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.
I am once again a student in summer school: EDU 270 Technology for Teachers, trying to catch up with wildfire rapidity of growth in Education tech to enable myself to regain my Mo. state DESE Teacher Certificate which I inadvertently let expire by 2 days in 2006 while I was teaching community college National & State Government, American Histories and World Histories. I lost my job in 2010 when Mo. governor cut ITV budget 50% thus eliminating my 12 year long CC ITV teaching position. I have been working as Admin Asst. for past 3.5 years with a national Non-Profit Organization, but despite several hundred applications to Community Colleges nationwide, I have come up short and realize no matter how well received a lecturer I have been in the past, my tech skills have not kept up with what is necessary in current education at all levels. It is not easy at age 73 to do this, however I still have overwhelming need to share the vast knowledge I have gained in a varied lifetime and to help in whatever way possible to influence intellectual inquiry among a population very needful of fact based knowledge and how to analyze what passes for current communication in todays world. After a hiatus from education, I am amazed and a bit overwhelmed with the excellence and amount of help available currently on the WEB for teachers, would be teachers or old gals like myself just now attempting to convert my hardback binder teacher portfolio into something useful . Wish me luck!!!