Member Workshop 2015: Agenda and Resources

Welcome to the Resource Center for our 2015 Member Workshop! All details about the workshop, individual sessions, supporting resources, and session reports are assembled here.

We are offering a paperless workshop so bring your portable digital device or print any materials that you choose. We hope you find these resources valuable in your teen science cafe work. We have organized the resources according to the agenda. Each link will take you to a site internal or external to the Teen Science Cafe for download of resources.


Teen Science Cafe Network Workshop

St. Louis, Missouri, 27-29 January 2015

TSCN Workshop Agenda Final

TSCN Meeting Travel Logistics and More Final


Tuesday January 27

Location: Moonrise Hotel, New Moon Room on 8th floor – Note the change in floor

6177 Delmar Boulevard, St. Louis, MO 63112

(314) 721-1111


5:15 – 5:30 PM Registration

Registrants get their badge with color circles on it for later use in groupings and any other materials needed for the evening.


5:30 – 6:00 PM Ice Breaker

Designed to emulate the experience teens can have in meeting new people and connecting with friends when at a Cafe.


6:00 – 6:30 PM Teen Panel and Q & A

Teen Leaders from the Gateway node talk about their experiences in the Café.

Questions for Teen Leaders


6:30 – 7:15 PM Dinner Buffet

Seating assigned at small tables, including 1 teen. Over dinner, participants share:

  • who they are
  • the essence of their program
  • their biggest success to date
  • what they want to gain from the workshop


7:15 Welcome

Why are we here? What are the big themes we will explore? Desired outcomes.


7:20 – 9 PM Keynote presentation

Justin Raymundo and Tina Mahtani, Diversity Awareness Partnership,


“Building Diverse Partnerships and Community Through a Partnership Action Plan”

How do you make your program part of the fabric of your community? What can be done to make it more inclusive? This session will explore the challenges and value of building partnerships to strengthen and diversify the community of the teens we serve. Participants will develop a partnership action plan that can apply to all types of partnerships, both local and national. Building strong partnerships requires identifying mutual interests and benefits for all parties. What is your most critical partnership, and why?


9:00 PM – Informal conversations


Wednesday January 28

All sessions will have a facilitator and scribe. Scribe will take notes and later write them up in 1-page narrative using  the Template for Session Scribe Reports provided. Each 45 minute session will have at least one interactive component. Each session will explore the areas members are having both issues and success with.


8:00-8:15 AM Welcome

Plan for the day. The structure of today’s sessions and expected outcomes are grounded in the Core Design Principles for the Teen Science Café Network. Expectations for tomorrow’s sessions and what people can be thinking about in preparation for it.

Core Design Principles


8:15-8:45  AM Introductions

Rapid-fire introductions of ourselves to each other. One minute each to say who we are and to describe the nature of our local program.


8:45-9:30 AM  The Café Experience: Stimulating ownership, engagement and learning at teen cafes. Led by Sean Herberts, Gina Santoianni, Maizie Rocke, Woodrow Peterson, and Veronica Young

Session will focus on how the core design principles underlie teen engagement, ownership, and active learning to create welcoming atmosphere and “spirit” in Teen Cafes. We will explore various program formats and plan a teen café from scratch.


Sparticl: The Best Science on the Web


The Cafe Experience Pptx file

9:30-9:45 AM Break: coffee and conversation


9:45-10:30 AM Practical approaches for preparing presenters to communicate effectively with the teen audience. Led by Wendy Dolci, Natanya Civjan, Eve Klein, Kara Fedje, Kate Cleveland, Holly Pope

Most Cafe presenters are inexperienced in communicating their science to a public audience, yet are eager to learn how, if it is not too time consuming. What are some of the proven techniques for training scientists to engage with the audience and present at their level, while projecting themselves as real people leading interesting lives?

Who Is Listening?

Fame Lab Videos for Critique

Gabriella March   “Rock, Paper, Scissors, Shoot!”

Shayle Matsuda    “Turning the Light on Invisibility”

Find a Fame Lab Trained Scientist      TSCN-FameLabLinkage

Gateway Presenter Guidelines

North Carolina node’s secrets of success


10:30-10:45 AM Break: coffee and conversation


10:45-11:30 AM Recruiting, training, retaining, and managing teen leaders.  Led by Carolyn Noe, Stacey Forsyth, Natanya Civjan, Lynn Farrin, Michelle Hall, Michael Mayhew

How do you grow a proactive, committed, effective group of teen leaders for a year and beyond? How can research on youth development and leadership be applied effectively to develop first-rate teen leadership? How can adult leaders lead without authority?

