Programs & Events

Teen Science Café: Brain Messages

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Science Talks
Youth Science Program
Dec. 6, 2013 | Friday, 6:00pm
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Location: Nature Research Center - The Daily Planet Cafe

How Neurons Communicate with Each Other, Our Bodies, and the World

Our brains enable us to perceive, think, and act.  How do individual neurons, the cells that make up every brain, work together to carry out such complex jobs?  At this Teen Science Café, Caroline Drucker will explain how neurons communicate and how scientists study these special cells.  We’ll discuss and explore neuronal signaling by trying to send messages among our group as effectively as neurons!  Caroline will also discuss some of her own research in monkeys investigating how numbers are processed in the brain and how we can alter brain activity from the outside.

Free meal or smoothie to first 50 teens to arrive. Teens are encouraged to arrive at the Daily Planet Café by 5:30pm to claim and redeem their free food.

Open Minds: Teen Science Cafés bring teens together in an informal setting to learn about science and technology. Each café will include a real scientist to speak on chosen topics, an interactive activity relating to the discussion, food, and time to meet other teens that enjoy science. The cafés are led by a Teen Advisory Board, which selects the programs and the speakers. This nationwide program is funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation. The North Carolina network partners include the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, Morehead Planetarium and the North Carolina Museum of Forestry.