Grade(s): 9 / 10 / 11 / 12
I have been teaching for 17 years in high school and as an adjunct professor at several universities and colleges. I have taught AP Chemistry, AP physics, and all other levels of physical sciences. I love the interaction between students and science, as well as, watching the awe in their eyes as they discover new and exciting aspects of physics and chemistry. I utilize SOPHIA videos in my classroom on a regular basis as a means of explaining a topic in one more format, thereby, trying to reach every student in the classroom in one form or another.
I recently designed a curriculum for a class that is based upon advanced physics and engineering principles. The students must design, engineer, and fabricate a moonbuggy that meets the criteria setforth in the rules of The Great Moonbuggy Race that is held annually in Huntsville, AL. The students must also publish a design of their own as well. You can follow us at www.brhsmoonbuggy.com.
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.