions obviously!)  I will be administering both tests, and you can choose to take either one or BOTH!  But you have to decide ahead of time which one you will take if you are taking only one.  The options are:

A - Wednesday, January 23, 2019 (D-day) 8:45-10:50pm - Hours 2 and 3 (periods 2 and 3).
B - Friday, January 25, 2018 (B-day) 12:45-2:50pm - Hours 5 and 6 (periods 8 and 5).

The F=ma A and F=ma B are designed to cover the same topics and have the same difficulty but will have completely different questions.  You will qualify for the USAPhO if your F=ma exceeds the cutoff score. If you take both F=ma exams, you will qualify if either exceeds the cutoff.

I am collecting $10 for each test (that means $20 if you're taking both).  The registration fee to the AAPT is $8 per student, plus $35 for the school.  So if I get more than 35 registrations, I will return $1 to you on the day of the test.  Both tests will be held in the Media Center (aka library).

For more information and practice exams, visit

STEM Community Outreach Symposium at Rutgers (STEMcosR)

posted Sep 19, 2018, 4:30 PM by Barbara Fortunato

From the organizer:

On behalf of the organizing committee, it is with great pleasure that I invite the West Windsor-Plainsboro High Schools to the STEM Community Outreach Symposium at Rutgers (STEMcosR) on Friday, November 16th at 10:00 AM in the New Chemistry Building on Busch Campus at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.

This free symposium is a unique opportunity that brings together undergraduate and graduate students, academic and industrial professionals across many different science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields to share their individual experiences and insight. At last year's inaugural STEMcosR event we had over a hundred people in attendance and hope to increase that this year! There will be a poster session featuring both undergraduate and graduate student work across many different STEM fields, networking opportunities with STEM industry representatives, and a Q&A panel featuring academic and industry professionals. This event is a valuable opportunity for students to ask questions and gain perspective on various STEM careers.

I have attached a flyer with more information about the symposium. Please forward this invitation to any students and faculty that you think would be interested in attending. Feel free to contact me with any questions you may have or visit our website at

Xiomara Perez

Princeton University Physics Competition (PUPC) - Sun, Nov 19th

posted Sep 19, 2018, 9:27 AM by Barbara Fortunato   [ updated Sep 19, 2018, 9:28 AM ]

Register by Thursday, October 18th.
More info available at

From the organizer:

PUPC provides a golden opportunity for your students to expand their physics knowledge and meet fellow peers who are interested in physics, all while competing for awards and prizes.

The PUPC exam consists of several challenging mechanics problems that will test the students' knowledge at a deeper level than that of conventional high school physics problems. If your students cannot make the onsite portion of PUPC, I encourage them to sign up for the online portion of PUPC, which is run by the nonprofit organization Physics Unlimited. The online portion consists of several problems related to contemporary physics research, and the students will be given a week to solve them (November 11 - 18).

This year, PUPC will be held on Sunday, November 19, in Jadwin Hall, Princeton University. The competition will be held in the morning, and we will provide lunch as well as have a distinguished speaker give a talk to the students in the afternoon.

Registration for the onsite portion of PUPC closes on Thursday, October 18, so sign your students up as soon as possible! Click here for the link to register.  [I think you can sign yourselves up individually.]

Pirates Against Hunger Donation Drive

posted Apr 20, 2018, 7:21 AM by Barbara Fortunato   [ updated Apr 20, 2018, 7:23 AM ]

Please see below for a message from the Pirates Against Hunger club. They would like everyone to spread the word about their donation drive. It ends next Friday, April 27.

The Pirates Against Hunger Club is having a donation drive and they are collecting ALL TYPES of breakfast bars and crackers, as well as hygiene items. The hygiene items include: toothpaste (any flavor), toothbrushes, bar or liquid soap (any scent or kind), toilet paper and paper towel rolls. All proceeds will be donated to the Plainsboro Food Pantry, where they will then be given to local families in need. Please spread word to your students! Drop off bins are in front of the main office and the drive is scheduled to end on 4/27. Thank you!

Green Fair

posted Apr 20, 2018, 7:19 AM by Barbara Fortunato

I was asked to share the following information with you:  

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