Garbage Patch Story Map

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Presented by Desiray Wilson from NASA. REGISTER TODAY! Purpose Using various visualizations (i.e., images, charts, and graphs), students will explore ocean circulation patterns as they relate to the world's ocean garbage patches using NASA ocean currents data. Students will investigate the forces that contribute to ocean circulation patterns, and how debris, especially plastics, travel from […]

Interactive Cafés: Online Edition

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WEBINAR DESCRIPTION: CU Science Discovery has been delivering engaging, hands-on, materials rich programming to students for more than 35 years. Now we can say we have almost one year’s experience delivering many of those programs for students online! We’d love to share our experience in order to help you make your cafés as interactive, fun, […]

Part I: Constructing a Communication Hub—Virtual Planning Meeting Room—for Youth Leaders

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WEBINAR DESCRIPTION: The Gateway Teen Science Cafés & The Academy of Science-St. Louis will be sharing a practical, intuitive, and user friendly tool they're using to foster online communication & collaboration. Network leaders will deliver a demonstration on how to use Google Slides to create a Virtual Planning Meeting Room space, along with an overview of […]

How Psychological Science Can Help You Succeed in ANY Organization

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DESCRIPTIONS: Farms. Factories. Everything in between. They're all organizations, or groups of people who work together for a common goal. For over a century, social-science researchers have tried to understand organizations to help them run better. In this workshop, you'll have a chance to think about your own experience in organizations as a way of […]

TEEN SCIENCE CAFE: ANESTHESIOLOGY

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TEEN SCIENCE CAFE: ANESTHESIOLOGY Have you ever been under anesthesia? If not, could you imagine being completely awake, feeling every incision, and hearing every sound during your operation? Fortunately, this is only a hypothetical scenario because we have anesthesia! The science of anesthesia began in the late 19th century and has drastically evolved. Anesthesia is […]

Breaking the Solar System (and Other Ways Simulations Help Us Understand Our Universe)

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Do you know high school students who are curious about how different galaxies in the universe formed and evolved? Or how astronomers use computers to simulate our universe? If they have wondered, they’re not alone! For years scientists have been trying to answer questions about the mysteries that exist in our universe. To discover the answers by experimenting with the […]

Youth In Action: Diving into Ocean Biodiversity with Jackson Powell

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Description: Join Scientist in Every Florida School and EarthEcho International for a conversation with Jackson Powell, marine biologist and Ph.D. student at Florida State University. Dive in as we learn more about invertebrates, the most biodiverse groups on Earth. During this live event, we will speak with Jackson about his research on marine invertebrates, learn […]

Opioids: An Epidemic Within a Pandemic

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Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, our communities had been facing a decades-long epidemic of opioid addiction. At this time, over half of us could identify someone who had died from an overdose. While we were beginning to see improvements in the opioid-related overdoses and treatment access towards the end of the 2010s, we have seen […]

Wildfire!

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The western states have all been affected by intense wildfires in recent years, whether by the smoke emitted from fire hundreds of miles away, the immediate threat of wildfires to our communities or valued natural resources, or the evacuation of friends and family from threatened areas. A century of fire suppression has left our forests […]

Moon Rocks and Mars Quakes

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Hosted by Teen STEM Café: Feed your mind! REGISTER TODAY! In partnership with the DeKalb Public Library.T Join us for a fun, interactive online STEM Café – created by teens for teens. We’ll explore the science of space exploration and astronomy, as we: • Meet the NIU Mars Rover team. • Experience hands-on astronomy activities. […]

Part II: Working with Cafe Youth Leaders Virtually

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WEBINAR DESCRIPTION: The Gateway Teen Science Cafés & The Academy of Science-St. Louis will be sharing how their user friendly tool supports the development & implementation of their virtual, online programming. Network leaders will once again deliver a demonstration of how they use the Virtual Planning Meeting Room in action with their Teen Leaders. Webinar […]

Understanding Data Science – How Data Shapes Community Development

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Our presenter will now be Michael Moser, Coordinator for the Vermont State Data Center & Research Specialist at UVM's Center for Rural Studies. Michael's cafe brings Social Science and Data Science concepts together through real world examples. He will highlight common applications of population data science, otherwise known as Demography, describes common data analysis concepts and […]

The Importance of Water Quality

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Description: Dive into World Water Week and learn more about the importance of our freshwater resources and habitats. By the end of this session, you will understand the components of the EarthEcho Water Challenge test kit and how to participate in the Water Challenge. REGISTER TODAY!  

