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Ken Greene is the Program Director at Bravo Academy for Arts Integration and Arts Industry in Memphis, TN, and State Educational Technology Chair of the Tennessee Music Educators Association. He has traveled throughout the United States as a music technology clinician for the Yamaha Corporation of America, and has presented several professional development workshops for Memphis City Schools and other school districts on the topics of technology integration, global collaborations, and project-based instruction. As a member of the Memphis City Schools Teacher Effectiveness Measures (TEM) committee, Ken has contributed to the development of the Portfolio of Student Growth in the Arts (PSGA) and participated in the MCS Fine Arts Student Growth Measures Pilot.
Ken received the Memphis Symphony Orchestra’s Outstanding Music Educator of the Year award (2008-2009) and was recognized by WREG News Channel 3 as a Memphis “Educator of the Week.” His integration of technology helped him earn $17,500 in Teach Award grants from Best Buy in 2007 for his music classroom. Ken’s students have been recognized by the National Middle School Association and local media outlets for their innovative multimedia projects and global collaborations with students in France, Nepal, Mexico, Ghana, and other countries. His lesson plans have been published in the Memphis Rock and Soul Museum’s Curriculum Guide and the Young People’s Concert Teacher’s Guide, an integrated unit created in partnership with the Memphis Symphony Orchestra and Memphis City Schools. Ken also performs professionally, singing and playing guitar with his wife at venues throughout the Memphis area.
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.