Community & Educational Outreach

Geektown for Teens

Prepare yourself. Geektown is going to be AWESOME.

Are you a teenager planning on being at the San Antonio Book Festival on April 6? Or are you the parent of teenagers who love to read? Or a teacher with teenage students who devour books?

Well, take it from us — you are going to love GEEKTOWN, the Book Festival’s cool and exclusive area where young adult readers can spend the day. Check it out!

The Authors

In the H-E-B Coates Chapel at the Southwest School of Art and at Whataburger Geektown HQ, we featured author presentations and panels discussing interesting topics in YA literature with some of the bestselling authors in YA lit. Following the authors’ presentations, teens had the opportunity to purchase a book from Barnes & Noble and then meet the author to get their book signed!

Take a look at our 2018 young adult lineup:

  • Holly Black (The Cruel Prince)
  • Daniel Chacon (The Cholo Tree)
  • Claudia Gray (Defy the Worlds)
  • Naomi Shihab Nye (Voices in the Air)
  • Jason Reynolds (For Every One)
  • Benjamin Alire Sáenz (The Inexplicable Logic of My Life)
  • Erika L. Sánchez (I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter)
  • Neal Shusterman (Thunderhead)
  • Martin Wilson (We Now Return to Regular Life)

The Activities Featured in 2018

  • Watch rocket launches in 3D, wearing virtual reality glasses courtesy of Whataburger
  • Robot racing, courtesy of Sphero Robotics and Whataburger 
  • Build and launch rockets 50 feet high with Straw Rockets and Whataburger 
  • Make your own video game controller with Makey Makey and Whataburger
  • Whataburger charging station to make sure you stay connected
  • Whataburger Fry Toss, Onion Ring Toss, Jenga, Connect 4, bean bags and more!
  • Complete gaming experience with Whataburger: cards and board, dice, and role-playing games 
  • Sweet swag from Whataburger (First 50 teens received a Whataburger festival fanny pack!)
  • A Whataburger geofilter on Snapchat
  • Participate in a Dungeons & Dragons role-playing game with Dragon’s Lair and Taft High School
  • Live-action robotics demos with Clash of Coders 11155 FTC Robotics
  • Virtual reality simulation with The IMG Studio VR
  • A 3-D scan of yourself from 3D Technologies @ SAC
  • Get Sorted and pin the scar on Harry Potter with the Burbank High School Harry Potter Club
  • Go for a checkmate playing life-sized chess with Jefferson High School
  • Step into the Party Time Pictures photo booth with friends to capture Book Festival memories!
  • Record your poetry at SAPL’s V.R.O.O.M. van
  • Get creative building your own zine with Red Salmon Arts and Barrio Writers
  • Check out the Little Free Library Project from Girl Scout Troop 300
  • Graphic novels and comic books with Penny-Farthing Productions, Inc.
  • Stock up on wands, rings, and wizard things from WandsNRings
  • Test your YA literature knowledge at the Geektown Crossword Puzzle
  • Get wordy at the Geektown Word Wall
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