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Top 5 Movie Examples of Female Scientists Who Will Inspire Your Nerds to Greatness

By Shannon Brescher Shea

From dinosaur bones to aliens, some of the best Nerd inspiration comes from the movies. Unfortunately, female scientists and mathematicians notoriously have been under-represented on the big screen. But with an all-female Nerd team leading the Ghostbusters reboot and the story of forgotten NASA heroines finally being told in Hidden Figures starting December 25, it seems like things just might be changing for the better in Hollywood.

Top 5 Movie Examples of Female Scientists Who Will Inspire Your Nerds to Greatness

While examples of smart, strong female scientist roles might be few and far between for now, girl Nerds of all ages can still look to these … READ MORE

Engineering Science & Tech

Carving out a Makerspace for Your Nerds at Home

Today, the cool word is ‘maker.’ It’s a little part of our DNA and we’ve somehow forgotten how to do it. We became consumers vs. makers. I would encourage parents to give their kids a creative corner or a designated space to be messy and create.”
David Yakos, Co-Owner, Director of Creativity, Mad Scientist, Inventor at Salient Technologies

Discovery Elementary’s first annual PumpkinFest was a hit. Besides bringing our local community together for colorful Halloween fun, games and good food, it highlighted something my Nerds’ school does very well. It not only encourages creative problem-solving, but also READ MORE

Engineering Science & Tech

Join the Maker Movement This Weekend at Barnes & Noble

For the second year, Barnes & Noble is teaming up with Maker Faire to bring the maker movement to you. The Mini Maker Faire brings together tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, engineers, science club members, students, entrepreneurs, hobbyists and Makers of all kinds to learn from each other, get craft ideas and science fair project ideas, hear the experts, and work on projects.

Find out more here: Barnes & Noble Maker Faire Home. And don’t forget to use the hashtag #NerdMakers in your Instagram postings so we can see your amazing creations!

November 5 & 6

Nerds In Real Life Science & Tech

Raising Nerd Profile: The Computer Programmer

Raising Nerd Profile: Aaron Hillegass

Aaron Hillegass, Founder of Big Nerd Ranch

While lots of people may qualify and proudly identify as a Nerd, there are only a few who can claim it as an actual job description. Aaron Hillegass is one of those amazing Nerds, and he’s got a propellered, 10-gallon hat to prove it.

Aaron is the founder of and chief Nerd at Big Nerd Ranch, which, according to its website, has its “Intergalactic Headquarters” based in Atlanta, Georgia. In addition to building a successful app development and corporate training company, Aaron has authored several books on programming and software development.


Science & Tech

Want to Save the World? Learn to Code

In the depths of an empty network farm, middle of nowhere:


In a dingy, dark basement, the green projection of a computer monitor glowing across her face, our hero typed with fury.

“We only have a few seconds; can you break the code?” her friend’s voice came prodding through her headset.

Our hero kept typing. Panic wasn’t in her nature.

“Do you have it?” her friend pressed. “Please tell me you have it!”

With a final tap on the dusty keyboard and hint of a sly smile on her face, GirlTastic finally announced, “It’s done. My program will block READ MORE

Engineering Product & Book Reviews Science & Tech

Got Creative Kids? Find Great Hands-On STEAM Activity at Maker Events and Odyssey of the Mind

Like the fledgling universe after the Big Bang, Maker events can be a bit chaotic. But that’s only because of all the energy created by the swarms of curious and excited kids (and their satellite parents) clustering around robots, 3D printers, and a diversity of other experimental crafts and STEM mini-projects.

The enormous power and thrills generated by these moments of creative, hands-on learning are fuel for a lifetime’s worth of discovery and success.

With all our soccer games washed out this past weekend by three days of rain, my wife, Stylin’ IT Momma (not her real name), and I READ MORE