2020 - 2021 The Academy of Science - St. Louis Teen Science Cafe STEM Teens Leadership Team Application (December 2020 - August 2021)

Over these past pandemic months, events and hang-outs have gone virtual. The Academy's Gateway Teen Science Cafe program is no exception. During these pandemic times, we are accepting new Teen Leaders for a half year that will run December 2020 - August 2021. Accepted teens who meet Leadership Council participation goals during this time and who are interested in remaining on the STEM Teens Leadership Council after August 2021, will be invited to stay on for the full 2021 - 2022 year.

The Academy of Science - St. Louis Teen Science Cafe program has gone VIRTUAL! Teen cafes are a free, fun way for area Teens and members of the Junior Academy of Science to explore science and technology and meet with the area's STEM professionals in relaxed and informal sessions designed expressly for teens. Teens participate in lively discussions and activities online via ZOOM with scientists and other local teens serving on the STEM Teens Leadership Team. STEM Council teens develop leadership skills through the planning of virtual cafe events and form valuable, lasting friendships with teens interested in science and STEM.

The Academy of Science - St. Louis VIRTUAL STEM Teens Leadership Team members contribute ideas on science topics and virtual cafe formats, recruit friends to attend virtual cafes, provide feedback to presenting scientists at dry-runs, develop marketing and virtual cafe ice-breaker materials; and assist with cafe moderator responsibilities, welcoming functions, presenter introductions, closing comments, and lead and manage ice-breaker activities at the virtual cafes.

You can earn service hours by participating in this program.

During December 2020 - August 2021, STEM Teens Leadership Team members are required to attend at least 3 cafes, 3 Youth Leadership Team meetings, and 2 dry-run presentations. Youth Leadership Team meetings are generally held on a weeknight (6:00 pm - 7:30 pm) once a month during the school year. Dry-runs are scheduled on weeknights at the cafe presenter's convenience, and cafes are generally held on weeknights with start times ranging from 5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m.

You should expect to contribute 6-8 hours per month. This time will be spread out over Planning Meetings, Dry-Runs, Virtual Cafes, and any other STEM Teen Leadership Council work that takes place outside of meetings.

From December 2020 - August 2021, we plan to host 4-5 cafes in total - generally one each in February, March, April and depending on speaker availability, January or May. STEM Teens Leadership Team meetings are 1.5 hours. Cafe dry-runs are held for each of the planned cafes and are generally 1.5 hours in length. Cafes are 1.5 - 2 hours each. Cafe events are selected to accommodate student and speaker availability. On occasion, we may host a summer cafe.

*** Please note that during this transitional virtual year, schedules, events, and other information regarding Virtual Teen Science Cafes are subject to change. ***

If you have any questions about the The Academy of Science - St. Louis Teen Science Cafe STEM Teens Leadership Team, or the application process, please contact Natalie Bachmann at nbachmann@academyofsciencestl.org, or by phone at 618.910.1341.

To learn more about The Academy of Science - St. Louis Teen Science Cafe, visit the Teen Science Cafe web page at https://www.academyofsciencestl.org/academy-programs/academy-teen-science-cafe/


APPLICATIONS OPEN SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 21, AND WILL CLOSE MIDNIGHT, SATURDAY, DECEMBER 5. WE WILL LET YOU KNOW OUR DECISION via email BY MIDNIGHT, FRIDAY, DECEMBER 11!

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Why do you want to be on the Teen Science Cafe's STEM Teens Leadership Team, and if selected, what do you see as your role on the Team? *
Please answer this question as thoroughly as possible by writing 1-3 complete paragraphs describing why you want to participate on the STEM Teens Leadership Council.
What ideas do you have for Virtual Teen Science Cafe events? (online icebreaker activities, advertising ideas, etc.) *
List three skills or talents of which you are proud: *
What skills or talents do you want to improve by participating on the STEM Teens Leadership Team? *
What qualities or characteristics would you find in an excellent teen volunteer? *
Have you attended an IN PERSON Teen Science Cafe? *
Have you attended a VIRTUAL Teen Science Cafe? *
STEM Teens Leadership Team members are required to attend at least 3 cafes, 3 Leadership Team planning meetings, and 2 dry-run presentations. STEM Teens Leadership Team meetings last 1.5 hours. Cafe dry-runs are held for each of the planned cafes and are generally 1.5 hours in length. Cafes are 1.5 - 2 hours each. Cafe events are selected to accommodate student and speaker availability. I understand the time commitment and agree that, if I am selected for the STEM Teens Leadership Team, I will attend 3 Leadership Team planning meetings, 3 Teen Science cafe events and 2 dry-run presentations. *
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Are you a member of the Junior Academy of Science? *
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