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Virtual science classes begin Sept. 16

BURLINGTON — A weekly series of virtual teen science cafés will introduce students in grades 7-12 to a diversity of topics ranging from living robots and environmental health to nanotechnology and climate change.
University of Vermont (UVM) Extension 4-H will host VTeen Science Exploration! every Wednesday from 3:30-4:45 p.m. from Sept. 16-Dec. 16. Each café gives teens an opportunity to explore a different scientific topic and interact with scientists and experts in that field to learn about their work.
Upcoming programs include:
Sept. 16: Mitigating Climate Change in Electrical Engineering
Sept. 23: Sharky Science: Studying Populations of Sharks and Rays Around the World
Sept. 30: Living Robots
Oct. 7: Computer Science Immersion
Oct. 14: Café Space: the Challenges of Building Systems for Space
Oct. 21: How Does Our Nervous System Confer Different Reactions to Stress?
Oct. 28: How Do Plant Cells Talk to One Another to Make Decisions for Development and Defense Responses?
Nov. 4: Climate Change and Plant Nutrients: Will the Grass be Greener on the Other Side?
Nov. 11: Consumer Products and Your Health: An Intro to Environmental Health and Exposure Science
Nov. 18: The Power of the Small: Why Nanomaterials are Unique
Nov. 25: Privacy on the Internet: Why Does It Matter and How Do We Get It?
Dec. 2: Three Dimensional (3D) Cell Culture: Why Flat Stanley is a Great Learning Tool … but not for Studying Cells
Dec. 9: Breaking Bad: DNA Double Strand Break Repair with DNA Polymerase Theta
Dec. 16: Biomimetic Membranes and Nanotechnology
All cafés are free, although preregistration is required to get the Zoom meeting link. Full program details and registration links can be found at uvm.edu/extension/youth/announcements.
If questions or to request a disability-related accommodation to participate, contact Lauren Traister, UVM Extension 4-H Teen and Leadership Program coordinator, at (802) 888-4972, ext. 402, or [email protected].
Cafés will resume in January 2021 for continued exploration of science topics. 

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