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:

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

Teen Science Cafe Highlight:

Why Not Nuclear Energy?
Dr. David McNelis
Oct. 10, 2014, 6 p.m.

The world's use -- and particularly the United States' use -- of current energy stores is not sustainable over time. Time, political will and lots of money are required before renewable energy sources can make a significant different. Adding more fossil fuels isn't a solution ... so why not more nuclear power?

Tonight's speaker, Dr. David McNelis, has more than 50 years of experience in environmental sciences and engineering. He has worked with the U.S. Army, the Environmental Protection Agency and other organizations. Now, he serves as director of the Center for Sustainable Energy, Environment and Economic Development at UNC-Chapel Hill's Institute for the Environment. He is also a professor at UNC and at NCSU and president of Nuclear Fuel Cycle Technologies LLC.

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.