What is STEM CAFÉ at the Long Island Explorium?

The STEM Café will be a monthly series where scientists speak about themes that affect our everyday lives in a language everyone can understand!
Come have some coffee or tea with us in an informal and friendly setting, and get to meet and talk to a real scientist. All ages welcome, just bring your curiosity.

These events are free and open to the public.

The STEM Café are brought to you by the Long Island Explorium and are designed to increase public awareness of the role Science, Technology, Engineering and Math play in everyday lives and our communities.

Upcoming STEM Café

February 26, 2020, 7:00 – 8:00pm

"Is your sleep keeping you awake? A look at sleep biology, disorders, and fixes"

Speakers: Barbara Rosati, PhD.
Research Assistant Professor of Physiology and Biophysics
Renaissance School of Medicine
Stony Brook University

Brendan Duffy, CCSH RPSGT
Certified Clinical Sleep Health Educator - Registered Polysomnography Technologist Sports and Sleep Performance and Recovery
Sleep Center, St Charles Hospital

Dr. Rosati will give an overview of sleep physiology and Mr. Duffy will cover what happens before, during, and after a sleep test.

March 18, 2020, 7:00 – 8:00pm

“The global methane mystery.”

Speaker:  Joseph Pitt, PhD
School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences
Stony Brook University

What's behind the recent rise in atmospheric methane - the second most important gas contributing to human-induced climate change? Fracking? Cows? Tropical swamps? Or maybe something completely different...

April 15, 2020, 7:00 – 8:00pm

“Whales, Dolphins, and Porpoises in NY”

Speaker:  Erich Dietterle, MS
Field Biologist and Education Coordinator
Atlantic Marine Conservation Society

Mr. Dietterle will introduce participants to the whales, dolphins, and porpoises we see in New York waters. In New York alone, we commonly see up to 12 different cetacean species! He will discuss the behavior of these creatures as well as the natural and human threats these species face in our environment.


January 15th, 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

The Long Island Explorium welcomes the Atlantic Marine Conservation Society

The Atlantic Marine Conservation Society biologists will introduce participants to the wonderful world of seals seen in New York.

Biologists introduce participants to the family of pinnipeds and provide insight on when and where seals come to area. Participants will learn about the environment seals inhabit and the natural or human threats they face.

By the end of the lecture, participants will be able to take the concepts learned and apply them in their environment to help protect the seals of New York. The lecture will conclude with an open-ended discussion.

Do not miss this this adult discussion, one in an upcoming series of events at the Explorium.