Grade(s): Middle School / 9 / 10 / 11 / 12
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.