Teen Science Café

The STEM field is vast. The Bakken Museum hosts Teen Science Café to introduce high school aged students with the broad range of careers related to science and engineering. These events are free and organized by teens, for teens to have an interactive conversation with STEM professionals, learn about their work, and engage with their discipline through hands on activities.

The Bakken Museum is a member of the Teen Science Café Network, a nation-wide web of organizations connecting high schoolers with STEM experts since 2012.

Get Involved

With questions about Teen Science Café, contact The Bakken Museum Youth Programs Manager André Phillips.

The Bakken Museum is proud to partner with corporations and foundations that are committed to inspiring a passion for innovation and making the world a better place. If your company would like to become a Teen Science Café presenter, please contact us.


May 2019

This May, a representative from the University of Minnesota will discuss the process of pharmaceutical development and testing

April 2019

This April, a Stratasys employee discussed the engineering that goes into 3D printers and their practical applications.

February 2019

Representative from the University of Minnesota’s Visible Heart® Laboratories shared heart research currently going on at the university, including a discussion of how they are using virtual reality, 3D printing, and physical models for research.

January 2019

During the January Teen Science Café, David Washington, a local computer scientist and self-proclaimed hacker, shared the results of his personal project to turn a toy from the 80's into a functional, conversational robot.

December 2018

During the December Teen Science Café, two food scientists from General Mills taught participants all about the science that goes into the flavors of the foods that we enjoy. Attendees tried, and tasted, an assortment of activities to understand just what sort of knowledge scientists and engineers need in order to get that perfect flavor.

October 2018

Scientists from Boston Scientific discussed the design process for electrical medical devices. Students worked through identifying need, design considerations and possible complications, and effective solutions.



Recommended for grades 9 through 12



*Teen Science Cafe is free to attend.
Admission is required to visit museum exhibits.


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