Accelerating your success with teen science cafés

Summer is Heating Up
The break in Café events at the end of the school year is quickly filled by summer camps and other programs for most of our Members. We hope that your programs are doing well and that some of your campers can be recruited as Café teen leaders in future years. 

We have been busy preparing for the next season of teen cafés, recruiting new Members, designing new professional development, and more.

New Members
Please welcome our new Member Cafés: 
  • Illinois State Museum in Springfield Illinois
  • Lane County Science Café hosted by University of Oregon STEM Center
  • Center for Marine Science and Technology in Morehead City, NC
  • University of Texas Rio Grande Valley in Brownsville Texas
  • Bodmin College, Cornwall, UK, and 
  • Singapore Science Center Singapore

New Member Webinars in August 
Whether you are new, experienced, or still considering starting a Café, join us in this discussion and exploration of key elements of a great Café program. Registration will be announced in August.
  • Elements of a teen science café
  • Developing leadership within teens and adults
  • Helping scientists stimulate great conversations

Cool Cafés 
Share your best ideas for Cool Cafés using our easy form at Adult or teen leaders can write a brief summary of the cool science that teens are experiencing all across our growing Network.  We welcome all submissions from current and past seasons. Share your great ideas so that others may repeat them! Remember, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery!

Social Media Survey
If you have not done so already, please complete this short survey of your Cafés social media use so we can create a stronger social media network! 

Need a Backup Plan for a Café Event?
Every once in a while a presenter may have to cancel last minute. Katey Ahmann shares  great ideas regarding Trivia Nights as Science Cafés at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. These quizzes are NOT boring and they can serve as a great back up!

Make Social Media Work for You
The most important decision in social media is what you want to achieve. Nicole Gugliucci, aka the NoisyAstonomer, offers her tips on social media in the blog Making Social Media Work for You.  Read more...

In The Spotlight
The Spotlight Vicki DiMusio shares her tips on how she recruits teen leaders and markets the Cafe program in Whiteville, NC.

Evaluate your Teen Science Café 
In past years, we have conducted teen surveys at the end of the cafe season at many of our sites. The results in the first two years  confirmed that new cafés are having the kinds of positive impacts as in the pilot project in NM from 2008-2011. Thus, we will not do the national survey again this year. 
As always, you are free to evaluate your site using the the teen surveys on our Resources site or create your own survey. 
If you do conduct evaluation, we would appreciate if you shared the results and the instrument with the network so that we can all learn more about the impact of teen café activities and continue to improve our instruments. The 2014_TSCN_TeenSurvey_FINAL.pdf can be found in our Resources area. The Teen Leader Focus Group Report is also available in the Resources area.
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