From caffeine and alcohol, to marijuana and prescribed meds, drugs have varied and often misunderstood effects on the body and brain. At this Social Science, you’ll explore the science of drugs and their effects – positive and negative – on humans and our community.
Labs, lectures and programming for this Social Science will include:
Put your drug knowledge to the test when you and a team of four others join in on a survey-based drug Q&A session. Winning teams will receive a prize. What’s your drug IQ?
What a Trip!
Join DEA Supervisory Special Agent Craig Varnes and Community Health Advocate Rebekah Stetson to explore the juxtaposition of legal drugs doing harm in our society and the benefits of psychedelic drugs used for medicinal purposes.
The Empathy Factor
Get a small taste of what it may be like to live with a mental disorder by wearing custom made noise distorting headphones while learning about some of the drugs used to treat schizophrenia.
Get a hands-on look at intoxicated worms with Dr. Van Der Linden from University of Nevada, Reno’s Institute of Neuroscience while learning about what alcohol does to humans.
The Pleasure Scale
Join addictions expert, Professor Daniel Fred from University of Nevada, Reno for an interactive discussion on drugs in the brain.
The Male Pill
Explore the fascinating topic of the male contraceptive pill with University of Nevada, Reno’s Dr. Wei Yan.
Help compile a list of common and lesser-known names for drugs on our talkback board.
Hemp vs. Marijuana
Learn the difference between hemp and marijuana while creating a hemp bracelet or necklace.
The Bitter Pill
Try your hand at launching an oversized pill across the museum into a wide open mouth.
Find the Stash
Venture to the far corners of the museum on the hunt for hidden bottles filled with a treat, a fact about drugs, and a chance to win tickets to the next Social Science. Good Luck!
Feel the Jolt
Caffeine is one of the most widely used drugs around the world. Caffeinate your knowledge while enjoying a sample of coffee from our friends at bibo coffee co.
Social Science is The Discovery’s wildly popular adults-only, brain building event series that features science demonstrations, hands-on labs, expert presentations, a live DJ, libations, and tasty bites.