Dear Physics Teachers,


We are writing to let you know about several summer physics and engineering teaching opportunities in the Los Angeles, San Diego, and San Francisco Bay areas (with a bonus opportunity in Seattle!). Please see below for more information.


Physics and Engineering

Teaching Opportunities – Summer 2017


We are seeking enthusiastic instructors for our summer programs for gifted students in grades 2-12. CTY offers intense, 3-week academic programs for highly talented students from across the country and around the world. As science instructors you will have the opportunity to gain experience teaching gifted students, work in a small class setting (approximately 12-18 students, depending on the age group) with an assistant in each room, utilize a generous lab budget, and receive a competitive salary. Room & board are provided at residential locations, but staff local to the site can commute daily and do not have to live on campus. Courses are held over two 3-week sessions. Staff can work one or both sessions where available. Full course descriptions, job descriptions, and application can be found on our website:


We are currently seeking instructor candidates for the following courses, at the listed locations (all locations offer room & board, unless noted as “non-residential”):


Fast-Paced High School Physics

                Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, CA, July 15 – Aug 5

Covers material (such as Mechanics and Electricity & Magnetism) ordinarily included in a year-long algebra-based high school physics course intended to prepare students to take AP Physics C the following year. Competitive instructor candidates have undergraduate and/or graduate coursework in Physics, and have taught AP Physics.


The Physics of Engineering

Dominican University, San Rafael, CA, June 22 – July 15

The Nueva School, San Mateo, CA, June 29 – July 22

Through hands-on activities demonstrating basic physics, students examine Newton’s laws and delve into other elements of engineering and mechanics. Students in this course explore various approaches to problem solving in math and physical science. Competitive instructor candidates have had undergraduate or graduate coursework in Physics and/or Engineering, classroom experience (especially with the age group), and experience developing curriculum.


Introduction to Robotics

                Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, CA, June 22 – July 15 and July 15 – Aug 5

                Dominican University, San Rafael, CA, June 22 – July 15 and July 15 – Aug 5

In this computer science course, students build robots using LEGO® robotics equipment. As they plan, construct, program, and test their robots in the ROBOLAB™ object-oriented programming environment, students develop familiarity with foundational concepts in computer science, exploring topics such as algorithms, sequential control flow, and Boolean operators. Competitive instructor candidates have experience in engineering design, robotics, and/or programming and experience teaching middle or high school.


The Physics of Sports

                UC Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, CA, July 22 – Aug 12

Students use sports to explore mechanics through lectures, hands-on activities and labs, mathematical problem sets, and research projects. Competitive instructor candidates have undergraduate and/or graduate coursework in physics, experience teaching the subject, and an interest in sports.


Introduction to Astronomy

                UC Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, CA, June 29 – July 22 and July 22 – Aug 12

Students investigate topics as wide ranging as planetary science, solar physics, stellar evolution, general relativity, and the history of astronomy. Competitive instructor candidates have undergraduate and/or graduate coursework in astronomy, and experience teaching.



The New Roads School at the Herb Alpert Educational Village, Santa Monica, CA, July 22 – Aug 12


In this course, students dismantle gadgets to figure out how things work and use ordinary household items to create new inventions. Throughout this process of inquiry, discovery, and problem solving, students explore not only the how and why of various discoveries and inventions, but also the impact they have had on society across the centuries. Competitive instructor candidates have had undergraduate coursework in Physics, classroom experience (especially with the age group—3rd/4th grade), and experience developing curriculum.

Principles of Engineering Design

                Seattle University, Seattle, WA, June 22 – July 15

Key principles of engineering design are explored primarily through the construction of working models. Through this hands-on learning process, students gain exposure to fundamental topics in physics and chemistry, including basic atomic structure, kinetic theory of gases, Newton’s laws of motion, kinetic and potential energy, electrical current, and work. Competitive instructor candidates have undergraduate and/or graduate coursework in engineering (mechanical, electrical, or industrial), and experience teaching.


CTY also offers other physics, astrophysics, and engineering-related courses at residential locations across the country. Room and board are offered at most locations. Full details on courses can be found on our website.


If you work with undergraduates or graduate students in physics, engineering, astronomy, or related fields, CTY also hiresTeaching Assistants to work in our classrooms. We seek candidates with strong curricular backgrounds in the subject area and experience working with youth for the TA position.

Our online application can be found at:


Interested candidates can respond by sending a resume or CV to

Rosa Villastrigo at, or apply online.


Johns Hopkins University is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, religion, age sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, disability, marital status, veteran status, or any other occupationally irrelevant criteria. The university promotes affirmative action for minorities, women, disabled persons, and veterans.




Rosa Villastrigo, M.Ed.

Program Manager, Summer Programs
Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth