Standing in the hallway of the Physics Department near the swinging Foucalt Pendulum sculpture, Brian Jones, director of CSUâ€™s Little Shop of Physics, wears a tie-dye cast protecting his right wrist, which he broke while riding his three-wheeled scooter to campus.
But it will take a lot more than a broken appendage to dampen his excitement for this Saturdayâ€™s 19th annual Little Shop of Physicâ€™s Open House.
â€œItâ€™s a science party, and everyoneâ€™s invited,â€ Jones said.
The Little Shop of Physics hosts its open house from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Lory Student Center Ballrooms.
During the event, more than 250 hands-on experiments and seven interactive presentations â€“â€“ liquid nitrogen ice cream, a rainbow experiment and a display showing air in motion â€“â€“Â will be on display.
Physics Department Chair Dieter Hochheimer laughed when he said that people like to stay for the whole day.
â€œItâ€™s science in a way thatâ€™s fun,â€ Hochheimer said.
Last yearâ€™s open house drew more than 7,000 people, Hochheimer said, adding that â€œevery year there are more people coming.â€
Jones explained how this yearâ€™s theme, â€œPut A Spin on It,â€ has a literal and metaphorical double meaning.
It is literal in the sense that, â€œweâ€™re doing a lot of things that spin,â€ Jones said, and metaphorical because, Jones said, he wants participants to experiment with science in their own way.
Jones described the atmosphere within the open house as active with â€œlittle kids bouncing off the walls.â€
Jeff Doak, a freshman computer engineering major at Front Range Community College and whose mom is a CSU employee, has been volunteering for the Little Shop of Physics since he was a freshman in high school.
One of his jobs at the open house will be to make sure the projects keep working.
â€œKids tend to dismantle projects pretty fast,â€ Doak said.
Hochheimer extended his sentiment saying, â€œpeople are very enthusiastic and the kids love it.â€
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