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Young Space Geeks: What should I ask NASA?

Young Space Geeks: What should I ask NASA?

I have the very special honor of visiting NASA in a few days.  I’ll be joining 30 other Tweeps who follow @NASA accounts on twitter.  From the NASA Press release:

The tour for Twitter followers includes a look at mission control and astronauts’ training facilities. Visitors also will have the opportunity to speak with flight directors, trainers, astronauts and managers. The Tweetup will include a “meet and greet” session to allow participants to mingle with fellow Tweeps and the staff behind the tweets on @NASA and @NASA_Johnson.

So…does your kid have a question they’d like to ask an astronaut (or a flight director, trainer or manager)?  I can’t guarantee that I’ll get to ask them, but I’ll take the best ones with me!  Leave your question in the comments below along with your child’s first name, age and city and state.

Then, follow me on Twitter (@ParentingGeekly) while I live tweet/blog the Tweetup on July 19th to see if your question gets asked!

Seattle Area Geeks: EMP Seeking New Members for Youth Advisory Board

I would have LOVED this opportunity as a teen!

From the EMP’s website:

Experience Music Project seeks new members for the 2011-2012 Youth Advisory Board (YAB)! The mission of this program is to connect teenagers to the Northwest’s all ages arts and music scene by giving them an opportunity to be a driving force in EMP’s teen programming. YAB members are invited to create and promote teen programs, work with local musicians and artists, meet other creative types in the community, and help out with Sound Off!, EMP’s annual battle of the bands.

For more information and to apply click here.

Advice for a High School Geek Girl

One of my readers, Eric, wrote this on Parenting Geekly’s Facebook Page:

My daughter is the geeky gamer girl who has tubes of polyhedrons in her room. When she leaves middle school and into a much larger high school and I just know that there will be more geeky girls in her class, do you have any advice for helping her out of the lone female to a friendship with other geeky girls?

Here’s what I wrote in response:

I think she should continue to do what she likes to do and she should join clubs that look interesting to her. As long as she isn’t resistant to becoming friends with the other girls she’ll be fine.

I really think (read: hope) that at this point being a geek is so mainstream that it’s not the same type of situation as when we were younger. Something like 80% of the US Population thinks “geek” is a complimentary term now. It sounds like you’ve raised a confident girl who knows what she likes, I’m betting she’ll do fine!

 What other advice can you offer Eric’s daughter?  Leave your advice in the comments section below.