Positive Geek builds classroom

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BRATTLEBORO >> Construction of a classroom is coming together for a downtown business looking to branch out a bit.

"My business partner Charles (Hornbeck) and I have always grown up around education, teaching and learning," said Positive Geek co-owner James Maynard.

Comic books, gifts, music instruments and t-shirts are some of the items found at their business. The store opened in Harmony Lot in September.

The new room will be used for classes on "a wide range of Geeky subjects for adults and kids," said Maynard.

"We're going to be doing a lot of science classes as well as computers and music to begin with then we're going to go from there," he said. "It's all part of our long range plan."

Besides classes and merchandise, Positive Geek wants to offer product development and other services. After enjoying a good holiday season, Maynard said the store was redesigned to "give it a new look."

"In the process of that, we decided to build an entire classroom. It will probably only hold 10 students or so. The class sizes are going to be small and personalized," said Maynard. "It's really also part of going with the whole new development of downtown, mixing retail with education and art, attracting more attention to all of the downtown."

A schedule of available classes will be posted on geekschoolvt.com and facebook.com/positivegeek. At first, the store will offer one to two classes per week with private music lessons and tutoring available on an individual basis.

Currently, plans involve having Hornbeck and Maynard teach the classes. They also have someone from Keene, N.H. to teach classes on keyboard and music. Maynard taught at Keene State College as a student instructor. Hornbeck worked in information technology at the school for approximately 10 years and has 25 years of experience in the field.

"We're in negotiations with some other instructors for future classes," said Maynard. "We will be doing classes like finding your way around a laptop."

A computer will be taken apart and students will be shown how different parts function. Maynard said it will be a lot of fun.

The first three classes will focus on astronomy. The series starts on Jan. 23 with the question of what is astronomy? Then there's an introduction to amateur astronomy or sky watching, followed by the topic of life in space.

Each 90-minute class costs $25 for adults and $15 for kids. A $5 discount is available to participants registering at least a week in advance.

"We're really looking forward to helping spread knowledge and working with different students and instructors," Maynard said. "Just teaching people about different geeky nerdy subjects."

Contact Chris Mays at cmays@reformer.com or 802-254-2311, ext. 273.


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