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TeenMOB

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ASBMB member Dr. Teresa Evans, director of the Office of Career Development in the Graduate School of Biomedical Science at the University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio (UTHSCSA), developed TeenMOB (Teen Meetings Outside the Box) using funds from an Outreach Seed Grant

This program is designed to share the love of science with underserved students across all age groups in rural parts of Texas. TeenMOB hosted a science night in Natalia, a small town outside of San Antonio, on October 27th, 2014. Reasoning that a science café held in a coffee shop or restaurant in the city would have been too far for most students to travel, Dr. Evans figured that a science night at the local high school would be much more accessible for everyone in the community.

At the science night itself, dinner was served and prize raffles were held, and professors, postdoctoral fellows, graduate students, and K-12 teachers set up eight engaging booths for the 180 people that attended. These booths covered a range of health topics, including the structure of the brain, the cardiovascular system, and the difference between healthy and diseased organs. The booths had activities for all ages, and even parents were able to learn more about the human body and to have their questions answered by UTHSCSA volunteers. 

The science night in Natalia was a fun evening for the whole family and the event was considered a huge success. Dr. Evans and the rest of the TeenMOB team plan to expand this program to other rural communities in the future. 

Read more about the event here.