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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 Café is for you! This program is just for young adults, ages 13-18, and it's free! No registration is required. We'll gather for pizza on the front porch and enter the Fulldome Theater from there.

The Teen Science Café is held on the second Friday of each month, September through May. The 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 any time from 7 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., depending on the scheduled activities. 

Curious about past Open Minds: Teen Science Cafés? Check them out here.


"Anyone Out There? The Search for Life in the Universe" 

Friday, April 13th 

Speaker: Amy Sayle, PhD

Is there life beyond Earth? Under the planetarium sky, we'll consider this question, starting with possible candidates for life on planets and moons in our own solar system and then traveling farther into our Milky Way galaxy and beyond. 

You'll have an opportunity to do hands-on activities, including using star charts to identify stars other than the Sun that are known to have planets orbiting them. You'll also learn about how you can participate in North Carolina's annual Statewide Star Party (happening the following weekend), for which this year's theme is "Anyone Out There?"

Amy Sayle has a PhD in epidemiology from UNC’s school of public health. She has conducted epidemiology research at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and taught environmental epidemiology and academic writing at Duke. Currently, she works at UNC’s Morehead Planetarium and Science Center, where she teaches astronomy to the public, coordinates skywatching sessions, presents a regular astronomy segment for WRAL-TV, and helps coordinate the North Carolina Science Festival's annual Statewide Star Party. 


To present Open Minds: Teen Science Café, 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 Duke Energy Foundation.​