Science and technology touch every aspect of our lives. Science Cafés are a way for the general public to hear professional scientists talk about their work in a relaxed, fun, and informative setting.
The Cafés are primarily aimed at the non-scientist adult and attract a wide-ranging audience from high school students to professional and retired scientists (Students younger than 12 years of age, must be accompanied by an adult). The presentation and audience-driven discussion that follows help to demystify some of today’s headlines.
Science Cafés can also be valuable resources for parents and teachers – in staying current on various topics, real-world examples of classroom material, and (indirectly) career paths of scientists.
NMTC Science Cafés take place monthly from September through June at public venues in Harford and Cecil Counties, and all events are free.
NMTC Science Cafés in Harford County are hosted at the Bel Air Library on the fourth Wednesday of each month (Except November, due to Thanksgiving) , and in Cecil County, NMTC Science Cafés are hosted at the Elkton Library branch on the second or third Tuesday of each month. Please check www.nmtc.org or the Cecil County Public Library.
How Science Cafés Work
Science Cafés are hosted in a public location that offers an informal atmosphere.
Starting at 7:00 pm, the scientist or knowledge expert offers a 20-30 minute presentation of that evening’s topic. Breaking for refreshments, we continue with a discussion of the subject.
During the discussion, the audience is encouraged to ask questions and share their knowledge of the topic.
Each presentation is supported with helpful visuals displayed on a large screen. The discussion is guided by a facilitator to help the conversation stay focused and on the topic.
U.S. Science Cafés:
The original U.K. Science Café: