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I began as an educator with my Bachelors of Education from the University of Alberta. In these short years I was privileged to work with many influential colleagues and professionals who have, and continue, to shape my practice. In my later years at the U of A I worked as a teaching assistant for the introductory EdTech course for U of A BEd students. I was able to develop content and was published in the course created textbook in 2010. Later that year I was chosen to represent the University as a student delegate to the end of cycle 4 Alberta Initiative for School Improvement Conference.
I moved on from University to work with the Rocky View School division at Bow Valley High School in Cochrane Alberta. As a young educator I was passionate about innovative technology in the learning environment and I continued to persue a greater depth of integrating technology into my 21st century classroom. In my two years at Bow Valley I was able to gain valuable experience in the 1-to-1 learning environment. I continued to experiment with the concept of the flipped and asynchronous learning environment by in my second year when I taught Calculus through multiple learning entry points. In my final semester I was the recipient of an innovative technology grant to purchase VEX robotics to integrate programming and problem solving into the CTS curriculum at Bow Valley.
In the fall of 2012 I began my continuing teaching contract at WG Murdoch School in Crossfield Alberta. Throughout this year I have had the privilege of mentoring staff and students with the technologically inspired educational environment. It has been a pleasure to use the diverse resources at my disposal to create a new and unique learning experience for my students.
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.