Coping Strategies for Behavior Type and Characteristics [4-H]

Having influence without authority

Model of Influence without Authority



11:30-11:45 AM Break: coffee and conversation


11:45-12:30 AM Strategies for achieving robust evaluations. Led by Beverly Parsons, Kerry Stevison, Leslie Goodyear, Michelle Hall

Session will focus on the Communities of Learning, Inquiry, and Practice (CLIPs) process, which has been shown to be effective in collaborative inquiry in both research and evaluation, as well as other endeavors. We plan to use this session to set the stage for designing future strand projects as well as collaborative research and evaluation projects.

Building a Culture of Inquiry through Communities of Learning, Inquiry, and Practice (CLIPs)

2014_TSCN_Teen Survey_FINAL



12:30-1:30 PM LUNCH


1:30-2:15 PM Concurrent sessions

Session 1: How to build a virtual community of teens. Led by Nicole Gugliucci, MJ Nehasil, Lawrence Norris, Kate Cleveland

Session will be built around a demonstration of the use of Google Hangouts for achieving virtual Teen Cafes. What are the limitations of this technology? Can we use this technology to offer virtual Teen Cafés and build an interwoven community of teens interested in STEM through Teen Cafés? How can we make them interactive and inquiry driven?Social Media Info Sheet

Guide to Google Hang Outs

Forum Discussion: Social media for achieving online teen communities

References related to teens and social media

Social Media Info Sheet


Session 2: Organization of cross-node “development” initiatives. Led by E. Howard Rutherford, Eleanour Snow, Michelle Hall

This will be a hands-on/minds-on session will focus on developing general strategies for getting sustained support for café programs. Participants will role play making the pitch to funders and will walk away with a refined message to share.

StoryImpact page

gf onepage_partnership opportunities 2013

Café Scientifique New Mexico legislative proposal_final

The Cafe Experience Pptx file

Chevron TSCN proposal 1pg

Sustainability Webinar Series Spring 2014

Forum Discussion: Achieving Sustainability


2:15-2:30 PM Break: coffee and conversation


2:30-3:15 PM Concurrent sessions

Session 1: Organization of cross-node research leading to peer reviewed publications. Led by Sharon Locke, Stacey Forsyth, Kim Brawley, Michelle Hall

In this session, participants will examine the potential for the Network to address some basic questions/big ideas of STEM education, referencing recent conference reports, federal documents, etc. Bring your ideas for lines of investigation for understanding how teen cafes impact teens, presenters, adult leaders and more.


References on research involving the role of social networks


Session 2: What rural Teen Cafe programs can learn from their urban counterparts: Over coming common obstacles. Led by Alyson Saunders, Veronica Young, Ann Boes, Jamie Cornish, Michael Mayhew

This session considers challenges of a Teen Café program in a rural setting and how they compare to those in urban areas. What are effective approaches for recruiting and training presenters, overcoming transportation issues for teens, exposing teens to a wider variety of people and experiences, and maintaining connections between and with teens between café events?

Examples of virtual STEM outreach programs

Finding Presenters in Small Town America


3:15-4:00 PM Ad hoc sessions.

Participants can self-organize discussions of topics of mutual interest and then use this time to explore them. They may extend discussion of a prior session or focus on a new topic. A sign up board will be available for participants to suggest topics early in the workshop.


4:00-5:00 PM Reconvene and report out. Led by Michelle Hall and Michael Mayhew

What have you learned today? What connections have you made? What plans have you made going forward?


5:00 PM – Disperse to hotel for dinner or to Gateway Teen Science Café event.



Thursday January 29


8:00-8:45 AM   Strategic Applications of Social media.

Can we move “beyond Facebook and Twitter”? Maybe, but not without an understanding of  what each social network offers and not without a clear vision of the goal of using social media.

This session will focus on defining goals for our individual and network wide social media effort and strategies for achieving those goals.


Demographics of Key Social Networking Platforms (Pew Research Internet Project)

Developing a social media marketing plan

Social Media Stats You Need to Know (


Social Media Tutorials

GCF Learn Free on Twitter


Mom This Is How Twitter Works

Beginner’Guide to Tumblr: Is it for you?

Get Started with SnapChat video


8:45-9:15 AM Develop Action Plans (All)

Attendees write their plans going forward on their Teen Science Café program on flip chart paper. Individual plans and group plans are encouraged. Plans going forward include among other things 1) partnerships formed and 2) identifying strands of future learning and who will lead them.


9:15-10:00 AM Presentation of Action Plans (Half of group)

Half of attendees post plans going forward, other half circulate and discuss.


10:00-10:45 AM Other half posts plans going forward, other half circulate and discuss.


10:45-11:00 Break. Attendees prepare for general discussion of where we go in the Network.


11:00-12:00   Future Directions and Actions of the Teen Science Café Network

What have you learned and what connections have you made that inform where we go as a Network? Can you envision new or improved structures, tools, and social constructs that will help accelerate our movement toward achieving a true community of practice?


12:00 LUNCHFounding members eat together to discuss grant issues with Evaluator. Other members will mix with new partners.


Departure to the airport by 2PM.