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As a part of our STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) education mission, we have teamed up with UTEP’s Centennial Museum to bring a new event to the Border Region – Nerd Nights.  Nerd Nights is a series of informative evening events designed to bring fun scientific/humanities talks and activities to your favorite local brewery, restaurant, coffee shop, or any other community hub.  We will host a different Nerd Night at a different local establishment on a monthly basis.

Why Nerd Nights?  We launched Nerd Nights because we wanted to find an entertaining way to learn something new while sharing good food and drink with new friends.

Nerd Night: Candy

Friday October 30th @ 6:00pm

Candy Making Demonstration  |  Commercial Production  |  Nutation & Health 

How does sugarcane make its way from a field, to raw sugar, to a factory and into a gummy bear?  And what happens to that gummy bear once it makes its way into your grocery store, shopping cart and eventually your stomach?  Grab your favorite bag of Halloween candy and join our next nerd night to take a deep dive into the delicious world of candy science!  Our October Nerd Night offers an excellent way to celebrate a socially distant Halloween with your friends and family.  Costumes welcome! 

About our Speakers:

  • Bob Bianca (Vice President of Research & Development at Mount Franklin Foods, LLC)  – Candy ingredients, processing, products, and trends
  • Chef Jesus Lugo (Certified Executive Chef at EPCC Culinary Department)  –  Candy making demonstration
  • Special Guest Speaker – Candy Nutrition

Where:  Your House via Zoom

How to RSVP:

September 25th, 6:00 P.M.

Tickets to Nerd Night: Candy

Nerd Nights unites our community with a celebration of Science & Humanities!

(last update September 21, 2020)


Still have questions about Nerd Nights? Please read our Nerd Night FAQ’s.


Stay tuned for our next Nerd Night: Dancing


Night Sponsor Hall of Fame


Nerd Night #24 sponsored by:

Wine Attitude is not your usual bar.  They feature great conversation, happy hour, live music, and select only the finest wines from around the world and bring them here for your enjoyment.   Be sure to check out Wine Attitude’s new location on Mesa.


Nerd Night #20 sponsored by:


Nerd Night #18 sponsored by:

Virgin Galactic is a spaceflight company within the Virgin Group at the vanguard of a new industry, pioneering the next generation of reusable space vehicles. Virgin aims to transform the current cost, safety and environmental impact of space-launch.  In doing so they are helping to create a basic space access infrastructure that will act as an enabler for scientists and entrepreneurs.  It will also provide the catalyst for a new age of space exploration which promises enormous positive potential for life on Earth.


Nerd Night # 16 Sponsored by

Thwaites Interdisciplinary Margin Evolution – The TIME group studies the role of shear margin dynamics in the future evolution of Thwaites Drainage Basin.  TIME is an ice-based project using state-of-the-art geophysical techniques to observe rapidly deforming parts of Thwaites Glacier (shear margins) which may have significant control over future stability of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet (WAIS). The TIME project will observe rapidly deforming parts of Thwaites Glacier which may have significant control over the future evolution of WAIS, and use these new observations to improve ice sheet models used to predict future sea level rise.


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Want to keep Nerd Nights totally free?  We need your help!  Sponsorship from our community of Nerds are what keep these events going strong.  Please let us know if your organization would like to make the next Nerd Night a reality!

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