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Celebration of Mind Nebraska

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On Saturday, October 20, 2012, Fat Brain Toys and the Strategic Air & Space Museum will team up to foster the love of learning throughout the state of Nebraska.

The event, dubbed Celebration of Mind Nebraska is a family affair for all ages interested in the joy of critical thinking, playable art, problem solving, recreational math, science and technology and creativity.  The interactive event features national presentations and entertainment in addition to over 15 different activities designed to provide hands-on learning in the areas of art and design, music and performance, engineering and building, science and technology, games, puzzles and logic.  Each experience will integrate knowledge from local and national experts, individual and group projects, and a take home activity.  “We are fortunate to offer really fun feature activities for the entire family,” said Matt Hansen, marketing director for Fat Brain Toys. “We will be creating the world’s largest coloring book, giving families the opportunity to experience musical creativity with Boomwhackers, building a cardboard skyscraper with local architects and engineers, testing the entire family’s thinking with mind puzzles and games from Fat Brain Toys, and experiencing robotics with local and regional experts.”

"We are excited to partner with Fat Brain Toys to host Nebraska's first Celebration of Mind," said Scott Tarry, executive director of the Strategic Air & Space Museum.  "The combination of family oriented activities and the incredible presenters creates an opportunity like no other for Nebraska families to celebrate critical thinking, creativity, and fun.  I'm confident this event will ignite the thrill of innovation and discovery for all those who participate."

Held each year in over 70 locations worldwide to commemorate the birthday of famed science and mathematics writer and thinker Martin Gardner.  The inaugural Nebraska celebration includes multiple national headliners.  The keynote presenter is Popular Science Magazine’s William Gurstelle, the bestselling author and famed do-it-yourself science expert.  Joining him as a featured presenter is memory czar David Rosdeitcher, also known as “Zip Code Man” for his amazing memorization presentation, including 40,000 zip codes.  Entertaining the crowd with his close-up illusions is famed national magician and illusionist Mark Setteducati.

"This will be a truly unique event in, art, math, technology..all rolled into one mind-blowing day," said Mark Carson, co-founder of Fat Brain Toys. "We want kids to know that it's cool to be smart. And there will be plenty of cool things happening at the Celebration of Mind!"

Admission for the event is free for the first 500 guests who pre-register online and includes daily admission to the Strategic Air & Space Museum.    For more information on Celebration of Mind Nebraska and to pre-register please visit:

 About Fat Brain Toys - Fat Brain Toys is an Omaha based retailer and developer of unique specialty toys, games and gifts.   With over 7,000 toys available for purchase online, Fat Brain Toys is one of the largest and most respected toy retailers in the world.  For more information on Fat Brain Toys visit

About The Strategic Air & Space Museum
 - located between Lincoln and Omaha near Interstate 80, and utilizes over 300,000 square feet of exhibit, education, and event space to ignite the thrill of discovery and innovation in guests of all ages.  Organized in 1959, the original mission of the museum was to commemorate the contributions of the Strategic Air Command, which until 1992 was headquartered at Offutt Air Force Base.  The museum moved to its current location in 1998 upon completion of a new indoor facility. The museum houses an impressive collection of military aircraft and space artifacts, many of which have been restored in the museum’s on-site restoration facility.  To better serve the community, the museum has recently established a partnership with the University of Nebraska at Omaha’s Office of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) Education to provide cutting-edge educational opportunities for students, teachers, families, and adult learners.  Traveling exhibits, permanent exhibits and a variety of special events provide additional unique experiences for the museum’s members and guests.

About William Gurstelle - Named to Wired Magazine’s Smart List, William Gurstelle is a bestselling author, DIY expert, and professional speaker. The author of Backyard Ballistics, Absinthe and Flamethrowers, and seven other books, William is recognized for his particular talent for making science and technology accessible, intriguing, and – most of all – fun to all readers and audiences. Having sold more nearly half a million books, he is one of the world’s most widely read authors on science and technology.

The co-producer of the Emmy nominated PBS television show Make: Television, William also has a recurring on-air role in the series. In addition, he is a letterhead-listed contributing editor for Popular Mechanics and Make Magazine and is a frequent contributor to Wired. He has been heard on NPR’s Science Friday, Weekend Edition with Scott Simon, and has made numerous appearances on The History Channel, Discovery Channel, Tech TV, and CNN.

About David Rosdeitcher (Zip Code Man) - David Rosdeitcher is a world-renowned street performer with one of the most amazing minds in the world.   His performances display his amazing memory, including his memorized list of over 40,000 zip codes and points of interest from throughout the United States.   David holds the Guinness World Record for the most zip codes identified at random. The latest test for his unbelievable memory is learning every human language.

About Mark Setteducati- is a magician and inventor of magic, illusions, games and puzzles. His ideas have been marketed by companies around the world, including the “Magic Works” series by Milton Bradley, “The Magic Show”, an interactive book of magic published by Workman Publishing, and “Jigazo,” a 300 piece multi-solution jigsaw puzzle that can be put together to make millions of different faces. He has been featured by multiple national media outlets including, The Wall Street Journal and The Los Angeles Times. 

About Celebration of Mind - The first Martin Gardner Global Celebration of Mind Gathering took place in different locations around the world on October 21, 2010, which would have been Martin's 96th Birthday.  Celebration of Mind has served as a celebration of Gardner's life and work, and continues his pursuit of a playful approach to mathematics, science, art, magic, and puzzles.

Occurs once: Oct 20, 2012

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