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. Virtual Teen Science Cafes will return in Spring of 2021, check back for information and registration links!

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:

  • December 10: Genetic Detective: Tracking the Source of an Outbreak with Dr. Pauline Kamath – Register Now
    Dr. Pauline Kamath, Assistant Professor of Animal Health with UMaine School of Food and Agriculture, joins us to talk about how we can use genetics to trace the spread of outbreaks of disease to find the source and predict future outbreaks. Did you know that scientists can trace the origin of infectious diseases in wildlife using genetics? Dr. Kamath will talk about how this sort of research is helping in the fight against COVID-19.

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