celebration of mind

Held at the Strategic Air & Space Museum, Ashland, NE, I-80 Exit 426
October 20th, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

What Is Celebration Of Mind?

"Celebration of Mind" is a family event for those interested in the joy of thinking, playable art, problem solving, recreational math, and creativity. Held each year in over 70 locations worldwide, to commemorate the birthday of famed mathematician Martin Gardner, the Nebraska celebration is hosted locally by Fat Brain Toys and The Strategic Air & Space Museum. This interactive event will feature presentations and entertainment in addition to over 15 different activities designed to foster a love of learning. Admission for the event is free with paid daily admissin to the Strategic Air & Space Museum.

Featured Presenters

Brent Bushnell and Eric Gradman, founders of 2 Bit Circus - Kickstarter darlings, 2 Bit Circus is a 30 person think tank made up of engineers, designers, and inventors. They focus on building products at the crossroads of amusement and education. The interdisciplinary team strives to make entertainment more enriching and education more fun. 2 Bit Circus is set to launch the inaugural STEAM carnival in 2014, a cross between Cirque Du Soleil and a maker's fair. Founders Brent Bushnell and Eric Gradman have been featured on numerous national television shows and media outlets.
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Debbie Sterling, creator of GoldieBlox - Debbie Sterling is a female engineer and founder of GoldieBlox, a toy company out to inspire the next generation of female engineers. She has made it her mission in life to tackle the gender gap in science, technology, engineering and math. GoldieBlox is a book series/construction toy that engages kids to build through the story of Goldie, the girl inventor who solves problems by building simple machines. Debbie writes and illustrates Goldie's stories, taking inspiration from her grandmother, one of the first female cartoonists and creator of "Mr. Magoo". Her company, launched in 2012, raised over $285,000 in 30 days through Kickstarter, and has been featured in numerous publications such as The Atlantic and Forbes.
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Paul Hildebrandt, President of Zometool and Julie Litt - For some time, Zometool remained a bit of a secret from the general public. The product spoke for itself, however, among mathematicians and research scientists, who could immediately see uses for Zometool in their work. The system, with math based on Golden Section proportions and 2-, 3-, and 5-fold symmetries, applies to an amazing variety of scientific pursuits.

Linking the geometry of the ancient Greeks to quantum physics, from inner space to outer space, Zometool is positioned to be the basis of spatial interpretation for the new millennium.


You will walk away with feeling like a true scientist after you experiment with the magic of magnets and the center of gravity or explore glaciers, electricity, and orbits and gravity.


Experiment with the latest toys and tricks of technology. Led by community leaders including UNO Robotics, the Omaha Makers, and leading local robotics clubs, children of all ages will experience robots, open source programing and the latest in the Maker culture.


Take part in massive polyhedron build with the Chairman and President Zome Tools. The results of which will be on display year round at the Strategic Air and Space Museum. Meet and greet with Debbie Sterling, the creator of the ultra popular girls building toy Goldenblox. Children of all genders can have a blast while creating their own structures with Citiblocs, and take home a photo with their own unique builds. Led by local engineering groups including students from UNL and UNO engineering schools and the local Society of Women's Engineers children will get great advice from the regions brightest engineers.


Connect Art, Creativity, Music, and Math in this unique artistic adventure. Children of all ages will have mind opening experience with community experts including The Kaneko, The Josyln Art Museum, and the UNO Music Education Department.


Guest will love one of most popular national museum exhibits MathAlive! The massive exhibit will show you how important math is in our daily lives in a fun and interactive way. Children and adults will learn the secrets of Martin Gardner the father of "Recreation Math" with the help of local math experts. Finally, the entire crowd will be mystified with Joe Brogie, famed mentalist and illusionist.

More Information About the Hosts

Fat Brain Toys - Fat Brain Toys is an Omaha based retailer and developer of unique specialty toys, games and gifts. With over 7,000 toys available for purchase online, Fat Brain Toys is one of the largest and most respected toy retailers in the world. For more information on Fat Brain Toys visit fatbraintoys.com.

The Strategic Air & Space Museum - located between Lincoln and Omaha near Interstate 80, and utilizes over 300,000 square feet of exhibit, education, and event space to ignite the thrill of discovery and innovation in guests of all ages. Organized in 1959, the original mission of the museum was to commemorate the contributions of the Strategic Air Command, which until 1992 was headquartered at Offutt Air Force Base. The museum moved to its current location in 1998 upon completion of a new indoor facility. The museum houses an impressive collection of military aircraft and space artifacts, many of which have been restored in the museum's on-site restoration facility. To better serve the community, the museum has recently established a partnership with the University of Nebraska at Omaha's Office of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) Education to provide cutting-edge educational opportunities for students, teachers, families, and adult learners. Traveling exhibits, permanent exhibits and a variety of special events provide additional unique experiences for the museum's members and guests.

About Celebration of Mind - The first Martin Gardner Global Celebration of Mind Gathering took place in different locations around the world on October 21, 2010, which would have been Martin's 96th Birthday. The event has served as a celebration of Gardner's life and work, and continue his pursuit of a playful and fun approach to mathematics, science, art, magic, puzzles and all of his other interests and writings.

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