2016 TSCN Workshop Agenda & Resources

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2016 Teen Science Café Network Workshop Agenda

August 21-24, 2016

Hosted by Explora! Museum

1701 Mountain Rd NW, Albuquerque, NM · (505) 224-8300

 Building Vibrant Youth Groups Documents on Developing Teen Leaders

What You Need Know And Do Before The TSCN Workshop (download doc)

2016 TSCN Meeting Travel Logistics (download doc)

Download the AGENDA 080816_Draft

SCRIBE SHEET – email reports to m2mayhew at gmail com




Noon – 4PM Welcome Station In Albuquerque DoubleTree Hotel Lobby  

Meet Michael Mayhew, Michelle Hall, RJ Montano,  Sara Fyke at the Resource Center and members across the country.

4:30 Travel To Explora From DoubleTree Hotel

Meet in the hotel lobby for a shuttle that will take you to the meeting. Last shuttle leaves the hotel at 4:45. For walkers, a map to Explora is included in the welcome packet. The distance is 1.4 miles.

4:45 Welcome Social And Calling Card Set Up

Participants will mingle before dinner and post their printed calling card during this social time.

5:15 New Mexican Buffet Dinner

6:00 Science Café On Building with Biology

Leaders: Katherine Riddle Penzkover and Stacey Forsyth, Science Discovery Teen Café program.

This event, from the welcome to closing and evaluation, will model all of the elements of a teen science café. The topic was developed by the Building with Biology project.

SynBio Presentation

Also see:

TED Talk by Jennifer Kahn

Gene Drives:


7:30 Discussion: There Is No Perfect Event, But They Can Be Memorable

Leaders: Sara Fyke and Teresa Madrid, Café Scientifique New Mexico

At tables, members will reflect on this café experience and will discuss their reflections in small groups, then as a whole group. All have a worksheet to write their reflections.

  1. Based on your experience this evening, what will you remember (and why?) about the:
    1. topic?
    2. people?
    3. interactions?
    4. discussion?
    5. hands on activity?
  • What emotions did you experienced during this café event and what triggered them?
  • What elements of this program tonight would you want to incorporate in your café program?
  • What might you do differently?


 Handout for Discussion-after-cafe

8:00 Closing Comments  

8:10 PM Return To Hotel



7:00 Breakfast On Your Own. See list of breakfast locations in your welcome packet.

7:00 Travel To Explora

Shuttles to Explora start at 7:00 am and will make trips every 15 – 20 minutes. Last shuttle leaves at 7:45 am. Meet in the hotel lobby for the shuttle. If you choose to walk the 1.2 miles to Explora, see the map in your packet.  Explora is located at 1701 Mountain Rd NW, Albuquerque, NM · (505) 224-8300. Note: The museum opens at 9AM. If you arrive and the doors are locked, call 505-709-0544.

8:00 Welcome  

8:15 Building Vibrant Youth Groups: Essential Elements Of Positive Youth Development

Leader: Kirk Astroth, University of Arizona 4-H Extension

Why are some youth groups dying with boredom while others are alive with energy?  The answers could be attributed to the group climate, the leadership style of the adult facilitators, the strength or weakness of youth/adult partnerships, and the purpose of the group.  In this workshop, participants will learn about the 9 essential elements of vibrant youth groups built around the concepts of positive youth development, adult leadership styles, and youth engagement.   Participants will be engaged in several activities that illustrate these principles and will obtain some tools and ideas for practicing a more collaborative, autonomy-oriented, style of leadership.


An extensive annotated set of documents on developing youth leaders provided by Kirk Astroth can be found here.


Also see

The Importance of the Adult Leader

The Importance of the Adult Leader

9:45 Break  

10:00 Calling Card Session I


Take Action Now!

Submit your Calling Card to info@teensciencecafe.org by August 15 and we will print it for you!

Content of Calling Card

Example Calling Card

Part 1 – 30 minutes: members stand by their calling card, while others visit.

Part 2 – 15 minutes: all members freely circulate among calling cards to get better acquainted.

10:45 Calling Card Session II

Part 1 – 30 minutes: members stand by their calling card, while others visit.

Part 2 – 15 minutes: all members freely circulate among calling cards to get better acquainted.

11:30 Lunch

May explore out of doors, in the museum, or have chats around the Parking Lot questions

1:00 The Café Experience: Stimulating Ownership, Engagement, And Learning At Teen Cafés

Leaders: Annamary King, Gateway Teen Café in St Louis (Cancelled); Maureen Barrett, HMS Teen Science Café; Stacey Forsyth, Science Discovery Teen Science Café; Tony Smith, Seattle Teen Science Café

Panelists will give a brief overview of how teen leader and scientist recruitment and training, marketing, and generating interactivity / hands on activities are implemented in their programs. Then, participants will discuss strategies in small groups for each of these elements.

