Through Activating Rural Communities, Rural Teen Science Cafés Spark Interest in STEM

September 13th, 2022 | EVALUATION

This document is the final evaluation report for the Teen Science Cafes for Advancing STEM in Rural Places project.

A Teen Science Café is a free, regularly occurring event during the school year in which a local scientist, engineer, or STEM expert discusses their field experiences with the teen attendees. Ideally, a Teen Leader cohort, under the mentorship of an Adult Leader, organizes and implements each Café.

The Teen Science Café Network is a community of practice linking the various youth-serving organizations, institutions, community settings, and individuals that host Teen Science Café programs. As a community of practice, the Network offers resources, guidance, and support to its members so that they can effectively implement Teen Science Cafés, continuously improve Café experiences, and understand Café impacts.



Team Members

Abby Bergman, Author, PEAR
Dawn McDaniel, Author, PEAR
Michelle Hall, Principal Investigator, Science Education Solutions (SCIEDS)
Jan Mokros, Co-Principal Investigator, Science Education Solutions (SCIEDS)


Funding Source: NSF
Funding Program: AISL
Award Number: DRL-1906874
Funding Amount: 299,974

Related URLs

Teen Science Cafes for Advancing STEM in Rural Places


Access and Inclusion: Rural
Audience: Adults | Evaluators | Museum | ISE Professionals | Youth | Teen (up to 17)
Discipline: General STEM
Resource Type: Evaluation Reports | Summative
Environment Type: Professional Development | Conferences | Networks | Public Events and Festivals | Public Programs | Resource Centers and Networks