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.
Paola Foresti Faul is a native of Rome, Italy, who has been living in the United States since 2002. She has a degree in English and Biology from St. Olaf College, and has completed most of the coursework toward a degree in Foreign Languages and Literatures from the University of Rome, La Sapienza, with a specialization in Language Teaching. She taught in Japan for three years and in Rome and Milan for 10 years at various public high schools before receiving tenure in 2002 at the Istituto Tecnico per il Turismo in Trezzo D'Adda (Milan). She relocated to the United States and lives in Edina with husband Steve and son James. She has volunteered in the children's language program at the Italian Cultural Institute in Minneapolis and has been teaching Italian in the Continuing Education Department of Normandale Community College since 2013. She loves reading, writing, traveling and, of course, teaching!