Donation to help Little Shop of Physics to visit more schools

More K-12 students on Native American reservations will experience the Little Shop of Physics’ brand of hands-on science thanks to an international oilfield company.

Halliburton recently donated $30,000 to the Little Shop of Physics, a program launched by Brian Jones, a long-time CSU instructor, in the 1990s to get students interested in science. The donation will enable Jones and his Little Shop staff to visit several reservations this academic year, including some in Colorado, North Dakota and South Dakota.

“We operate on donations and grant funding so this money is very helpful and will enable us to work with students who we might not otherwise be able to reach,” Jones said. “We very much appreciate the support from Halliburton.”

In addition to visiting school classrooms on the reservations, the Little Shop staff will hold a community science night and also provide kits and materials for teachers and parents to conduct experiments with their students and children.

“This grant will allow us to expand the work we do—to travel farther, to spend more time to forge more partnerships, to reach more students, and to leave a more lasting impression on students, schools, and communities.” Jones said.

This is the second year Halliburton has contributed to the Little Shop program. Last year, the company donated $25,000.

 “Halliburton’s University Advisory Board is pleased to sponsor the Little Shop of Physics. This program exemplifies our pillars of giving in STEM and is a great example of the value these programs bring to both the university and to Halliburton,” said Cindy Bigner, the company’s senior director of corporate affairs and diversity initiatives and a member of the University Advisory Board.