Art of Science Contest — Fall 2020

This contest ran through October 31, 2020 and was open to all students enrolled in grades 6-12 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 were able to connect with Colorado State University [...]

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Here’s your chance to be part of LSOP Live!

How can we make LSOP Live better? By including you! We aren't the only creative folks in town. We want to showcase some of the amazing creative young scientists out there! We have a new feature of LSOP Live we will roll out on our next episode—we are going to give a family the chance [...]

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Little Shop of Physics Care Package

Rams take care of Rams! At the Little Shop of Physics, we believe you learn science by doing science. Science is something that can be done with everyday materials. In your Little Shop of Physics Care Package you received rainbow glasses, refrigerator magnets, and a bracelet. Below are some suggestions on things to try with [...]

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Oglala Lakota Teacher Workshop

The Little Shop of Physics has a long-established relationship with the Oglala Lakota Nation. We have visited the Pine Ridge Reservation at least once a year for over a decade, and groups from Oglala Lakota College and Generations Indigenous Ways have come to Colorado State University for a variety of programs for students and teachers [...]

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LSOP Art of Science Contest

The LSOP Art of Science contest is open for all students grades 6-12 in the US! Submit an original composition — video, visual art, music, or written — for a chance to win awesome prizes! Need help coming up with an idea or are you just looking to connect with a scientist? We'll connect you [...]

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New LSOP Logo!

In addition to our new theme (We Are All Still Connected) and tie dye t-shirts, the Little Shop of Physics is excited to announce our brand new logo! Thank you to all the folks at the Colorado State University College of Natural Sciences and Creative Services for their hard work in developing our new look!

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Super Science Day: A Lasting Impact in Namibia

The Little Shop of Physics has a long-term partnership with B2Gold Namibia with the goal of bringing hands-on practical science education to K-12 students (learners) and teachers in Namibia. As part of the partnership, LSOP has traveled to Namibia multiple times to host teacher workshops; we have also hosted Super Science Days which are large [...]

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LSOP Live!

The Little Shop crew is live every Friday! Check out the LSOP Live page for episodes. Brenna juggling bubbles. We can show you how to make bubble solution that lets you do this! We'll do a bunch of fun science experiments that everyone can try at home. Join us on Zoom to ask questions and [...]

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Fall 2020 Student Art of Science Contest

The Fall 2020 Art of Science Contest is open and accepting entires through October 31, 2020. Students enrolled in grades 6-12 in a US school are encouraged to submit an artistic composition — video, visual art, written, or music — inspired by a scientific concept, experiment, achievement, current mystery, or open question in any field of science.

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Science Art Connection

What is the Science Art Connection? We were inspired by the Art of Science entries. The contest winners particularly demonstrated creativity in connecting art to science. We would like you to share a fun science concept or phenomenon using art. Each week on Monday we will post a science theme and some art examples. Your original [...]

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Lakota Summer Science Virtual Institute 2020

Welcome students in the Lakota Summer Science Virtual Institute 2020 presented by Generations Indigenous Ways!  Little Shop of Physics will be hosting a few sessions, where we share and learn about science. We have a wide variety of hands-on materials to explore our world. This page is a place where you can learn more about the [...]

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Poudre School District Art of Science Contest — Spring 2020

Thank you to all of the 6-12 Poudre School District students who entered our Art of Science Contest! Every entry was evaluated by our team of Colorado State University students and staff, and every entrant will receive detailed feedback. Additionally, 8 entries were awarded prizes and 4 students received honorable mentions (see below)! Congratulations to all of our [...]

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Everything You Need to Know: Colorado Science Standards

Looking for LSOP resources to engage your students with a specific science standard, either in the classroom or through remote instruction? This is your page! Read on for an index that matches our Everything You Need to Know About... content to Colorado middle and high school academic standards. Middle school standards This section of the [...]

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Art of Science Contest

We are excited to announce the Art of Science contest for Poudre School District students grades 6-12. Submit an original science-themed composition—video, music, writing, or visual art—and compete to win awesome prizes! Submissions are accepted now through May 15, and winners will be selected by CSU students and staff! For more information or to enter, [...]

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Little Shop of Physics in Namibia

The College of Natural Sciences Little Shop of Physics team returned to Namibia as hosts of B2Gold Namibia’s CSR efforts in January, 2020. This was the third visit in four years, but in some sense, the program has never left. The B2Gold-funded effort of the science educators in Namibia to help teachers better engage and prepare their students goes by the name of Little Shop of Physics, and uses the techniques shared on past visits.

