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About the Geek Group

About The Geek Group

Want to see something cool?

The Geek Group is a federally licensed 501(c)3 non-profit organization focused on science, technology, engineering, math, and arts education. We take "hands-on" to a level never before seen anywhere in the world. We are not a school in the traditional sense, we are not a museum, and we are not a university, but we incorporate aspects of all of those environments into our facility.

Imagine if you could go to the workshop of the Mythbusters and hang out as one of the gang. Or what it would be like at spend your free time working in Bill Nye's labs, or hang out with Mr. Wizard. That is what the Geek Group is for. Instead of being just a face on a television, we are a real brick and mortar facility with all of the equipment, labs, and tools that most people only see on television. This is a place where you can not only get up close and see giant robots, lightning machines, lasers and all other manner of science and research equipment, but you can pick it up, touch it, use it, explore it and build your own projects.

The Geek Group exists to serve the needs of three main categories of people.

Members:

Members are our heart and soul. Members of The Geek Group have access to use all of our tools, labs, workshops and other facilities for their own personal inventions, projects and research. Members also have the opportunity to work together on large-scale Group projects. These are things that pool the creativity and abilities of our membership in order to design and construct our flagship demonstration projects that are typically well beyond the scale of things that any given individual member would be able to build on their own. It's a great way to meet other like-minded Geeks, make new friends, and have opportunities to learn new skills in an area that you may not have even known existed. Some of these "Group Projects" have included things like Project Gemini, Project Thumper, our World's Largest Newton's Cradle, Geekmobile Unit-3, and dozens more. We do our best when we work together, and the impressive nature of our projects reflects that. Membership in The Geek Group is free and is everyone is welcome to apply. If you would like to see if you have what it takes to be a Geek, click here and fill out a membership application today!

Students:

The Geek Group is an incredible resource for students from many other types of more traditional academic environments. We are proud to offer our facilities and demonstrations for public and private school students, Girl/Boy Scouts and community organizations, and especially home schoolers who find our facilities to be an incredible resource. By including custom demonstrations from The Geek Group we allow you the ability to bring incredible facilities and educational tools into your curriculum without the massive overhead, licensing, safety and space requirements that make having these facilities impossible for most organizations.

If your organization would like to learn more about our classes and demonstrations just click here for all the details and find out how we can help you be the coolest teacher in your school!

Skilled Trades:

Craftsmen and Artisans, these are the Electricians, Plumbers, Ironworkers, Steamfitters, Custodians, Chefs and thousands of other intelligent and dedicated people who have built America. There are millions of brilliant people in today’s world doing difficult jobs that our country relies upon. These are people for whom a traditional higher education wasn’t their path, and because of that they often get marginalized and typecast in the mainstream of society.

These are the men and women who create and maintain the national infrastructure that we take for granted until something is missing. You never think of how important the electrician is until the lights go out. For most of the people with “higher education” the concepts of how hot water comes out of the tap, or how electricity is made and distributed is simply “magic”. It Just Works, and they never bother to question, or understand the why and how.

In our society we have focused on the Cheap-and-easy for decades, always looking for ways to avoid work. We look at physical labor as something detestable. When is the last time you saw a plumber on television when we wasn’t a punchline of some sort? Most people don’t stop to notice that he’s not only making $70 an hour, but he’s doing a job that takes not only hard work, but a serious bit of brains as well.

One of the main aspects of The Geek Group is to champion these incredible people who are so fundamental to the world we live in. We are here to showcase the skilled labor in our society and to explore and demonstrate the work that they do in a way that takes the “magic” out of the equation. We are here to show the concepts of all skilled trades and to demonstrate the honor, dignity, and respect that these people have earned.

We do this by giving them a forum in which to speak, and teach. We produce educational videos that detail their jobs and even teach interested people how to pursue a path in their chosen line of work. We give members of skilled trades a place to teach classes to regular people (a big hit for the DIY crowd). And we act as a voice in the media to champion all that they do for our society. We are the “Rosie The Riveter” for the 21st century. Because no matter how high-tech the world gets, someone still has to make the electricity that all those computers run on. Someone still has to make the factories that those computers get built in. Someone still has to make the cars to take you to work, and the roads to drive them upon.

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