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Teen Science Café Exposes Students to STEM Career Fields

A new program in northern Michigan will help students gain leadership skills and exposure to STEM skills and careers. The Teen Science Café is open to all students in 8th-12th grade in the 10 county northwest lower Michigan region. The program is being coordinated by Newton’s Road and will feature teen led activities along with input from expert scientists.

Students who participate in the Teen Science Café will have the opportunity to serve on a leadership board and get to determine the topics explored. They will also experience a variety of science research and meet inspiring scientists.

The first meeting of the Teen Science Café is scheduled for October 24 in Traverse City and will highlight the Underwater Remote Operated Vehicle program of the Inland Seas Education Association. Space is limited and students must RSVP to Jeanna Michalek at You can also contact Michalek for information about future Teen Science Café meetings and other Newton's Road activities and events.

About Newton’s Road
Newton’s Road, a program of Networks Northwest, works with regional partners to leverage the unique characteristics of northern Michigan’s natural surroundings, knowledgeable workforce, and rich legacy of community involvement to champion, support and increase access to outstanding learning opportunities in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM Education).

The professionals at Networks Northwest help our City Council, Planning Commission, and staff make thoughtful decisions to ensure our community is sustainable and resilient for many years to come.
- Mark Heydlauff, Charlevoix City Manager