Peter Terpening

Greater Rome Chamber of Commerce Geek Week Chairman Peter Terpening details a week’s worth of geek-friendly activities planned for Rome this week. The program is an outgrowth of a celebration of technology initiated by Floyd Medical Center. (Doug Walker, RN-T)

Romans are celebrating innovation and technology during Geek Week 2014.

Geek Week is an outgrowth of a program initiated by Floyd Medical Center Information Technology Director Charles Howell.

The celebration was picked up by the Greater Rome Chamber of Commerce last year and made into a community event.

“This is an opportunity to have fun, an opportunity to drive innovation and create excitement in young people though the education sector,” said Peter Terpening, chairman of the event for the Chamber.

Today, John Grout of Berry College will open the HackBerry Lab in the 7hills Makerspace at 336 Broad St. from 6 to 8 p.m. A Game of Drones will take place Wednesday from 5 to 7 p.m. at Darlington School’s Chris Hunter Stadium. People will show off drones that are used for a variety of applications during the event. The Northwest Georgia Bomb Squad will be on hand at the stadium with demonstrations of its bomb-handling robot.

An egg drop will take place at Barron Stadium on Thursday from 4 to 6 p.m. Participants are encouraged to construct devices to both protect the egg and guide it to a target from the top of the stadium bleachers.

On Friday a community lunch will take place at Heritage Park from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and Saturday the first Rome-Floyd County Cardboard Challenge will take place at the Coosa valley Fairgrounds from 9 a.m. to noon. Young participants are encouraged to come out and build a variety of games and displays using cardboard.

Register in advance for any of the activities online at www.romega.com.