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Fostering a Commitment to Postsecondary Education

Community Connections offers programs, activities, and resources that are dedicated to fostering a commitment to attain a postsecondary education in the minds of elementary and middle school students. The younger the child is when exposed to college, the better the chances that a student will incorporate college into his/her lifelong goals. NKU faculty, staff, students, and alumni have created activities for teachers, community youth coordinators, and families to use; supplementing lesson plans, adding to their own programming and allowing the next generation to explore topics through the lens of NKU research and creative efforts.

The Norse Explore campus visitation program provides field trip opportunities to school groups and community organizations. Whole grade levels, classes, small groups, and homeschool families can schedule a campus visit and visitors will meet with NKU faculty, staff, and students, go into NKU classrooms and labs for activities, tour campus, and more. For more information about Norse Explore group visits, email


Resources Provided by NKU Faculty, Staff, Students, and Alumni.

The 2020-2021 NKU Men's Basketball Team discuss college life and what it's like to be a student and athlete at Northern Kentucky University.  This video is suggested for students of all ages. Be sure to check the Norse's schedule for upcoming games.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Activity Zine

Created by NKU Visual Arts faculty and students this illustrated booklet includes: an overview of significant and lesser-known civil rights figures, a reflective self-portrait activity asking children to think about what gifts they have to offer society, and an activity page with suggestions for how to reach out to others in their communities.

Suggested for grades 2nd-5th


The Bystander Effect and Bullying

This video presentation and worksheet created by NKU Psychology professor Dr. Doug Krull, explores the bystander effect and relates that theory to current issues in bullying. This activity and presentation is suggested for grades 7th-12th.


STEM Activities

This activity explore jobs in STEM, including manufacturing and auto engineering. After meeting a current auto engineer through a video and article, students are prompted to design their own robot and answer questions about the robot's design, purpose, and asks them to think critically through their planning purpose. This activity is suggested for elementary students.


Join CINSAM live for some FREE, fun, hands-on STEM activities that you can do in the classroom or right at home! We’ll meet via Zoom and do exciting, educational activities together.

STEM2U lessons are targeted to elementary and middle school grades. Visit the webpage to learn more and register today!

Stories geared toward ages 3-8 years. Visit the NKU Storytime Facebook page to find more recordings.
All Are Welcome

"All Are Welcome" read by NKU APB members

Together We Grow

"Together We Grow" read by Lauren Mohr

Skin Like Mine

"Skin Like Mine" read by Cori Henderson

Chocolate Me

"Chocolate Me" read by Daryl Harris