MiSci set to open café for teens, scientists to interact

Wednesday, June 11, 2014
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— A new Teen Science Café at the Museum of Innovation and Science will dish up lots of learning opportunities.

The café will bring teens and scientists together in an informal social setting to discuss how science and technology is changing the world. The free program will also feature active learning.

“While it is a challenge for any museum to find a spot in the busy lives of teens, we know that working with a science museum can make a difference,” miSci Executive Director Mac Sudduth said in a news release. “The Teen Science Café offers a fun and unique way for teens to connect to miSci and science. The teens themselves take charge of the program and with our help select the topics they want to explore and scientists, engineers or inventors that they will meet.”

The program is funded in part by a $3,000 grant from the Teen Science Cafe Network, which is funded in part by the National Science Foundation.

The Teen Science Café Network is a group dedicated to creating opportunities for teens to learn about science and technology from leading experts.

Elected to serve as the cafe’s officers for the 2014-15 school year are: chairman, Darius Irani, Niskayuna High School; vice chairman, Ian Randall, Schalmont High School, marketing chairwoman, Victoria Hufundick, Schalmont; assistant marketing chairman, Joe Giodano, Zoller Elementary School; recording secretary, Briana Fitzgerald, Scotia-Glenville High School; assistant secretary, Simi Kaun, Schalmont; topics chairman, Justin Phillips, Scotia-Glenville; and assistant topics chairman, Ankit Baghel, Albany Academy.

For more information, email Elizabeth Hoffman at or call 382-7890, ext. 256.

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