Are you a secret geek? Or a science lover? Then the Lawrence Hall of Science’s “Geek Out”, happening tonight, may be the place for you.

Every few months the Lawrence Hall of Science hosts an adults-only evening posing different scientific questions. The March 10 evening is billed as a “seismic challenge,” where participants can learn what goes into building a structure that can resist earthquakes. People will be able to create their own structures and put them on a shaking table to see if they stand up or fall down.

April 14 will be a “Fix-it Clinic”, where people can bring in their broken DVD players, Playstations, and other electronics and learn how they might be repaired.

If the Geek Out’s slogan, “So Many Nucleotide Sequences and so Little Time,” makes sense to you, then the lab is the place to be. For those who draw a blank at the phrase “nucleotide sequences,” Biology Online defines it as “the order in which nucleotides are situated in a chain relative to one another, which in future will provide the template of a particular amino acid, therefore making the order of the nucleotide sequence important.”

Yeah, I don’t get it either. But we are in Berkeley, so there are a lot of people who do.

Frances Dinkelspiel, Berkeleyside and CItyside co-founder, is a journalist and author. Her first book, Towers of Gold: How One Jewish Immigrant Named Isaias Hellman Created California, published in November...