Bill Nye is a man with a mission: to foster a scientifically literate society by helping people everywhere understand and appreciate the science that makes our world work. Nye has spent the past 20 years educating students young and old about science and understands the importance of keeping minds active after the last school bell rings. “Learning can happen anywhere and at anytime – the important thing is that it should never stop,” Nye said. “We’ve put together fun, free and easy activities that will make this the summer of learning versus the summer filled with the dreaded words ‘I’m bored.’ ” AN EARLY KNACK FOR HOW THINGS WORK Making science entertaining and accessible is something Bill has done most of his life. Growing up in Washington, D.C., he spent afternoons and summers de-mystifying math for his classmates. While working for Boeing in Seattle, Bill combined his love of science with his flair for comedy. After winning a Steve Martin look-alike contest, he became an engineer by day and a stand-up comic by night. Eventually, Bill made the transition to comedy writer and performer on Seattle’s home-grown ensemble comedy show “Almost Live.” This is where “Bill Nye the Science Guy®” was born. The 18-time Emmy Award-winning show appeared before Saturday Night Live and later on Comedy Central. During this time, he also wrote five kids’ books about science, including his latest title, “Bill Nye’s Great Big Book of Tiny Germs.” BROADENING HIS MISSION Bill’s passion for math and science translated into a love of space. His role as CEO of The Planetary Society, the world’s large space interest organization, has taken him across the globe. And one thing Bill is very proud of is the MarsDials, two sundials on residing on Mars he created with Cornell scientists. America’s favorite stand-up scientist hasn’t changed much from that kid growing up in Washington, DC. He still rides his bike to work. He’ll pull out his Periodic Table of the Elements from his wallet. And his drive for helping others understand science is as strong as ever.
Hazman Aziz is a social librarian in a local academic library and also a founder Hazman Labs, Inc. - an interactive agency that develops creative solutions to clients’ challenges and brings them to life from physical to the digital world. He’s widely known for his creative approaches coupled with a deep technical background, and a focus on civic innovation through community building for the library science industry to evolve. Hazman Aziz graduated from University of Wollongong, Australia with a Bachelor of Information & Communication Technology (e-Business Management) in December 2005. He is also has earned a Diploma in Multimedia, Information & Communication Technologyfrom Nanyang Polytechnic, Singapore in 2001. Prior to this, Hazman Aziz was from aNormal (Academic) stream from a neighborhood school, Commonwealth Secondary School.He graduated from Commonwealth in 1998 with a GCE O and N level, before going to the tertiary education. His primary education was from Shuqun Primary School. In 2010, he completed his readings in Master of Science (Information Studies) at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. Hazman also have attended a military school before proceed to university at SAF’s school of Infantry, where he is trained to be an infantry section leader. Recently, he just graduates from Specialists Cadet School for his advanced specialist career. Currently, Hazman is documenting his work for the application of PhD candidate to further his studies in library and information science industry. He will focus in the areas of Knowledge Management, New Media & Community.