2017 TSCN Summer Workshop Agenda


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Teen Science Café Network Workshop

St. Louis, 27-29 July 2017

St. Louis University, Davis-Shaughnessy Hall Room 274

At the corner of Lindell Boulevard and North Spring Avenue

Parking is on the street @ $1/ hr

Enter the building off North Spring Avenue and go to the second floor

Note on meals: We will have box lunches on Thursday, based on attendees orders. Friday and Saturday morning, we will have breakfast at the workshop starting at 7:30 am.  Friday afternoon we will have a lunch buffet on site.

Note about hotel check-in and transportation to workshop: Upon arrival at Union Station Hotel, look for our workshop check in table just around the corner from the hotel front desk. Hotel check in starts at 4pm, so you may speak with hotel staff about luggage storage until we return from our workshop later in the day. Please return to the hotel lobby for 12:15/12:30 to be transported by our private van to St. Louis University, where boxed lunches will be delivered.

Thursday, July 27  

1:00 Welcome & Brief History of The Teen Science Café Network (Michelle Hall)

1:20 Using Membership Pages as a Resource  (Sara Fyke)

1:30 Presentation of Participants’ Calling Cards (All Attendees)

Two 45-minute sessions in which participants learn about each others’ programs and start getting to know each other.

Download the Calling Card Template to Create Your Calling Card


3:00 Break

3:30 The Art of Powerful Questions (Allison Brody, Michelle Hall, Michael Mayhew)

This session is aimed at encouraging participants to begin to think differently about the questions they ask one another, presenters, and teen leaders. How we question can open up (or shut down) new avenues for creativity in your leadership and café program. Questioning can also be used to mentor and guide teen leaders and presenters.


5:30 Wrap Up and Dinner Options

Dinner Options for StL Workshop

We have two options: restaurants near the hotel and others near the Loop. We will shuttle groups to each location at the end of the day. And will have a pick up schedule for those choosing to eat at the Loop.

Friday, July 28

7:30 AM Breakfast in the Meeting room

8:00 Elements Of A Successful Teen Café Program… And How Creative Can We Get? (Tony Smith, Sara Fyke, Michael Mayhew and Michelle Hall)



Tony’s group: Kayci Barnett, Judith Dymond, Denise Thompson, Leslie Smith, RJ Montaño

Sara’s group: Vicki DiMuzio, Rosemary Fama, Lauren Bootzin, Nathaniel Raynor, Tokiwa Smith

Michael’s group: Jeanna Michalek, Layla Daniels, Twila Casias, Denise Thompson, David Wallace

Michelle’s group: Sue Lowery, Samuel Ebong, Denise Woodward, Allison Brody, Carmen Raterman, Annamary King


The Teen Science Café model is both simple and intricate. The Core Design Principles leave much leeway in how teens lead and design their programs. We will explore the six core principles and creative variations on the standard model in venue, style, or format that can have a significant impact on the teens.

After a brief introduction to the Core Design Principles, we will divide into four assigned groups led by an experienced member to explore the Principles by asking powerful questions. Attendees will have a chance to describe their current or future programs in the context of the Principles, providing others with new ideas for getting creative in their program. We are very interested in seeing the wide variety of forms a café program can take, while remaining true to the Principles.

A member of the NRC will take notes and report out on particularly noteworthy things that emerge from the discussion. The notes will be synthesized and entered into the archive agenda.

Checklist for an Adult Leader – Vibrancy of a Teen Science Café’s Teen Leader Group

9:30 Extended Break

Participants may use this time to informal conversations or form Birds of a Feather Discussions. Topics will be posted on the wall for participants to self-organize.


10:30 Getting the Most Out of Showing Up: Developing Teen Leaders  (Jeanna Michalek)

Teamwork, joint effort, working together, and successful committees are all great things, but people have more to offer than just being a team member. Empowered people who feel included and part of a group that needs their participation, rather than considers them as an option, reap far greater organizational benefits. Through this session participants will engage in games, experience sharing, and discussion to come to a more full understanding of how facilitators and team members can evolve into an cohesive group and create a more meaningful experience. 

Making the Most out of Showing up (minimized)

12:00 Catered Lunch And “Walk-In-The-Woods” Time


1:30 Help Your Presenters Deliver An Awesome Café

1:30 Part 1. Science Is Everywhere (Michelle Hall)

The session will explore the wide range of possible STEM professionals to lead a Teen Science Café event; they don’t need to come from a college or university. Attendees will relate novel sources of presenters they have found.


Finding and Preparing Presenters


1:45 Part 2. Coaching Your Scientists (Panel):

Rose Jansen is director, public science programs & science speakers at the Academy of Science St. Louis, and oversees the Academy’s component of the Gateway Teen Science Café.

Boahemaa Adu-Oppong is a recent Washington University graduate with a degree in Evolution, Ecology, and Evolutionary Biology, now at MilliporeSigma.

