What is a Geek and why this project?

Defining a geek is important for this project to be successful.  So, the following explains a geek in the context of the Geek Kid Project

A typical dictionary definition of a geek is as follows:

noun
an unfashionable or socially inept person.
[usually with modifier] a knowledgeable and obsessive enthusiast:
a computer geek

However, the definition of a geek has changed over time.  Now geekness is seen as having a cool factor (although still having some social ineptness).  Examples of these types of ‘geeks’ can be seen on the TV hit ‘The Big Bang Theory’.

A venn diagram that I recently came across posits that geeks do not have the social ineptness that is commonly associated with the term geek – these would be nerds.

Nerd_Dork_Geek_Venn_Diagram

While the above diagram uses stereotypes, it indicates that geeks usually fixate on activities and hobbies, have a high intelligence but are not necessarily socially inept.  Calling someone a geek is a compliment.  Though, I would never condone anyone using the terms dweeb, nerd or dork to make fun of a person.

Marybeth Hicks’ book Bringing Up Geeks redefines geek.  G.E.E.K. refers to raising a Genuine Enthusiastic Empowered Kid and Hicks inspires parents to help their  kids to break free from cultural conditioning and instead instil important values.

THE GEEK KID PROJECT:

This project is a journal of activities that I have started with other families in our community.  I am very lucky and very proud to belong to a great group of families that socialize together and support each other.  Our children play soccer together, skate together, dance together, go to school together and hang out together  The goal of the Geek Kid Project is to provide experiences for our children that will instill important values, open them to worlds they have little knowledge of, and to make them well rounded individuals.  In many ways it is to give them the opportunity to become future Renaissance Men People; to give them knowledge of the arts, the sciences, the social sciences, while developing their interpersonal skills, through ‘geeky’ activities.

Another goal, that is just as important, is to make us better parents.

This blog will document group activities and individual activities. Hopefully the entries will contain some comments from the kids on what they enjoyed and learned about the activity and also what we as parents learned.

Activities will be geek-centric and these activities include:

  • Reading books
  • Writing books
  • Watching sports
  • Playing sports
  • Watching movies and TV
  • Making movies
  • Playing board games
  • Making board games
  • Doing scientific experiments
  • Experiencing the great outdoors in unique ways
  • Going to live theatre
  • Going to art galleries
  • Taking art classes
  • Anything and everything else
  • DOING THINGS TOGETHER
  • GAINING KNOWLEDGE TOGETHER

We are GEEKS and we are proud!

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