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Little Shop rocks the Rockies

April 25, 2013

CSU's Little Shop of Physics, along with meteorologists from 9News, taught 10,000 children how science is fun with the Colorado Rockies on April 24.

The interactive program included weather and science activities and demonstrations for K-12 students at the Colorado Rockies’ annual Weather and Science Day at Coors Field. About 10,000 elementary school children from the Denver metropolitan showed up for the event.

CSU students make an impactThe Rockies host the event each year as an educational event that shows the science behind weather with exciting science activities and demonstrations.

Students received a gift bag containing an assortment of tools for taking part in hands-on activities. As a grand finale, they used a pair of rainbow glasses to view a Rockies-provided fireworks display.

About 100 CSU volunteers, each a recruited especially for this event, helped guide the elementary students in the activities. In between the big demonstrations on the field, the CSU students performed smaller scale demonstrations, including levitating beach balls with leaf blowers and shooting fog rings.

Little Shop engages

Over the past two decades, CSU’s Little Shop of Physics has reached more than 300,000 students with its experiments. Brian Jones, director of Little Shop of Physics, was inspired by a science class full of uninterested eighth-graders and created a program with the goal of showing people that science is something that anyone can do and that it can be a lot of fun. Each year, Little Shop of Physics demonstrates hundreds of experiments to 20,000 students and attracts as many as 8,000 people to its on-campus open house.