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As part of the recent Doctor Geek’s Science Fair, students participated in our inaugural Applied Geekdom Completion.  One of these “Geek Games” was titled – Design Your Own Comic Book.  The winning entry in the costume design category was The Masked Manatee by 6 year old Nathaniel Victor.

We were so proud of Nathaniel’s comic that we decided to bring it to life as a segment on the next episode of Doctor Geek’s Laboratory of Applied Geekdom.

 

 

   The segment was so much fun to create and it turned out so well, that we decided to create a Doctor Geek’s Moment of Science in tribute to The Masked Manatee.  Enjoy this tidbit as we work to bring you the next full length episode of our show.

 

 

 

 The quest for the flying car has presented many hurtles.  How do you design a plane that can seamlessly interact with the highways as easily as it travels the sky? A Slovakian firm believes it has the solution. The AeroMobilcan fly 430 miles on a tank of regular gasoline  and when its wings fold down, it’ll fit into a normal parking space. Aeromobil is a ‘flying car’ that perfectly makes use of existing infrastructure created for automobiles and planes.

 

The latest version is the third generation of the craft.Tatiana Veber, an AeroMobil spokesman said: ‘We have been developing the concept of a flying car since 1990. ‘Our first model looked quite bizarre and it would have problems in the regular use. ‘That was a signal to improve the concept of the flying car in a way to become an integral part of the regular road traffic. ‘We got a positive feedback from several experts in avionics, which appreciated design and the technical solution of the process of transformation. ‘The car is constructed to be fuelled at regular gas stations using the fuel for Rotax 912 ULS engine.’

The South Florida Museum Presents: Doctor Geek’s Science Fair

Saturday, September 27, 2014 10:00 AM – 7PM  $10 general admission day of the event.  Limited number of VIP tickets available

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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,

USF Volcanology,

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation,

USF Special Collections Library,

Local Starfleet Chapter the USS Venus,

 the Ghostbusters of Winter Haven 

and D&B Comics.

 

The Geek Games*

The inaugural Applied Geekdom competition, “The Geek Games” is open this year to students ages 6-16.

*All students must pay the $10 general admission ticket to enter OR be members of the museum for FREE admission to the event. To pre-register for one or all of the individual games, or for more information please call Samantha Sprague: 941-746-4131941-746-4131, ext. 31. 

*Spaces are limited. Please register early to ensure participation. 

The wait is over! NASA has announced America’s renewed commitment to human space flight.  “Today, with the selection of Boeing and SpaceX to be the first American companies to launch our astronauts to the International Space Station, NASA has set the stage for what promises to be the most ambitious and exciting chapter in the history of human spaceflight.” — NASA Administrator Charles Bolden.

SpaceX, the first private company to ferry cargo to the International Space Station will be providing it’s Dragon capsule, while Boeing is offering its CST-100 capsule which uses the Atlas V rocket to deliver the capsule to space.

This announcement is just one small step.  From here, both companies will have to satisfy several certification tests that will be overseen by NASA.  While the first use of these spacecraft to ferry astronauts to the International Space Station is a few years away, hope was expressed by NASA that today would mark not a rebirth of American space flight but the new beginning of simply human space flight.

More information on NASA’s Commercial Crew program can be found here