Global Impacts of Water Scarcity

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Description: Humanity is facing a water crisis due to unequal distribution, resulting in drought or floods in some geographic locations. In this session you will learn about the global impact water scarcity has on communities. REGISTER TODAY!

The Prison System

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The Teen Ambassadors invite all interested teens to an incredible seminar with Sam Hunter, Senior Specialist, School and Youth Programs, about the Eastern State Penitentiary (one of the U.S.'s most historic prisons, located in Philadelphia) and the prison system in the United States. Afterwards, participate in open discussion with other teens about important issues around […]

Water Industry Expert Panel

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Description: Meet leading experts in the water industry, learn about their careers, and the future of water sustainability. REGISTER TODAY!

Take Action with Citizen Science Project Planning

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Description: Become a citizen scientist and learn how to utilize your observations and data to protect your waterway. Define youth voice and how to implement an action project. REGISTER TODAY!

Student Showcase: Youth-led Water Projects

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Description: Don't miss this peer-to-peer planning event where student groups can work together to build community project plans! Join us for a collaborative discussion of youth-led water projects from across the U.S. REGISTER TODAY!

Reef Biodiversity with Coral Restoration Foundation

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Description: Join Scientist in Every Florida School and EarthEcho International for a conversation with Coral Restoration Foundation! Coral Restoration Foundation™ is the world's largest marine-conservation non-profit organization dedicated to restoring coral reefs to a healthy state, both in Florida and globally. Our core mission is to restore coral reefs, to educate others on the importance […]

What’s Going on Under There? How Does Vermont’s Spring Snowmelt Period Affect the Soil Ecosystem?

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Spring snowmelt is an important hydrological event for Vermont because melting snow carries nutrients, like nitrogen and phosphorus, to Lake Champlain. Harmful algal blooms (HABs), which occur often in Lake Champlain and disrupt the Lake ecosystem, are linked to nitrogen and phosphorus overloading during the spring snowmelt period. HABs also prevent us from recreating in […]

Outsmarting the Outbreak: Keeping Diseases at Bay with Biosecurity

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In today’s world, many diseases are no more than a plane ride away. COVID-19 is one such example of an emerging disease that spread very easily as a result of travel and movement. There are few vaccines and treatments for these diseases, but luckily, we already have a lot of tools to prevent diseases from […]

TEEN SCIENCE CAFE: ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE

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ABOUT THE CAFE Are you interested in working at the intersection of environmentalism and civil rights? If so, then a career in environmental justice may be right for you. Environmental justice focuses on the way certain populations of people are impacted by ecological decisions such as the construction of dams or where toxic waste is […]

Trash Talk: Rethinking Recycling

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Courtney Gallaher, Associate Professor in the NIU Department of Geographic and Atmospheric Sciences and the Center for the Study of Women, Gender and Sexuality, will lead us in a lively discussion about the ways in which we consume products, types of materials they are made from, and the environmental and social justice implications of our […]

Emergence of New SARS-COV-2 Variants and What They Mean for the COVID-19 Pandemic

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Science-ing our way through the Pandemic!  See: SIU research discovers new, dominant variant of U.S. COVID-19 virus This is the topic for our SPECIAL May 2021 Virtual Saluki Teen Science Café Featuring Dr. Keith Gagnon, Associate Professor of Biochemistry @ Southern Illinois University Carbondale. He and his team discovered a variant of the COVID-19 virus […]

Spotting Spotted Lanternflies

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Meet Katie Bielicki of the Delaware Department of Agriculture and learn about the invasive Spotted Lanternfly taking over Northern Delaware and Eastern Pennsylvania. Learn about how this insect got here, how it's been spreading, and what we can do to help manage its population! Get inspired to squash and trap some pretty amazing insects this […]