The outcome of this session is for members to get new ideas on the myriad ways to customize a teen café in their community.

2016 TSC presentation Barrett

Stacey Forsyth Presentation -Science Discovery

Annamary King Presentation – Gateway Teen Cafe

Teen Science Café Seattle Overview by Tony Smith


31 Flavors of Marketing a Teen Cafe

 Teen Leader Recruiting Video

2:30 Break

2:45 Research And Evaluation Of Your Program  

Leader: Jessica Sickler, Evaluator

Take Action Now!

For this session, we ask all members with active teen cafe programs to bring examples of their evaluation instruments to share with new members. Email a digital copy to info@teensciencecafe.org

What is the value of reflection and evaluation for your program?  At minimum, evaluation takes time and effort that is often in short supply, not to mention knowledge and skills of evaluation methods.  In this session, attendees will consider approaches to reflection and evaluation that can be incorporated within a program design, as well as learn about a planned network-wide study, led by an outside researcher, that will provide insights about program impact by the overall network and for individual participating sites.  The session will interweave whole-group presentation with working sessions where attendees develop strategies for an achievable first/next step in their program evaluation.


TSCN Research and Eval Session – Slides – DRAFT

TSCN Research One-Pager for Workshop – 08.11.2016

TSCN Research One-Pager for Workshop – 08.11.2016


The outcome of this session is that attendees understand how reflection and/or evaluation is doable and helpful to their program, and that they come up with at least one reflection/evaluation strategy that they will implement in the coming year’s program.  We will collect the ideas, collate, and distribute them after the meeting.

4:00 Unstructured Meet Ups (Parking Lot Topics, Evaluation 1 on 1)  

4:45 Wrap Up

What are the big take-home lessons from today?  What has changed in your thinking and planning for your café as a result?

The outcome of this session is to get a sense of what was learned, topics we may want to revisit, and how members’ café planning is evolving.  Participants will write at least one big take home idea on a 3×5 card with their name. We will collect, collate and share the ideas with the group on Tuesday. You will get your card back for reference.

Monday Evening Dinner

Members will self-organize for dinner.  Options include restaurants in the Plaza near Explora or near the hotel. The hotel shuttle will take people to hotel after meeting. If eating in the Plaza area, call the DoubleTree and ask for a shuttle to pick you up after dinner. DoubleTree Hotel— Phone: (505) 247-3344.


7:00 Breakfast On Your Own. See list of  breakfast locations in your welcome packet.

Shuttles to Explora start at 7:00 am and will make trips every 15 – 20 minutes. Last shuttle leaves at 7:45 am. Meet in the hotel lobby for the shuttle. If you choose to walk the 1.2 miles to Explora, see the map in your packet.  Explora is located at 1701 Mountain Rd NW, Albuquerque, NM · (505) 224-8300. Note: The museum opens at 9AM. If you arrive and the doors are locked, call 505-709-0544.

8:00 Why Partnerships Matter And How To Make Them Work

Leaders: Kerry Stevison, Gateway Teen Café; Vicki DiMuzio, Open Minds Teen Café; Yvonne Thevenot, Harlem Teen STEAM Club; Edward Marshall, Penn Teen Science Café.

What are they key partnerships that will enrich your program and make it a success? Partnerships might include those with schools and local youth organizations; colleges, non-profits, businesses, and agencies that can provide STEM professionals; organizations that can help to foster diversity and cultural relevance; businesses, foundations, and civic organizations that can support sustainability; media outlets; and parent groups. Four panelists will share their story about partnership building that made a difference in their café. Then, attendees will break out into groups led by the different panelists explore how to develop similar strong and healthy partnerships. Groups will report out at the end of the session.

The outcome of this session will be that each participant identifies and shares with the group in writing  at least one partnership that they intend to pursue or strengthen and why.

Kerry Stevison:

The three sites in the Gateway Teen Science Cafe node support each other in scientist recruitment, website management, social media, and grant writing.  Teen leaders come together at least twice a year to learn from and support each other.  These collaborations give emotional and logistical support to staff and teens across the node. Long-distance mentoring for new sites and collaboration among the teens and adult leaders can also bring mutual benefits. Session participants can begin collaborations. Representatives of multiple sites from one node can start working on a plan for sharing social media, funding, etc.  Others can begin long-distance collaborations to continue to support each other after the workshop ends.  

