Academic Technology Manager at Minnehaha Academy in Minneapolis, MN
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.
Teacher NAME: Blake Christiansen SCHOOL: Minnehaha Academy, Minneapolis, MN About The Teacher He's 6'2" tall. Weighs about 180lbs. You never know what his face will look like cause he always has some sort of interesting facial hair adorning it. Mission For His Class With Quotes "In some way every person is my teacher"-Ralph Waldo Emerson "We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then is not an act but a habit"-Aristotle "You should never never doubt what no one is sure about"-Willie Wonka "Dear Children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth"- 1 John 3:18 According to the American College Dictionary (1963, p. 408), errant means "journeying or traveling, as a medieval knight in quest of adventure." In his public radio broadcast, John Lienhard (1993) said, "Five hundred years ago,...(a) person in error was a person searching for truth." "Not everyone can be famous but everyone can be great. You become great by serving others"-Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. "Love each other or perish"-W.H. Auden "Remember, no man is a failure who has friends"-Clarence the Angel "When the Lord closes the door someone opens a window"- The Reverend Mother "The greatest happiness in life is to love and be loved"- George Sands "One who wants to lead the orchestra must turn their back on the crowd."- Leeann Chin's fortune cookie "You can't change the color of your child's eyes, but you can make them glow with the light of true love. Nothing gives the child greater security and creates in them a greater reverence for others, than for him or her to receive and give love"-Billy Graham "What you do speaks so loud that I cannot hear what you say." -Ralph Waldo Emerson "Beware of the barrenness of a busy life." ï¿½Allen Redpath (English Cleric) "Please think of the children first. If you ever have anything to do with their entertainment, their food, their toys, their custody, their day or night care, their health care, their education-listen to the children, learn about them, learn from them. Think of the children first." - Mr. Fred Rogers "There aren't many people in this world who really know how to look. Usually one glance is enough to register that grass is green and the sky is blue and so on. They can tell you if the sun is shining or if it looks like rain, but that's about all. It's such a pity for there is texture to everything we see, and everything we do and hear. That's what I want today's lesson to be about. I want you to start noticing things. Once you get used to doing it you'll never be able to stop. It's the best game in the world."- Professor Savant from The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles book "Children are a gift from God" Psalms 127 "Being great doesn't mean being better than someone else. It means making it better for someone else" -Sam Nelson "The best way out is always through."-Robert Frost We learn from experience. A man never wakes up his second baby just to see it smile." -Grace Williams Perplexity is the beginning of knowledge-Kahlil Gibran "They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself."-Andy Warhol The most visible creators I know of are the artists whose medium is life itself. The ones who express the inexpressible without brush, hammer, clay or guitar. They neither paint nor sculpt-their medium is being. Whatever their presence touches has increased life. They see and don't have to draw. They are artists of being alive.- J. Stone The only way to make a man trustworthy is to trust him." -Henry L. Stimsonï¿½ï¿½ Age is strictly a case of mind over matter. If you don't mind, it doesn't matter.-Jack Bennyï¿½ "Be careful how you think; your life is shaped by your thoughts." - Pr. 4:23 "It's not who you are that holds you back, it's who you think you're not." ~unknown "If I were to wish for anything, I should not wish for wealth and power, but for the passionate sense of the potential, for the eye which, ever young and ardent, sees the possible."-Soren Kierkegaard "The human race has one really effective weapon, and that is laughter."-Mark Twain ï¿½"Love is different. Love is when you are as concerned about someone else's situation as you are about your own"-Morrie Schwartz "Never seperate the life you live from the words you speak."- Paul Wellsone Friendship, like the immortality of the soul, is too good to be believed." -Ralph Waldo Emerson "A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort." -- Herm Albright "When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us." -- Helen Keller "Remember not only to say the right thing in the right place, but far more difficult still, to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment." -Benjamin Franklin "We are continually faced with a series of great opportunities brilliantly disguised as insoluble problems." - John W. Gardner "Occasionally in life there are those moments of unutterable fulfillment which cannot be completely explained by those symbols called words. Their meanings can only be articulated by the inaudible language of the heart." - Martin Luther King Jr. "If you can solve your problem, then what is the need of worrying? If you cannot solve it, then what is the use of worrying?" - Shantideva "If you can find a path with no obstacles, it probably doesn't lead anywhere." - Frank A. Clark "The reason why all men honor love is because it looks up, and not down; aspires and not despairs."-Ralph Waldo Emerson "Excellence is the best deterrent to racism or sexism."-Oprah Winfrey "The door to happiness opens outward." -Soren Kierkegaard "It is our choices...that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities." - J. K. Rowling, Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets "Love is the triumph of imagination over intelligence."