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 Thursday 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): Thursdays beginning October 1.

Time: 3:30-4:15 p.m.

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

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

  • Register Now!
    October 22: Engineering in Sports with Alex Freiss
    While spectator sports at venues such as the Olympics, the America’s Cup, and World Championships celebrate the achievement of world class athletes, their peak performance is often made possible by engineers that design and optimize their equipment and training.  This involvement is critical in any sport (one must only think of the advanced swimming suits to reduce drag, or golf balls that fly farther than others), and is particularly noteworthy in sports that utilize sophisticated equipment, such as car and yacht races.  The presentation will introduce the career path of the presenter and how he became involved in sports-engineering, and then showcase some applications in Speed Skiing and America’s Cup yachting.Dr. Friess is an Associate Professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department at the University of Maine, where he directs the capstone experience and teaches courses in aircraft design and engineering mechanics.  Dr Friess research interests revolve around Engineering design, with applications in aerodynamics, energy, and sports, as well as engineering education.  Dr. Friess has received a Ph.D. in Aeronautical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, where he experimentally researched the position and equipment of the US Speed Skiing team, and has been active as design engineer and consultant for over 10 years in Europe and Africa, where he participated in the first South African America’s Cup Challenge.  Dr. Friess’ came to Maine following five years of academic activities in Dubai, where he participated as inaugural professor in the startup of two Universities.


  • October 29: Shellfisheries in Midcoast Maine with Sarah Risley – Register Now
  • November 5: Fish Behavior with Scarlett Tudor – Register Now
  • November 11: Electrical Engineering with Rosemary Smith

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