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.
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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.
Hi All — I work in outreach at the University of Texas at Austin, and am looking forward to the workshop to learn more about teen cafés. My question is what are the very first steps? Do you reach out first to teachers to find teen leaders, or do you start with a handful of teens you know? Has anyone tried starting with university students and letting them recruit and work with the high school kids? We have a great program on campus called Project MALES (Mentoring to Achieve Latino Educational Success) that has professors mentoring college students who in turn mentor high school students. I had thought about approaching them to locate teen leaders. How did you all do it?
I think your idea of reaching out to those folks at Project MALES is a good one. Chances are they would appreciate any additional educational resources that they could recommend to their participants. In our case, we went ahead and organized our first Cafe without having a YLT. We chose something that we thought would be of high interest, Zombies!, and started talking with local teachers about the idea. They got interested and encouraged their students to come. In our case the middle school teachers were the ones who were most interested and we had a large percentage of 13 year olds at our event. Those students really enjoyed the Cafe and are excited about the next one. Some of those teens have now joined the YLT and are working to produce the next few Cafes.
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