The Science Cafe Evanston is held from September through June of each academic year. Science Cafe events will be held each month and are free and open to the public. This cafe is focused on the adult-level audience. The purpose is to make science more accessible and accountable by featuring speakers whose expertise spans the sciences and who can present in plain English.
Junior Science Café is an opportunity to bring science to life. It's an informal discussion, with the purpose of exploring topics and creating a comfortable space for kids to talk about science and technology- stuff that matters to them, not just what’s in the school curriculum. It’s about connecting teenage culture with science, because science is a part of everyday life.
Junior Science Café’s target audience is students in middle through high school, because they like to ponder cool concepts with science professionals who speak their language. The opportunity provides the students with time and space to question a practicing scientist and speak to them as equals.
What the café brings is the idea that science is not about being a geek, and it isn't something that just goes on in the classroom. Parents and supportive adults are encouraged to attend with the students as they continue their explorations of the world of science.
These cafés are organized and sponsored by Northwestern’s chapter of Sigma Xi, the scientific research society, Northwestern’s Vice President of Information Technology and Northwestern’s Vice President for Research.