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KEYNOTE & OPENING CEREMONY – 10:00 – 10:50 – 50 Minutes

Hilary Mason: Keynote

How technology can give teens superpowers!

SESSION #1 – 11:05 – 12:00 – 55 Minutes

John Borthwick: Social Media Trends Now & In the Future

Are you interested in starting your own social media tool? This session will explore social media design and innovation, looking at recent examples such as Tweetdeck, GroupOn, Kickstarter and Tumblr to investigate why certain social media tools succeed in our society. The real time web is transforming the way we think and communicate, it’s your voice that decides how.

Andrew Collins & Hannah Jaris: How Wild is New York City?

When we think New York City, we think urban jungle. While it’s true our city is not the Peruvian Rainforest or Tanzanian Serengeti, the green spaces found here do support substantial and ecologically valuable wildlife populations. From rare beetles and wasps to stealthy wolves and hawks, NYC is home to a truly dynamic set of plants and animals. You can explore this biodiversity and add to cutting-edge conservation research by taking part in citizen science projects located here and around the globe. This session is designed to give you head start on that adventure.

Mike Wilson: Using Music to Enhance Communication of Science

Music plays a big role in our lives. You know the lyrics to your favorite songs word for word. You bop your head to the rhythm of the beat. There’s no denying that everyone loves music. How can we use music to enhance the way we communicate science? This session will explore how you can use music as a fun and educational tool.

Erik Martin: Gaming the System: Games and Education

Video games have become the largest entertainment industry in the world, but they don’t just stop at entertainment any more. Video games, and game design, are all about engagement, and creating experiences that teach skills as well as knowledge. This session will explore the epic use of video games to teach and even do science. We’ll talk about what games exist for education use, what it takes to make good science and ed games, and even how students can get started making games themselves! Games are the world’s leading entertainment medium, but they can be so much more.

Bora Zivkovic: Lessons from The Blogfather

Affectionately known by the online science community as “The Blogfather”, Bora will discuss the past, present, and future of blogs. Blogs are about 15 years old. Specifically science blogs are about 10 years old. How did science blogging evolve over the years? How did the appearance of social networking sites, like Twitter and Facebook, affect blogging? How has respect for blogs changed over the years, and how are bloggers becoming professionalized and entering the mainstrem? Is one’s blog potentially one’s Resume, a path toward a job? How does your blog help you make friends (and perhaps enemies) which can affect your future? We’ll explore the history and current state of the science blogosphere, and discuss the potential future of the form.

Jeanne Garbarino: How to be a Critical Consumer of Science

Have you ever come across a advertisement or article describing a product or procedure that is supposed to cure you of your ailment, or maybe even revolutionize your daily life? Do these things sound just too good to be true? Well, more than likely, they probably are. While the internet has been an extremely valuable tool for the sharing of information, it is also home to a variety of scams and snake oils. In this session, we will talk about tactics to help identify fraudulent scientific claims on the internet, and why it is important to take responsibility for what you read and believe. Don’t let yourself get duped! It could cost you money, time, and even your health.

Beth Beck: Social Media at NASA

CANCELLED due to the Sequester. Learn more about how the Sequester is impacting NASA education and outreach programs here. How do you launch a Galactic social media empire? Come to this session to explore the ways NASA uses Google+ hangouts, Twitter, and Facebook to connect with the public. Discover how NASA organizes Tweetups about missions and uses social media tools to communicate from space!

SESSION #2 – 12:15 – 1:10 – 55 Minutes

Charles Choi: Adventures in Science Writing

Are you fascinated by stories about the farthest reaches of the universe, the deepest depths of the ocean, amazing new species of life, cool gadgets, and everything else science and technology have to offer? Learn more about how science writing can take you into the depths of the jungle to dig up ancient ruins or into the north to look for woolly mammoth DNA.

