March 18, 2013 · 6:30 PM
What does chemistry say about Alien vs. Predator? How can we make coding cool for the next generation?
These questions (and more!) will be answered at the next Nerd Nite. You are urged, as always, to be there and be square with your fabulous new, nerdy friends and ample amounts of beer!
7:30 Talks (Doors open at 6:30)
Hollywood Hooey: Does chemistry mean Alien tops Predator?
Alien - some would argue - is the top predator of sci-fi. In 2004, we learned Alien was a poor match for THE Predator. Odd, considering the Alien naturally produces a terrifyingly effective chemical warfare agent... did Hollywood get it wrong? Should Alien have triumphed over Predator? What does chemistry say about Alien vs. Predator? Perhaps by the end of our discussion we'll have rewritten Hollywood's ending to this extraterrestrial throw-down!
Dr. Raychelle Burks is a chemist working at the University of Washington, Seattle Central Community College, and Seattle University who loves to look at the science of sci-fi. She blogs at thirty-seven as a member of the Scientopia blog collective.
Startup Seedlings: Growing the next generation of Nerds
Recently, Code.org published a video with the byline: “Every student in every school should have the opportunity to learn to code.” Should we really teach every student to program? If so, how can we attract and engage students in a discipline which has been seen as "geeky" and "uncool"?I feel fortunate that my 11th grade math teacher taught programming as part of his curriculum, and that I was clueless as to how seemingly “uncool” I probably was. I also feel fortunate that I can do the same for the students I’ve taught over the last six years. I want to share with you some of the very cool projects those students have done in that time.As a recovering software engineer, Lauren keeps busy with many things (art, bicycling and running to name a few). She currently earns a living by teaching computer science to middle and high school students. She earned her PhD in computer science in 1998 from the UW Department of Computer Science and Engineering and has two geek boys of her own.