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Science cafes introduce teens to STEM topics

The winter/spring series of VTeen 4-H Science Pathways Cafés features a diverse range of topics from new cancer therapies to quantum computers and aquaponics.

Several cafés are scheduled, both virtual and in-person, beginning Jan. 11. Teens are encouraged to mark their calendars now so they don’t miss out on the fun.

University of Vermont (UVM) Extension 4-H sponsors these cafés throughout the year to encourage students in Grades 7-12 to explore new and cutting-edge ideas in science and technology with the help of experts. The cafés are organized and facilitated by a leadership team of teens.

Advance registration is required for each café. Go to for details and deadlines to register.

In-person cafés (I) will be held on Saturdays from 5-7 p.m. in the Mansfield Dining Room at UVM’s Dudley Davis Center with strict Covid safety protocols in place for all participants. Free pizza and drinks will be served.

Virtual cafés (V) take place on Tuesdays from 7-8 p.m. and will have closed captioning. Recordings of all teen science cafés will be available to view on YouTube at

The schedule is as follows:

  • Jan. 11 (V): The Long and Winding Road of Developing New Cancer Therapies
  • Jan. 22 (I): Culturing Cells for Healthier Soil
  • Feb. 5 (I): Design Innovation Mindset: Shifting the Waste-to-Value Paradigm
  • Feb. 22 (V): NASA Internship Research about the Space Suit
  • March 19 (I): Precision Genomics Medicine and Diagnostics
  • March 29 (V): What Can a Quantum Computer Do? Why Should You Care?
  • April 9 (I): Moon Base
  • April 30 (I): Aquaponics:The Basics of Growing Plants from Fish
  • May 10 (V): TBD

Requests for a disability-related accommodation should be made three weeks in advance. Contact Lauren Traister, UVM extension 4-H teen and leadership program coordinator, at 802-888-4972.

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