New York Hall of Science: Teens Explaining Science

The NY Hall of Science “Explainers” are a group of high school and college students who enhance museum visitor’s experience by providing high-quality scientific information. They use Tumblr and other social networks to communicate science with public. In this session, they’ll discuss how teens can be more involved in communicating science using online tools.

Joshua Fouts: Engaging Students on a Global Scale

At this session, we’ll talk about what works and doesn’t work when trying to engage students around the world on scientific topics, as well as what works and doesn’t work technology-wise when trying to engage students for social issues. Some discussion points might be: how students can collaborate easily across borders, how online global tools or initiatives can be applied to a classroom setting, and what kinds of technologies are people currently developing or have developed to successfully link people (especially youth) online around the world to solve problems.

Craig Mclean: Understanding the Truth behind Controversial Science

Evolution, global warming, genetically modified foods all continue to be hotbed issues. How can we better communicate these ‘‘controversial’ science topics to the the public? Where do the misconceptions come from and how can we avoid them in the future? This session will inspire you to be a crusader for well-researched science.

Maia Weinstock & Panelists: Women in Science Panel

Panelists: Hilda Bastian, Krystal D’Costa, Cynthia Duggan, Julie Hecht, Delaram Kahrobaei, Gabrielle Rabinowitz, and Jayne Raper A career in or relating to science, technology, engineering or math can be extremely rewarding, but it can also present unique challenges, depending on one’s gender. This is the case both in real life, where biases against girls and women persist despite increased efforts to spot and eradicate them, and in the online world. Join us for a discussion with female representatives from the fields of biology, public health, mathematics, computer science, anthropology, and science journalism, who will share experiences and tips for navigating gender-based road-blocks that may accompany a STEM career.

Hanna Ramsden: Computer Science as a Liberal Art?

In this session, participants will discuss the benefits and drawbacks of teaching Computer Science as a liberal art. To start, we will view this within the context of a college education– whether or not students who study CS benefit more or less by learning in a liberal arts or engineering environment. We will also discuss the views of some major proponents of a Liberal Arts-centric CS education, including Steve Jobs. To conclude, we will bring the topic to present-day by discussing recent efforts to make CS education more easily accessible (including the plans by Mayor Bloomberg and President Obama and the newly launched

Blitz Session – 2:00-2:50 – 50 Minutes

Allie Wilkinson: This is What a Scientist Looks Like

Do you still envision a scientist as a white male in a lab coat? Change your perception of what a scientist looks like by attending this Blitz session. Allie will talk about her famous Tumblr blog which showcases real scientists from around the world.

Julie Hecht: Dogs: Science in Your Living Room

Sure, everyone blogs, tweets and posts pictures of cute dogs, but can our interest in dogs be part of an actual learning experience? This blitz reviews how a well-known and often beloved companion species, the domestic dog, can help everyone learn about science and scientific principles.

Kevin Miklasz: What is the future of how we learn?

With the internet, there are multiple ways to learn really great material at home instead of at school (like the Khan Academy, DIY, Scratch, Design Squad, or our website, the Curiosity Machine). What roles do these tools have?

Perrin Ireland: How to Create Science Scribes

Come learn to make science content accessible with visual thinking. We will cover quick tricks for creating icons, people, fonts, and organizing space, so that you can have fun capturing science discussions and content.

Karen Baker: How to Build your Superpowers

This Blitz talk will be led by a member of Codecademy, a team of hackers working hard to build a better way for anyone to teach and learn how to code. Learn how to transition from being a tech consumer into one of the empowered tech builders. If you’re interested in coding and website design, we’re here to teach you.

Mollie Bloudoff: Ask like a Journalist

Good journalists ask great questions. This blitz talk explores how journalists approach and cover breaking science news stories. Participate in a mock press conference and start honing your journalistic skills.

Samantha Larson: Blogging From the Top of the World

Blogging while climbing the world’s seven highest mountains isn’t an easy task. Find out how adventure and science writing go hand in hand in this exploration-themed blitz talk.

