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PPPL’s Young Women’s Conference offers girls fun and inspiration in STEM fields

Some 750 girls will operate robots, use goggles to get a 3-D view of the brain, learn about computer coding and talk to FBI forensics investigators at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory’s Young Women’s Conference in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) on Friday, March 22, at the Frick Chemistry Laboratory on the Princeton University campus. 

Ridge High School and Princeton Charter School teams will go to Washington D.C. for National Science Bowl® after winning challenging science competitions at PPPL

The Ridge High School team from Basking Ridge, New Jersey, will go to Washington, D.C., for the National Science Bowl® Finals after battling out a win against a previous champion, West Windsor-Plainsboro South, at the New Jersey Regional Science Bowl on Feb. 23 hosted by the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL). 

Two sets of rival teams among competitors in middle and high school math and science contest as PPPL hosts New Jersey Regional Science Bowl

PRINCETON, New Jersey (Feb. 19, 2019) - They have drilled and practiced after school and on weekends. They’ve learned the best strategies and they’ve listened to pep talks from their coaches. Now some of the best science and math students in the state  are ready to compete in the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) New Jersey Regional Science Bowl at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory Feb. 22 to 23. 

Steven Cowley, PPPL director, explains “the Magnetic Universe” at Science on Saturday

Steven Cowley, director of the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL), has spent a lifetime working to develop fusion energy as a viable source of electricity. But in his spare time, he enjoys investigating the role of magnetism in the universe.   

“I’m a fusion nut and I spent most of my career talking about how to make fusion work,” Cowley told the audience at PPPL’s second Ronald E. Hatcher Science on Saturday lecture on “The Magnetic Universe” at PPPL on Jan. 19. “I’ve also done some work understanding magnetic field lines in the universe. It’s kind of a hobby.” 

Remote-control plasma physics experiment is named one of top Webcams of 2018

Want to create your own plasma? You can create and control a plasma from the comfort of your own device.

The Remote Glow Discharge Experiment (RGDX) at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) allows you to turn on a plasma and change the gas pressure, the voltage, and the strength of the electromagnets surrounding it from wherever you are. From a web browser, you can control a plasma with a magnetic field, the same way scientists control a plasma in a tokamak, the magnetic devices that scientists use in fusion experiments.


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