Accelerating success with teen science cafés
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TSCN Survey

At the 2016 Teen Science Café Network Workshop participants keyed in on seven major areas they would ike to see the Resource Center focus on improving. We would like to accomplish all of these, but with limited time and resources, which of these do you feel we should focus on first? 

Please take the survey. 

TSCN Open Mic

Joined TSCN, Now What?

You've made it over the first hurdle by joining the Network. You might have even attended the annual workshop and filled your head with great ideas. Now what are you supposed to do? Let us help you get on track. Join us for an Open Mic Chat:

 Tuesday, October 18th 11am Mountain (1p Eastern/10a Pacific)

We will offer key tips on the following in less than 15 minutes, then you can ask questions for as long as you like.
  1. Recruiting Teen Leaders
  2. Finding a Venue
  3. Recruiting and Preparing Presenters
1.  Please join my meeting, Oct 18, 2016 at 11:00 AM MDT.

2.  Use your microphone and speakers (VoIP) - a headset is recommended. Or, call in using your telephone.

Dial +1 (408) 650-3123
Access Code: 461-026-957
Audio PIN: Shown after joining the meeting

Meeting ID: 461-026-957


Teen Leader Roles

Teens from Harrington Middle School's Teen Science Café in Mt. Laurel, NJ share in this awesome video the roles Teen Leaders have in their café. Please click on the picture above to see the video. Thanks HMS Teen Science Café!

We'd love to share your café videos, share the link with RJ Montano at 

TSCN Workshop Evaluation Report

In August 2016, the Teen Science Café Network (TSCN) held a three-day workshop with 36 attendees from new and continuing sites. Jessica Sickler, our evaluator, distributed an online survey at the end of the workshop, and it was completed by 100% of attendees. Below is a summary of what attendees told us:

Outcome Achievement
The workshop was very successful at fostering relationship-building and networking among the TSCN attendees. Outcomes achieved in this area included that attendees:

· Made helpful personal connections;
· Had specific plans to follow-up with one or more personal connection from the workshop, ranging from regional connections, to virtual cafés for teens, to sharing ideas on diversity and inclusion.
· Felt extremely confident in their ability to get help from the Network;
· Reported the most useful part of the workshop were the opportunities to network and share ideas with one another;
· Felt that the Network’s culture and tone of helpfulness and mutual support built great confidence in future resources.

Read the full evaluation.

NBC Affiliate Spotlights NC Cafés

North Carolina's WRAL Highlights
Open Minds Teen Science Café Node

Café season is upon us! The Open Minds Teen Café node was recently recognized for their great work in North Carolina.

 WRAL writes "Both the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences in downtown Raleigh and Morehead Planetarium and Science Center in Chapel Hill host these monthly programs, which run during the school year. The programs, which are free, offer informal opportunities to learn about science and technology. There's typically a scientist presentation and activity related to the discussion. Teens also can meet others interested in science."

WRAL Feature on Open Minds Node.
Welcome to the Network

Help us welcome our new members

Marti Copeland - Dallas Zoo Teen Science Café, Dallas Zoo, Dallas, TX

Lori Kraft - Freshman Teen Science Café, University of Akron, Akron, OH

Tom Champion - Huskie Science Café, Naperville HS, Naperville IL

Katie Sorrell - Youth Learn Code Café, YLSC, Tallahassee, FL

Charles Walter - Texas Teen Science Café, Mayborn Museum, Waco, TX

Spotlight on Kerry Stevison

It might be called the “Gateway to the West,” but St. Louis is opening up more than just the left side of the country. As one of the first nodes in the Teen Science Café Network, the Gateway Teen Science Café has been bringing STEM to St. Louis for years.

This October we shine the Spotlight on Kerry Stevison.

Read the full interview on TSCN's Spotlight blog.

Cool Café

Teen Leader Cool Café Report

This month, our Cool café report comes from the Café Scientifique - Los Alamos café. The teen leader writes about a recent neuroscience café and some logistical problems the café faced. Read the Cool Café and encourage your teens to send one in!

Want to feature your most recent café? Submit a Cool Café entry. 

TSCN Photo Contest

Who Wants to Win? 

Send in your best photo from your most recent café for your chance to win Teen Science Café Network prizes. Our panel of judges -- chosen from across the Network -- will choose the picture that best describes what a Teen Science Café is. The winner will be featured as the cover photo on the TSCN Social Media sites for a month, and will receive a box of goodies for your café. 

Contest will run through October 31st. Winners will be chosen November 1st. Send your pictures to RJ Montano at If you do not want to send a picture, please volunteer to be a judge.

Found on the Forum

"I'm new to the Network. Teens can be intimidating, how do I stay confident in front of my Teen Leaders."

Visit the Forum or tweet us @TeenScienceCafe 

Share your Social Media

Share your pages with the Network

We would like to connect you and your social media sites with everyone else across the Network. Please send your information to our Communications Specialist, RJ Montaño at so we can share your sites, and drive more traffic your way!

Also, thanks to everyone who helped get the Teen Science Café Network Twitter followers to over 500!!!
Teen Science Cafés empower teens to grasp the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics discoveries changing our lives. The Cafés open doors to these careers by connecting teens with professionals who share their passion and enthusiasm for their work. Teen Cafés enhance teens’ ability to use facts to support scientific points of view, to consider societal impacts of discoveries, and fortify science as a cornerstone in their life.
Teen Science Cafés for lifelong impact.
Copyright © 2016 Teen Science Café Network, All rights reserved.

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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.


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