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Teen Astronomy Café (NOAO / Tucson)

Teen Astronomy Café (NOAO / Tucson)

, Arizona

National Optical Astronomy Observatory

Cafe Leaders
Connie Walker, Co-Director
Elliot Kisiel, Teen Astronomy Café Program
, Lead Student

The Teen Astronomy Café program is an out-of-school program that offers high school students opportunities to interact with scientists who work at the forefront of astronomy.
Description: Students explore the birth and death of stars, killer asteroids, the structure of the universe, gravitational waves, dark energy, dark matter, colliding galaxies and more. A hands-on activity related to the short presentation will follow as part of the Teen Astronomy Cafés experience — either a state-of-the-art computer lab activity, a movie, a deeper discussion, or an exploration of the topic with a 3-D printer or an Oculus Rift™. The students will use the actual computer programs and data that the scientists use!
The Teen Astronomy Cafés are open to all high school students at no cost. They are hosted by the National Optical Astronomy Observatory.

Dates and Topics: The first Saturday mornings of the month through May (except for January):
Nov. 4, 2017 Life and Death of Stars
Dec. 2, 2017 Our Vast Universe
Feb. 3, 2018 Killer Asteroids
Mar. 3, 2018 Island Universes
Apr. 7, 2018 Galactic Archaeology: From Little to Big
May 5, 2018 Our Galactic Neighborhood
Times:9:30am until noon (maybe 12:15pm)
Location: In room 27 of the National Optical Astronomy Observatory (NOAO) at 950 N. Cherry Ave in Tucson on the University of Arizona campus.
Please register for any astronomy café of interest: (under “Join Us!”)
More information about the talks and downloadable posters at:
(District-approved posters for TUSD, Sunnyside, Sahuarita, Flowing Wells, Marana and Amphi will be downloadable from the website in the near future.)
Have questions? Contact: Connie Walker, Co-Director at or 520-318-8535 or Elliot Kisiel, Lead Student, at
Date first café held: 1/2017
Contributions to coming soon!

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