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The Rainbow and Beyond with PSD Virtual, 4/22/2021

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

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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LSOP Open House 2021

The 30th Annual Little Shop of Physics Open House took place on February 27, 2021. The theme was We Are All Still Connected, and the event took place virtually on Zoom and Facebook Live. Hundreds of people from all over the world attended. Presentations were hosted by Colorado State University students, faculty and staff. We […]

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Art of Science Contest, Spring 2021

Do you like art? Do you like science? Submit your science-inspired original artistic compositions for a chance to win awesome prizes! The third LSOP Art of Science contest is now open to US students grades K-12. Entries may be related to any type of science in a media of your choosing (visual art, music, video, […]

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LSOP Featured in CNS Elements Magazine

The Little Shop of Physics was recently featured in the 2020 College of Natural Sciences Elements magazine. The article, titled “The Little Shop of Physics Gets a New Logo, Reaffirms Mission” talks about our unique program over the 30 years of its existence, from the humble beginnings to becoming an international model of interactive science […]

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LSOP Live: The Animal Show, December 18, 2020

Our last show of the year is all about animals. And we’ve got some great videos from PSD students that show their animals doing cool things. Find out about this, and other episodes, on the LSOP Live page.

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Thank you gift – Science Outreach Scholars Fall 2020

Thank you Science Outreach Scholars for engaging kids remotely! We proved that we can still stay connected and do hands-on science in a physically distanced way. This science-at-home kit is a way to keep the science fun happening! The information below describes one way to explore and more information on the topic. We welcome you […]

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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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LSOP Live: Plants!, April 23, 2021

Plants are kind of amazing. That big tree in your yard? It grew big and tall with little more than air, water, and sunlight. Plants can’t move from place to place, but they have clever ways of making sure their seeds can. And plants can respond—and even move—in response to stimulus. On this show, we [...]

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LSOP Live: Fooling Your Brain, Friday, April 9

You know about optical illusions, where your eyes see something that isn’t really there—but do you know that there are hearing illusions, touch illusions, and even taste illusions? It turns out that it’s not that hard to fool your brain, and doing so teaches us a lot about how your brain works. Video Shorts

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