Family Cafe
The Family Café is an interactive forum that provides educational and parenting information to adult caregivers and any other supportive, adult role models while their NASA SEMAA student is in class. The Family Café also puts these adults in touch with various local resources and programs that are available for the student. A trained Family Café Coordinator plans and facilitates each session.

In addition to the Saturday Model, the Family Café also exists as an After-School Model. These models may include multiple sessions of a 1-3 hour duration or single "Family Nights," taking the form of a Star Party, Science Night, Interactive Tour, etc. Each session is facilitated by a trained Family Café Coordinator and features hands-on learning activities, lively group discussions, and dynamic guest speakers.
 
Philosophy
"We believe that children, parents/families, and teachers are partners in the educational process, and must be respected and appreciated for their individual needs and roles."
 
Goals
·         Provide parents/families with strategies, materials and resources to support their children's educational needs.
·         Include parents/families as a partner with NASA and the NASA SEMAA Sites in the planning, design and implementation of the NASA SEMAA Program.
·         Gain feedback in developing programs that most effectively support their Children's education.
 
Outcomes
·         Provides parents/families with strategies to motivate and mentor their children.
·         Empowers parents/families to assert their role as a partner in the day-to-day education of their children.
·         Introduces parents/families to NASA resources and technology that are available to support their children's education and career choices.
·         Connects parents/family members with other local resources and programs that are available for their children.
 
Upcoming Events:
April 19, 2011
The evening begins with a pre-film discussion on the constellations Leo and Ursa Major. The feature film for the evening will be “Black Holes: The Other Side of Infinity,” an internationally best-selling film about one of astronomy’s greatest mysteries. The evening will conclude with the main presentation, “To Fall Forever,” a look at Cyngus X1 and other black holes.
 
May 17, 2011
Participants will watch “Two Small Pieces: The Amazing Telescope” to learn about optics, the invention of astronomy’s most important tool, and some methods used by stargazers today. The per-film discussion will be about star maps and how to find targets in the night sky. The main presentation will be “Star Hopping,” a look at double and variable stars.
Family Cafe