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.
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 […]
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!
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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, […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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.
$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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 […]
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.