Bill NyeI feel this always happens when I write a two part blog. Part two gets shafted and utter nonsense takes its place. This time though the nonsense is important so listen up and get ready for some science, bitches.

I don’t often talk about my job, because I don’t like to mix business and my blog, but today I’m going to. This is partly to make you understand why you are getting this blog entry and why you are NOT getting a new Girl Meets Nerd next week (go ahead and cry, I understand).

On April 12-14, 2013, Nebraskans will explore the wonders of science through the inaugural Nebraska Science Festival, which will feature science-and technology-related activities across the Omaha area, all with the goal of making science accessible, interactive, relevant and fun for kids and adults alike (thank you internet for that description).

America’s favorite stand-up scientist Bill Nye will headline the inaugural festival on April 12 at 7:30 p.m. during a free presentation at the Joslyn Museum’s Witherspoon Hall (alas, tickets to this main event are sold out suckas).

Festival programs and activities will take place throughout that weekend in the Omaha area with the majority of events being free to the public. Among the highlights:

  • A free Public Expo on April 13 at The Durham Museum will feature an array of interactive, hands-on science-related booths and presentations.
  • Dancing Scientist Jeffrey Vinokur will combine science and dance into a high-energy performance on April 12 & 13 at The Durham Museum.
  • CAPOW, the University of Nebraska at Omaha’s chemistry and physics show, will entertain children on April 12 & 13 at The Durham Museum.
  • Additional sites including (deep breath, here we go…) The French Bulldog, Lauritzen Gardens, Film Streams at The Ruth Sokolof Theater, Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo, Fontenelle Forest, The Strategic Air & Space Museum, City Sprouts, Hot Shops Art Center, Metropolitan Community College, UNMC College of Dentistry, and Joslyn Art Museum will provide science-related activities during the Festival weekend.

For a complete list of the 25 plus booths at the Science Expo, descriptions of what each site is offering AND to print of festival tickets (even free events require a ticket) go to

NE SciFest has been my life for the last year and more recently the last three months of my life. I live and breath this even when I’m not at work. We have a great team that has worked really hard to put this on for everyone in the community. There are events for all ages and science lovers, from kids to seniors to art lovers to nature lovers there is lit-er-a-lly something for everyone.

SIDE: There’s a good chance I might win my bracket (the Crapbag one from a few blogs ago) for the fourth year in a row. I’m already super stressed with this festival, this game is not helping at all. God dammit sports! END SIDE.

Anyhow, this has been a special public service-esq blog. Basically, if you live in Omaha and don’t attend the inaugural Nebraska Science Festival, the only thing in your tumbler is going to be regret.

Kacie Baum is a professional partier, mother of two pugs, and the wife of Matt Baum. She tolerates the constant presence of the Two-Headed Nerd in her home each week. She did not write this bio. Pre-THN entries of Girl Meets Nerd can be found here.