ONLINE: Google+ Hangout

This session will be hosted by Erik Martin, a teen on the planning committee. He’ll interact with 10 teens or scientists on the Hangout and it will be broadcast live for the internet audience via our YouTube channel. The link will be posted on the conference homepage. If you are interested in participating in the Hangout, please contact

Dawn Casey-Rowe: What is this Learnist thing anyway? is a free media and resource sharing site based on the idea that social learning is faster, better learning. With, users create “Learn Boards” which are essentially curated videos, links, images, and text about a certain topic. During this Blitz, a teacher who uses in her classroom will show off its features. We’re using Learn Boards to curate content about ScioTeen so it’s going to be a great talk.

WORKSHOPS – 2:50 – 4:20 – 90 Minutes

Lali DeRosier: Crowd-sourcing Your Online Toolkit - A Workshop for Teacher Noobs and Pros

Part I – Online Tools for the Classroom (45 minutes) You’ve been hearing about online tools all day. This is your chance to explore those resources, register for accounts, and talk with other teachers who are currently using them in the classroom. Brainstorm ideas for implementation so that you are ready to help your students navigate their online resources. Part II – School Policy and Online Curriculum (45 minutes) We’ll discuss some policies that are already in place at various types of schools and work with other teachers to crowd-source some policy guidelines that you can take back to your administration.

Katie McKissick: Science Comic Extravaganza

Learn the basics of design, execution, and sharing of science comics. We will cover current works by contemporary science comics and discuss the creative process, including considerations such as realism, anthropomorphism, and symbolism. The session culminates in a comic workshop where you will illustrate your own science comic and share it online. Art experience not required. Stick figures welcome!

Henry Reich: Story and the quest to find your own voice in online science communication

One of the great things about the internet is that it lifts so many of the constraints on communication – there’s freedom from form and length and even overbearing editors, plus you have the tools to convey as much information as you want. In fact, with information everywhere (often too much information!), the quest of a science communicator has become more one of shaping that information and telling stories about it from an interesting perspective. The internet has made science communication more broad-reaching and yet also more personal. In this session, we’re going to focus on the big question of how to find your own perspective and to raise your voice above the boundless torrent of stuff on the net.

Mindy Weisberger: Telling Science Stories Visually

Co-moderators: Sandya Viswanathan, Tania van Bergen, and Kate Hanson In this workshop, producers and writers for Science Bulletins at the American Museum of Natural History will outline basic techniques for approaching science storytelling with a filmmaker’s eye, and offer students the opportunity to put them into practice. Participants will hear first-hand from a marine conservationist about her work with planktivorous fish in coral reef ecosystems, and then explore the process of developing a short, scripted video based on her research. Guided by the moderators, students will learn to identify the key elements of a compelling science story and discover how to support them with visual elements, creating a dynamic narrative from scientific research.

Naseem & Samm: Blogging from a Teen’s Perspective

Are you under the age of 21 interested in science writing and don’t know where to start? This session is moderated by two teenage bloggers that know a thing or two about blogging from their own experiences. This workshop is for students interested in expressing themselves through a blog, and we aim to discuss not only the do’s and don’ts of blogging, but to steer participants (that means YOU) in the right direction. Learn how to get your own super cool blog with the right tools to be a super savvy writer that will be recognized in the science community.

Karyn Traphagen: Twitter for Teens & Teachers: How you can harness the real power of Twitter

Think Twitter is just about what your friends had for breakfast? Wondering how to tap into the power that you know must be there? Explore the depth of Twitter: data sharing; research for your homework; networking w scientists, journalists, & more; connecting to a global community. Let’s take a look at how to harness the power of hashtags and Twitter lists to maximize your experience. Don’t know where to start? We’ll get you going. Already a pro? We’ll help show you how to push the envelope. Bring your questions. We’ll be online and exploring answers in real-time examples.

CLOSING CEREMONY – 4:35 – 5:00  – 25 Minutes

Closing Ceremony

Teen Planning Committee: Looking Forward

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