Giant Leap Summer Science Workshops

Our Mission

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Our focus at Giant Leap Summer Science Workshops is to give high school students basic and advanced hands-on experience to prepare them for the world of science research. Working in small groups, students will take on different projects working closely with our faculty, graduate students, and other researchers. Exciting news! Two new biology programs have been added this year.

Your child will have their individual research project tailored to their interests and learning needs. 

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This year the program is also being sponsored by Seton Hall University's Joseph A. Unanue Latino Institute.




Astronomy Mechanics Electronics Robotics


The night sky - explained! Track the movements of stars and planets in our observatory. Learn about nebulas and all the life stages of a star!

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Learn the fundamental physics that governs the world around us and apply them in fun and creative new projects!

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Learn the ins and outs of the electronic circuit - and then build one of your own!

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Build your own Raspberry Pi computer to control your Robotics projects. You will also learn the basics of 3D printing.

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Two new programs have also been added! Detailed Information on the Forensics and Urban Farming summer programs will be available soon so please check back for more updates.

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Learn with the Best


Our Faculty

Dr. Alfred Freilich is a graduate of Columbia University in New York, NY and Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, NJ. He has many years of experience in teaching at the university level as well as working in industry. Research and Development work in Materials Science and Electronics were his main fields. As for the last few years he was also involved in Seton Hall University outreach programs and is the Giant Leap program director.

Dr. Jose L. Lopez has conducted extensive research in the field of plasma physics, particularly in the subfield of microplasmas, where he is recognized as an international expert. Lopez has served as the principal investigator on a number of grants from a variety of organizations, including the National Science Foundation and the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, involving plasma research and science education outreach. In total his grants have been valued at more than $3 million. Read more »

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The summer period runs from July 9 - August 17, 2018. Each workshop spans five days of one week. Workshops run from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Mon-Fri, with an hour lunch break. The Astronomy workshop requires overnight stay Mon - Fri, with supervised housing provided in the Seton Hall University dormitory buildings, alongside participants of other summer programs, overseen by graduate and undergraduate advisors. Learn more »


Registration for the Summer 2018 season opens in March. Applicants must submit an online application form and personal statement no longer than one page detailing experience, interests, and background.


Laboratory of Electrophysics and Atmospheric Plasmas (LEAP) in the Department of Physics, at Seton Hall University in South Orange, New Jersey. We are conveniently located 1.5 miles from the South Orange Train Station.

Financial Aid

We have very limited funding to partially support students who are in need of financial aid which is conducted on a case-by-case basis.

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