Open Minds: Teen Science Cafe

Calling all teens -- let's explore current science!

Want to talk with scientists about their work? Meet other teens who like science as much as you do? Share your ideas and learn what others think, too?

Open Minds: Teen Science Cafe is for you! This new program is just for young adults, ages 13-18, and it's free! No registration is required. Please enter the building through the Visitors Center (west end of the building) to find the cafe location.

Each Teen Science Cafe program begins at 5:30 p.m. with pizza (or another treat), followed by discussions and activities at 6 p.m. The program may end at any time from 7 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., depending on the scheduled activities.

Mark these dates for Teen Science Cafe events in the future:

  • Sept. 12, 2014
  • Oct. 10, 2014
  • Nov. 14, 2014
  • Jan. 9, 2015
  • Feb. 13, 2015
  • March 13, 2015

Teen Science Cafe Highlight:

Mysteries on the Greenland Ice Sheet
Dr. Mike Willis
Sept. 12, 2014, 6 p.m.

A mystery of science has captivated researchers on the Greenland Ice Sheet in the Russian Arctic. Those researchers are finding water that is cascading into the ice in a way that we've never seen -- glaciers are accelerating and sliding away! Dr. Willis has a theory about this mystery, and he'll share it at Teen Science Cafe.

Dr. Willis is a visiting professor with UNC's department of geological sciences and is also a research associate with Cornell University's department of Earth and atmospheric sciences. He is a graduate of Glasgow University and of Ohio State University. Over a 20-year career researching ice and snow, he's traveled to the Antarctic 12 times and to the Arctic twice.

To present Open Minds: Teen Science Cafe, Morehead is partnering with the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, which presents Open Minds Cafe programming in Raleigh. These teen science events are funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation with additional support from Time Warner Cable.

For more information about Open Minds: Teen Science Cafe at Morehead Planetarium and Science Center, contact Carly Apple, science programs manager.