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Little Shop of Physics team headed to Oglala Lakota College at Pine Ridge Indian Reservation

November 19, 2012

A group of Colorado State University students will spend part of their fall break on an educational outreach tour showing children on South Dakota's Pine Ridge Reservation how science can be fun.

CSU's Ty Smith works with a young student on a science project on the Pine Ridge Reservation.Students from Colorado State's Native American Cultural Center will join student volunteers from the Little Shop of Physics to travel to schools on the reservation. The Little Shop of Physics program engages young students with experiments that use everyday objects to demonstrate scientific principles. This is the fifth year Native American Student Services has joined the program to visit the area.

Partnering with Oglala Lakota College

The Little Shop of Physics will partner up with the Math and Science Department at Oglala Lakota College to present school programs and teacher workshops, including a teacher workshop, titled “Ten Things You Should Know about the Atmosphere,” based on work with CSU’s CMMAP.

“We've been working with OLC for the past several years,” Brian Jones, Little Shop of Physics director, said. “They've developed a set of hands-on experiments that are based on projects we've developed, and our programs will be joint efforts, with some of our equipment, some of theirs.”

In 1991, Jones founded the Little Shop of Physics with the goal of demonstrating that science is exciting, interesting and accessible to all. The Little Shop crew is composed mostly of undergraduate students who find creative ways to share the wonders of science and present unique hands-on experiments to a diverse range of students. The program serves as a resource tool for K-12 teachers in Colorado and in the region with regular trips to the Four Corners region and the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation during college holidays.

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