Burlington--The VTeen 4-H Science Pathways Café will host a teen science café, Astrobiology: Life Among the Stars, on Feb. 3 on the University of Vermont (UVM) campus in Burlington.

The free event, open to all students in Grades 7-12, will be held in the Mansfield Dining Room at the Dudley Davis Center from 5:30 -7 p.m. Free pizza and soda will be served.

Although there is no cost to attend the event, registration is required by Jan. 31. To register, go to https://go.uvm.edu/feb3teensciencecafe. To request a disability-related accommodation to participate, please contact Lauren Traister, UVM Extension 4-H Teen and Leadership Program coordinator, at (802) 888-4972 or toll-free at (866) 260-5603 by Jan. 15.

The featured presenter is ecologist Hillary Emick, who conducted her graduate research at Arizona State University as part of the NASA Astrobiology Institute, a team of hundreds of scientists at dozens of U.S. universities who combined resources to better understand where life might exist in the universe and how to find it. She will share current research on astrobiology and work with the teens to replicate one of the experiments that scientists sent to Mars to look for traces of life on that planet. 

The teen science café, sponsored by UVM Extension 4-H and organized and facilitated by a leadership team of teens, provides hands-on learning opportunities for young people to explore science, engineering and technology with local scientists, engineers and technology experts. To learn more, visit www.uvm.edu/extension/youth.


Lauren Traister