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Teen Programs


The Connecticut Science Center offers several programs for teens, ranging from one-time events to immersive opportunities to explore a broad range of STEM fields and careers.

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Engineering Workshop



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Upcoming Events

Event Date Time Description
Engineering Workshop 2023-06-10 11 am until 3 pm Calling all middle school students 6th-8th grade! Register today for our free engineering challenge workshop. Hosted by Teen Advisory Council at Connecticut Science Center. Help develop a city and tackle some challenges centered around civil & environmental engineering. Register with the Teen Advisory Council Today!

Teen Program Staff

Justin Riley

Learn about Justin
Justin is the Teen Programs Coordinator and STEM Educator at the Connecticut Science Center, where he works closely with high school students giving them access to STEM and leadership programming. Justin graduated from the University of Hartford with his Bachelors in Electrical Engineering Technology. During his undergraduate career he was very active on campus, and during this time he discovered he had a strong interest inspiring his peers to become active in their communities and to continue their learning process. He went back to school and received his Master’s in Counselor Education and Student Development. Justin has worked several years with a wide range of students from pre-k to college. His love of engineering and mentoring led him to the Connecticut Science Center where he gets to use his many talents to work and connect with the students in the Greater Hartford area. When he is not helping to run the teen program, he spends his time traveling and spending close time with family and friends.

Jessie Scott

Learn about Jessie
Jessie is a STEM Educator and works with the Teen Program at the Connecticut Science Center, where she encourages students' enthusiasm for science. Jessie graduated from the University of Connecticut with her Bachelor’s in Biological Sciences and went on to get her Master's in Microbiology at Dartmouth College. Her favorite part of teaching is when students become so excited about their discoveries that they can't wait to share them. Outside of teaching students, Jessie is interested in plants, critters, and bugs and loves going on hikes to see what she can discover.

Aoife Ryle

Learn about Aoife
Aoife is a STEM Educator at the Connecticut Science Center. In addition to working with school groups, she works with the Teen Program, Overnights department, and shoots weekly science segments for WFSB. She has a degree in Bioengineering from the University of Maine. She has a personal interest in the life sciences and engineering which makes bioengineering a perfect crossover. Prior to working at the Science Center, she worked in research labs and with summer camps. She has close to 50 plants and 5 pets at home and has a bad habit of naming her animals after villains in children’s TV shows.


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