09.08.17

Celebrating The World’s Nerds (Or, it’s Okay to be Smart!)

Posted in Science And Education at 9:11 am by Aaron Tate, M.A.

Science nerds rule.

At least, that’s what the main characters of my debut young-adult adventure series, Cold Secrets, appear to believe.  And, to be honest, I have to agree with them.  I mean, doesn’t it always seem to be the “nerd” that everybody teased in school that becomes fabulously wealthy years down the road?  Or, how about the “nerd” in your biology class that became a Biochemist, went on to work for the CDC, and discovered the next great treatment for a deadly disease?  And don’t forget about the “nerd” in S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) class that grew up to be the first person in your town to enter Earth’s orbit as an elite astronaut.  If you ask me, they’re all pretty cool for so-called nerds.

“If you like nerds, raise your hand. If you don’t, raise your standards.”

~Author Violet Haberdasher

I have taught middle school science for over eight years.  If you walk into my classroom, you will notice that I am a nerd, loud and proud.  From the doormat that says “I SEE NERDS” to the posters adorning my classroom to the lab coat that I wear from time to time, it’s readily apparent that I proudly embrace my nerdiness for all to see.  And when students actually have the gall to call me a nerd (how could they?), I smile, nod my head, and thank them.  Because, believe it or not, I think it’s actually pretty cool to be a role model for all the future nerds of the world.

“Being a nerd really pays off sometimes.”

~ Ken Jennings, Record-holding contestant on Jeopardy!

In the Cold Secrets books, best friends Maddy Rutherford and identical twins Corbyn and Aaden Franklin share the spotlight as the series’ main characters.  Throughout their adventures, they proudly refer to themselves as Team SoNaR.  This team name is derived from the fact that the three of them believe that science nerds rule.  Written as an acronym, this would look like S.N.R., which, when read aloud, sounds like sonar. Thus, team SoNaR was born, and the rest is nerd history.  And, for anybody that reads the series, I bet you’ll agree that team SoNaR makes science nerds seem pretty dang cool (and fun to read about).

“So nerds rule.”

~ Author Christopher Moore

So, what is it exactly that I’m trying to say?  Well, it’s simple really: nerds are cool.  We should embrace them, applaud them for their accomplishments, befriend them, believe in them, and watch them as they change the world.  And, above all, we needn’t waste our time and energy making fun of, or bullying, them.  Because, as Bill Gates once famously said, “Be nice to nerds. Chances are you’ll end up working for one.”