SC-York County Teen Science Café

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Lead Institution: Culture & Heritage Museums: Museum of York County, Rock Hill (York County), South Carolina

YoCo Teen Science Café 2018-2019 Advisory

(Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic we have not taken  a 2019-2020 group photo yet!)

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Fall 2020 Join our Virtual Zoom Cafes!
More information and a calendar will be posted here soon!

What can you expect at our in person Teen Science Café?
(We are working on a description for our virtual programs!  No Peeking yet!)
We run from 6-7:30 pm once a month. We have a sign-in and name tag table in the lobby. Sometimes we do a poll with a question everyone can choose an answer to as people walk in. It is a free, fun way for us to meet and talk to STEAM experts in a conversation and do activities around their topic. We have wonderful homemade cookies baked by four museum Guild volunteers each month! We also have other food (pizza, popcorn bar or ice cream) and a 15 minute-20 minute social time to just mingle, then we do an icebreaker. After that we introduce our speaker(s) and lay out a few expectations for the evening and then we settle in for a conversational style cafe…casual yet polite and respectful. Q & A can happen anytime, but we don’t interrupt the speaker or each other…raised hands work great. Sometimes we do a hands-on activity at the beginning, or in the middle or at the end.  It is usually a group mix-up activity and we get up and move around. One of the best parts is we get to meet teens from other public, private and home schools!

We end with a brief “recorded summary” and thank the speaker(s) with a small token of appreciation and applause. We also have a drawing each month for a gift card and you have to bring a friend or be a new person to get a ticket for a chance to win in the drawing.

Summaries of past Teen Science Cool Cafés can be found right below this section towards the bottom of the page.

Why offer a Science Café?
We are curious and want to explore relevant, exciting advances in science, technology, engineering, art and math affecting our daily lives, and we like to socialize around food. Plus, we are thinking about careers and this is a way to ask questions about a career that the speaker is invested in. This STEAM outreach to teens is important because it is not “school” and totally voluntary!  Although some teachers do give extra credit if we attend and write up a summary of what we learned.

Where do we meet physically?
Museum of York County in Rock Hill, SC, hosts free, monthly York County Teen Science Cafés for all high school students from across York County, SC.

Additional opportunities for leadership and networking occur when you step up and join the advisory team that meets monthly at the Rock Hill branch of the York County Library. The York County Library is a partner with the museum in hosting these Cool Café experiences.

Who can come?
We voted to limit it to high school teens (9th -12th grades). Public, private and homeschool students are welcome to attend! Educators are also welcome to attend! Parents can check it out, but we ask them not to hang out, because it is our space.

How can I get involved?
You can choose to lead alongside an adult mentor in all aspects of running this event, such as choosing topics, greeting participants, enabling set-up, choosing food, previewing the speaker, introducing the presenter, planning a correlated activity, sharing our values, and cleaning up. Don’t worry clean up is rotated monthly!

Monthly Cafe Advisory meetings are held in the early evening, on the second Tuesday each month,  6 pm – 7:45 pm at the Rock Hill Branch of the York County Library, our partner. Come check us out!

How to Find us?
Calendars and flyers are distributed to local schools and libraries.  Parents and students in York County get  approved PeachJar emailed flyers monthly through their school. Some students or educators announce it in their school or put it on the guidance department website and in the newsletter.  We even had one student that announced sports and he announced it at every half – time!
We have a monthly Teen Science Café Advisory Meet Up—contact: for more information. Check the museum’s social media for posts #museumofyorkcounty  (FaceBook, Twitter and Instagram.)


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Cafe Info

SC – York County’s Teen Science Café (Museum of York County)

4621 Mt Gallant Rd, Rock Hill, SC 29732, USA
Rock Hill, South Carolina 29732
Culture & Heritage Museums: Museum of York County
Cynthia Spratley Café Facilitator Contact Site