Krypton Radio’s very own Dr. Scott Viguie, a.k.a. Dr. Geek, in conjunction with the South Florida Museum, is holding the first of what is planned as an annual event: Dr. Geek’s Science Fair! The fair promises a unique blend of science and fiction, combining a classic science fiction convention with a science fair. There will be hands-on activities, panels, exhibitors and vendors, and a performance by The Ken Spivey Band (a Doctor Who-inspired steampunk band). Students from all over are coming to compete in our inaugural Applied Geekdom competition. This year’s theme is “Inspiration,” and students will be tasked with designing projects that are inspired by their favorite fiction.
The one-day event will be held on September 27, 2014, from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., and it’s got something fun for everyone. In additional to the science fair itself, the all-access pass ($10 in advance, $15 at the door, if they are still available) offers full access to the gorgeous South Florida Museum in Bradenton, Florida (specializing in history, paleontology, and archaeology), presentations in the Bishop Planetarium, and the Parker Manatee Aquarium, which is home to the world’s oldest living manatee in captivity, Snooty (age 65)! [editor’s note, with apologies for the digression: Snooty has his own live cam on the aquarium’s website!] General admission is $10 at the door, and excludes entry to the planetarium.
Speaking about Dr. Geek’s Laboratory of Applied Geekdom, the radio program which inspired the science fair, Viguie said, “I started this project to encourage others to embrace the sciences. As Carl Sagan once said, ‘we live in a society exquisitely dependent on science and technology in which hardly anyone knows anything about science and technology.’” He also explained that by starting with fiction, people become more curious and motivated to explore science, and that exploring science from this standpoint can encourage creativity and invention.
Tickets for Dr. Geek’s Science Fair are available online and at the door. For continually updated information, visit the science fair’s Facebook page. And you can check out Dr. Geek’s Laboratory of Applied Geekdom right here on Krypton Radio, Thursdays at 2:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., and 6:30 p.m., Pacific.