USA Science and Engineering Festival: The Blog

Festival Welcomes Back Bill Nye, ‘The Science Guy® ‘, to Expo Performer Lineup!

Bill Nye — scientist, engineer, comedian, author, and inventor — is a man with a mission: to help foster a scientifically literate society, and to help people everywhere understand and appreciate the science that makes our world work. Making science understandable, entertaining, and accessible is something Bill has been doing much of his life, starting with his days as a math tutor in high school and later studying under Planetary Society co-founder Carl Sagan in college and working as a stand-up comedian. Following in Sagan’s footsteps, Bill now serves as Chief Executive Officer of the Society. He says the Society, the world’s largest and most influential group fighting for space exploration is “Your place in space, where we advocate, create, and educate for and about space science and exploring the solar system.”

STUFF HAPPENSSee Bill Nye at the Festival: “The Science Guy” is bringing his exciting, trademark style of science interaction and discovery to the Festival Expo next April 26 and 27 during an unforgettable stage show performance! You’ll be enthralled as Bill — clad in his characteristic bow tie and lab coat — takes you deep inside the mysteries of everything science through dynamic demonstrations.

Bill is part of an exciting lineup of celebrity performers set for the Expo in Washington, D.C., which also includes organic chemist Donna Nelson, science advisor to AMC’s hit TV series, “Breaking Bad”; physicist David Salzberg, science consultant for CBS TV’s “The Big Bang Theory”; and professional tinkerer Chris Hackett, host of the Science Channel’s popular DIY show, “Stuck With Hackett”.

Bill Nye, a self-described geek since childhood, was born and reared in Washington, D.C. where he discovered that he had a talent for motivating others while serving as a math tutor to fellow high school students. His fascination with science and how things work led him to Cornell University where his coursework included an intro to the cosmos by Carl Sagan, the famous astronomer and astrophysicist (who would later co-found The Planetary Society). After earning a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering, Bill headed for Seattle where he worked as an engineer at Boeing. There, Bill’s achievements included designing a hydraulic pressure resonance suppressor which is used in Boeing 747s.

Eventually, he quit his day engineering day job and 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 show appeared before Saturday Night Live and later on Comedy Central.

Bill would win seven national Emmy Awards for writing, performing, and producing. In all, the show won 18 Emmys in five years. Between shows, he wrote five kids’ books about science, including his latest title, Bill Nye’s Great Big Book of Tiny Germs. Bill also hosted three television series: The 100 Greatest DiscoveriesThe Eyes of Nye and an environmental education show called Stuff Happens.

And, just in case you haven’t heard the exciting news about Dancing With The Stars, Bill Nye released this statement, “Something remarkable has come up. I’ve been cast as a “star” on Dancing With The Stars. The show is watched by millions…As unusual as this may seem, I believe we can broaden awareness of The Planetary Society and thereby humankind’s exploration of the Cosmos one ballroom dance at a time. Nerds can dance, too!” Be sure to tune in to watch Bill Nye take the stage on Dancing With The Stars on ABC!

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