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.
There is nothing Ms. N. loves more than helping students discover their inner artists and the witnessing of young emergent artists finding themselves. She views art class as a collaboration: teachers provide the structure, but also the exchange of creative ideas with the students. Students themselves often have the best ideas and most unique perspectives. With years of experience teaching children, teens, and adults yoga, fitness, dance, and music, Ms. N. decided to combine her love of teaching with her love for art, and returned to school at Framingham State University to get her teaching certification and degree. Ms. N. has done her field studies and student teaching in the art classrooms at Nashoba Valley Regional High School,(Bolton) Wilson Middle School (Natick), and Hudson High School, and has served as a long-term sub at Nashoba Valley Regional High School in the theater department teaching Acting and Dance. Prior to Framingham State, Ms. N. attended Parsons School of Design in New York, with a concentration in Communications Design/Illustration (BFA program), and State University of New York at Purchase with a major in Theatrical Design Technology. She has worked in the art field as a commercial artist, doing graphics and illustrations for software and educational products. She enjoys working on theatre productions including work on sets, hair, and makeup; improvisational acting, and dance. Ms. N. keeps a sketchbook and draws in it often wherever she is, and likes playing guitar and spending time with family and pets. She believes that it is important to keep in mind that a little humor goes a long way.
I am a self taught artist who teaches art in a church hall in Lumby BC. I don't have any credentials but am an avid reader and researcher. I have a degree in social work and retired from that career to work full time as an artist.