Cafe Scientifique

The Science Center of Iowa presents a FREE science-based program for adults and young adults!

"Cafe Sci" events are happening all over the world. On the second Tuesday of each month, SCI invites the community to join the conversation over cocktails and coffee. We are committed to hosting leaders in science and technology to engage you in meaningful and relevant topics in an informal setting. Each event begins with an introduction and background of the topic by the featured presenter and concludes with an open forum for questions and discussion. Come relax or get involved!

Cafe Sci events take place on the second Tuesday of each month from 5:30-7:30 pm. Locations vary.

Mark your calendar for these upcoming Cafe Sci events:

  • September 9 – Game-Based Learning: An Education Intervention
    Presenter:Desmond Bonner, MS candidate in Human Computer Interaction at Iowa State University
    Location: Science Center of Iowa, Downtown Des Moines
    “Game-based learning” is a 21st century technique that combines the popular elements of a game (competition, engagement and immediate rewards) with the elements of learning (achievement, motivation and assessment). Using game-based learning strategies, can we get more middle school students excited about STEM? How can these techniques be used to appeal to underrepresented populations, like girls? Join us to learn about this new theory on STEM involvement!
  • October 14 The Science of Embalming
    Presenter: Travis L. Carrico, Professor of Mortuary Science, Des Moines Community College
    Location: 2006 South Ankeny Boulevard, Ankeny, IA 50023
    From the times of the ancient Egyptians, embalming has been practiced in various forms in many different cultures. Join us to take a closer look at the embalming process and explore the various scientific aspects of the process, including instrumentation, anatomical considerations and the chemistry of embalming.
  • November 11 –TBD

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About Cafe Sci:

  • Events are free to the general public; Coffee, beverages or appetizers are usually available for purchase
  • Many events are held off-site at restaurants, cafes and other venues
  • No scientific background is necessary, just an interest in the topic at hand
  • All ages are welcome but content is geared for adults and young adults
  • Click here for a library of previous Cafe Sci events

Interested in presenting a topic or hosting an event? Inquire at or (515) 274-6868 ext. 234