Whether you’re a geek of the Leonard, Sheldon, Howard and Rajesh caliber, somewhat, or not at all geeky, you’ll get a big bang out of Tempe Geek Week. Even someone like me, who falls into the not at all geeky category, will find something of interest among all the activities scheduled during Tempe Geek Week, presented by Walton Sustainability Solutions Initiatives.
From February 14-24, the City of Tempe will pay tribute to the people who have made Tempe a leader in technology by hosting a variety of activities ranging from serious to silly. The activities are also intended to inspire students to take an interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics so that we continue to have a highly trained workforce.
The activities will take place in venues throughout the city, including City Hall, Tempe Center for the Arts, the library and Tempe History Museum. Geek Week ends with a bang with Geeks’ Night Out, an extravaganza of geekiness on Saturday, February 20. No matter where you are on the geeky scale, you will find something to embrace during Geek Week and Geeks’ Night Out.
Here are a few of many fun and intriguing Geek Week events. For more information, visit http://www.tempe.gov/index.aspx?page=31&recordid=2469.
February 14, 6-7 p.m. – Sci-Fi Friday: Teacher Night – The Gallery at the Tempe Center for the Arts - Teresa Ashcraft, Ph.D. Candidate, ASU School of Earth and Space Exploration, will present hands-on demonstrations, Internet resources and lesson plan information for teachers.
February 14 - 23, during regular library hours, Tempe Public Library – Calling all little creators! Parents and kids will have fun using an effective learning tool that helps teach math, science, engineering, and technology.
February 14-24 – during regular museum hours, Tempe History Museum Lobby – See relics of early days of technology in this exhibit of ancient computers, including Tempe’s first home computer dating back to 1968 A.D.
February 21, 6-7 p.m. - Sci-Fi Fridays: Society and Technology in Film - The Gallery at the Tempe Center for the Arts – Sharon Bolman, University of Advancing Technology will discuss how movies capture society’s greatest hopes and deepest fears in the face of innovation.
February 21, 4:30-9 p.m. - Geeks' Night Out, Tempe City Hall and other locations in the Mill Avenue District – This geeky extravaganza will feature range of activities for the whole family, including demonstrations, music and 50+ booths devoted to science.
February 21-23 - Startup Weekend, 688 W. First St., Suite #2, Tempe – An intense and fun 54 hour workshop where developers, designers, marketers, product managers and startup enthusiasts share ideas.
February 22, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. - Computer “autopsy,” Tempe Public Library – Ever wonder what’s under the computer cover? ASU DISC students will show you and explain the parts of the computer that you don't see.
February 22, Afternoon Movie at the Library, 2-3:30 p.m., Tempe Public Library - Spend a fun afternoon watching Honey, I Shrunk the Kids.
February 22, 10:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. - Geek Week Picnic in the Park, - Tempe Sixth Street Park - Inspirational activities and entertainment will honor the spirit of farm to table. Enjoy some of the Valley’s favorite local food trucks, farmers’ market, kids’ activities and local entertainment including Tempe’s own The Prowling.
Be sure to check out the American Pop! exhibition at the Tempe Center for the Arts and don't miss Sci-Fi Friday, a free geeky discussion or demonstration that takes place every Friday at 6 p.m. through June 8.