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Children at the school

Fundraiser for Robert’s School and Orphanage

$50 will educate a child at Robert’s school in Uganda for 1 year. The story of the school, how it was founded, the students who live and study there, the teachers who spend their days with them, and the work that CSU and the Little Shop of Physics are doing there, is a compelling one. At this event, we’ll share this story, the work we are doing with the school, and how you can help. We’ll share some of the activities we shared with the students and teachers this year, as well as our plans for the future.

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Little Shop of Physics at Robert Serunjogi’s school in Uganda

Members of CSU’s Little Shop of Physics in the College of Natural Sciences joined Robert Serunjogi for a visit to the orphanage Robert founded in his home village in Uganda. The orphanage is now a school, due to construction and development made possible with the help of Laura Schreck, a recent CSU graduate, who worked tirelessly to raise funds and provide support.

For people who have supported the development of the school, know this: The community supports the school 100%. They have donated labor, materials, time, and care. It’s amazing to see how much has been done, and how well things are going.

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Namibia Road Trip, January 2018

The Little Shop of Physics crew spent the first two weeks of 2018 doing what we love: sharing fun, hands-on science education, making new friends, having epic adventures, and trying not to get our solar hot air balloons stuck in acacia trees. Little Shop teamed up with B2Gold for a road trip to Namibia over CSU’s winter break, and we came back with lots of ideas and some great stories to share with you!

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Eclipse Glasses Fundraiser for Robert Surenjogi’s Orphanage

As part of the Great American Eclipse, the Little Shop of Physics along with ESMEI handed out 50,000 pairs of glasses in order for folks to safely view the sun. The majority of these glasses were provided free of charge to K-12 and college students, and the remainder were given away. $5,000 in donations were collected for Robert’s Orphanage in Uganda.

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Solar Eclipse 2017

The Great American Solar Eclipse was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity where a solar eclipse is visible from the entire continental United States. The Little Shop of Physics hosted several events surrounding the eclipse, which took place on the first day of the 2017-2018 school year. The main goal of all of the events was to use this unique opportunity, when much of the country was outside, looking up to the sky, to engage the public, to give people a chance to safely experience this remarkable celestial event.

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Namibia B2Gold Partnership

The Little Shop team visited Namibia in January, 2016, hosted by B2Gold Namibia. In June, 2017, the Little Shop of Physics team hosted 4 visitors from Namibia, as part of this ongoing partnership with Namibian educators.

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26th Annual Open House

Over 8,500 people came out for the Little Shop of Physics 26th Annual Open House

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Todos Santos Road Trip

The Little Shop of Physics took the show on the road to Todos Santos in Baja California Sur, Mexico.

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Oklahoma Road Trip

In October the Little Shop of Physics tried something new: we loaded 62 experiments into suitcases and flew to Oklahoma for an awesome 2 day program with the Oakdale Public Schools!

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In the Physics Teaching Labs @ CSU

Every year at the end of the tour we come back to Colorado State University and set up in the physics teaching labs for two weeks. Both CSU students and visiting groups of K-12 children get to experience LSOP here on campus.

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25 Years, Half a Million Kids!

Little Shop of Physics has grown to a well respected and well traveled program that today reached a very significant milestone—we have now presented hands-on science programs to 500,000 students.

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USA Science and Engineering Festival

The Little Shop of Physics saw over 15,000 people at the USA Science and Engineering Festival in Washington DC.

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Zuni and Acoma Road Trip

Over CSU’s spring break, the Little Shop of Physics and Native American Cultural Center got our science on with over 1,110 students on the Zuni and Acoma Pueblos.

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25th Annual Open House

The Little Shop of Physics presented it’s 25th Annual Open House to approximately 8,000 people! Bigger and better than ever, the day featured 300+ hands on science experiments, presentations from around the world, science partner rooms, and giant Science Spectacles.

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Namibia Road Trip

The Little Shop of Physics, in partnership with B2Gold travelled to Namibia to conduct teacher workshops and science camps with kids.

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In the Labs @ CSU

The Little Shop of Physics set up in the CSU teaching labs to work with K-12 and college students.

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Pine Ridge Road Trip

Over the fall semester break, the Little Shop of Physics teamed up with several groups including the CSU Native American Cultural Center to bring our hands-on science program to around 850 students at two schools on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota.

