Accelerating your success with teen science cafés

Community Chat

 Come with questions and requests for suggestions, or share a story about your program and brag on your teens!
Date: Thursday, Dec 10
Time: 11 PST / noon MST / 1 CST / 2 EST for 15 mins or longer, as per audience interest & needs

We would love to have a cross-section of our membership and prospective members join this informal gathering. Call-in to get some new ideas about old issues that have not been resolved in your café or, if you are a newbie, you can tap into the expertise of those who have been hosting cafés for a few years. Bring your questions and challenges and hear about others' creative solutions!

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“My son told me that if he could have math like that every day, he would always want to go.”
The St. Louis Science Center's Gateway Teen Science Café uses hands-on activity to make

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Coordinator to Leadership Teens: "Reminder! Don't forget to come and help with café setup 6pm tonight."
Teen to Coordinator: "How much pizza should I order?" 
Coordinator to teens on café interest list: "Come get your hands dirty tonight cracking code at AmazingTeenSciCafé, 6:30pm @ CafeSiteBldg. Free Pizza!"

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What if there were a virtual place where colleges could meet with and recruit upcoming students skilled and interested in STEM? 

"It's like Linkedin for young adults!"
Read more about STEM Premier here on TSCN

Photo of Gina Santoianni
The Spotlight is shining on Gina Santoianni this month. Gina organizes the Florida Teen SciCafé at the Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium in Sarasota. Gina helps their aquarium's high-school interns become leaders by giving them the reins to plan, coordinate, market and conduct the cafés. Read more about what makes their café program a success!
December 7-11

It's Computer ScienceEducation Week! STEM professionals everywhere leave their desks and adventure into classrooms to help kids understand how fun and simple coding can be. This year the themes are Star Wars and Minecraft.  

Visit to get involved!
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Cafés make an IMPACT when paired with a hands-on activity. 

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