Scientists & Teens Exploring our World

Teen Science Café programs are a free, fun way for teens to engage in lively conversations with STEM experts that explore the advances in science and technology that affect their lives.

Mission

The Teen Science Café Movement is a dynamic, rapidly growing community of practice, which connects teens with science and scientists via the popular science café model.

Cafés are a forum for teens to always be curious and never stop asking, why? Our goal is to empower teens in their quest for leading and learning, as the program is for teens and by teens.

What is a Teen Science Café?

Teen Science Café out-of-school programs are a free, fun way for teens to explore the big advances in science and technology affecting their lives. Teens and STEM experts engage in lively conversations and activities to explore a topic deeply.

What is the Teen Science Café Network?

We are a community of practice providing the highest quality resources and support to organizations who implement a teen science café. Our members are committed to help one another and continually improve the teen science café experiences and their impacts.

What We Do

Teen Science Café programs bring teens and scientists together to explore science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) affecting their lives and our world. Programs are led by teens for teens with sponsorship of an adult leader. The central theme is a guided experience led by teens, exploring topics selected by the teens, and bringing scientists and technologists to a setting where teens could explore new ideas.

The Café events are unique, based on the communities and cultures in which they are held. Cafés are hosted at community colleges, science centers, zoos and aquaria, libraries, museums, and other public venues.

Teen Leaders

Teen leaders are the backbone of the teen science café. They pick the topics, work with the scientists, and recruit peers for the program….and more!

Adult Leaders

The adult leader is the linchpin of the teen science café program. How the adult leader interacts with the teen leaders and the presenters makes all the difference. The “secret sauce” of a café is the teens feeling ownership of the program.

Role of the Scientists

The role of scientists is to provide an engaging story about their career from the age of 14 to thirty years of age, and lead the discussion of real science and what is its impact.

21C Science Café (Concord)

21C Science Café (Concord) (Concord High School 21C Afterschool program)

Concord , AL
Concord High School 21C Center, Concord, New Hampshire 03301
Coming in 2017! We are working to have the design of the group to...
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4-H Teen Café (Rutgers – New Brunswick)

4-H Teen Café (Rutgers – New Brunswick) (Rutgers University)

New Brunswick , NJ
55 Commercial Ave, New Brunswick, New Jersey 08901
Our café follows the Core Design Principles developed and refined by the TSCN community.
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Aquarium of the Pacific Teen Science Café (Long Beach)

Aquarium of the Pacific Teen Science Café (Long Beach) (Aquarium of the Pacific)

Long Beach , California
100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, California 90802
The Aquarium of the Pacific Teen Science Café is an informal learning program promoting...
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[The teen science café program] definitely influenced my decision to pursue research opportunities in college, first working as a lab assistant and then conducting my own research for my thesis.

Teen Science Café Alumnus

Blogs

We Are Hiring!

We Are Hiring!

Project Coordinator for the National Teen Science Café Network We are searching for a candidate with a love of science, a dedicated interest in…
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Spotlight on Bree Oatman

Spotlight on Bree Oatman

To start with, can you tell us in a nutshell about your Teen Café program? What’s special or unique about it? STEM Savvy is…
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Spotlight on Ashley Zalabak

Spotlight on Ashley Zalabak

To start with, can you tell us in a nutshell about your Teen Café program? What’s special or unique about it? The South Carolina…
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Spotlight on Bree Oatman

Spotlight on Bree Oatman

To start with, can you tell us in a nutshell about your Teen Café program? What’s special or unique about it? STEM Savvy is…
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Inside, the Café: Virtual Café Series

Inside, the Café: Virtual Café Series

Inside the Café encourages similar science cafés across the nation to not hesitate to step into the virtual world.

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Spotlight on Becca Holloway

Spotlight on Becca Holloway

My favorite part of our program is the Teen Leadership Team there would not be a Delaware Teen Science Café without them.

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We Are Hiring!

We Are Hiring!

Project Coordinator for the National Teen Science Café Network We are searching for a candidate with a love of science, a dedicated interest in…
Read More
Spotlight on Bree Oatman

Spotlight on Bree Oatman

To start with, can you tell us in a nutshell about your Teen Café program? What’s special or unique about it? STEM Savvy is…
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Spotlight on Ashley Zalabak

Spotlight on Ashley Zalabak

To start with, can you tell us in a nutshell about your Teen Café program? What’s special or unique about it? The South Carolina…
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Teen Science Café out-of-school programs are a free, fun way for teens to explore the big advances in science and technology affecting their lives.

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