Held at the Strategic Air & Space Museum, Ashland, NE, I-80 Exit 426
October 20th, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
With generous support from Pinnacle Bank, free admission for our first 500 attendees has been exceeded. You may still attend the Celebration of Mind by purchasing a standard admission the day of the event at the Strategic Air & Space Museum.
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 Omaha 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 for guests who pre-register online and includes daily admission to the Strategic Air & Space Museum.
William Gurstelle - Named to Wired Magazine's Smart List, William Gurstelle is a bestselling author, DIY expert, and professional speaker. The author of Backyard Ballistics, Absinthe and Flamethrowers, and seven other books, he is recognized for his particular talent for making science and technology accessible, intriguing, and - most of all - fun to all readers and audiences. Having sold more nearly half a million books, he is one of the world's most widely read authors on science and technology.
The co-producer of the Emmy nominated PBS television show Make: Television, William also has a recurring on-air role in the series. In addition, he is a letterhead-listed contributing editor for Popular Mechanics and Make Magazine and is a frequent contributor to Wired. He has been heard on NPR's Science Friday, Weekend Edition with Scott Simon, and has made numerous appearances on The History Channel, Discovery Channel, Tech TV, and CNN.
David Rosdeitcher - Also known as "Zip Code Man", is a world-renowned street performer with one of the most amazing minds in the world. His performances display his amazing memory, including his memorized list of over 40,000 zip codes and points of interest from throughout the United States. David holds the Guiness World Record for the most zip codes identified at random. The latest test for his unbelievable memory is to learn every human language.
Mark Setteducati - is a magician and inventor of magic, illusions, games and puzzles. His ideas have been marketed by companies around the world, including the "Magic Works" series by Milton Bradley, "The Magic Show", an interactive book of magic published by Workman Publishing, and "Jigazo," a 300 piece multi-solution jigsaw puzzle that can be put together to make millions of different faces. He has been featured by mulitple national media outlets including, The Wall Street Journal and The Los Angeles Times.
Art & Design Lab
Participate in the world's largest coloring book, or help build a beautiful piece of local art.
Music & Performance Lab
Live Bookwhacker performances, interactive music activities for children and adults. Performances by Reeder Elementary.
Engineering & Building Lab
Work with professional architects and engineers on building your own building or skyscraper.
Games, Logic, Puzzles & Illusion Lab
Join Nationally Recognized Illusionist Mark Setteducati, Zip Code Man, and local recreational mathematicians for games and puzzles that will test brainpower for all ages.
Science & Technology Lab
Join William Gurstelle, interactive science and techolnogy exhibits and robotics demonstrations. Including Robotics exhibit at Strategic Air and Space Museum.
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.