Open House

Saturday, February 27, 2016, 10am-5pm

Colorado State University, Lory Student Center
Free and Open to the Public!

What Is Open House?

The Little Shop of Physics Open House is the largest event on the Colorado State University Campus. Every year, thousands of people flock to the Lory Student Center for a day of fun hands-on science!

This event is free and open to the public. It is appropriate for folks of all ages, from Pre-K to Gray! There will be over 350 hands-on homemade science experiments, interactive presentations and activities from our Science Partners Groups from all over Colorado.


Open House will be in the Colorado State University Lory Student Center on the 3rd floor. We recommend parking in the Engineering Parking Lot or the Morgan Library Parking Lot on CSU Campus. CSU is also served by several bus routes including the MAX.

Most parking on campus will be available to park free of charge on Saturdays. Please check the signage in the lots to confirm. For more information, please check the Parking and Transportation Services Website.


Interactive presentations will held in the Lory Student Center North Ballroom every hour during the day. Our presenters are visiting science educators from near and far, including the  Jærmuseet Science Circus in Norway, Xraise in Cornell and the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley. Here’s the complete schedule for the day:

Jærmuseet Science Circus

Xraise Electron Interactions

UNC Science Demos

Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream

UNC Science Demos

Xraise Electron Interactions

Jærmuseet Science Circus

Science Spectacles

Designed to be big and fun, with lots of science and not much talking. Some of these are so big that we have to do them outside!

Million Volt Tesla Coil in the Dark Room

Giant Fog Rings at the West Balcony

Plush Projectiles at the West Balcony

Million Volt Tesla Coil in the Dark Room

Giant Fog Rings at the West Balcony

Plush Projectiles at the West Balcony

Grand Finale on the Plaza

The Physics Bus

The Physics Bus is based out of Ithaca, NY, and is currently touring the country sharing their hands-on science awesomeness with folks near and far. They will be set up at the Lory Student Center Plaza from 12:30-2:30.

Lakota Star Lab

We are lucky to be joined by some folks from Oglala Lakota College on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. They will be bringing their inflatable star lab and giving several unique presentations which meld traditional Lakota star knowledge with modern astronomy. They will be set up in the LSC Theatre. Space is extremely limited, and this experience is only open to the first 20 people during each presentation.

Presentations are at: 10:00, 11:00, 12:30, 1:30, and 2:30.

Science Partners

We are lucky to be joined by some amazing partners who are as passionate as we are about teaching science as we are!


The Center for Multiscale Modeling of Atmospheric Processes is an NSF funded cloud modeling center here at CSU, and a major sponsor of Little Shop of Physics. This year they will be hosting a room called Exploring Our Atmosphere, with an assortment of engaging activities surrounding Earth’s weather and climate system

CSU STEM Educators Club

This group of future science teachers at CSU is exited to present Bubbletopia, a room for kids of all ages to play with bubbles of all shapes and sizes.


CSU Department of Biomedical Sciences

This group of students and educators will be hosting a room called Explorations of Human Anatomy. This room contains human body parts preserved in formaldehyde, and my not be appropriate for all audiences.


The National Center for Atmospheric Research will be hosting a room called Wind Tunnel and Sonde Construction. Students will have the opportunity to learn about instruments for measuring properties of the atmosphere, and to build a sonde and let it fly in a wind tunnel. They will be doing several groups throughout the day: 10:15-11:00, 11:15-12:00, 12:15-1:00, 1:45-2:30, 2:45-3:30, 3:45-4:30, 4:45-5:30

CSU Department of Microbiology

Microbiology will be hosting a Microscope Exploration room.

Muscles Alive

Muscles Alive will host a range of activities to let folks learn about their muscles, using hands-on kid friendly equipment.

Open House Map

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Open House 2016 Guide Inside

Science Garage Sale

After 25 years, the Little Shop of Physics has acquired a lot of stuff. This year we are going to sell some of our extra science goodness. Some of these parts are extras from teacher kits, and could be used in the classroom, while others are great for kids. We are already surprised at what we’ve dug up!

All proceeds will go to funding teacher kits for schools in Namibia.

Alumni Reunion

In celebration of 25 years of Open House, LSOP will be hosting an alumni reunion. If you’re an intern from the past and are interested in coming, please get in touch with us!

2016 Open House Save The Date 25th

Stuff From Previous Years

This is our 25th Annual Open House. Check out all of the fun we’ve had in the past!

Open House 2015

Check out this time lapse from the 2014 Open House!

2013 Open House Trailer