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Paper: Using Teen Astronomy Cafés to Excite Youth about STEM
Volume: 524, Advancing Astronomy for All (ASP 2018)
Page: 327
Authors: Walker, C. E.; Kisiel, E.; Pompea, S. M
Abstract: The Teen Astronomy Café program is a free out-of-school program that offers high school students opportunities to interact with scientists who work at the forefront of astronomy. The program aims to elevate student achievement and desire to go to college, and perhaps inspire some students to pursue a career in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics. Once a month on Saturday mornings, students explore the killer asteroids, exoplanets, lives and deaths of stars, variable stars, black holes, the structure of the universe, gravitational lensing, dark matter, colliding galaxies, and more. After the scientists provide a short presentation, students experience a computer lab activity related to the short presentation, using actual computer programs and data that the scientists use. Dissemination to other communities is a possible plan in the future.
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