On April 23, Coors Field became a gigantic open-air classroom as more than 13,000 kids got a lesson in physics from Colorado State University's Little Shop of Physics, 9News & the Colorado Rockies, breaking the world record for largest physics lesson. Weather & Science Day 2014, was even bigger and better than the previous year, sharing hands-on science with thousands of kids who participated in the interactive lesson using Holospex featuring the CSU Ram, rocket balloons, talking strips, and more.
Weather & Science Day is a partnership between Colorado State University, the Colorado Rockies, and Channel 9 News. The Rockies provided funding, as did Channel 9 and—of course—Colorado State University, most especially the College of Natural Sciences. Additional funding from CMMAP and the Halliburton Foundation helped make the day an overwhelming success.
The Little Shop of Physics crew spent several weekends preparing. They hitched a billowing parachute to a giant Big Wheel for the 'Drag Race', they tested and re-tested equipment for the wish lanterns and fog balloons, cut hundreds of yards of fabric to make 75 spandex bands to demonstrate waves in the stands. On the day, they put on an amazing show.
An event like this doesn't just happen. It took more than 400 CSU student, staff, and community volunteers and hundreds of man hours to put it all together. As part of CSUnity on April 5, 150 volunteers from Kappa Kappa Gamma and Gamma Phi Beta sororities helped us stuff 15,000 bags with talking strips, 3D glasses, and UV bracelets ... It was a full day, but at the end of it we had 300 totes of 50 bags each, two for each of the volunteers who would be working in the stands.
The 150 CSU student and community volunteers were supervised by 15 CSU staff and community volunteers who gave up a day to help us put on this program.
So many people gave so much time and effort, and with such enthusiasm.
Thanks to everyone who took part.
For some great CSU photos of the event, click here.
Check out the Denver Post photos here.
For the making of Weather & Science Day video, click here.
For the Little Shop of Physics main page, click here.
For the Department of Physics page, click here.