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What is Teen Health Science Cafe?

A series of free, fun events for high school students to talk with local scientists and engineers about current cutting-edge ideas in science and technology over food and refreshments. A core group of Youth Leaders, with the committed mentorship of an adult, plan and run the café themselves. Through the Health Science Café, high school students gain a new understanding of the basic science they learn in school, gain a real-world perspective of what science is, how it is carried out, and what enormous impacts it has. Teens also develop a much more realistic and positive perception of scientists and engineers, get a glimpse of the interesting lives they lead, and learn that they are real, complex, multidimensional humans, like them.

Upcoming Events

A raffle drawing will take place for those who attend and the raffle will be mailed to the given address you give on the registration form. If you want to receive the raffle please register with your mailing address and attend the cafe to be entered in the drawing. All participants who share their mailing address will also receive a swag bag of NKU themed materials and shelf-stable snacks.


Let's Talk - Drug Abuse in Owen County

Presented by: Shanna Osborne

November 13, 2020 at 3 pm
Event will take place via Zoom invite.
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Substance Use Disorder - Stigma, Language, Marijuana today vs. the 1960's and the dangers, vapes, heroin/fentanyl, meth, and end with resources.



Geek Girl Strong: The Game of Wellness  

Presented by: Robyn Warren

November 20, 2020 at 3 pm
Event will take place via Zoom invite.
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Robyn Warren, M.S. Ed. founder of Geek Girl Strong is here to help you create your own wellness plan! Learn the rules to The Game of Wellness, pick up some nutritional education, ideas on how to get and stay active, and find out what self-care really means to you. Come join us and find out how to gain Health, Experience, and Magic Points in real life! Then stay for a wellness Q&A where even you may have the answers someone else is looking for! 


Previous Events

Past to present dangers: Protecting the lungs from the harmful effects of addiction

Presented by: Alicia (West) Snyder, MSc, RRT-NPS, RPFT

June 16, 2020 at 2 pm
Event will take place via Zoom invite.
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We will explore the cultural influences, addictive properties, and physical effects from cigarette smoking to present day vaping.


Neurocognition, Addiction, and Teen Healthy Brain Function

Presented by: Dr. Suk-hee Kim, Ph.D., COI, MSW

June 2, 2020 at 2pm
Event will take place via Zoom invite.
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The human brain is the most complex organ in the body. The brain is made up of many parts that all work together as a team. Different parts of the brain are responsible for coordinating and performing specific functions. Adolescence marks a period of rapid development between childhood and adulthood involving complex social, biological, mental, emotional, and psychological changes. The purpose of the presentation is to identify the pre-cortex function and discuss Adolescent’s brain structure, neurocognition, brain development, and behavioral consequences. The virtual presentation also will highlight the importance of mental health with activity and learn more about the drug addiction as a brain disease, and the future career choices, including social work health profession.