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Sparks of Genius

Sparks, Nev.
July 6-10, 2022

Event Details

The largest yearly confab of Mensans anywhere, the American Mensa Annual Gathering started as a small, two-day meet-and-greet at the New York Belmont in 1963. The event now spans five days and features a sprawl of talks, games, and entertainment unlike any other.

An AG isn’t a spectator sport — it’s an opportunity to learn, to grow, to play, to socialize. Sparks of Genius will feature presentations, including interactive ones; the Spark! program for kids; tours for families and for adults, some active and some less so; games; tournaments; and more. Join us at the Nugget Casino Resort — a short drive from the Reno-Tahoe International Airport — and enjoy a Mensa experience you won’t want to miss!

Registration Rates

Adults (21+)
Cutoff Member Rate Guest Rate
Jan. 3 $219 $259
Feb. 28 $244 $284
May 31 $269 $309
On-site $299 $339
Daily $99 $109
Youth (0-20)
Age Member Rate Guest Rate
≤ 3 Free Free
4-12 $109 $134
13-20 $175 $200
Daily $58 $68

Registering for the Annual Gathering as a member from a different National Mensa? Learn more about setting up an American Mensa website account to receive the member rate.

Our Home base, nestled in the mountains

For more than 60 years the Nugget Casino Resort has been an iconic destination in the Reno-Sparks, Nevada area.

Relax and recharge after a day of reunions and thought-provoking programming in exceptional, fully renovated guest rooms and suites situated in two 28-story guest towers. And when you’re ready, a full-service casino, five restaurants, a year-round atrium pool, a fitness center, and three live entertainment venues await.

Hotel Details

Friday, July 8
Limited tickets available for $90

Blast off with a tale of inspiration

Gala speaker and Hidden Figures author Margot Lee Shetterly shines a dramatic light on four phenomenal women of color, “human computers” whose mathematical genius fueled NASA’s rockets during the golden age of space travel.

Dinner includes freshly baked rolls and an heirloom tomato stack salad and your choice of filet mignon, herb-grilled chicken, or a seasonal vegetable and tofu plate.

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A Family-friendly Adventure

Sponsored by the Mensa Foundation, Spark! programming offers our youngest attendees the chance to have fun, build new friendships, and make lasting memories of their own time at the AG.

We bring in professional educators from various fields to present fun, interactive programs where kids ages 4-12 have the chance to learn through new experiences, explore a variety of topics and events, and have their own AG experience.

Spark! Details

Sunday, July 10
Limited tickets available for $45

Where Pancakes and Performances Collide

Join the Haus of Does Moore and their team of amazing local drag performers as they show off their moves, sky-high heels, and spot-on lip-syncing! Grab a customary mimosa (or two!) at the cash bar, and remember to bring some money for tips, because showing gratitude is a long tradition in the drag community and the best way for you to become part of the fun!

The buffet brunch will begin with a selection of sliced fruit, assorted pastries and bagels, and yogurt, granola, and oatmeal featuring a spread of tasty toppings. Entrées include banana bread French toast, prime rib potato hash, sausage sliders, egg sliders, and eggs Benedict.

This event is for attendees aged 18+.

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Tuesday, July 5
Members: $99 | Nonmembers: $124

Colloquium 2022: Giftedness Across the Lifespan

Presented by the Mensa Education and Research Foundation, this one-day educational symposium provides a forum for Mensans and the general public to explore, debate, and evaluate a major issue of long-range importance to society.

Efforts in the U.S. and globally to understand and support giftedness tend to focus on gifted education. Going beyond that, Colloquium 2022 will explore and follow giftedness across the lifespan for a more complete picture. Speakers will break down those stages, from youth and adolescence to adult to older adult, to investigate the impact and evolving nature of giftedness over time.

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The impact of COVID-19 and attendee safety are important factors as we plan our event. Contact us if you’d like to learn more about the precautions we’re taking to keep attendees safe, or if you’d like to learn more about the 2022 Annual Gathering.

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