A Café Scientifique program for teens
How do you capture the attention of teenagers in an age of Facebook, YouTube and iPhones? Given the scientific and technical underpinnings of these 21st century phenomena, it would seem self-evident that science would naturally appeal to teenage minds. Unfortunately, experience shows that teenagers have a limited interest in, and understanding of, the nature of science and the fruits it bears beyond what they learn in school. As scientists and educators, we were motivated to reignite interest in science among teenage audiences by rekindling their curiosity and ability to ask, “Why?” Our solution was to found a science café program for teenagers: Café Scientifique New Mexico.