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:

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

Teen Science Cafe Highlight:

Film screening: Armageddon
Tony Rice, NASA Solar System Ambassador
Nov. 14, 2014, 6 p.m.

On Nov. 14, 2014, Open Minds Café: Brainfood for Teenagers will screen the epic science fiction movie Armageddon in the GSK Fulldome Theater, hosted by NASA Solar System Ambassador Tony Rice. The movie, starring Bruce Willis, Ben Affleck, Liv Tyler and Owen Wilson, is so famous for its "bad science" that it is used in management training at NASA; new managers are challenged to find the average of one scientific inaccuracy per minute! Come enjoy an opportunity to watch an entertaining action/thriller movie and see how many examples of bad science you can spot.

Pizza will be served on the front porch of the Morehead Building at 5:30 p.m.; the program will last from 6 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. The movie is PG-13, and this program is only for teen-agers ages 13 and older.

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.