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January 2014

Bad Air: The Dirt on Indoor Air Pollution

Tuesday, January 14, 2014 @ 5:30 PM-7:30 PM
Taylor Community Resource Center, 4900 Manchester Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63110 United States

Featured Cafe Presenter: Glenn Morrison, Ph.D., Professor, Environmental Engineering, Missouri University of Science & Technology How much time do you spend indoors? Nine out of ten breaths you take come from inside a building or vehicle. Everything we bring into our homes can, potentially, make indoor air worse. Does an “air freshener” make air cleaner? What’s in that air and how can you make it better? From carpet to clothing, classrooms to meth labs, Dr. Glenn Morrison and his students…

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April 2014

Defying Gravity: Aerospace Innovation Teen Science Cafe

Thursday, April 17, 2014 @ 5:30 PM-7:30 PM
St. Louis University Parks College, 3450 Lindell Boulevard
St. Louis, MO 63103 United States

Featured Speakers: Drs. Sridhar Condoor and K. Ravindra, St. Louis University, Parks College of Engineering, Aviation and Technology

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September 2014

Teen Science Cafe: 3D Printing – The Power to Create

Tuesday, September 30, 2014 @ 6:30 PM-8:30 PM
T-Rex, 911 Washington Ave
St. Louis, MO 63101 United States

FREE and OPEN to Junior Academy of Science members and middle and high school students. Registration required.

Featured Speaker: Alex Madinger, Entrepreneur and recent graduate of University of Missouri – Columbia, Mechanical Engineering

3D printing is a new way of making things. It can make things in plastic and metal, just like most things are made, but what makes it really cool is that it makes physical 3D objects from what you design on a computer. Just like when you use Word or Google Docs to write a report and then get a physical copy on paper through a document printer, 3D printers create a physical 3D object from what you make.

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October 2014

The Tangled Jungle Path to Primatology Teen Science Cafe

Thursday, October 23, 2014 @ 5:30 PM-7:30 PM
St. Charles County Library – Spencer Road Branch, 427 Spencer Road
St. Peters, MO 63376 United States

FREE and OPEN to Junior Academy of Science members and middle and high school students. Registration required. REGISTER HERE or call 314.533.8586. Featured Speaker: Jennifer Rehg, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Anthropology, Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville At a Teen Science Cafe, teens have the opportunity to interact with science professionals in an informal and relaxed setting. Teen Science Cafe is presented and powered by Junior Academy of Science members. Have you ever been told that you are “just monkeying around?”…

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January 2015

Nanotechnology Teen Science Cafe: The Science of the Small

Wednesday, January 28, 2015 @ 5:30 PM
Farrell Learning and Teaching Center, 520 S. Euclid Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63110 United States

FREE and OPEN to Junior Academy of Science members and middle and high school students. Registration required.

Featured Speaker: Suzanne Lapi, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Radiology and Biomedical Engineering, Washington University School of Medicine

At a Teen Science Cafe, teens have the opportunity to interact with science professionals in an informal and relaxed setting. Teen Science Cafe is presented and powered by Junior Academy of Science members.

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March 2015

Teen Science Cafe: Furry Friend or Perilous Pest? Exploring the Connection Between Wildlife and Human Health

Saturday, March 21, 2015 @ 10:00 AM-12:00 PM
Fontbonne University, 6800 Wydown Blvd
St. Louis, MO 63105 United States

FREE and OPEN to Junior Academy of Science members and middle and high school students. Registration required.

Investigate the links between human, wildlife, and environmental health and examine how scientists track infectious diseases in humans and wildlife.

At a Teen Science Cafe, teens have the opportunity to interact with science professionals in an informal and relaxed setting. Teen Science Cafe is presented and powered by Junior Academy of Science members.

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Aerospace Engineering: Design Challenge! Teen Science Cafe

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 @ 5:30 PM-7:30 PM
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FREE and OPEN to Junior Academy of Science members and middle and high school students. Registration required.

Featured Speaker: Mitch Pace, Boeing

Come meet Mitch Pace, an engineer at Boeing, and learn about the engineering design process. Then apply that process to making the best paper airplane you’ve ever made!

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May 2015

Designing Games for Science – Teen Science Cafe

Monday, May 4, 2015 @ 5:30 PM-7:30 PM
Taylor Community Resource Center, 4900 Manchester Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63110 United States

FREE and OPEN to Junior Academy of Science members and middle and high school students. Registration required. REGISTER HERE or call 314.533.8586.