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Denver Broncos Tackle STEM

The Little Shop of Physics has teamed up with the Denver Broncos and Arrow Electronics as part of the Broncos Tackle STEM Program.

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Wind River Road Trip

During the week of October 5, 2015, the Little Shop of Physics (LSOP) visited two schools on the Wind River Reservation in Wyoming.

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New West Fest

Once again, the Little Shop of Physics was invited to take part in the Kids’ Music Adventure at New West Fest in Fort Collins!

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AAPT National Meeting

The Little Shop of Physics took part in the American Association of Physics Teachers Annual Summer Meeting in College Park, MD, from July 23-29, 2015. We presented a workshop titled Activities for Learning About Climate and Climate Change, and were able to collaborate and interact with physics educators from all over the world.

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Weather and Climate Teacher Course

For the 9th consecutive year, the Little Shop of Physics partnered with CMMAP to lead a series of professional development courses for science teachers. The first of 3 courses, titled The Science of Weather and Climate took place on July 6-8, 2015 at Colorado State University. The 20 teachers enrolled in the course engaged in a mix of activities and discussion to explore essential science principles that explain the Earth’s weather and climate: energy, motion, forces, radiation, light and color, states of matter.

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North Dakota Road Trip

Following final exams, the Little Shop of Physics (LSOP) Crew headed north for our last school visits of the 2014-15 Tour! We travelled to two different schools on the Fort Berthold Reservation in North Dakota, which is home to the Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara Nations, known as the Three Affiliated Tribes.

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In the Teaching Labs at CSU

Over the week of May 11, The Little Shop of Physics saw over 500 kids from 8 different schools in the Physics Teaching Labs at Colorado State University.

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Weather and Science Day 2015

On April 23, Coors Field became a gigantic open-air classroom as more than 12,000 kids got a lesson in physics from Colorado State University’s Little Shop of Physics, 9News & the Colorado Rockies.

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Zuni Reservation Spring Break Road Trip

Over the Colorado State University Spring Break (March 15-20), a crew from Little Shop of Physics and the Native American Cultural Center traveled down to the Zuni Pueblo, in New Mexico to share science with kids!

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24th Annual Open House: February 28

On Saturday, February 28, 2015, thousands of scientists of all ages from Pre-K to Gray descended on the Lory Student Center at Colorado State University. The 24th Annual Open House features the hands-on science experiments that are synonymous with the Little Shop of Physics.

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In the CSU Physics Teaching Labs: December 15-18

Twice a year, the Little Shop of Physics travels across campus to the Physics Department and sets up 150 hands-on science experiments in the teaching labs.

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Oglala Lakota College Science Outreach Weekend

On the weekend of December 12, a crew of teachers and students from Oglala Lakota College (OLC) from the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota came down to CSU to build and repair experiments for their traveling hands-on science program.

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Elementary Science Kits and Teacher Trainings

Little Shop of Physics partnered with Poudre School District (PSD), the Bohemian Foundation and the Rotary Club of Fort Collins to provide kits for every elementary school in the district. Based on teacher feedback, state and local standards, and materials that are already deployed in the classroom, three different types of kits were developed.

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Pine Ridge Reservation Road Trip, November 24-25, 2014

On our Fall semester break the Little Shop of Physics in partnership with Colorado State University Native American Cultural Center and Oglala Lakota College took the road program to Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. The crew was made up of teachers, students and volunteers.

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Colorado Science Conference: November 21, 2014

Little Shop of Physics presented a workshop called Kinesthetic Activities for Teaching Abstract Concepts at the Colorado Science Conference For Professional Development (CSC) to approximately 50 teachers in two sessions. The CSC is held annually in November at the Denver Merchandise Mart, and is attended by hundreds of K-12 teachers and presenters from all over Colorado.

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Summer Teacher’s Courses: July 9-18, 2014

Little Shop of Physics and CMMAP teamed up for the for the 8th time to offer summer courses at Colorado State University for primary and secondary science teachers. The courses provide college-level content on the basic physics of the atmosphere, weather, climate, climate modeling, and climate change as well as demonstrating dozens of inquiry-based activities suitable […]

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USA Science and Engineering Festival: April 25-27, 2014

The USA Science and Engineering Festival is a public events that brought in over 250,000 to Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington DC. It is held every two years, and is a national grassroots effort to advance STEM education and inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers.

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