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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 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.

Introducing our Next Nerd Night:


Thursday, February 27th at 7 pm

Have you wondered what magic force is gluing your children, grandchildren, and students to their computers, smartphones, and video game consoles?   Video games, arcades, and the blackjack tables hold an immense power in our society and are becoming hot academic subjects in medicine, psychology, economics, and education.  Join our next Nerd Night to learn more about how these powerful tools are evolving to serve as a source of social good.


About the Speakers:

  • Mike Pitcher (Director of Academic Technologies-Learning Environments at UTEP) – the Esports revolution
  • Steven Varela (Associate Director with Academic Technologies at UTEP) – game-informed teaching and learning
  • Josh Bound (Founder of Video Game Clubs of America) – the social impact of gaming
  • Marina Navarrete (2019 World Wizard Cards Championship finalist) – global connections  and gaming
  • Dr. Art Duval (UTEP Professor of Mathematical Sciences) – mathematics of games

Where:  Funkmeyers Rec Room

Suite B-1, 1506 Lee Trevino Dr, El Paso, TX 79936

How to RSVP:

Space for this event is limited so please RSVP via the Eventbrite link.  Many Nerd Nights have completely sold out and sadly, we had to turn nerds away.  Don’t let this happen to you, get your ticket today!

Tickets to Nerd Night: Gaming may be purchased on Eventbrite:

Nerd Nights unites our community with a celebration of Science!


Stay tuned for our March Nerd Night…




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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