Open House

Saturday, February 24, 2018, 10am-4pm

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.

We will have more details about Open House 2018 as the date gets closer. But here’s what we know. It’s going to be free and fun! Check out this thank you video from Open House 2017.

Open House Guides

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Interactive presentations will held in the Lory Student Center North Ballroom every hour during the day. Our presenters are current and future science educators from Northern Colorado: We have folks from Colorado State University and University of Northern Colorado in Greeley. Here’s the complete schedule for the day:

10:30: UNC Science Demos
11:30: Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream
12:30: The Million-Volt Tesla Coil
1:30: Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream
2:30: The Million-Volt Tesla Coil
3:30: UNC Science Demos

Science Spectacles

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

11:00: Giant Fog Rings at the West Balcony
12:00: Plush Projectiles at the West Balcony
1:00: Giant Fog Rings at the West Balcony
2:00: Plush Projectiles at the West Balcony
3:00: Giant Fog Rings at the West Balcony
4:00: Grand Finale on the Plaza

Science Partners

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

CenturyLink Colorado

CenturyLink Colorado is partnering with the Denver Broncos TackleSTEM to teach about telecommunication technology is a fun and interactive way!

CSU Astronomy Club and Oglala Lakota College

Will be hanging out on the Plaza to Search for Solar Storms! Safely view the Sun and see if we can find Solar Flares or sunspots.

Department of Atmospheric Science

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 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.

Eclipse Garage Sale

There will be a solar eclipse on Monday, August 21, 2017. While it won’t be total here in Fort Collins — you have to drive to Wyoming or Nebraska for that — we want to raise awareness about this event of astronomical proportions! We will be selling eclipse viewing glass, and all proceeds will go to getting these glasses into the hands of Poudre School District students!

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