CenturyLink and the Denver Broncos Tackle STEM sponsored Little Shop of Physics engagement activities in 2018-2019. These events included 7 school/club and two public events which in total reached 12,000 people. This partnership also sponsored science giveaways for all 20,000 K-12 students that the Little Shop of Physics visited this year!

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This week Lena and Brian explore lenticular plastic — which contains many tiny cylindrical lenses — to play some cool tricks with light. This special plastic defocuses light along one axis, and is the basis of the LSOP experiment “Straw Crossed”.

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Beau shares one last experiment with Heather before he heads off to medical school. “Muscle Memory” uses nitinol wire; sometimes called memory wire, nitinol is a nickel-titanium alloy that “remembers” its previous shape and reverts back to it when heated. The mechanism is an unusual phase change in the metal.

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Check out LSOP’s participation in CSU’s for Math-Science-Tech (MST) Day, a fun-filled day with interactive STEM content (like the Little Shop of Physics!), admissions information, CSU student mentoring, and cultural programming. This even is sponsored by El Centro and has a focus on traditionally underserved and Latinx populations.

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Open House is this Saturday, February 23! Here’s a preview of the “We Are All Connected” presentation!

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The Little Shop of Physics represented the College of Natural Sciences in the 2018 Colorado State University Homecoming Parade!

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Super Science Saturday is an annual free public event at the UCAR Mesa Lab in Boulder. We are excited to take part in it and spend a Saturday doing science science with some awesome kids (and adults)!

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The Little Shop of Physics has been part of the annual AISES (American Indian Science and Engineering Society) pow wow for a decade, and it’s one of the highlights of our year. We are honored to be asked to take part, and pleased to be able to provide an interactive science exploration component for the families and children taking part in the powwow. It’s a good chance for us to partner with our colleagues in the Native American Cultural Center, a wonderful opportunity to support this amazing event, and it provides a chance for the kids taking part in the powwow to get up, get moving, and do a bit of science exploration.

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Check out Little Shop of Physics in Action at the Ram Welcome Street Fair as we welcome new freshmen to CSU!

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The Little Shop of Physics kicked off the tour with our annual tradition of setting up some of our favorite hands-on science experiments at the Kids Music Adventure, part of Bohemian Nights at New West Fest.

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