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Brian Jones Little Shop of Physics Endowment

Here at Little Shop, our interns do a lot. They build and maintain the experiments and take our hands-on science program around Colorado and all over the world. They facilitate teacher workshops, stream videos, and host public events, sometimes with only 1 participant and sometimes with over 10,000 people in attendance! They teach and they [...]

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LSOP Spring Science Extravaganza

The Little Shop of Physics was beyond excited to welcome the public — over 5000 folks in total — back to CSU campus for a day of hands-on science fun! On April 23, 2022 we hosted our first ever Spring Science Extravaganza! This outdoor event featured over 200 of our favorite hands-on experiment stations as […]

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A Taste of LSOP Shares Science With Over 4,000 PSD Students This Fall

The last year has been challenging for many folks including the Little Shop of Physics. A Taste of LSOP was conceived in fall of 2021 based on the idea that we can do exciting hands-on science engagement with Poudre School District (PSD) K-12 students in a responsible and safe way during the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Wellington Middle School Classroom Connections

The Little Shop of Physics had an awesome day of interactive science engagement at Wellington Middle School! We did a force and motion LSOP Classroom Connections program with the entire school — all 600+ students in grades 6-8!

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Ram Welcome 2021

Every August, Colorado State University welcomes new students and their families. Ram Welcome is a series of formal and informal events to orient folks to this amazing community. Little Shop of Physics is proud to take part in this annual tradition.

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What I Did Last Summer

Many of my elementary school years began with a “what I did over summer vacation” essay.  This was not my favorite task, but this summer was different (in a good way)! Let’s start with a photo. In Soccer Without Borders, the high school students mentor the middle school students. The high school mentors in this [...]

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Two LSOP Interns Awarded Noyce Scholarship

Brenna Sydow and Emma Szalach, both interns at Little Shop of Physics, are the two recipients of the 2021 Colorado State University Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship. This highly competitive $10,000 scholarship is named after Robert Noyce, the co-founded Intel, and is funded by the National Science Foundation. The goal of the scholarship is to support […]

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Classroom Connections: Q&A with PSD Virtual, May 6, 2021

This week, the LSOP crew answered questions from PSD Virtual’s 2nd graders. There were so many good questions, that we weren’t able to answer them all. But fear not…we’re making videos to answer the rest of them!

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The Rainbow and Beyond with PSD Virtual, April 22, 2021

On April 22, The Little Shop of Physics presented a virtual assembly with over 100 second graders PSD Virtual. The students were led through a series of activities about visible light as well as electromagnetic radiation that is beyond the rainbow including infrared and ultraviolet. Every student was mailed a pair of rainbow glasses which [...]

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LSOP Art of Science Contest — Spring 2021

This contest ran through April, 2021 and was open to all students enrolled in grades K-12 in a public or private school in the United States. Students were asked to submit an original science-inspired artistic composition in any field of science using any artistic medium. Entrants connected with Colorado State University students and staff to [...]

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LSOP Live: Sounds Like Science, May 13, 2022

In the final episode of the school year, we’ll do more than a dozen exciting experiments on sound. We’ll show you how to adjust your voice to make you sound as if you are suddenly very small—or very large. We’ll show you how to play your mouth like a flute, how to play a trumpet [...]

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LSOP Spring Science Extravaganza

The Little Shop of Physics was beyond excited to welcome the public — over 5000 folks in total — back to CSU campus for a day of hands-on science fun! On April 23, 2022 we hosted our first ever Spring Science Extravaganza! This outdoor event featured over 200 of our favorite hands-on experiment stations as […]

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LSOP Live: Energy, April 8, 2022

Can you really cook a chicken by slapping it? How many pushups can you do on the energy in a candy bar? We’ll also look at how transformations and transfers of energy let us shoot things in the air and keep our cool when things get hot. We’ll show you how a simple trick involving [...]

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LSOP Live: It’s About Time, December 17, 2021

In this episode, we’ll show you how to make a video appear 3D by using a pair of sunglasses, we’ll show you how to make holiday lights appear to dance, how to make a fan appear to stop—and a dozen more activities that you can try yourself. It’s all about time—about synchronizing motion, about slowing [...]

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