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.
Geoff Snyder created his blog, Freedom to Think and Dream Big in October of 2009. He began searching for like-minded leaders who share the same vision as he does with business ethics, new world education systems, creative and innovative uniqueness, and overall team platformed collaboration for continual personal development. The blog has allowed Geoff and his team to focus on his first leadership book which will be the foundation piece for a scholarship fund, dedicated to leadership development for underprivileged young adults in urban communities. It is a five book series and features an outlined circuit of events, which are to be held at high schools, colleges/universities, and churches around the United States, China, Brazil, India, and Australia. The first four books are written to share specific phases of growing up and maturing as an adult in the 21st century. The fifth book will be written while the tour takes place as a research piece, which will share the findings of similarities and contrasting comparisons between cultures.