Kerry Stevison Presentation on Partnerships

Vicki DiMuzio:

Community support and involvement is critical to maintaining rural museums programming.  The NCMNS at Whiteville Teen Science Cafe’s efforts to become self-sustaining have led to a focus on STEM career options within surrounding communities. Local businesses not only assist with funding our program, they also provide us a pool of presenters who share their experience regarding practical career options available in our rural region. A sense of mutual ‘ownership’ of the teen program arises as the teens and presenters network and share common interests. The professionals understand that their participation can have a lasting impact on our youth, and thus our community’s future.

Vicki’s Presentation Link


Yvonne Thevenot:

The word culture is not simply relegated to the ethnic class of an individual; rather, culture also encompasses the societal aspects of a community. Cultural relevance becomes more than simply about race or class, but about an all encompassing community relevance that supports the growth and progress of those who are a part of that community and its culture. Cultural relevance, when steeped in a STEM program located in an urban setting that is inhabited by those who are of the marginalized class will promote interest in STEM fields and activities, as well as help to generate within participants a STEM identity that enables them to know that they can.



Yvonne Thevenot Presentation

Yvonne Thevenot notes

Generating Cultural Compatabilities Through Amended Pedagogy & Curriculum_ An Excerpt

Edward Marshall:

A key advantage of the Teen Science Café model is that it allows learning that is meaningful in the lives of teens; however, this can prove to be a bit of a challenge when speakers attempt to engage students that are traditionally underrepresented in STEM disciplines, while lacking familiarity with their culture. Such cultural disconnects can prove to result in the under-valuing and/or lack of interest in the Café topics presented to scientist by students. In order to address the aforementioned challenge, it may prove beneficial to enhance Café implementation via establishing relationships with STEM entities on campus focused on under-represented populations, such the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE).


Edward Marshall’s notes

Edward Marshall’s Presentation

 9:30  Break  

10:00 Use of Technology and Social Media for Communication, Advertising, and Marketing, Including Applications To Rural Or Dispersed Communities

Leaders: RJ Montaño, Teen Science Café Network; Vicki DiMuzio, Open Minds Café; Alicia Millette, Maine STEM Hubs Cafés.


Be sure to bring the login information for your teen cafe social media sites. We will be working to connect each of our sites in a social network that promotes sharing our content.

The vast majority of teenagers nowadays communicate via some form of social media. Developing some facility with one or more social media platforms can pay dividends in terms of effectively communicating with your teens and developing a following. Use of social media, along with tools for conducting virtual meetings, can be of particular value in promoting community where teens—and presenters—are dispersed geographically. This session is aimed at helping attendees start to get up to speed on these tools.

Members who need help getting started will have mentors to help them.


The outcome of this session is to learn how others are using social media and other technologies to support their teen cafe program.  Participants will set up accounts as needed, and will participate in posting social media posts to various sites. We want all members to tweet and follow the TSCN Twitter site, and post and follow the TSCN Facebook site. Doing so will allow all members to easily capture the social media  handles of other cafe sites by liking and following others who have posted to TSCN twitter and Facebook.


RJ Montaño:

Social media platforms—Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, You Tube, and many others—have become a ubiquitous part of modern life; it is overwhelmingly how teenagers communicate. Social media tools have the potential for marketing your program locally and to the world; they also can facilitate the creation of an expanding social network linking your program and your teen community. Social media can seem intimidating, but it is worth the effort to develop some facility with platforms favored by your teens; they can help you! Regular postings relevant to your cafes and what your teens tell you they are interested in can pay dividends. Examples of social media content developed at SES will be presented.

Make Social Media Work for You


Talk Transcript: Bringing Social Media Into Your Teen Cafe Program REVISED

Vicki DiMuzio:

How do the ‘younger’ generations of today communicate? Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, SnapChat…the list goes on and on. The best way then to advertise/market a teen café program is of course by using social media. The world of social media provides a platform of instant communication, advertisement, and updates. It is also a way to educate your audience about your upcoming cafés, and about the latest updates in any STEAM topic. The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences at Whiteville is also exploring the use of other technologies such as live stream/distance learning/video conferencing of cafés to rural areas where there is an interest, but inability to come to cafés due to transportation. 

