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Teen Science Cafe

What is a Teen Science Café?

Teen Science Cafés bring hands-on presentations from real scientists to high schoolers in the St. Louis Metro area. The Teen Science Cafés are part of an international movement to bring free, informal discussions about science to the public.

Each café is a themed 1.5 hour program with a presentation by a real scientist, discussion, and a related activity, i.e., game play, computer challenges or experiments. Food and refreshments will be provided as well.

Why is this opportunity important?

Teens are our future.  Having an awareness and knowledge of how science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) change our world is critical for them. Cafés offer high schoolers a deeper appreciation of the importance of science to their daily lives and a desire to stay informed.  Interacting with real scientists and science content can open teens to STEM careers by giving them insight into the nature of science and the work of scientists.

How will this happen? 

Although adults will be available for help and support, the Youth Leadership Team will plan and prepare everything for each café. In contrast to their typical experience in school or at home, members of the Youth Leadership Teams have every opportunity to run the show and take charge.  Any high school teen can apply for his/her area’s Youth Leadership Team!

What are the Youth Leadership Team responsibilities?

Youth Leaders are expected to attend monthly planning meetings, help scientists to practice their talks, and make all of the decisions and preparations for the event – which they also run! Some responsibilities include planning and running food and welcome tables, beginning the evening with welcoming remarks, introducing the presenter, leading the closing ceremony, cleaning up, advertising and recruiting.

For more information, click here or contact:

Kerry Stevison: Kathleen.stevison@slsc.org

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