A Writer's 21st Century Memoir.

What I Learned From Bill Nye

Flash back to the 1990’s. Everyone’s wearing neon, crop tops and overalls and listening to the Spice Girls, Nirvana and Lauryn Hill. And from 1993 to 1998 every kid I have ever run into who lived during the 90’s remembered watching “Bill Nye the Science Guy” and was entertained while learning about science and the world around them.

On, Thursday, March 20, the last day of Cal State Fullerton’s “Explorations in Citizen Science” symposium, presented by the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics’ Inter-Club Council, Bill NyeThe Science Guyspoke to the sold out event as the keynote speaker. The scientist, engineer, comedian, author, inventor and alumnus from Cornell University, who holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering, spoke about his continued mission “to help foster a scientifically literate society, and to help people everywhere understand and appreciate the science that makes our world work.”

The majority of the keynote attendees remembered Bill Nye in the 90’s as the tall quirky fellow who inspired a generation to get more involved with scientific exploration. Nye made learning fun and became the hero to numerous kids who grew up to become scientists. He made science entertaining and accessible then, and “The Science Guy” continues to do so now.

The stand-up scientist spoke about out place in the universe, how far we come (with the mention of his debate about creationism versus evolution with Ken Ham), climate change, and how the young people he was speaking to in the room can, dare I say it, change the world. He encouraged audience members to fight for scientific literacy of our children and future tax-paying citizens and leaders, and provided extra hope to a crowd of people just entering into the job force.

I love that I was able to attend his talk on CSUF’s campus. It was great to hear and connect with the Executive Director of The Planetary Society and think about the wonders of science together.

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