Come experience man’s technology of past, present and future! A unique blend of science and fiction, this event combines a classic sci-fi convention with a science fair. Travel back in time in H.G. Wells’ Time Machine to explore technology of the past, then tour the futuristic technology with exhibitors such as NASA, the Ghostbusters of Winter Haven and D&B Comics. Interact with panelists about cool topics in science and technology today – and what they see coming out of students and innovators into the future. Students ages 6-16 will have the chance to compete in the first inaugural Geek Games which blend fundamental STEM principles with the creativity of art and literature. The Museum is proud to take advantage of the Doctor Geek’s Science Fair to partner with Bright House Networks, who will be launching its own Bright House - “Bright Ideas STEM from Today’s Youth,” a multi-state competition where high school students show how STEM – that’s science, technology, engineering and math – can bring their idea to life! There will also be a special performance by Steampunk / Dr. Who themed rock group The Ken Spivey Band! Doctor Geek’s Science Fair is a distinctive one day expo that combines a classic science fiction convention with a science fair.
Who is Doctor Geek? Dr. Scott Viguié is a modern day Renaissance man. Holding two doctorates, he is an attorney, archaeologist, author and actor. Scott fulfilled his passion for educating others, and particularly rekindling an interest in the sciences, by creating Doctor Geek’s Laboratory of Applied Geekdom, an audio edutainment show dedicated to STEM outreach. The show combines science and fiction to educate and inspire others to help bring about the world of tomorrow today. One of Scott’s greatest joys in life is showing people that they, too, can achieve their dreams and build a better future. As he likes to say, “Nothing is impossible, just highly improbable.”
The Geek Games*
The inaugural Applied Geekdom competition, "The Geek Games" is open this year to students ages 6-16 and will include STEM challenges: "Roving on the Moon" Design Challenge and "Touchdown on the Red Planet" - both presented with NASA - as well as "Designing Your Own Comic Book" with D & B Comics. *All students must pay the $10 general admission ticket to enter. Students may pre-register for The Geek Games or register when they arrive at the event. To pre-register for one or all of the individual games, or for more information, please call Samantha Sprague: 941-746-4131, ext. 31. Spaces are limited. Please register early to ensure participation. Winners will be selected by professionals in each of the individual fields of study. Student work will be judged based upon STEM skills fitting the specific challenge.
*All students must pay the $10 general admission ticket to enter. Students may pre-register for The Geek Games or register when they arrive at the event.To pre-register for one or all of the individual games, or for more information please call Samantha Sprague: 941-746-4131, ext. 31.
*The Geek Games are open to all students ages 6-16. Spaces are limited. Please register early to ensure participation.
*Winners will be selected by professionals in each of the individual fields of study. Student work will be judged based upon a predetermined rubric fitting the specific challenge.
To learn more about Dr. Geek and his Laboratory of Applied Geekdom CLICK HERE!
Entrants in the Geek Games and visitors to Doctor Geek’s Science Fair are also encouraged to participate in Bright House Networks’ Bright Ideas competition. It’s been said that today’s youth are tomorrow’s leaders. They’re also tomorrow’s innovators and inventors. They are OUR future. They are the ones who can help create new opportunities for our local economies to prosper and flourish. So, to inspire our local youth to develop new ideas that can change the world, Bright House Networks is proud to present “Bright Ideas STEM from Today’s Youth.” Whether you enter as an individual or as a team of up to three students, you’ll want to think about a cool new idea, powered by STEM, that can make the world a better place. More information and the online entry form are available at brightideas.brighthouse.com/.
Doctor Geek's Laboratory: Exploring the Future Today -Panel discussions and Special Presentations in the Planetarium will include:
- Join the cast of Doctor Geek's Laboratory as they explore the past two seasons of the audio show.
- What does it take to create a modern radio program?
- Where is your flying car?
- Will bionics make me better, faster and stronger?
- The Science of Applied Geekdom- Take your passion for your favorite fiction to the next level. The experts on this panel will tell you what it takes to build that perfect replica. Featuring: Thomas J. Galvin, III and The Time Machine, and the Ghostbusters of Winter Haven.
- The Science of Fiction - New York Times Best Selling AuthorDebbie Viguié talks about how use inspiration, imagination, and research to craft a great book.
- Designing the Future -Learn about the future of innovation with Slipstream, a student group competing in the International F1 In Schools engineering competition (a partnership with Formula One racing).
- Performance by The Ken Spivey Band -The Ken Spivey Band is an MTV.com praised Time Lord Rock group that combines Steampunk elements with mad Celtic energy into Time-Wimey, theatrical, and comedic revelry.
Exhibitors at Doctor Geek's Science Fair will include NASA
,Bright Ideas from Bright House Networks
, Florida Public Archaeology Network
, USF Geology Graduate Student Organization (GSSO)
, Thomas J. Galvin, III presenting H.G. Wells and The Time Machine
, Ghostbusters of Winter Haven
, members of theOwlHoots living history organization
, and the local Starfleet chapter USS Venus
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$10 general admission day of the event
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