Accelerating success with teen science cafés
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  • 2016 TSCN Workshop
  • New Café Resources
  • Member Spotlight
  • Cool Café
  • Forum Topics

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2016 TSCN Workshop

August 21-24, 2016 in Albuquerque, NM
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We are planning the 2nd annual workshop to bring together representatives from across the Teen Science Café Network. It will be held at the Explora! Museum in Albuquerque. We invite one representative from each Teen Café site across the network (up to 40 participants).

The format will emphasize workshops, presentations, and discussions that help us improve the implementation and successful operation of our Teen Cafés programs.

We are adding two new opportunities this year: a Poster Presentation (required of all attendees) and Member Proposed Sessions. 

For more information, and to register for the workshop, visit our Workshop Blog.

What Motivates Us?

Teen Science Café presenters motivate teens to get excited about STEM, but what motivates our presenters? We asked them, and what they have to say might bring a tear to your eye!

Café Resources

10 Common Rookie Presentation Mistakes
Being a rookie does not mean that you cannot be a star at presentations.
Terry Gault of The Henderson Group provides an interesting perspective for presenters to consider. They apply to most any type of presentation, especially the interactive "conversations" ideal for teen science cafés. Read the blog.

Spotlight on Danette Carll

This month the Member Spotlight shines on the Teen Science Café at miSci (Museum of Innovation and Science) in Schenectady, NY, and café facilitator Danette Carll, miSci's Director of Education.    

Ice breakers, bean bag chairs, and music are what Danette and a team of teen leaders use to create a fun and welcoming atmosphere at their Teen Science Café.

The science center's 3-D printers, MaKey MaKeys, and observatory, in addition to a world-class range of scientists, engineers and inventors from its "Tech Valley" location make for a rich range of café topics and presenters. The Teen Science Café model fits 100% with miSci’s official mission: to inspire people to celebrate and explore science and technology, past, present, and future. 

Next month's teen science café topic is Mars: The Wet Red Planet.

Read the full interview on TSCN's Spotlight blog...

Roles and Responsibilities of Teen Leaders

We've put together a few checklists, spreadsheets, and diagrams submitted by TSCN Members to help get your teens organized and ready!  View

TSCN Resources

 "Make Leaders Out of Teenagers" (53:07) 02.16.16 

Three TSCN members shared their unique methods of recruiting, training, and organizing teen leader teams. With just a little guidance, teens can take the reigns in all aspects of planning, marketing, and running a successful teen science café.

A big THANK YOU to Gina Santioanni of FL Teen SciCafe at Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium in Sarasota, Florida, Alexandra Rose of Science Discovery Teen Café in Boulder, Colorado, and Danette Carll of Teen Science Café at miSci (Museum of Innovation and Science) in Schenectady, New York. 

Cool Cafés

Students watch as a ROV recovers Apollo F-1 engine parts... A green plastic Yoda materializes from a 3-D printer... Harrington Middle School Teen Science Café in Mount Laurel, NJ, has hit the ground running! 

Now planning for their third café event since inception of the new teen science café program in December, teen leader Sanjana Jampana reflects on that first café, in which Vince Capone from Black Laser Learning gave an inspiring look into marine technology. After showing video footage of Apollo F-1 engine parts being recovered,
Mr. Capone tasked the teens with identifying various underwater items from sonar images.

Sanjana writes, "The discussion and Q&A that followed were lively, with the Teen Science Café participants wanting to know more about his line of work and experiences."

Read the Cool Café blog...

Have you recently held a cool café?
Tell us about it!

Social Media Home Run!

Teen Science Café Seattle catches the eye with their Facebook event postings. 
Seattle's social media posts are 100% created and maintained by Pacific Science Center's lead Teen Science Café interns and the teen volunteers on the marketing committee.

Found on the Forum

A TSCN member recently asked, "What methods do you use to find out what STEM topics/speakers your teens are interested in?" 

What has worked for you?
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This work is supported, in part, by the National Science Foundation (NSF) under Grant    #1223830. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this  material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of NSF.