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Teen Science Café Grant Award

November 7, 2016

STEM professors and professionals will team up with students for a unique opportunity to initiate Teen Science Cafes with a $3000 grant from the National Science Foundation.* Teen Science Café Programs are a fun, hands-on experience in which students explore advances in science and technology affecting their lives. Teens and STEM experts engage in energetic conversations while participating in hands-on activities.

The program at the University of Akron is unique in that it will target undecided college majors. This approach has not been used before. Professor Lori Kraft from the Department of Engineering and Science Technology in the College of Applied Science and Technology will work with the Undergraduate Student Government (USG) to host the Teen Science Café Series here on campus. By exposing undecided majors to engaging STEM topics, these students will be more likely to consider STEM majors and careers.

The Cafe will feature a different speaker each month. Presentations such as "Geocaching: This is what happens when nerds go outside," "Chemistry is like cooking, just don’t lick the spoon," and "Knock. Knock. Who’s there? Not my Engine: The Science behind Internal Combustion Engines" are in the planning stages right now.

*Developed with support from the Teen Science Café Network, using funding from the National Science Foundation under Award Number 1223830.