Ram Dixit, a cell biologist, is an Associate Professor, Department of Biology, Washington University.

Boahemaa and Ram are recent presenters in the Gateway Teen Science Café program.


Our evaluation data shows that most adult leaders are uncomfortable coaching/guiding their scientist presenters. Yet, scientists report that interaction with teens and the adult leader that leads to them refining their presentation and hands on is extremely beneficial. We will explore strategies for adult leaders and teens to become more comfortable coaching the scientists. A goal of the session is overcoming the intimidation factor commonly experienced by members in recruiting and coaching scientists.

Forms of Preparation Checklist

2:15 Part 3. PoP Net training. (Tony Smith)

We will walk through a number of PoPNet techniques to guide presenters in creating their presentation, generating conversation, and engaging with hands-on using materials.

TSCN Blogs and Resources on Finding and Preparing Presenters

Guide-and-Pre-Work for Café Presenters

Checklist for a Successful Teen Café

Presenters’ Guide to the Essence of a Teen Science Café

What Scientists Gain From Teen Science Café


3:45 Break

4:00 Partnerships Can Advance Your Program’s Growth And Sustainability. (Denise Woodward)

Learn about opportunities to partner with members of the national Science Festival Alliance as well as other partnerships and sponsorships at the local level.  Make an action plan for how your café will approach new partnerships in the coming year!

Teen Science Cafe Food Donation Requests


5:00  Wrap Up and Dinner Options

Return to the hotel for dinner on your own or join us at the City Museum.

6:00  Departure For An Evening At City Museum

Shuttles will leave the museum at 8:30 and 9:30 PM

 For later departures, call the hotel for their shuttle.

City Museum Logistics

We will shuttle people who have elected to visit the City Museum starting at 6:00 PM. Anyone can call the hotel and ask for a shuttle ride back to the hotel, however, we would like to coordinate this so that the shuttle will come for a pick up at 8PM and 9 PM. Anyone staying later than that can call the hotel directly for a pick up. The contact info for the hotel is:

Union Station Hotel

Address: 1820 Market St, St. Louis, MO 63103; Phone: (314) 231-1234


Saturday, July 29

7:30 AM Breakfast in the meeting room

8:00 Evaluation Research (Jessica Sickler—Evaluater for Teen Science Cafe Network)

There are two opportunities in the Network for you to participate in evaluation.

  1. Each member is invited to conduct evaluation of their cafe program using instruments that are freely available to all sites. Our evaluater will do the data analysis for you.
  2. We are conducting a study of the impacts of preparing and participating in a teen science cafés on scientist presenters.  A pilot study has shown some interesting results and we wish to involve all sites in the network in a broader study. We will discuss the details in this session.

TSCN Phase 1 Report – 07-10-2017 – Preliminary Insights on the Impact of Teen Science Cafés on Presenters


8:30 Participants Self-Organize Birds-of-a-Feather Topical Sessions of Interest

We will post sign-up sheets for possible Birds-of-a-Feather conversations, on which attendees can indicate interest. We will also post some blank sheets on which attendees can post their own topics.

Suggested Bird-Of-A-Feather Topics

  • Challenges of Small Town and Rural Teen Science Café Programs
  • Teen  Leadership
  • Finding and Coaching Presenters
  • Attracting teens with diverse motivations and life experiences
  • Sustainability/Partnerships
  • Being Intentionally Inclusive
  • Sources of Hands-on Activities
  • Teen Leadership Possibilities That Go Beyond the Basics

9:30 Break

10:00 Call To The Members Present To Help Us Grow The Network (Sara Fyke)

We seek your help in identifying organizations in your professional networks across the country that may be ideal for leading a Teen Science Café. We will brainstorm ideas for recruitment with your connections. If you have recommendations to share, please email sarafyke@scieds.com, the TSCN Outreach Coordinator.

10:30 Participants Presentation of Goals and Plans

We will organize in 3 groups to complete and reflect on—our plans, our goals, and strategies for achieving them—and to ask for and get help in small groups to polish our plans. We encourage identifying at least three steps for each goal. We will then share out to the larger group, with opportunities for asking questions that did not get answered in the smaller groups.

We will also have each small group report out on some of the more unique ideas and plans that members have crafted in their groups.

11:15 Looking Forward in the Network: What is Needed? Next Steps?

We want to know how participants envision the network better working for them as it grows (e.g. perhaps birds of a feather member organizations, by institution type or geography). Participants are invited to be active in initiating collaborations between members. We have funds to support small projects that members may want to take on to enhance the network.

Potential Topics: (Members can suggest others)

  1. Teen Leader Virtual Outreach to New Members
  2. Next Phase: Sustaining the Network Beyond NSF Funding
  3. Cool Cafes As Evidence of Impact
  4. Evaluation of Network

12:00 Departure to the Airport – Per diem will be provided for purchasing lunch on your own.

Participants who are not in a hurry to catch a plane may linger for further conversations.