Grade(s): Middle School / 9
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'm sorry, Rachel seems to be helping Captain America (and The Falcon) track down The Winter Soldier and is unavailable at this time. Please come back soon, and she will get back to you ASAP. You may leave a message after the beep. She MIGHT return your call. *BEEEP* Update: Hey, I'm Rachel. As you can tell, I like Captain America, and most every super-hero related thing under the sun (and under every other sun in the galaxy). Mostly Marvel stuff though. I don't like DC as much (but they're still cool). In addition to that, I like video games (like Epic Mickey, anything LEGO and Legend of Zelda) and action movies (pretty much any one). I watch too many TV shows to count; think of any awesome action-packed fantastical mystery show, and I probably watch it. I love reading and writing too, I read mysteries, fantasies, the occasional realistic fiction, sci-fi, and adventures! I do occasional drawings as well, usually exchanging them with friends. If you need any more info, either look at my profile picture (Bucky will tell you everything), look at my favorite subjects (that explains a LOT about me), or send me a message (if you don't mind (some) spoilers or possibly being reported to Google because you sent me a creepy anonymous email). Well, got to go. I must help Captain America! Winter Soldier, I WILL FIND YOU!!! *runs away into the sunset with Captain America and The Falcon* Error: Call Disconnected. Please redial and try again (or leave a message after the beep). Rachel will get back to you as soon as she prevents New York City from spontaneously exploding (with the help of The Falcon and Captain America (and The Winter Soldier, depending on if she found him yet), of course!) *BEEEP*
I have a keen interest in effectively integrating technology into the classroom. My goal is to constantly push the science of teaching forward to engage students and to make learning feel like play. I have a huge desire to share my enthusiasm with other educators and to change the dynamics of the traditional classroom. In my teaching, I continue to enjoy improving my flipped model in the AP Calculus AB and Honors Algebra 2 classroom. Through my role as technology coordinator, I am able to empower teachers with ideas and tools to restructure curriculum, enrich the classroom experience, and better engage learners.