Accelerating success with teen science cafés
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Teen Leader Recruiting
It's never too early to start thinking about getting the teens in your area to become a Teen Leader at your café. Grab their attention with our new Teen Leader Recruiting video

If you'd like to highlight your teens in the TSCN Newsletter, contact our Communications Specialist at 

2016 TSCN Workshop

The 2016 TSCN Annual Workshop will take place at iExplora! in Old Town Albuquerque, NM. In 2007, Sony Pictures Imageworks opened a satellite facility in Albuquerque to take advantage of the beauty, wide open spaces and high quality of life. This video highlights the first 40 employees to take the leap and move to Albuquerque. They didn't know much about the Land of Enchantment, but were pleasantly surprised with lifestyle in this beautiful southwest city.

Come to the 2016 TSCN Annual Workshop at iExplora! in Old Town Albuquerque, NM and be surprised!

Roles of the Teen Leader

Beginning in the fall of 2016, Pacific Science Center Cafe Teen Leadership Team will have  “Committee Heads” who will work on the same committee all year, while all other teen leaders will choose a different role for each café event. The teen leaders chose this new model because they had some issues in a past year with peers following through on their commitments. The result was that some committees had no one at their planning meetings or events, causing others to scramble to cover for them.

READ  about the new structure of their committees here

Welcome to the Network

Another Month of Growth at TSCN

Every week we get closer to our goal  of 5 cafés in all 50 states. Thank you for everything you do to help the network grow. Help us welcome our new members.
  • Jennifer Mann, Michigan STEAM Café in Ypsilanti, MI
  • Janice McDonnell, New Jersey 4-H Teen Cafe, New Brunswick, NJ
  • Ann Pearson, Free Library of Philadelphia Teen Science Café, Philidelphia, PA
  • Michael Simons, Science at the Museum Café, Linthicum, MD

Spotlight on Annamary King

Located just outside the city of St. Louis, but in the state Illinois, you can find the Cahokia HS site of the Gateway Teen Science Café St. Louis Node. With that location, you gotta wonder, Cubs or Cardinals?

This month we shine the Spotlight on Annamary King, who after serving in the Air Force, became a High School Science teacher and started with the Teen Science Café Network back in 2013.

Read the full interview on TSCN's Spotlight blog.

Cool Café

When polar oceans freeze & melt?

Nicole Jeffery studies climate and sea ice modeling at Los Alamos National Laboratory. She opened her presentation by introducing the idea that there is life in sea ice and followed with several thought provoking questions to to stimulate discussion. Teens explored: What types of life might be present and why? How does it change throughout the year? What factors affect ice growth, melt, and movement? and more. This  set the stage for an interactive event.

Read about Nicole Jeffery's café here. 

18 Tips to be a Teen Leader

From the Huffington Post

Hung Vo of the Huffington post writes "The entirety of this post are personal insights that I have had as a young leader in the form of tips. This is for anyone aspiring to become a young leader or just a more effective one. I have also included pointers from close friends who are leaders in their area."

Read Hung Vo's article here


Tweeted at TSCN

The Teen Science Café Network is growing because of all our great members. How would you describe the program to someone who didn't know anything about it, and how would you answer this question? 

Tweet us a question to @TeenScienceCafe 



Help us get to 500 Likes and Follows on our Facebook and Twitter pages!

We are very close to meeting our "Drive for 5" campaign of 500 Facebook Like a and Twitter followers. We just need a few more so please Like, Share, Follow, the TSCN pages and content. Our pages offer up-to-date daily news on the science and technology that effects our daily lives, especially focuses on what teens are interested in. We're sure to have something you'll want to share!

Española Café Takes 1st Place at RoboRAVE International

Café Scientifique Espanola Robotics
The robotics team from Española New Mexico’s Café Scientifique has quietly become an international powerhouse in the world of competitive robotics. Pitted against teams from across the world, Española’s robotics team finished the tournament on top, when it came to building and programing a robot at the 2016 International RoboRAVE held in Albuquerque, N.M. on May 7-8.

Please help spread the word and help the Española team build the program and compete at an International Level. 

Read RoboRave competitor Emmett Moulton's story about the event.

What cool things in your café can we feature? Submit to rj@
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.