Offsite Event: Nerd Nite Wilmington

March 27 @ 6:00 pm 8:00 pm

Nerd Nite Wilmington #3 ~ Down & Dirty

Spring is upon us and it is time to get our hands dirty! Come out to Wilmington Brew Works for a night of nerdy and dirty talks (no, not that kind). Tickets for Nerd Nite tend to sell out, so don’t wait until the last minute. 

Nerd Nite is a monthly event held in 100+ cities (like Tokyo, Miami, London, Fargo, and New York) during which folks give 20-minute fun-yet-informative presentations across all disciplines – while the audience drinks along! There are often bands, trivia, and other shenanigans as well. Must be 21 or older to attend this event.

  • Nerd Nite Wilmington is at 6 p.m. on the fourth Wednesday of every month at Wilmington Brew Works.
  • Tickets are $10 ($5 for DelMNS members!) and may be purchased in advance. All ticket proceeds benefit the museum, helping the museum achieve their mission of inspiring a passion for science learning.
  • Advanced ticket sales stop at 4 p.m. on the day of the event. If the event isn’t sold out (and it was sold out in January AND February), you can purchase tickets at the door – card only, no cash.
  • There is free parking on site and the 025 bus stops right out front of Wilmington Brew Works.
  • Wilmington Brew Works is located at 3129 Miller Rd, Wilmington, DE 19802.
$10

March’s speakers include:

Composting with Brigid Gregory

Did you know that 25% of what Delawareans send to the landfill is food waste? Or that food waste in landfills produces methane, a more potent greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide? Feed the Earth- not your bin, by composting your food scraps and making a nutrient-rich, organic, and FREE fertilizer for your plants and yard. Learn about different types of composting including traditional backyard, community, and vermicomposting aka worm-composting.

Brigid Gregory is the Program Director for the Delaware Community Composting Initiative where she provides composting outreach and technical assistance to Delawareans. She has a long history of implementing sustainability projects and was most recently the Waste Reduction and Recycling manager for Johns Hopkins University where she focused on helping the university move towards being zero waste. Brigid is a proud alumnus of Penn State and University of Delaware. She lives in Wilmington with her husband and 2 kids.

Stardew Valley: Farming and Love with Amelia Hoskins

Stardew Valley has been cited as one of the greatest video games of all time, and I’m going to tell you why. Join for a discussion of: the best marriage candidates, the fastest way to make money, the SV community’s opinions and why some of them are wrong, and much more. Prepare to hear more about a farming sim than you ever have in your life as we pay homage to the singular man who created it.

Amelia Hoskins is a museum educator from the middle of nowhere Pennsylvania. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in Anthropology and Art History from Slippery Rock University and her master’s degree in museum education from The University of the Arts. Her thesis: A Crowd-Sourced Approach to Accommodating Museum Visitors on the Autism Spectrum won multiple awards the year it was completed. She is passionate about accessibility, cubism, and her cat Chief Brody.

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, the Practice of Involuntary Yoga with Cathy Perrotto

Ever heard the phrases “the art of folding clothes with people inside” or “human chess?” (Not the kind at the renaissance fairs.) These all perfectly sum up the practice of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ). Take a dive through the history of BJJ, learn how it relies on knowing human anatomy, and see its importance in basic self-defense. After this talk, you’ll understand why it is just like yoga, but involuntary.

Cathy Perrotto is currently the Special Events & Programs Manager at the Delaware Museum of Nature & Science. Throughout her 10 years there, she has worked in all aspects of public engagement, including camps, scout programs, field trips, outreaches, and gallery interpretation. She is a graduate of Franklin and Marshall College and Miami University of Ohio. Most importantly to this talk, she is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt and second-degree brown belt of Modern Arnis (a Filipino self-defense martial art).

3129 Miller Road
Wilmington, Delaware 19802 United States
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Offsite Event: Nerd Nite Wilmington

June 26 @ 6:00 pm 8:00 pm

We all know learning is more fun when you’re drinking with friends. Thus, Nerd Nite is a monthly event held in 100+ cities (like Tokyo, Miami, London, Fargo, and New York) during which folks give 20 minute fun-yet-informative presentations across all disciplines – while the audience drinks along! There are often bands, trivia, and other shenanigans as well. Must be 21 or older to attend this event.

  • Nerd Nite Wilmington takes place at 6 p.m. on the fourth Wednesday of every month at Wilmington Brew Works.
  • Tickets are $5 for DelMNS members, $10 for non-members and may be purchased in advance. All ticket proceeds benefit the museum, helping the museum achieve their mission of inspiring a passion for science learning.
  • Advanced ticket sales stop at 4 p.m. on the day of the event (but you can purchase tickets at the door – card only, no cash).
  • There is free parking on site and the 025 bus stops right out front of Wilmington Brew Works.
  • Wilmington Brew Works is located at 3129 Miller Rd, Wilmington, DE 19802.
$10
3129 Miller Road
Wilmington, Delaware 19802 United States
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Offsite Event: Nerd Nite Wilmington

May 22 @ 6:00 pm 8:00 pm

We all know learning is more fun when you’re drinking with friends. Thus, Nerd Nite is a monthly event held in 100+ cities (like Tokyo, Miami, London, Fargo, and New York) during which folks give 20 minute fun-yet-informative presentations across all disciplines – while the audience drinks along! There are often bands, trivia, and other shenanigans as well. Must be 21 or older to attend this event.

