The Oceanside Library Science Café is a monthly series in which a scientist presents informally on a current science topic for approximately 10 minutes, followed by discussion and questions from patrons. We use the format created by NOVA, which focuses on presenting science topics in a relatable and engaging way, and in an informal setting. (We also serve coffee and really good cookies.) No PowerPoint or other formal presentation materials are used.
A staff member moderates the discussion to ensure that no one — including the guest scientist — dominates the discussion. Our audience includes adults and advanced high school students.
A monthly series of scientist talks cover STEM topics in an engaging, relatable way — with cookies.