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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: The Animal Show Part 2

Submit your sciencey animal videos for a chance to have them appear on the LSOP Live Animal Show (part 2) on Friday, May 7!

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Lesher MS Classroom Connections, March 11-12, 2021

The LSOP crew did a virtual Classroom Connections program with Lesher Middle School on March 10-11, 2021. The program — which focused on waves, sound, light, and beyond the rainbow — involved experiments and activities done by the students in their classroom (with help from teacher Ms. Freemyer and student-teacher Ms. Harsh). These experiments and […]

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LSOP Article in the Collegian

On March 9, 2021 an article titled “CSU’s Little Shop of Physics continues to thrive virtually” by Ceci Taylor ran in the Rocky Mountain Collegian. The article highlights some of our Virtual Connections over the last year as we’ve made the pivot to physically distant interactive science engagement.

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Public Events

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LSOP Live: Everyday Science, Friday, May 14

In our season finale, we  show you dozens of cool science experiments and science tricks you can do at home with easy-to-find materials. You can make things float in the air, make things disappear, make things ride on a cushion of steam and more! We invited every member of the LSOP Live team to show [...]

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LSOP Live: Animals!, Friday, May 7, 2021

There is a lot of interesting science behind how animals see the world, move through the world, communicate with each other, and generally do what they do. Geckos use static electricity to climb walls, birds can see light beyond the end of the rainbow, and bees can sense electric fields—and they use this sense to [...]

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LSOP Live: Sustainability, Friday, April 30

Join the LSOP Live team for a special show on creative ways to reduce and reuse, as well as creative ways to convert and store energy. We show you how to make electricity using hibiscus tea and powdered donuts (and a bit of sunlight). We power a toy using heat from a cup of coffee, [...]

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