Thursday, February 20

It's hip to be square

Tonight's the night! 

It's the City of Tempe's Geeks' Night Out!

Join us (including Me!) for Walton Sustainability Solutions Initiatives Geek Week and Geeks’ Night Out. We’re blending science, technology and fun to celebrate the Arizona SciTech Festival. Best of all, the events are free.
Tempe loves geeks. They're smart, fun and want to change the world for the better. They've cured diseases, built robots, and yes, even helped us get to Mars.  

What is Geeks' Night Out presented by Walton Sustainability Solutions Initiatives?
Be part of a very special Third Thursday on Mill Avenue on Feb. 20 from 4:30 to 9 p.m., themed to bring out the curiosity within. There’s science behind everything you love and we want to show you how it works. From science fiction to the business of science and everything in between, we’re celebrating smarts. Join us. It’s fun, smart and very Tempe. And best of all, it's FREE! 
The event is family-friendly. Tempe students from preschool to the university level will have several booths showing how the next generation of our workforce is using science to solve the world's problems. ASU, University of Advancing Technology, Rio Salado College, Kid Zone, Devry, Tempe Elementary School District, Tempe Union High School District and many others will be there.   
What is Geek Week presented by Walton Sustainability Solutions Initiatives?
One night is not enough! Geek Week extends the fun with a week of fun activities throughout Tempe schools and city facilities. Check for programs from Feb. 14-24.  

Geeks' Night Out activities:
Invade City Hall! (Or at least walk around it in your costume)

Phoenix Comicon hosts its annual Geeks' Night Out costume contest. Strut your stuff before the judging. Members of the Tempe City Council will lead the zombies, super heroes, super villians and creatures of all kinds on a walk around Tempe City Hall. Parade starts at 6 p.m. Everyone is welcome to participate. 
Pop Culture and Sci Fi Dr. Who?
Step into a full-size replica of Dr. Who's Tardis, which will be located at the corner of Sixth and Mill in present time, brought to you by Az Tardis.  
Phoenix Comicon Costume Contest + Photo Booth
Dress like your favorite inventor, invention, science project gone wrong, whatever. Show off your Star Trek and Star Wars gear. We want to see your favorite SciFi costume on Mill Avenue! Strut your scientific stuff in front of Tempe City Hall. Prizes! 
Comic Book and Graphic Novel Signings Pop Culture Paradise is bringing several graphic novelists to sign their goods. Their display will be located in the ground floor retail space of the City Hall Parking Garage located on Fifth Street adjacent to Tempe City Hall.
Desert Dolls Roller Derby
Desert Dolls Roller Derby will show how they can thwart gravity. Find them as they roll through our downtown. This year, their kids' division will join them.
Steampunk Addie
The exploits of this doll and her friends make for good, clean, sci-fi fun. Check out this table.
Herbie the Love Bug
Take a look at this replica of Herbie the Love Bug, built by Jeff Lewis. Learn what it takes to turn a car into a dream car.

Arizona Fun Services

Stop by this locally-owned costume and party store for free cotton candy and prizes. Talk with AZ Fun Staff to plan your next costume or fun event.
Looking for something to read? Something to watch? Something to play? Bookmans has it.

Tempe Center for the Arts
Learn about the latest Gallery exhibition, "American Pop! From Comic Books to Science Fiction ... and Beyond!" and discover how STEM is used to create art. TCA also offers an amazing online art curriculum that you may like to explore. 
Walton Sustainability Solutions Festival

Get your picture taken at the Sustainability Super Hero Photo Booth and learn how you can become a sustainability super hero. Learn about bumble bees and do a craft project using recycled materials.
Dignity Kids
Feel the power of changing acceleration or changing mass while trying to attempt to break plastic boards of different strength levels. Discover how applied physics create the explosive power of the martial artist. 
XPlore BoX 
Build and test BristleBots and learn about XPlore BoX.   
Arizona SciTech Festival
These are the people responsible for the state's festival celebrating all things STEM. Stop by to learn about other great events. 
University of Advancing Technology
Thanks to UAT for this year's fantastic Geeks' Night Out video. Learn how the special effects came to be.  
Rio Salado College
Partnering with ASU and Science Foundation Arizona, Rio Salado College will showcase the careers and science of nanotechnology. Activities will feature remote access to an electron microscope, and a hands-on demonstration of silicon wafers, polymers and dye-sensitized solar cells. 
ERIC Knows Recycling
What goes in the blue barrel and what goes in the trash? What happens to an aluminum soda can after you drop it in the recycling bin? Meet ERIC, Tempe’s mobile Educational Recycling Information Center – a 38-foot trailer filled with innovative and interactive opportunities to learn about the recycling cycle. 
Ideal Energy
Bringing it's semi-truck of energy conservation tips, the folks at Ideal Energy will be on hand to help you find ways to reduce your power bill.

Tempe High School
Students will demonstrate robotics and a SimCity-like energy game. The HOPE Sophmore Biology team will explain how food is grown and why it is important to eat organic foods. They will also have samples of foods to taste. 
McClintock High School
Students will show a sustainability project.

Desert Vista High School Engineering

See engineering projects done by students from robotics to alternative fuel and energy experiments.
Arizona Virtual Academy
Hands-on science fun for the family.
Macaroni Kid
Find new ways to have fun with the family in this publication. Meet the people who put the magazine together.
Tempe Elementary School District #3
Science and technology-inspired projects by students will be on display. 
Kid Zone Enrichment Program
The Kid Zone team will have science projects for your family to try their hands at and even some things to take home. 
Girl Scouts - Troop 951
Science rules and Troop 951 will have an experiment to share. 

Will I see you there?

1 comment:

  1. Sure do wish our town had something like this!!!! Have fun!!!