Teen Programs


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

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Upcoming Events

Event Date Time Description
Teen Science Cafe 2020-01-22 4 pm until 6 pm Are you in Highschool? Are you interested in Science or Engineering? What about FREE food? Well, come to the Connecticut Science center for our Teen Science Cafe hosted by our Teen Advisory Council, a core group of Teen Leaders. Teen Science Cafés are for teens, by teens. Teen Science cafes showcase a STEM profession by bringing a guest speaker from the science community who speaks about what they do and also helps to explain their career by also providing a hands-on activity. This Event Is FREE and Pizza and snacks will be provided. If you would like to join us for a night of science, food, and networking please sign up by clicking the event above.

Teen Program Staff

Justin Riley

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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.

Kate Saulsbery

Learn about Kate
Kate shares her passion for science exploration with students every day when leading Connecticut Science Center programs. Kate moved to Connecticut after earning a degree in life sciences and childhood education at Russell Sage College. In 2014, she joined the Science Center team and is now one of the front line of STEM Educators delivering student programs both at the Science Center and in schools throughout the state. With seemingly boundless energy and enthusiasm, Kate works to inspire in students a passion for STEM as deep as her own. She most enjoys the eye-opening moments preschool students experience when exploring their first science concept and mentoring students who participate in the Science Center’s many STEM programs for teens. When not working with students at the Science Center, Kate volunteers her time planning the American Association of University Women’s (AAUW) local Tech Savvy Event, coaching a FIRST Robotics team, and serving as a key volunteer for several youth robotics competitions throughout the country.

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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