This page highlights some of the THE Geek Fest event festivities including vending, displays, activities, labs, simulations, hands-on opportunities, guest speakers and much more! Don't miss the display and exhibit hall on the first floor of CPCC's Levine campus and also check the event schedule for planned display hall activities and demonstrations. 


posted Nov 8, 2013, 1:06 PM by adam.brooks@cpcc.edu

IT-oLogy is a non-profit collaboration of businesses, academic institutions and organizations dedicated to growing the IT talent pipeline, fostering economic development and advancing the IT profession. IT-oLogy has three main initiatives: Promote IT (K-12), Teach IT (Higher Education), Grow IT (Professionals).


posted Nov 8, 2013, 12:07 PM by adam.brooks@cpcc.edu

North Carolina’s STEM Bus
North Carolina’s STEM Bus (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) is designed to inspire attendees to pursue STEM careers. Industry-grade equipment is available to highlight careers found across NC in agriculture, health, life science and engineering. What will you see on the STEM Bus? The STEM Bus is full of equipment that highlight technical careers found across North Carolina. Industry equipment was purposefully placed on the bus to highlight specific careers areas. Ipads, a touchscreen TV, a solar panel readout and other highly technical items highlight examples of these areas. A combination of hands-on, highly technical demonstrations and displays allow visitors to learn about specific careers by completing individual job tasks through short experiments or mini labs.

Gorelick Collections

posted Nov 8, 2013, 11:20 AM by adam.brooks@cpcc.edu   [ updated Nov 8, 2013, 11:20 AM ]

“Art is inspiring and impactful; it offers something to everyone, and it should be barrier-free.” — Bill Gorelick
Gorelick Collections

In an effort to make art more accessible, Bill Gorelick and Central Piedmont Community College have constructed an open gallery space on the College’s Levine Campus in Matthews, NC. The campus which is somewhat industrial in its design offers an ideal space for a dynamic layout that can be transformed based on the featured exhibit. The College’s diverse student body and faculty along with its Arts & Communications program make it a natural collaboration. Movable walls, pedestals, track systems for two-dimensional works and lighting have been installed to showcase the College’s first exhibit: Exhibition of Works from the Gorelick Collections. Bill and Patty Gorelick along with Shelton and Carol Gorelick are exhibiting 18-plus sculptures and paintings for the exhibit which is open to the public October 7, 2013 through January 2014. Gorelick’s vision is that CPCC continues to use the space to showcase student work as well as works from other local collectors and artists (perhaps even some gallery and museum basements).

CPCC 50th Anniversary Traveling Exhibit

posted Nov 8, 2013, 11:10 AM by adam.brooks@cpcc.edu   [ updated Nov 8, 2013, 11:22 AM ]

CPCC 50th
The CPCC 50th anniversary traveling exhibit is now on display across from the bookstore on the second floor of the Levine Campus. The exhibit showcases historical images and highlights many important events from CPCC’s 50-year history. It will be on display at the Levine Campus now through December 9.

Simulation and Game Development

posted Nov 8, 2013, 10:22 AM by adam.brooks@cpcc.edu

CPCC Simulation and Game Development Program

The Simulation and Game Development (SGD) curriculum provides a broad background in simulation and game development with practical applications in creative arts, visual arts, audio/video technology, creative writing, modeling, design, programming and management. Students receive hands-on training in design, 3D modeling, software engineering, database administration and programming for the purpose of creating simulations and games. Stop by the SGD exhibit hall display for information and to check-out some student portfolio pieces.

Code For Charlotte: By the People, For the People, For the 21st Century

posted Nov 8, 2013, 10:01 AM by adam.brooks@cpcc.edu   [ updated Nov 11, 2013, 3:18 PM ]

Code For America

Code for America believes that in order to improve government, we need to improve citizenship. We help cities create 21st century interfaces to government that are simple, beautiful and easy to use. By deploying technologies that make it easy for you to participate and engage in improving your city, we are building trust and changing the conversation between citizens and government. Through the Fellowship, Brigade, Accelerator, Peer Network and Code for All, Code for America aims to improve the relationships between citizens and government. We help governments restructure to create low-risk settings for innovation, engage citizens to create better services, and support ongoing competition in the govtech marketplace.

LearnSmart with SmartBook

posted Nov 7, 2013, 12:01 PM by adam.brooks@cpcc.edu   [ updated Nov 8, 2013, 12:11 PM ]

McGraw-Hill Higher Education
The attendees at THE Geek Fest will have the opportunity to experience two wonderful online learning solutions from McGraw-Hill Higher Education, LearnSmart and SmartBook. These products have been used by millions of students throughout the U.S. and known for their positive impact on academic learning. LearnSmart uses revolutionary adaptive technology to build a learning experience unique to each student’s individual needs, which helps improve students' performance, grades and memory. SmartBook is the FIRST, online, adaptive reading experience by creating a personalized study plan and highlighting the most important concepts for students to learn. The two products will be present on site and the attendees can try out the online demo.

Student Veterans Association

posted Nov 7, 2013, 9:30 AM by adam.brooks@cpcc.edu   [ updated Nov 8, 2013, 8:40 AM ]

CPCC Levine Campus Student Veterans Association
CPCC Levine Campus Student Veterans Association

The CPCC Levine Campus Student Veterans Association will be on-site selling hot dogs, chili and an array of other snacks and goodies throughout the day at THE Geek Fest. The SVA meets bi-weekly on Tuesdays at 12 p.m. on Central Campus in the Overcash bldg, Room 211. SVA is an organization where student veterans of all military branches can get together, provide support to one another, and assist in community organizations.  Veterans and supporters of veterans are welcome.

Geek Is Chic. Learn the Core 4.

posted Nov 7, 2013, 9:11 AM by adam.brooks@cpcc.edu

CPCC Professional Development
Core 4

Can you communicate with your peers beyond a text message? Can you calculate a tip without using your iPhone? Do you have the skills to balance both work and school successfully? Can you verify if information found on Google or Bing is accurate? If you answered NO to any of these questions, stop by the Core 4 table to understand how you can respond YES! 


posted Nov 7, 2013, 8:56 AM by adam.brooks@cpcc.edu   [ updated Nov 7, 2013, 9:00 AM ]

Shark Savers

Shark Savers (www.sharksavers.org) is a non-profit membership organization dedicated to saving sharks through awareness, education & grassroots action. Shark Savers has partnered with WildAid and a team of the top manta researchers in the world on the Manta Ray of Hope project, the only concerted global effort working to save mantas and mobulas from this unsustainable trade.

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