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TSCN Annual Reporting

All, we are fortunate to have  National Science Foundation funding to provide support to the community of teen science cafés, and we love what we do! NSF requires an annual report to keep that funding flowing. We have attempted to streamline this process by developing a form for you to enter your information.  We ask for basic data on your café events, attendance, and demographics. We also ask a few questions about your interactions with the Network members and any big successes and struggles you might have had this past year. If you need assistance, contact us info@teensciencecafe.orgWe appreciate your promptness, as we need a response from every site that conducted one or more café events by June 30, 2016.
Thank you!

Note to New Members: You may not have conducted any café events at this time, thus, you do not need to complete the report. However, please take note of the data requests in the annual report so you are gathering appropriate data at each of your café events.

Did You Know?

Founded in 1706, Albuquerque's Old Town encompasses ten blocks of historic adobe buildings. On the north side of the plaza is the San Felipe de Neri Church, the oldest building in the city, built in 1793. Surrounding the church, settlers had built homes, shops and government offices, many of which have been converted into the restaurants, art galleries, and shops that comprise Old Town today.

The 2016 TSCN Annual Workshop will take place at iExplora! in Old Town Albuquerque.

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@

Google Slides Q&A

A tweet sent to us read: 
'Have any @TeenScienceCafe speakers at your cafes tried this??'
Public speaking can be intimidating—even for veteran speakers with phenomenal ideas and experiences to share.
Slides Q&A makes it easy to interact with your audience—without having to worry about mics or moderators. Slides also helps you get your big ideas and stories on screen—without having to worry about wires or set up stress. It's Google's "Show up, don't setup" experience.

Check it out and let us know if you would use this tool at one of your Teen Science Cafés.

Welcome to the Network

Huge Month for Growth at TSCN

Cafés from Concord, NH to San Diego, CA joined the network in May. We are well on our way 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.
  • Christine Chang Gillespie; Treasure Valley Teen Engineering & Science Café, Boise, ID 
  • Kimberly Hanson; Las Cruces Teen Science Café, Las Cruces, NM
  • Kristin Evans; Texas State Aquarium Teen Café, Corpus Christi, TX
  • Edward Marshall; Penn Teen Science Café, Philadelphia, PA
  • Anthonette Peña; South East San Diego Teen Science Café, San Diego, CA
  • Susan Farrelly & Linda Moulton; 21C Science Café, Concord, NH


Spotlight on Woodrow Peterson

Seated in the heart of the Treasure Coast, this month’s Spotlight Interview takes us to Vero Beach, Florida – home of the Indian River Lagoon, the historic Old Indian River County Courthouse, a Disney resort, and the Ion Teen Science Café.

Woodrow Peterson joins us to share a bit about bringing people together, life in a small town, as well as great advice for starting a new teen science café.

Importance of the Adult Leader

Adult Leaders have the energy and dedication to organize and support the work of the teen leaders. 

The role of the adult leader is first and foremost to instill in the teens a proactive mind set and a sense of freedom to take charge, to take responsibility for doing what needs to be done to make their program a success, in short to grow as leaders. With this mind set teen leaders will seek to improve and perfect their program. The teens will also have the freedom to make mistakes, then learn from them and improve.

Read Mike's Blog.


Found on the Forum

TSCN Member Kristin Evans from the Texas State Aquarium asks:
"One question I have for the Café Network—aquarium or land-loving—is if any of you host both Teen Cafés and Teen Summits?"

"We are in this unique situation and would love to blend these two programs to complement and support each other, yet still maintain their distinct experiences. We are looking for ideas on how to do it right" 

Visit Kristin's Blog and the TSCN Fourm

Drive for Five

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

We added 12 Facebook likes and 33 Twitter followers in May. The TSCN 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!
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.