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LEAP! (Launch Your Excellent Adventures with Physics)

LEAP logo (rocket launch inside an atom)

Are you, or do you know, a high school girl interested in this question: “What is physics, and how is it used to both understand the world around us, and fuel the inventions of the future?” Did you know that students who take a physics course in high school are more likely to succeed in their pursuit of STEM careers? We invite those who identify as girls or as non-binary genders, and also their allies, to join us in exploring physics.

The LEAP! workshop invites students to investigate these questions inside the labs of working scientists at NC State. Typical workshop topics — organized by students, researchers, and faculty from the Physics Department — have included capturing subatomic particles, solar spectra, astrophysics in the computer, atomic force microscopy of DNA, programming arduinos, organic electronics, microfluidics, fracture, and more!

The 2020 was cancelled due to COVID-19, but we hope to hold a 2021 event before the end of the year. If you sign up at this link, we will notify you once our plans move forward again.

Interested in volunteering or helping organize the event? Contact Karen Daniels

We thank the National Science Foundation for their support of this workshop, under grants DMR-1608097 and DMR-2104986 (to Karen Daniels) and ECCS-1933297 (to Dali Sun), as well as from the Physics Department and the NC State Science House.