The pandemic has changed the way we interact, and this has required changes to how we teach and learn. The Little Shop of Physics has worked hard to develop interactive science experiences that are engaging and safe:
Every Friday at 11am MST we bring you a new episode of LSOP Live. Curious about how magnets work? Wonder why the sky is blue? Looking for some cool science experiments you can try with materials you already have at home? Tune in live on Zoom to ask questions or you can view it later on our website.
For more information, to participate live, or see past episodes, please visit https://www.lsop.colostate.edu/lsop-live/
The Little Shop of Physics is currently developing novel ways to connect with K-12 students in Poudre School District and beyond. We have materials and expertise, and we’re looking for educators who are interested in inviting us into their classroom, be it virtual, hybrid, or in-person. For more information, please visit our Classroom Connections page.
Art of Science Contest
Students in grades 6-12 can submit original artwork in any medium — video, music, visual art, or written composition — for a chance to win awesome prizes! Winners will be chose by the LSOP Team, and students and classrooms can virtually connect with CSU students, staff, and faculty to explore the connections between art and science.
For more information or to enter, please visit https://www.lsop.colostate.edu/artofscience/
Boys and Girls Club
The Little Shop of Physics has teamed up with the College of Natural Sciences Learning Community Science Outreach Scholars to do some awesome high tech programs with the Fort Collins Boys and Girls Club. We were able to stay connected remotely through science! Check out photos and details about our adventures here.
Science at Home Kits
We have developed two science-at-home kits. These kits can be used as structured inquiry-based laboratory exploration independently at home or in a classroom. Students will also have the opportunity to virtually connect with CSU staff and students to explore these kits.
One kit is sponsored by the Halliburton Foundation and focuses on science in general: optics, motion, electricity, thermodynamics, energy, matter, sound, density and buoyancy. The other kit specifically focuses on magnetism and magnetic phenomena.
In July we hosted a hands-on virtual workshop for teachers and pre-service teachers on the Pine Ridge reservation. This 3-day course focused on weather and climate, and every teacher received a kit with hands-on experiments. For details about this project, please click here.
We are currently developing a kit called “Earth as a Planet” for 5th grade teachers in Poudre School District. Once completed there will be a virtual teacher training workshop, where teachers can become familiar with the kit, ask clarification questions on the content, and discuss pedagogy.