Teen Science Cafés: Keeping the STEAM Pipeline Open and Full
There are many leaky points in the STEAM pipeline, and one of the biggest leaks begins in high school. Let's face it, school science is rarely motivating or relevant to the lives of teens when so many other subjects look easier and more fun. Without the inspiring stories of professionals that reveal the importance of real-world STEAM in everyone's life—and its many exciting career pathways—teens will too often opt out of STEAM. By offering free Teen Science Cafe programs that are open to all teens interested in understanding how STEAM impacts their lives, we keep the pipeline open and fill it with many exciting opportunities to explore the STEAM that matters to teens. In this webinar, attendees will be introduced to the Teen Science Cafés concept, why they make a difference in teen lives, and resources for starting a teen science café program. The Teen Science Café Network is a vibrant community of practice that will support you throughout this endeavor.
Presenter: Michelle Hall, Science Education Solutions and the Teen Science Café Network. Michelle is President of Science Education Solutions and Co-Director of the Teen Science Café. She is a geophysicist by training but for the last 22 years has been focused on developing products and programs that make world-changing science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics (STEAM) accessible and engaging to people of all ages. She is lead author on eight college level books and two educational games that explore earth science affecting our lives. She received the American Geophysical Union’s Excellence in Geophysical Education Award in 2012.