The Little Shop of Physics crew spent the first two weeks of 2018 doing what we love: sharing fun, hands-on science education, making new friends, having epic adventures, and trying not to get our solar hot air balloons stuck in acacia trees. Little Shop teamed up with B2Gold for a road trip to Namibia over CSU’s winter break, and we came back with lots of ideas and some great stories to share with you!
American Horse School
The first day of our Pine Ridge road trip, generously funded by our Halliburton STEM Pathways grant. We saw 300 students, aided by a bunch of folks in tie dye. We had Little Shop staff and interns, College of Natural Science Outreach Scholars, staff and students from Oglala Lakota College, and our friends from Generations Indigenous Ways. Each student (and all of the teachers and staff at the school) took home a giveaway bag with Halliburton rainbow glasses, buzzing magnets, a hand lens, and sunburn beads.
As part of the Great American Eclipse, the Little Shop of Physics along with ESMEI handed out 50,000 pairs of glasses in order for folks to safely view the sun. The majority of these glasses were provided free of charge to K-12 and college students, and the remainder were given away. $5,000 in donations were collected for Robert’s Orphanage in Uganda.
The Great American Solar Eclipse was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity where a solar eclipse is visible from the entire continental United States. The Little Shop of Physics hosted several events surrounding the eclipse, which took place on the first day of the 2017-2018 school year. The main goal of all of the events was to use this unique opportunity, when much of the country was outside, looking up to the sky, to engage the public, to give people a chance to safely experience this remarkable celestial event.
The Little Shop team visited Namibia in January, 2016, hosted by B2Gold Namibia. In June, 2017, the Little Shop of Physics team hosted 4 visitors from Namibia, as part of this ongoing partnership with Namibian educators.
Over 8,500 people came out for the Little Shop of Physics 26th Annual Open House
The Little Shop of Physics took the show on the road to Todos Santos in Baja California Sur, Mexico.
In October the Little Shop of Physics tried something new: we loaded 62 experiments into suitcases and flew to Oklahoma for an awesome 2 day program with the Oakdale Public Schools!
Every year at the end of the tour we come back to Colorado State University and set up in the physics teaching labs for two weeks. Both CSU students and visiting groups of K-12 children get to experience LSOP here on campus.
Little Shop of Physics has grown to a well respected and well traveled program that today reached a very significant milestone—we have now presented hands-on science programs to 500,000 students.