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.
My name is Cinnamon Frame and I have lived in the Cleveland Community for 18 years. This past summer, my husband and I moved to Durham. I grew up in Raleigh and graduated from Millbrook Senior High School. I am originally from Knoxville, TN and have lived in Los Angeles and Dallas. My undergraduate degree was from North Carolina State University in Zoology and after I graduated I spent a few years working in toxicology at the US EPA and at NIEHS in the Research Triangle Park. I enjoyed my work there. My favorite study involved breeding male wild-type mice with female transgenic tumor-prone mice to follow the tumor-prone trait through the generations (These were the days before DNA sequencing was easy and cheap). Those wild-type mice bounce around like popcorn and the F1's did, too! After I became a mother, I took a few years off from research and then thought I might try teaching - so I enrolled in the NC TEACH program through UNC Chapel Hill. That was in 2000 and I have been teaching ever since. Since then, I have also earned a graduate certificate in Academically and Intellectually Gifted Instruction from UNC Charlotte and my Master's of Education in Science Education from North Carolina State University. I have taught middle grades science, community college courses, teacher training institutes, summer camps and high school courses including earth science, biology, chemistry and physics. Of these, I think teaching physics is my favorite. My children are both currently in college. We are a house divided, my son graduated from NCSU and my daughter from UNC-Chapel Hill. My daughter is a now comp sci professional here in the RTP, and my son is in graduate school at Michigan State.