SC-York County Teen Science Café

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Lead Institution: Culture & Heritage Museums: Museum of York County, York County, South Carolina

York County Teen Science Café Advisory

*Due to the current ongoing pandemic we have not been able to update our photo in
2019- 2020 nor 2020-2021. This is a photo of the 2018-2019 Advisory. 

Fall 2020 ~ Going Virtual with Teen Science Cafes!

The South Carolina Aquarium, Museum of York County and the York County Library have created a new partnership in order to produce MONTHLY virtual Teen Science Cafés!
To register for a Café , visit:
An email link will be sent about a week before the date, so you can join us!
Limited to first 100 registered!

Fall 2020 Virtual Calendar
Thursday, Sept. 24 6-7:30 pm (EST)
Presenter: Mr. Brien Posey, Commercial Scientist Astronaut Candidate, and
IT Professional
Topic: “Future Space Travel & Experiences as a Commercial Astronaut in Training”

Thursday, Oct. 22 6-7:30 pm (EST)
Presenter: Elizabeth Vernon (E.V.) Bell, Marine Education Specialist,
South Carolina Sea Grant Consortium
Topic: “The Deep Ocean: How Much is Left to Discover?”

Thursday, Nov. 19 6-7:30 pm (EST)
Presenter: Dr. Kathryn Kohl, Associate Professor of Biology, Winthrop University
Topic: “Current Methods for Identifying, Studying, and Treating Human Genetic Disorders”

Thursday, Dec. 17 6-7:30 pm (EST)
Presenter: Kelly Thorvalson, Conservation Programs Manager, South Carolina Aquarium
Topic: “Sea Level Rise: How It Affects Us All and What We Can Do About It”

A special thanks to Boeing for their sponsorship of
the South Carolina Aquarium’s Teen Science Café program.


What to Expect at a Teen Science Café ?  A little fun and social time, a reminder about expectations and courtesy, then we will roll into the introduction of the speaker by a teen advisor.  This will be a LIVE     event and we do not record.  Please come on time and stay until the end for a chance to ask questions and the opportunity to win a prize!

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? (from a teen’s perspective)
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. 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.

Who can come?
We voted to limit it to high school teens (9th -12th grades). Public, private and homeschool students are welcome to attend! Virtual Cafes are open to anyone that will 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, previewing the speaker, introducing the presenter, asking thoughtful questions to lead the conversation, to role model and encourage respectful/courteous behavior, to thank those that volunteer to speak and always give your input to make future cafes even better!

Monthly Teen Science Cafe Advisory meetings are held on the second Thursday each month,  6 pm – 7 pm  Come check us out!  Contact us if you would like to become a teen science café advisor!

 Contact email:

Teen member contributions to

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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