Vicki’s Presentation Materials

TSC 2016 TSCN outline Social Media talk pdf

TSC presentation 2016: FB set up on computer pdf

Instagram Hashtags: What are they + how to use

TSCN create an Instagram account pdf



Alicia Millette:

It is difficult to get a high level of café involvement in small, far-flung rural communities. Technology is an important tool to “get the word out” to participants and to link in facilitators, but can it help in other ways? In central Maine snow hits the ground as early as October and is often still on the ground in April making scheduling cafes even more challenging. In order to vet a speaker in time for a Cafe we turned to video conferencing to help overcome a time and distance problem. Maybe video conferencing can help you reach out to a wider audience, or even expand your speaker pool. During this session will explore a few video conferencing apps that you might solve a challenge you are currently facing.

Activity Suggestion:

For the first 10-12 minutes the 8 participants each try a video conference app that they choose while I help anyone who needs assistance with signing up or has questions. They will be encouraged to try video conferencing each other (with muted microphones). For the last 3-5 minutes the participants will be asked to share their findings and thoughts on how they might use video conferencing for their Cafes.

The outcome of this session will be for each participant to write down at least one form of social media or technology that they plan to pursue that seems most suitable for advancing their teen cafe program.

Alicia Millette’s Presentation



TSCN Social Media links

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/teenscicafe

Twitter: https://twitter.com/TeenScienceCafe

        Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/teensciencecafenetwork/

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCRi9XKXbA5IW91saExrjHlQ

       Google+: https://plus.google.com/b/115639629385795482697/115639629385795482697/about/

Tutorials and Tools

Buffer: A tool that allows you to schedule your social media postings and to distribute similar content on different social media accounts.  https://buffer.com/

Zoom: A free tool for videoconferencing. https://zoom.us/

11:30 Lunch  

1:00 Using Portal To The Public To Prepare STEM Experts For Cafés

Leaders: Stacy Forsyth, Kathryn Penzkover; Science Discovery Teen Café; Katey Ahman, Open Minds Teen Café, Eric Meyer, Laisha Avila, Allison Brody, Explora Teen Café, Michelle Hall, Café Scientifique New Mexico

In this session, we will practice techniques that build communication skills. These will include improvisation, questioning techniques, story telling and more. The exercises are designed for adult leaders to work with presenters on designing their café for great conversations and hands on inquiry. The outcome of the workshop is for all members to have a new set of tools to prepare their scientists and engineers to fully engage with teens.


Presenters Guide to the Essence of a Teen Science Cafe final





4:00  Break

4:15  Whole Group Session On Where We Go From Here

act-nowWe will discuss goals and strategies for building a community of practice that serves our members needs and builds on the vitality of the Network.

Please download document Where We Go From Here to write your responses digitally and email them to rj@scieds.com

All answer the questions:

  • Wouldn’t it be great if I….

The responses could focus on a single goal the member wanted to focus on for the next year in their program. Then,  write down initial steps to realize the goal.  Members will be asked to report back to the network on progress, struggles, and achievements.

  • Wouldn’t it be great if the Network….

The focus here is on experiences, resources, or other things they would like to happen in the Network in the coming year. You may be willing/able to help make it happen, or you may want others to provide it.

We will share our personal goals and work to group members with like goals together.

We will also organize the Network wishes/goals so that we can prioritize them as a group.


Advice From the TSCN Nodes

Tuesday Evening Dinner

Members will self-organize for dinner.  Options include restaurants in the Plaza near Explora or near the hotel. The hotel shuttle will take people to hotel after meeting. If eating in the Plaza area, call the DoubleTree and ask for a shuttle to pick you up after dinner. DoubleTree Hotel—Phone: (505) 247-3344.



The remaining sessions focus on key elements of starting or re-thinking your Teen Café Program.  The sessions will allow members to get guidance from others and pull all of the ideas from the workshop together.

8:10 Planning For Your Leadership Role  

Leaders: (AnnaMary King, Kerry Stevison, and Vicki DiMuzio facilitate)

This session is an opportunity to talk about specific issues members have had and how to address them based on the Kirk Astroth’s guide.

9:10 Break

9:20 Scientist Research And Evaluation Planning Session

Facilitators: Michelle Hall, Katey Ahmann, Kristin Evans, and Stacey Forsyth

Participants will begin brainstorming strategies for implementing evaluation and research projects locally. We may explore existing instruments, refine research questions, or look for additional research topics.

10:20 Break

10:30 Putting The PoP Presenter Training Into Action

Facilitators: Katheryn Penzkover, Science Discovery Teen Café; Katey Ahmann, Open Minds Café, Eric Meyer and Allison Brody, Explora Café

Participants will be able to practice leading some of the PoP elements among their peers to gain confidence and deeper understanding of their goals and implementation strategies.

Workshop Evaluation

An online survey that folks complete before they leave.

11:30 Lunch

Remaining attendees self-organize sessions until time for flights.