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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.

The Fort Collins community, and the CSU community, where Robert is a well-known figure, has also supported the Little Shop of Physics team to help the school develop a science curriculum that matches the Ugandan standards in the Little Shop style of engagement, exploration, and excitement. (School parachutes to teach about air and air pressure? Oh yeah.) Our team—including Robert, Laura and her parents—took over 18 suitcases of equipment to share, and spent 8 days at the school sharing lessons with the students and teachers. All of the equipment was purchased with the generous donations of the CSU and Fort Collins communities. The suitcases were donated as well, for a one-way trip to Uganda, where they have a new life storing science equipment at the school.

It was an excellent experience, as this video captures. We have made connections, made friends. We will continue to support the school in the future, and we will be back.

Thanks to the College of Natural Sciences for making this visit possible, to the members of the Fort Collins and CSU communities who donated funds (and suitcases!), to the warm and welcoming people of Bweyeeyo, to the teachers at the school who let us join their classes for so many days, and to Robert and Laura for working so hard to make the vision of the school a reality.

The tie-dye backpacks were a big hit. So cool, they demand to be worn on the front. They are full of science supplies: Microscope, measuring tape, notebook….

  

Learning about circuits by exploration. These students were bright, focused, and very engaged.

We’ll be back.

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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