Peoria library hosts "Geekfest" highlighting technology

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GMAZ segment by Heidi Goitia

Posted on July 23, 2014 at 11:24 AM

PEORIA, Ariz. -- While being "geeky" may have been an insult in the past, people are doing more today to embrace the term in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math. The Sunrise Mountain Library is full of geeky education today for Geekfest 2014.

Geekfest's main message is to show kids how much they can learn at the library and how much fun they can have when they apply what they learn about science. 3TV's Heidi Goitia took a look at a number of the different stations at the event to get a better idea of what attendees can expect.

The event features displays on circuits to teach about electronics and model roller coasters to explain kinetic energy. There's also an MIT-designed kit for kids as young as preschoolers that teaches them about technology by using bananas and Play-Doh.

For any fans of the new "Underwater Dreams" documentary, the current robotics team from Carl Hayden High School is at the event. The school's robot that beat MIT in 2004 is at the library, as is their most recently built robot.

In addition to all of the fun of Geekfest, there's also a major book sale going on at Sunrise Mountain Library tomorrow. Roughly 10,000 books are for sale with some costing as little as a quarter, so there's plenty of learning to be done in the Valley.

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