This is the inaugural Stuyvesant Physics Team, co-founded by two Stuyvesant students in September 2019. We quickly grew in popularity, amassing 30 members in a year, growing from just 5 in our first year. Last year, many of our expenses were covered out-of-pocket by parents, but we are looking to be more self-sufficient in the future. This year, we need your help to fund the operations. We have found a wonderful coach, Dr. Mikahil Kagan of Penn State University, with extensive experience in not only classroom physics, but also competition physics; most of our finances thus far have gone towards funding the coaching. Our full budget for this academic year is available here.
We will happily list everyone who donates any amount on our personal website, as well as naming anyone who donates $1000 or more an official patron; anyone who donates $5000 or more will be named a sponsor. This all comes, of course, as an addition to our eternal gratitude for any donation that helps keep our team alive.
This team is aimed at teaching students physics and supporting the passion for physics that many students have at a younger age. Sadly, physics is only taught for one year in the American education system, and it comes near the end of the schooling, which does not provide much room to really appreciate the breadth and depth of physics. To prevent students from being discouraged by the often fast-paced curriculum offered in school, our team takes everything step-by-step and allows students to learn the material and prepare for contests over the course of a few years. We have two teams, Einstein and Newton, which teach students at various levels of physics. Dr. Kagan coaches team Einstein, whilst the two co-captains coach team Newton.
In short, we hope to spread the love and passion that we have for physics to other students who may not be able to appreciate physics in the classroom yet because of the way the American education system is set up, where we only start learning physics in our junior year. We started with just 5 extremely passionate kids who wanted to learn some physics and start a team at a STEM school praised for its science education. We hoped to give physics as much love and attention as people give math. In a way, we've already succeeded by growing our team into 30 wonderful students and cementing ourselves as a legitimate and official team. All we hope for now is support to get us to be self-sufficient so that we will no longer rely on out-of-pocket spending to keep this team going. My biggest hope is that this team can not just survive, but thrive and flourish after I graduate this year, and I sincerely hope that you can help be part of that. Thank you for your time.