My top students need a class trip for 35 students to Orlando to visit UCF for a special lab tour and to experience physics in action at Epcot.
No one has ever passed an AP science exam at my school, but my 90 AP Physics students are about to change that. After a year of hard work in Honors Physics, my students and I lobbied to add AP Physics to our curriculum. Despite resistance from those doubting the skills of my urban students, AP Physics was offered as a new course this year. I have 90 AP Physics students- the largest number of AP students in the school. We have been working rigorously, and working against the odds. We derive the laws of physics through labs, solve college level problems, and take hour and a half long practice AP exams. My students have the skills and motivation to pass the AP exam, but they are lacking in confidence. I know they can do it, but they must learn to believe in themselves.
My intelligent, hard-working students are capable of great academic achievement, but they have low expectations due to a lack of confidence. Many of them are scared to go to college, as they will be the first in their family to attend a university, let alone, graduate high school. However, my students are already performing on a college level, they love to learn, and they are motivated to make a difference in the world. They will excel in a college environment, but I need help convincing them of their potential.
To raise the confidence and, in doing so, the opportunities of my students, I want to take the top three, two most improved, and two most dedicated students from each of my classes on a special visit to the University of Central Florida and to explore physics at Disney’s Epcot. UCF has a great physics department, and world-renowned College of Optics. They produce cutting-edge research that my students could one day be a part of and contribute to. A professor I used to work under has invited us for a special visit to tour the labs and school with his PhD students. After, we will stay at Disney’s All-Star Resort and reflect on future goals in a group setting. We will spend the next day in Disney’s Epcot to explore physics in action and celebrate hard work and student achievement. The trip is scheduled for the weekend after the AP exam, and it will be one their last high school experiences before graduation.
Your support in our class trip will help my students realize their potential and attainability of their dreams. Help inspire them to work hard, follow their hearts, and give back to society, and convince them that despite the odds, they can be future UCF physicists and Walt Disney Imagineers. Thank you for your consideration.
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UCF Physics Dept. and Epcot, Orlando, FL
(Bus from Miami to Orlando = $1900; Holiday Inn Express: $59 x 12 = $708 Friday dinner/entertainment: $30 x 41 = $1230 + $1230 x 20% = $1476; Epcot ticket: $34.07 x 38 = $1294.66;)
|35 students and 6 chaperones||$5,378.66|
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