  • Nerd Nite Wilmington takes place at 6 p.m. on the fourth Wednesday of every month at Wilmington Brew Works.
  • Tickets are $5 for DelMNS members, $10 for non-members and may be purchased in advance. All ticket proceeds benefit the museum, helping the museum achieve their mission of inspiring a passion for science learning.
  • Advanced ticket sales stop at 4 p.m. on the day of the event (but you can purchase tickets at the door – card only, no cash).
  • There is free parking on site and the 025 bus stops right out front of Wilmington Brew Works.
  • Wilmington Brew Works is located at 3129 Miller Rd, Wilmington, DE 19802.
$10
3129 Miller Road
Wilmington, Delaware 19802 United States
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View Venue Website

Offsite Event: Nerd Nite Wilmington

April 24 @ 6:00 pm 8:00 pm

The nerdiness continues! This month we’re keeping things local – looking at plants, animals, and music in the tri-state region. Must be 21 or older to attend this event.

  • Nerd Nite Wilmington takes place at 6 p.m. on the fourth Wednesday of every month at Wilmington Brew Works.
  • Tickets are $5 for DelMNS members, $10 for non-members and may be purchased in advance. All ticket proceeds benefit the museum, helping the museum achieve their mission of inspiring a passion for science learning.
  • Advanced ticket sales stop at 4 p.m. on the day of the event (but you can purchase tickets at the door – card only, no cash).
  • There is free parking on site and the 025 bus stops right out front of Wilmington Brew Works.
  • Wilmington Brew Works is located at 3129 Miller Rd, Wilmington, DE 19802.
$10

April’s speakers include:

Wait Wait, Don’t Plant That! with Madeline Banks

Wilmington is serendipitously located within the greater Philadelphia area which boasts over 30 public gardens in 30 square miles. As you wander these luscious gardens, you may be gathering ideas for your own outdoor space, but want to learn more about improving the ecological value of our shared world. Look no further! Join me as we learn about invasive plants, their ecology, and native alternatives to non-native ornamentals.

Madeline Banks graduated from Miami University in 2016 with her Bachelor’s in German, Botany, and Environmental Science. After graduation, Madeline spent 6 years in natural resources management within the realm of public horticulture, and now works at the Delaware Museum of Nature and Science as their Interpretation Manager. Madeline spends her days caring for the animals at DelMNS, talking to guests about cool nature things, and making schedules for her awesome staff. Outside of work, Madeline loves travel, hiking, and cats (specifically her cats Plum and Peanut).

The Evolution of Fear: A Slithery Science with Callan Tweedie

This Nerd Nite we’re taking a deep dive into the slithery, scaly history of humans’ fear of snakes. Why do so many people have this fear? (Spoiler alert: It’s scientific!) We’ll discuss why snakes are actually incredibly important and amazing creatures and learn about a few native species that you can find in your own backyard.

Dr. Callan Tweedie is a veterinarian who is passionate about animal wellness and welfare, protection of wildlife, and all things reptiles and invertebrates. When she’s not designing exhibits for bugs and monitor lizards at the upcoming Edelman Fossil Park & Museum, you can find her playing ultimate frisbee, cheering on Philly sports teams, or spending time with her favorite 16 year-old kitty, Garrison.

Music From the Banks of the Brandywine with Brian Cox

The presentation I propose is one that I used to give to the Road Scholar tour called “The DuPonts in Delaware. Titled “Music from the Banks of the Brandywine,” I cover music from Colonial times through the early 20th century, mainly around Wilmington. Alfred I. DuPont is the focus of the lecture, because his is the most compelling story, however I also include some of Ruth Wales duPont’s music (from Winterthur).

Brian Cox was born in Berlin, Germany, and has resided in the state of Delaware most of his life. He received his Bachelor of Music degree at the University of Delaware in tuba performance, and studied conducting and composition at Temple University. As an instrumentalist, Mr. Cox has performed with many of the leading ensembles in the Delaware Valley, including the Delaware Symphony, Lancaster Symphony, OperaDelaware, Reading Symphony, and the Curtis Institute Orchestra. He is an accomplished musician on several instruments in nearly all genres. As a conductor, Mr. Cox has led many of the region’s orchestras and concert bands, as well as orchestras for opera and musical theatre. In 1993, Mr. Cox was commissioned to research historical music from the State of Delaware, culminating in a commercial recording, live performances, and publications of works from the Colonial era to the early 20th century. Since 1999, Mr. Cox has been director of music and fine arts department chair at Salesianum School in Wilmington. In that capacity, he serves as instrumental and general music teacher, conducts concert, marching and jazz bands, orchestra for musical theatre, brass choir, and music for school liturgy. In 2015, Mr. Cox received the Outstanding Educator Award from the University of Chicago. Previously, Mr. Cox served as the Education Concert Coordinator for the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and Director of Education and Music Librarian for the Delaware Symphony Orchestra.

3129 Miller Road
Wilmington, Delaware 19802 United States
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