Little Shop of Physics Open House to Feature Tornados, Flying Stuffed Animals

Children of all ages will have more than 200 hands-on experiments at their fingertips during the 17th annual Little Shop of Physics Open House from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 23, at the Lory Student Center.

This year’s event, titled the "Cyclone of Science," will house dozens of new spinning and swirling experiments. Students will have a chance to make a tornado as well as spin a sphere with invisible energy.

Throughout the open house, experts will conduct seven interactive presentations for students to gain a better understanding of physics. Presenters will make ice cream in two minutes as well as make stuffed animals fly.

The experiments are designed to be used by students of all grade levels to help them to observe, experiment and question things relating to physics. Through the experiments, students gain an understanding of the principles of physics.

Little Shop of Physics is a traveling hands-on science outreach program started at CSU in 1991. It is a resource tool for teachers providing them online experiments and classroom visits. The Little Shop of Physics visits K-12 classrooms around Colorado and has visited places as far away as Azerbaijan. The program annually reaches more than 15,000 students.

The open house is free and open to the public. For more information call (970) 491-3212 or visit