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.
MEGAN PASCHKE IS MY NAME! BEING NERDY IS MY GAME! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Favorite TV Shows: Doctor Who, Sherlock, (Pretty much any BBC show), Once Upon A Time, Heroes of Cosplay Favorite Food: Probably noodles or mangoes Favorite Books: I LOVED The manga Fruits Basket, and I also love the Studio Ghibli manga remakes. Oh yeah, and Dream Saga, and Tokyo Mew Mew. Those were good series too Favorite *NORMAL* Books: AHHH SO HARD TO CHOOSE!!! Umm... Definitely The Hunger Games, I also loved The Giver. There is also of course the Divergent and Matched series. And I loved The Candyshop Wars along with the Fablehaven series, both by Brandon Mull. SO MANY BOOKS TO LOVE!!!! Favorite "Celebrities": My favorite celebrities are people from YouTube to be honest =3 I like Ian & Anthony (Smosh), Kalel of course too, The Yogscast (every member, not just Lewis and Simon), Pewdiepie, Joey Graceffa, Sawyer Hartman, Shane Dawson, Marcus Butler, Tyler Oakley, Troye Sivian, SkydoesMinecraft, Deadlox, ASFJerome, Bajan, Mudkippz, xRPMx13, Captain Sparklez, *pauses to take breath* Haha, I won't go on. I think you get the point Favorite REAL Celebrities: Probably Jennifer Lawrence. SHE PLAYED KATNISS, I MEAN AHHHHHHHH!!! <3 Also, I gotta love my Avengers; Chris Hemsworth, Robert Downey Jr. (OMG THIS GUY IS TOO FUNNY), Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Jeremy Renner, and Scarlett Johansen. Of course there's all the celebs from TV that I love too. *COUGH* CHRISPTOPHER ECCLESTON, DAVID TENNANT, MATT SMITH, BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH *COUGH* Favorite Bands/Musicians: Area 11 and Joe Hisaishi. Area 11 is the first even British gaijin-rock band, which means they base their songs off what happens in different anime shows. Joe Hisaishi is the one who composes all of Studio Ghibli's movie soundtracks, and all of his work is just beautiful. Favorite Video Game: Ugh there are so many. In terms of computer games, I'd have to pick Minecraft and Cube World. For the Playstation 3 I'm probably gonna have to say Ni No Kuni, Tales of Xillia, or Final Fantasy. For the Wii, Just Dance of course. For the DS I'd have to say it's a tie between Animal Crossing, Pokémon (any of them), and Fire Emblem. And finally Castle Crashers is my favorite on the 360. It's more of an indie game because you download it onto your consul and there is no disk, but it is SO FUN!!! Favorite Color: Purple, preferably darker shades, instead of pastel tinted ones