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2017 TSCN Workshop

We are starting to think about our annual TSCN Member Conference for 2017. 

The goals of the 2017 TSCN Annual Conference are to:

  • Promote communication and collaboration among members, thus continuing to build a robust community of practice.
  • Build skills and keep up with new technology.
  • Share experiences with others around the Network, in particular with others in similar stages of development.
  • Learn about new program opportunities and explore ways to deepen the Teen Science Café experience for teens

We are considering having regional conferences, offering a chance to earn $100, and some other changes, but would like feedback from you on our ideas. To see what those ideas are, please logon to our forum and share your comments. The Forum is protected, thus you must register on the website, if you have not already, and then login to access it.  You can also send your thoughts to us on our Facebook Page, or Tweet at us!

**If you can not see the forum, you must register to log in**

New Member Open Mic Chat


Join fellow new Members and TSCN National Resource Center staff for this informal questions-answers chat and exchange of ideas, whether you're brand new or in your first year of Teen Science Café programming. Connect by computer with your webcam (and earbuds) if you can so that we can have a number of faces up to help with real conversation. 

Every question is a good question. This is a great way to focus on your cafe for 25-45 minutes, and give you that boost your café may need!   

New Member Open Mic Chat 

Thu, Apr 6, 2017 11:00 AM - 12 PM Mountain Time

Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone. 

You can also dial in using your phone. 
United States: +1 (571) 317-3122 

Access Code: 686-093-589 

First GoToMeeting? Try a test session:

Building Key Partnerships
Webinar Recap
Teen Science Café Network Building Partnerships Webinar

Building Key Partnerships To Create A Highly Functioning Program

Whether you're building a partnership with your institution, community partner, other outreach groups and schools,  or building on current relationships with your existing contacts, presenters and teens, building partnerships is one of the most important aspects of a successful Teen Science Café.

In this video, panelists discuss why partnerships are essential to the success of both new and mature cafés. They also describe how they've built flourishing partnerships in both a large city and a rural area.  

Our Panel:

  • Sara Fyke - TSCN National Resource Center - Los Alamos, NM
  • Kerry Stevison - Academy of Sciences - St. Louis, MO
  • Vicki DiMuzio - North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences - Whiteville, NC

Key partnerships can enrich your Teen Science Café program and make it successful and sustainable.  

Use this resource to assess your particular café needs and wants, and brainstorm what potential local partnersmay be awaiting you to ask them!

Spotlight on Holly Pope

For two and a half years, Holly Pope has been at the helm of the Gateway Teen Science Café at the St. Louis Science Center. One of Holly’s favorite parts of the program? “… besides the teens learning and becoming excited about science, how much the scientists and STEM professionals enjoy working with the teens in the café.” This month we shine the Spotlight on Holly Pope.

Read the full interview on TSCN's Spotlight blog.

Welcome To The Network

Help Us Welcome Our Newest Members

The Greater Hartford Teen Science Café will provide area teens with the opportunity to explore hands-on science and research with local STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) professionals. Please contact us for more information, or to get involved!

  Southside welcomes you to our Teen Science Café. Here students meet to understand how and why things work around them. We will learn to learn how to prepare ourselves for the future and meet some really cool people.
  A science presentation series lead in equal parts by teen leaders at DuPont Manual High School and the Kentucky Science Center (KSC). Hosted once a month at Ekstrom Library at the University of Louisville, this series offers high-level scientific presentations and interactive discussion from STEM leaders in the community. STEMinar is marketed at present time to both middle and high school students and open to the entire community.

Using Hashtags to Market Your Café

In this short video, Teen Leader Lauren DiMuzio from North Carolina’s Open Minds Whiteville Teen Science Café shows us how to use hashtags in a café’s Instagram and Facebook pages. This method of indexing images and comments by keyword can be useful in getting the word out about your café.

Use #TeenScienceCafe as one of your cafés hashtags to connect your café’s posts and pictures within Instagram, Facebook and Twitter with those of other Teen Science Cafés everywhere!

Enter #TeenScienceCafe or #teensciencecafe (capitals don’t matter for search purposes) in a search bar to be inspired by what some other hashtag-using cafés are up to.

Watch Lauren's How To Use #Hashtags Video

Where To Find Presenters

Scientists and engineers often work at or with academic institutions, yes, but don’t forget to also consider other science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) professionals in your local community. When you expand your horizons, you may realize that there are great STEM professionals, and thus potential Teen Science Café speakers, all around you.

Think outside the box and consider aiming for diversity when it comes to topics and careers. Also, strive for a diverse population of men and women of all ages and colors and with all kinds of outfits when seeking out a presenter.  It’s good for teens to realize how science infiltrates so many fields, how it affects the world all around them. Teens may even be inspired to consider a life in STEM for themselves.

Here's a resource from the TSCN to help you find presenters.


Whiteville Teen Leaders Sign Behavior Contract

In our second season of teen science cafés at North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences at Whiteville it became apparent that establishing certain expectations for the behavior of teen leaders team by way of a formal contract would be necessary and helpful.

Why, you ask?

All teen leaders teens involved in TSC at Whiteville are required to volunteer at museum and community events wearing their TSC t-shirts.  These shirts are also worn by them to all Cafes and associated outings and events. This purposely makes them very recognizable.  The behavior contract thus spells out very clearly the expectations for their representation of our organization and makes them accountable for their actions.

Get the contract details.

Cool Cafés Offer Great Hands-On Ideas

The Science of Love and Heartbreak

From Nithila, TeenLeader at the 4-H Rutgers Teen Science Café:

40 teens gathered in a roundhouse on ​a university campus with one common passion: science. The 4-H Rutgers Teen Science Cafe had our first teen cafe with Dr. Larry Katz from Rutgers University who discussed the science of love and heartbreak and the affects in both humans and animals. Falling in love can be classified into three stages: lust, attraction, and attachment. During these 3 stages, different hormones are released such as sex hormones during lust, monoamines during attraction, and oxytocin and vasopressin during attachment. Humans subconsciously pick mates based on who has better chances of survival – perhaps say “based on genetics” since I think you mean survival of genes/offspring.

Read the full café report on our Cool Café Page.

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

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Join Our Web of Connectivity

We are a NETWORK. We share similar interests and experiences, but each site brings something new and special to the network. We want to see YOUR special! Join our Web of Connectivity and strut your cafe excellence! Send your social media links to our Communications Specialist, RJ Montaño at so we can share your sites, and drive more traffic your way!
Check out our  “Web of Connectivity”.
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.
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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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