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December  2012

CSU Little Shop of Physics Teams Up with Oglala Lakota College This Week at Pine Ridge Reservation
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Ty Smith with CSU's Native American Cultural Center helps a young student

Colorado: Students from the Native American Cultural Center at Colorado State University spent part of their fall break on an outreach tour in South Dakota. They spent a week traveling to reservation schools with student volunteers from the Little Shop of Physics.  Their goal: to show children on the Pine Ridge Reservation that science can be fun.

The Little Shop of Physics Program engages students in experiments by using everyday objects to demonstrate scientific principles. During this tour, Little Shop partnered with the Math and Science Department at Oglala Lakota College to present school programs and teacher workshops.

“We've been working with OLC for the past several years,” said Brian Jones, Little Shop of Physics director. “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 to demonstrate that science is exciting, interesting and accessible to all. The Little Shop crew is mostly undergraduate students who share the wonders of science and present unique hands-on experiments to a diverse range of students.

The Little Shop of Physics program is a resource tool for K-12 teachers in Colorado. LIttle Shop crews also make regular trips to the Four Corners region and the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation during college holidays.

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