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Join us as we return to the Geek Easy for the 32nd consecutive Nerd Nite in Orlando.
Nerd Nite is an evening of entertaining yet thought-provoking presentations– all while the audience drinks along in a casual bar atmosphere. Speakers present for 15-20 minutes each on a fascinating subject of their choice, often in an uncanny and unconventional way. Following each presentation is a brief Q&A with the audience.
Come meet up, drink, and learn something new!
EVENT IS FREE!
When: Thursday, October 8h, 7:00pm
Where: The Geek Easy (inside “A Comic Shop”)
114 S Semoran Blvd #6
Winter Park, FL 32792
“A Discussion on Space Elevators” by Charles Radley
Talk Description: Space elevators are not commonly considered in near-term plans for space exploration, primarily due to a lack of suitable materials for their construction. However, a Lunar Space Elevator (LSE) could be constructed with existing technology and materials. A 48 ton LSE could be deployed with a single launch of SLS or three launches of Falcon Heavy. The LSE can most efficiently attach to the lunar surface at the equatorial location at zero or 180 degrees longitude, and reduce the cost of soft landing sixfold versus chemical rockets. A lunar elevator investment of $1B pays for itself after twenty payload landing cycles. Join us for a presentation and discussion on this intriguing and achievable concept.
Speaker Bio: Charles Radley is a NASA consultant, currently working on the Commercial Crew Program. He has made recently multiple appearances on TV and radio in Romania describing the Lunar Elevator, including: The News Program of the National Romanian Television (TVR1), ProTV, Nasul TV, Radio Romania, and ProFM Radio.
“Why Skateboarding Remains a Counterculture Movement” By Alejandro Musa
Talk Description: “This talk will be nerding out on the bizarre subculture and lifestyle of skateboarding. Letting non-skateboarders into the twisted minds of skaters, as well as bringing to light facts that skateboarders live their life by, in an easy to grasp format. Covering some of the history, and characters that shaped the widely spread world of skateboarding. It will also be sharing a personal story of how skateboarding changed Alejandro’s life and why he believes it can also make a different in at-risk youth.”
Alejandro is a social entrepreneur/community advocate/artist but more than anything, he’s a skateboarder. He’s from Argentina, but calls the U.S. home. He’s also pursing an education at Valencia College with plans to transfer to UCF.
“Un-American, Atheistic, Subversive, and Communistic: Teaching Evolution to Floridians” by Brandon Haught
Talk Description: Teaching evolution to impressionable school children in the nation’s schools has been a topic that brings out fire breathing, head exploding passion in people like few other subjects can. Here in the Sunshine State a decades-long war over whether evolution should be taught in our schools has swept up governors, lawmakers, university presidents, school board members, parents, high school teachers and average Joes in national headline-grabbing brawls. This talk will center on the zany, outrageous, nonsensical and wacky things Floridians have said and done as they tried to save poor boys and girls from the evils of evolution.
Speaker Bio: High school science teacher and book author Brandon Haught has been on the forefront of the evolution wars since 2005. He’s a founding board member of Florida Citizens for Science, an all volunteer organization that advocates for strong science education in Florida, which means squaring off against evolution foes whenever the subject pops on the statewide or county level. And that happens much too often. He wrote Going Ape: Florida’s Battles over Evolution in the Classroom on which his talk is based.
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