TOPS, acronym for Teaching Opportunities in the Physical Sciences, is a program to encourage physics majors to pursue careers in pre college science teaching. The 2009 season marked the seventh year that TOPS has been presented. Sponsored by CUA and NSF, TOPS brings eight undergraduate physics majorsjuniors and sophomores from across the nationto MIT for a six week teaching experience. TOPS participants live together as a group in MIT housing, along with a staff assistant from the former year. The participants work with three experienced high school physics teachers to prepare curricular material, design and practice classes, and then they move into the classroom to teach at the middle school and high school levels. The middle school experience takes place in a one-week class on heat, energy and optics at the Museum of Science, Boston. The material is then revised and presented at the high school level in a two-week class held at MIT in the TOPS teaching workshop. The high school students come from the greater Boston community. The scientific themes of TOPS are seminal to the research program in CUA. The PIs and graduate students make presentations on research work in progress and arrange laboratory visits, with the goal of enriching the TOPS experience as well and providing some unique teaching resources. It appears that about seventy percent of the TOPS participants go on to teaching careers, and in some cases the participants describe the TOPS experience as having been a decisive factor in their career decision. An article on the TOPS program appeared in Physics Today, October, 2009, p. 8.