Featured Speaker: John Coveyou, Director and Lead Game Designer of Genius Games

Come speak with John Coveyou, director and lead game designer of Genius Games. Learn about his path from science to game design, and play some biology and chemistry themed games with your friends!

At a Teen Science Cafe, teens have the opportunity to interact with science professionals in an informal and relaxed setting. Teen Science Cafe is presented and powered by Junior Academy of Science members.

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June 2015

Genomics Teen Science Cafe: DNA Code Breaking— How We Read DNA to Conquer Disease

Tuesday, June 30, 2015 @ 5:30 PM-7:30 PM
CIC@CET, 20 South Sarah Street
St. Louis, MO 63108 United States

EVENT IS FULL! If you would like to be added to the wait list, please call 314.533.8586.

FREE and OPEN to Junior Academy of Science members and middle and high school students. Registration required.

DNA Code Breaking is a special Year of the Genome partnership presentation of The Academy of Science – St. Louis and the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI), with support from the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health (FNIH).

Visit the exhibit, Genome: Unlocking Life’s Code, on display at the Saint Louis Science Center through September 10, 2015.

Featured Speaker: Michael White, Assistant Professor, Department of Genetics and Center for Genome Sciences and Systems Biology, Washington University School of Medicine

Come learn how genome scientists are trying to crack another genetic code to read and understand the other important parts of our DNA — like the parts that control our genes, switching them on when they’re needed and keeping them off when they’re not. You can try your hand at cracking DNA codes and find out how DNA codebreaking plays an important role in creating new personalized medical treatments.

At a Teen Science Cafe, teens have the opportunity to interact with science professionals in an informal and relaxed setting. Teen Science Cafe is presented and powered by Junior Academy of Science members.

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September 2015

Teen Science Café: The Science of Emotions

Thursday, September 24, 2015 @ 6:00 PM-8:00 PM
Old Orchard Gallery, 39 S Old Orchard Ave
Webster Groves, MO 63119 United States

FREE and OPEN to Junior Academy of Science members and middle and high school students. This event is full – accepting wait list registrations only.

Featured Speaker: Sandra J.E. Langeslag, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Behavioral Neuroscience Program, Neurocognition of Emotion and Motivation Lab, Department of Psychological Sciences, University of Missouri – St. Louis

You surely have felt happy, angry, afraid, and sad at times. What are emotions? And why do we have them? Wouldn’t it be better if we didn’t have any emotions so that we would make rational decisions only and nothing to distract us from completing our homework? What happens in your body and brain when you experience an emotion? How do emotions affect the way we think? Do our emotions only control us or can we also control our emotions? In this interactive lecture you will learn the answers to these questions. You will also take part in some hands-on experiments to experience how emotions affect the way we think and how we can control our emotions.

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October 2015

Teen Science Café – Math Explorations: Graphs, Paths, and Unsolved Questions in Mathematics

Monday, October 26, 2015 @ 5:30 PM-7:30 PM
St. Louis County Library – Oak Bend Branch, 842 S. Holmes Ave
St. Louis, MO 63122 United States

FREE and OPEN to Junior Academy of Science members and middle and high school students. Space is limited. PRE-REGISTRATION open to Junior Academy of Science members and Youth Leadership Team members through Friday, October 16. Registration opens to all additional middle and high school students on Saturday, October 17.
Explore possibilities with math through puzzles and challenges. Learn about mathematicians’ real-life problem-solving work then challenge yourself to try out the same problems with other teens.

5:30 pm – 6:00 pm: Dinner
6:00 pm – 7:30 pm: Presentation & activities

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November 2015

Teen Science Café – Demystifying DNA: Exciting New Research with the Molecule of Life

Tuesday, November 17, 2015 @ 6:00 PM-8:00 PM
University of Missouri – St. Louis Millenium Student Center, 1 University Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63121 United States

This event is full! We are accepting wait-list registrations only.

FREE and OPEN to Junior Academy of Science members and middle and high school students. Space is limited.

Demystifying DNA is a special Teen Science Café Year of the Genome partnership presentation of The Academy of Science – St. Louis and the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI), with support from the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health (FNIH).

Visit the National Institutes of Health NHGRI and Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History exhibit, Genome: Unlocking Life’s Code on-line.

