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.
I have been teaching for 11 years now at Neil Armstrong Middle School in Forest Grove, OR. I received my undergraduate from Oregon State University, and my MAT from Pacific University. I teach English language arts, two sections of each regular and honors. I am in my third year of flipping my language arts classes and second year of going 1:1 with ipads. Our school has also been progressive in switching all of our proficiencies (we run a proficiency/mastery model) from our state standards to CCSS, Our middle school has also instituted STEM across the curriculum! Flipping has been my answer to save the bulk of my English curriculum while still fitting in the STEM approach. I am also one of two tech coaches in our building and I am very excited to see the transformation of the staff here at our school as well as our students as we utilize technology and pedagogy to engage and instruct our students. I recently wrote a chapter in the much anticipated followup to Bergman and Sams book on flipping called Flipping 2.0. Obviously, I utilize a lot of digital media for my students, feel free to check out my youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8Cp5Xjn7ic-3BjtrBS0QVg/videos?view=0&flow=grid Connect via edmodo, Schoology, and twitter (@MrsCarterHLA), as well as here on Sophia. I have both a blog of reflection on my classroom instruction and a couple of websites to organize all videos and handouts for my students: *HLA: https://sites.google.com/a/fgsd.k12.or.us/mrs-carter-s-hla/ *ELA: https://sites.google.com/a/fgsd.k12.or.us/mrscarterela/ *Tech Support: https://sites.google.com/a/fgsd.k12.or.us/nams-teacher-tech-support/ *Flipping 2.0 tinyurl.com/flipping20 I have one five year old daughter named Molly, a loving husband, and Wheaton terrier named Winston. My husband owns his own printing and art gallery in the Pearl in downtown Portland, so to say we aren't a super busy family is somewhat of an understatement! Wouldn't change it for the world though, life is good!