Grade(s): Middle School
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 am a science teacher at a public school in Texas. Our school hosts a science magnet program within the general population- about 1/3 of our students are science magnet students who are accepted into the program through an application process that focuses on passion for science over grades. This gives me a great opportunity to teach a variety of young scientists. I have been teaching for 14 years, and am currently teaching 7th grade science as well as PreAP/GT biology for high school credit to 8th graders. My educational background is marine biology, and my favorite sciences are the life sciences. However, I am a crafter/tinkerer/maker and I sponsor monthly engineering design challenges at my school. I really enjoy coaching my science teams: Science Olympiad and Science Bowl teams. I also co-coached our T.A.R.C. rocket club for seven years, but "retired" this year to be able to enjoy some new adventures. I am a life-long learner and am current enjoy taking college courses throughout the year at Rice University, including geological systems and bioengineering. I have worked extensively with Texas A&M University at Galveston with their Education Outreach in helping to develop, advertise, implement, and coordinate summer camp programs for students interested in medicine and in veterinary medicine. In my free time, I love to read, kayak, hang out at the beach, play with my dogs, grow things, take pictures of flowers and fungi, and spend time with my very supportive, loving, and patient family.