6:00 pm – 6:30 pm: Dinner
6:30 pm – 8:00 pm: Presentation & activities

We all know that living things contain genes made of DNA. But how does the information in DNA result in such different organisms as elephants and E. coli? How do identical DNA sequences result in such different cells as neurons and red blood cells? In this Teen Science Café we investigate these matters and the exciting new uses for DNA in research and medicine. And we engage in some DNA experiments of our own!

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March 2016

Teen Science Café – Cell Biology: How Cells Get in Shape!

Monday, March 14, 2016 @ 5:30 PM-7:30 PM
Washington University in St. Louis, 1 Brookings Drive
St. Louis, 63130 United States

This event is FULL. Currently accepting WAIT LISTED registrations ONLY. Should a spot open up, you will be contacted. Thank you for your interest in attending Cell Biology Teen Science Cafe: How Cells Get in Shape! In the meantime, please visit our Upcoming Events page for information on additional opportunities for teens!

Featured Cafe Presenter: Ram Dixit, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Biology at Washington University in St Louis.

All life on Earth is made of cells. But cells don’t all look alike―if they did, we would resemble blobs or blocky Minecraft creatures! So, what gives rise to the incredible diversity of cell shapes? And what is the purpose of different cell shapes? Join us for the next Teen Science Café to find out! We will journey into cells and discover how beams, motors and cables inside cells work to dynamically create and change their shapes. You will then do a hands-on lab project to design and create a cell shape of your choice using materials provided. The team that best replicates a complex cell shape will win a prize!

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Teen Science Cafe – BiodiverseCity St. Louis: The Game BetaTest!

Tuesday, March 29, 2016 @ 6:00 PM-8:00 PM
Commerce Bank Center for Science Education, 4651 Shaw Blvd
St. Louis, MO 63110

Currently accepting WAIT LISTED registrations ONLY. Click “Find Out More” to be added to the Wait List. Should a spot open up, you will be contacted. Thank you for your interest in attending Teen Science Cafe: BiodiverseCity St. Louis: The Game BetaTest! In the meantime, check out additional Upcoming Events for opportunities for teens!

Featured Cafe Presenters and Game Designers: Sheila Voss, VP Education, Missouri Botanical Garden, and Jennifer Hartley, Senior Supervisor School Programs (PreK – 8), Missouri Botanical Garden

What if greening our city was a game? What if it played out in real life, and the game board was comprised of our schoolyard, backyards, parking lots, and vacant lots? What if the object was to create, care for, and connect biodiverse landscapes that, together, improve quality of life for all? In this interactive session connecting ecological landscape design principles, urban planning, community dynamics, and citizen stewardship, participants will play (and help hone) a prototype game using their own communities as the ultimate game-board of life.

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April 2016

Teen Science Cafe – Nematodes and Numerics: Worming Your Way Through the Genome

Thursday, April 21, 2016 @ 5:30 PM-7:30 PM
Saint Louis Community College at BRDG Park, 1005 North Warson Road
St. Louis, MO 63132 United States

FREE and OPEN to Junior Academy of Science members and middle and high school students. Advance registration for Junior Academy members ONLY through Tuesday, April 5. General registration opens April 6.

Learn about bioinformatics and genetics in this interactive cafe with a puzzle activity that demonstrates genomic sequencing.

Nematodes and Numerics: Worming Your Way Through the Genome is a special Year of the Genome partnership presentation of The Academy of Science – St. Louis and the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI), with support from the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health (FNIH).

Visit the National Institutes of Health NHGRI and Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History exhibit, Genome: Unlocking Life’s Code on-line at https://unlockinglifescode.org.

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September 2016

Teen Science Cafe: The Cool Side of the Cosmos

Wednesday, September 28, 2016 @ 6:00 PM-8:00 PM
Taylor Community Resource Center, 4900 Manchester Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63110 United States

THIS EVENT IS FULL. ACCEPTING WAIT-LISTED REGISTRANTS ONLY AS OF 6:30PM, MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 26.

FREE and OPEN to Junior Academy of Science members and middle and high school students.

Featured Cafe Presenter:
Martin H. Israel, Ph.D., Professor of Physics, Department of Physics, and The McDonnell Center for the Space Sciences, Washington University in St. Louis; Fellow, Academy of Science – St. Louis

Explore the astrophysics behind cosmic rays and learn why so many astrophysicists travel to Antarctica to conduct their experiments. Participate in a hands-on stratospheric balloon design challenge in this interactive cafe on the Cool Side of the Cosmos.

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November 2016

Teen Science Cafe – Exploration or Expedition? Studying The Secrets of Caves!

