Positive Geek hosts local Rally for Science

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BRATTLEBORO — The Rally for Science Brattleboro will be held on Saturday, from noon to 5 p.m., as an official satellite event of the national Rally for Science.

Positive Geek at 12 Flat St., is sponsoring the local event, which will center on science, STEM learning (science, technology, education, and mathematics), and the environment. Refreshments will be available. The presentations are family-friendly, and admission is free.

Bill McKibben, founder of 350.org and author of over a dozen books about the environment, will address participants via a video message, recorded especially for this event. McKibben is one of Vermont's premiere names in the environmental movement.

"We are excited to be hosting this event on Earth Day. We live in a time when our society is intimately tied in with science and technology. Still, as a whole, education and the quest for knowledge is not considered a priority for most people," said James Maynard, owner of Positive Geek.

Organizations appearing at the rally will include Community College of Vermont, the Bonnyvale Environmental Education Center, and others. Latchis Arts and Patch of Sky Farm of Guilford are co-sponsoring the event.

Positive Geek is a Brattleboro store focused on science and science-fiction merchandise, along with toys, games, and clothing. It has been in business since 2015.

Attendees are encouraged to visit the Facebook group for the rally at http://www.positivegeek.com/brattleboroscience.html for updates and news.

Events start at noon with opening remarks, followed at 12:15 p.m. with a presentation on amateur astronomy by Claudio Veliz, former presenter at the Hayden Planetarium. He'll also talk about life in our solar system and beyond, and upcoming solar eclipses.

At 1 p.m., McKibben will speak by video and at 1:15 p.m., 350 Brattleboro will present "Speaking to Climate Change Deniers," to offer tools to talk to people who deny the science of climate change, and the tips and techniques needed to convince people of the reality of climate change.

At 2 p.m., Joseph Mangum from Sunnyside Solar, in Brattleboro, will talk about solar panels and how solar power is an increasingly popular choice for homeowners. He will also demonstrate a solar-powered robot.

At 2:45 p.m., Joanna Phillips from Patch of Sky Farm in Guilford will lead a talk on how eating organic food is better for your health and the environment. This is an Earth Day event that can help you live a healthier life, as well as an opportunity to sample Phillips' locally made food.

There will be a re-showing of McKibben's video address at 3 p.m. (with a third showing at 5 p.m.) and a second presentation of "Speaking to Climate Change Deniers," at 3:15 p.m.

At 4 p.m., meet live animals including birds of prey, a snake, and a tame snapping turtle, courtesy of Southern Vermont Natural History Museum.

Attractions include a science table from the Bonnyvale Environmental Education Center; a special display courtesy of Jennifer Ramstetter, biologist at Marlboro College; and refreshments from Patch of Sky Farm.

For more information or updates, join the Positive Geek Facebook group or call 802-246-1150 or email positivegeekstore@gmail.com.

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