What is PhYSICOS?

PhYSICOS is a week-long day camp (8:30am – 4:00pm), which will be held during the summer at the UCF Physics Department.  The goal of the camp is to expose students to a series of lectures and lab training sessions in the most fundamental physics disciplines, covering the main topics seen in high school physics classes.  The general topics will include Motion, Forces, Energy, Electricity and Magnetism, as well as current trends in modern physics and nanoscience. In particular, the inherent appeal of magnetism and the nanoscale will be employed as the vehicles to interconnect the basic physics knowledge acquired in high school classes and the current state-of–the-art research in nanoscale science and technology, with a special focus on those topics with exciting potential applications in emerging technologies (e.g., nano-spintronics). Participants will have hands-on experience in the laboratory as well, including access to the UCF Physics Microfabrication Facility, where they will follow a simple fabrication recipe to obtain a microscale magnetism-based device in a silicon chip.  Interested students should have their teachers recommend them to the program coordinator (see Prospective Students).