Monday, November 28, 2016 @ 6:00 PM-8:00 PM
Saint Louis Community College at BRDG Park, 1005 North Warson Road
St. Louis, MO 63132 United States

FREE and OPEN to Junior Academy of Science members and middle and high school students. Advance registration for Junior Academy members ONLY through Saturday, November 19. General registration opens Sunday, November 20. Click “Find Out More” to register. Registration closes 4 p.m., Monday, November 28.

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St. Louis Community College at BRDG Park, 1005 North Warson Road, St. Louis, MO 63132 + Google Map

6:00 pm – 6:30 pm: Dinner
6:30 pm – 8:00 pm: Presentation & Activities

Featured Cafe Presenter: Aaron Addison, Director, Collaborative Research & Data/GIS University Libraries, Washington University in St. Louis

Have you ever visited a cave while on vacation and wondered what is just around the corner beyond the trail? Then this Teen Cafe is for you! Geographer and cave explorer Aaron Addison discuss the amazing world of caves and the scientific study of caves. You’ll learn how exploration can become an expedition to understand the unknown corners of our planet and add to the scientific record; get answers to your questions, and work with some of the tools cave scientists use while making maps of underground worlds.

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February 2017

National Engineers Week Dream Big Speaker Event: Special VIP Invitation for Junior Academy Members

Wednesday, February 22, 2017 @ 6:00 PM-8:30 PM
Location details to be sent with registration confirmation, St. Louis, MO United States

This event is FULL. Accepting WAIT-LIST registrations ONLY as of 12:30PM, Tue, Feb 14.

Celebrate National Engineers Week with this special VIP opportunity for 25 Junior Academy of Science members!

Meet and hear from Dr. Marc Edwards, the civil engineer who helped solve the Flint, Michigan water crisis!

FREE and OPEN to the first 25 Junior Academy student members to register! All others wait-listed. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED! Register below by Wednesday, February 15.

PROGRAM
Reception w/hors d’oeuvres from 6 – 7 p.m.
Talk, 7 – 8:30 p.m.

Featured Speaker: Marc Edwards, Ph.D., Charles P. Lunsford Professor, Environmental and Water Resources Engineering, The Charles E. Via, Jr. Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, Virginia Tech

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March 2017

Teen Science Cafe – Synthetic Biology: New Techniques That Might Change Human History

Thursday, March 16, 2017 @ 6:00 PM-8:00 PM
Saint Louis Community College at BRDG Park, 1005 North Warson Road
St. Louis, MO 63132 United States

Hey teens! Mark your calendars and Register Now!

FREE and OPEN to Junior Academy of Science members and all area middle and high school students in grades 6 – 12. Click “Find Out More” to register.

Featured Cafe Presenter: Yi-Hsien Chen, Ph.D., Assistant Director, Genome Engineering and iPSC Center, Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine

It’s called Syn Bio for short. And it could change everything in Biology, from medicine to mosquito control! Synthetic Biology is a relatively new field that combines biology, engineering, and genetics. Come find out about this amazing new field, it’s applications and implications, in this Teen Science Cafe not to be missed!

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April 2017

Teen Science Cafe: Bacteria Detective! How Scientists Study Bacteria

Tuesday, April 18, 2017 @ 6:00 PM-8:00 PM
St. Charles County Library – Spencer Road Branch, 427 Spencer Road
St. Peters, MO 63376 United States

FREE and OPEN to Junior Academy of Science members and all middle and high school students in grades 6-12 from throughout the region. Registration required. Space is limited. Click “Find Out More” to Register Today!

At Teen Science Cafes, teens have the opportunity to interact with science professionals in an informal and relaxed setting. Teen Science Cafes are presented and powered by Junior Academy of Science Youth Leadership Council members.

Featured Cafe Presenter: Boahemaa Adu-Oppong, Ph.D. candidate in the EEPB (Evolution, Ecology, and Population Biology) Program, Department of Biology, Washington University in St. Louis, and graduate student in the Dantas Lab (Gautam Dantas is a 2015 Academy of Science Outstanding St. Louis Scientist Innovation Award recipient)

In this interactive and insightful Teen Cafe on How Scientists Study Bacteria, you’ll play the role of a scientist who has just sequenced a ton of bacteria, but unfortunately someone in the lab mixed up the labeling! Your mission, should you decide to accept it, is to unscramble the mixed up labeling to figure out what environment you are studying.

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