The Little Shop of Physics, Colorado State University’s hands-on science outreach program that promotes the idea that science is something anyone can do, will host an open house. Liquid nitrogen ice cream, a light that lets you see inside your body and magnetic racecars are just a few of the more than 200 hands-on experiments and interactive presentations available for the young and the young at heart at the 15th annual Little Shop of Physics Open House.
Free and suitable for all ages, the event will be from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Main Ballroom of the Lory Student Center on Saturday, Feb. 25. Parking in the lot north of the Lory Student Center/Engineering Building is free on Saturdays.
All experiments are developed and built by Colorado State University undergraduates using the classic Little Shop of Physics approach of taking everyday objects and using them to illustrate scientific principles in an engaging and surprising way. Most of the equipment used to build the experiments comes from garage sales and hardware and discount stores.
Science Activity Kits will be available for purchase at a low price at the open house so participants can take the fun of science home.
The Little Shop of Physics, based in the Department of Physics at Colorado State, has a thriving traveling program in the region. Each year, Jones and a group of undergraduate physics students present the program to over 15,000 students at more than 50 schools in Colorado and neighboring states.
The Little Shop of Physics also presents workshops for teachers from all over the world and produces a television program, "Everyday Science," with Poudre School District Channel 10 in the Fort Collins area.
For more information, contact Emily Narvaes Wilmsen at 970-491-2336.