The LEAP Project at Caltech
The Lab Equipment Access Program, or the LEAP project, aims to address the social issue that many public high schools lack resources like lab equipment, which are critical to students' hands-on science education. This is particularly a pressing problem for Title I schools in rural areas that serve students from disadvantaged backgrounds. To help address this issue, Peiwei, Frank, Jingjing and Suchitra co-founded the LEAP project in early 2022 to help public school teachers get lab equipment they need from labs at Caltech. After the initial success, we have now expanded the program to also support community colleges in Central Valley. By lifting the constraints posed by limited resources like lab equipment, the LEAP project hopes to make a lasting impact that will enable students from underserved communities to make that leap they've been wanting to make towards their own goals, whatever those goals might be.
As of summer 2022, our project just finished a pilot program with public school teachers at Stockdale High School (Bakersfield, CA). Currently, we are partnering with science teachers at Wasco Union High School (Wasco, CA) and College of Sequoias (Visalia, CA) to secure the equipment needed to ensure students' success. While all lab equipment and supplies are welcomed, check out the items we prioritize listed here.
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