Maine 4-H Virtual Teen Science Cafés

icon graphic for Teen Science Cafe sessionsUniversity of Maine Cooperative Extension 4-H is offering “virtual” science cafés! Come hang out for a bit, chat with a UMaine scientist, and learn about their work. It’s free! 

Join us each Tuesday where you will meet scientists, learn about how they ended up at UMaine and how they became involved in their work/research, and participate in informal discussions. So, sign up and learn some cool science!

If you need a reasonable accommodation, please contact Jessy Brainerd, Administrative Specialist, University of Maine Cooperative Extension State 4-H Office, at jessica.brainerd@maine.edu at least a week in advance of the session. If requests are received after this date, we may not have sufficient time to make the necessary arrangements.

Maine 4-H Virtual Teen Science Cafés are recommended for teens in grades 7-12.

Date(s): Tuesdays from 4:00 – 4:45 pm

Location: Science Cafés will take place in Zoom (Video-Conferencing) Webinars

Upcoming Maine 4-H Virtual Teen Science Café Session Schedule:

  • May 4, 2021 – Remote Survey Techniques with Meredith Lewis, Graduate Research Assistant in Ecology and Environmental Science.  Learn how scientists use remote survey techniques (imagery) to survey wildlife species in Maine.
  • May 11, 2021 – Meet Amber Gray, a Social Sciences and Humanities Librarian at UMaine’s Raymond H. Fogler Library – and learn about her journey and what exactly it means to be a librarian? Here’s a hint: there’s more to it than relaxing and reading books!
  • May 18, 2021First Year in the Lab: Starting out in Science –  Katherine Stevens, a freshman at UMaine is going to meet with youth this week to talk about her experience as a first-year college student, and what that’s meant for her in terms of working in a lab, and experiencing student life.

Recordings of Previous Science Cafés

October 8, 2020: “Wildlife Forensics” with Tom Rounsville, Ph.D.

It’s time to put on your thinking cap and help Tom Rounsville, Molecular Diagnostic Professional with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension do a Wildlife Forensics investigation! Using many of the same techniques the police investigators use in criminal cases, you’ll see how crimes against wildlife are solved, and what it takes to charge the guilty party!

Tom Rounsville, a Molecular Diagnostic Professional with University of Maine Cooperative Extension, is an expert in DNA testing and investigates ticks for the presence of infectious agents. He also works with other Extension scientists and personnel to develop DNA technologies relevant to their respective fields and research needs.


Recordings: QuaranTEEN Virtual Science Cafés, March 31-June 9, 2020