SD – Sanford PROMISE Teen Science Cafe (Sioux Falls)

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Lead Institution: Sanford PROMISE K-12 Science Exploration at Sanford Research, Sioux Falls, South Dakota

The Sanford PROMISE Teen Science Café’s mission is to expose teens in southeastern South Dakota to the latest and greatest innovations in science and technology. Organized by high school students, our group is for students in the Sioux Falls area who share an interest in science.  Each café gathering includes new scientific topics and hands-on activities along with free snacks and beverages.  Contact us at or 605.312.6031 for information or to join us at our next café!

Teen Science Café will resume in October of 2020 in a virtual format..  Look for more information soon!



Past cafes:

October 2019-

Topic/Theme: SAb biotherapeutics- How can cows help humans?  A look into antibodies and immune science.
Speaker: Wyatt Bordewyk and Josh Loebs
Activities: Wyatt and Josh will lead participants through the purification process of cow serum into purified immunoglobulins.

November 2019-

Topic/Theme: Type 1 Diabetes

Speaker: Dr. Fred Lovrien and Justin Lovrien

January 2019-

Topic: Life Saving Technology: Science and stories of ECMO

Speaker: Dr. Lesta Whalen

Date first café held: Pilot 4/25/2018: Celebrate DNA Day! Speaker: Dr. Jose Gonzalez, SDSU Plant Genetics & Genomics


Teen Science Café adult coordinator: Louisa Otto- Senior research education programs specialist with Sanford PROMISE.

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