-H.L. Mencken "A sense of humor is part of the art of leadership, of getting along with people, of getting things done." -Dwight D. Eisenhower "Obstacles are things a person sees when he takes his eyes off the goal." - Eli Cossman "The best way to have a good idea is to have lots of ideas." -Linus Pauling "No one has yet realized the wealth of sympathy, the kindness, and generosity hidden in the soul of a child. The effort of every true education should be to unlock that treasure."-Emma Goldman "The great use of life is to spend it on something that will outlast it." -James Truslow Adams "Until you make peace with who you are, you'll never be content with what you have." -Doris Mortman "It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye"- The Fox from The Little Prince book "Continuous effort -- not strength or intelligence -- is the key to unlocking our potential." -Black Elk "To read without reflecting is like eating without digesting." -Edmund Burke "The highest result of education is tolerance."-Helen Keller ï¿½Seek to cultivate a buoyant, joyous sense of the crowded kindnesses of God in your daily life.ï¿½ -Alexander Maclaren "In victory be not proud; in defeat be not depressed." -Chinese proverb "One does not laugh because one is happy; one is happy because one laughs." -Mireille Guiliano "One who never asks either knows everything, or nothing"-Leeann Chin Fortune Cookie "Dreams come true; without that possibility, nature would not incite us to have them." -John Updike "They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself." -Andy Warhol "We must meet the forces of hate with love; we must meet physical force with soul force"-Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. "Egotism is nature's compensation for mediocrity." -L.A. Safian "It is only with gratitude that life becomes rich." ï¿½Dietrich Bonhoeffer "Mamma Says: We are all the same in that we are each unique"-Mamma Says Biscotti candy(an Italian fortune cookie) "The secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources." -Albert Einstein "I bind unto myself today the power of God to hold and lead, his eye to watch, his might to stay, his ear to harken to my need, the wisdom of my God to teach, his hand to guide, his shield to ward, the Word of God to give me speech, his heavenly host to be my guard. Christ be with me, Christ within me, Christ behind me, Christ before me, Christ beside me, Christ to win me; Christ to comfort and restore me; Christ beneath me, Christ above me, Christ in quiet, Christ in danger, Christ in hearts of all that love me, Christ in mouth of friend and stranger. " -Shield & Confessions of St. Patrick, Attributed to St. Patrick, Paraphrased by Cecil Frances Alexander "Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm"-Ralph Waldo Emerson "I don't think of all the misery, but of the beauty that still remains"- Anne Frank "Do whatever comes your way as well as you can. Think as little as possible about yourself and as much as possible about other people"- Eleanor Roosevelt "It is a sign of strength, not of weakness, to admit that you don't know all the answers." -John P. Lougbrane "Education is learning what you didn't even know you didn't know." -Daniel Joseph Boorstin (1914-2004), Historian and writer "Practice does not make perfect. Only perfect practice makes perfect." - Vince Lombardi "Persistent people begin their success where others end in failure." -Edward Eggleston "Wherever souls are being tried and ripened, in whatever commonplace and homely way, there God is hewing out the pillars for his temple." -Phillips Brooks "Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself." John Dewey "If you find it in your heart to care for somebody else, you will have succeeded."-Maya Angelou "Read, every day, something no one else is reading. Think, every day, something no one else is thinking. Do, every day, something no one else would be silly enough to do. It is bad for the mind to always be one of the crowd."-Christopher Morley "God is like the sun - you can't look at it, but without it, you can't look at anything else."-G.K. Chesterton "I am still determined to be cheerful and happy, in whatever situation I may be; for I have also learned from experience that the greater part of our happiness or misery depends upon our dispositions, and not upon our circumstances."-Martha Washington, former U.S. first lady "If you judge people you have know time to love them."-Mother Theresa "You can observe a lot just by watching."-Yogi Berra "Aquel que hoy se cae, se levantara manana""He who falls today may rise tomorrow"- Mexican Proverb "Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them."-James Baldwin "When you pray you speak to God, when you read a good book God speaks to you."- From A Catholic Parish's Library Rules "I will not trouble myself with things too difficult for me to understand"-Abraham Heschel referring to Psalm 131:11
I am a guy.
I'm the Founder and co-creator of Sophia and I love to create new things. I have a deep passion for education and technology, and I spend a lot of time thinking about how they could come together more effectively. I earned my bachelor's degree in U.S. History from the University of Wisconsin and my MBA from the University of Minnesota. I'm also the proud father of three daughters who give me a lot of great feedback on how to improve Sophia. I hope you'll send me your thoughts and ideas about Sophia. You can also feel free to share your thoughts on education, technology, American history (my personal passions are presidential and immigration history), music, songwriting, or baseball. I’d love to hear from you. - Don