Sept. 13, 2016

What Bill Nye Taught us about Science

Credit: Fast Company

For those of us born in the late eighties and early nineties, the familiar sound of a TV cart squealing into a dark classroom meant one thing: Bill Nye the Science Guy.

Even now, the sound of the theme song is enough to send a nostalgic shiver down our spines. It's pretty clear that millennials love their Bill Nye. And for good reason–his show really did teach us a lot about science. Here are the three biggest lessons learned:

Science is Everywhere

From energy to ocean life, Bill Nye showed us how science plays a role in everything around us... even if we can't see it. When you're young and counting down the minutes 'til recess, it's easy to dismiss science as being useless knowledge. Bill taught us that science is the most useful knowledge we could ever have, because it makes sense of everything around us. 

We admit we still don't really understand atoms, but Bill got us pretty close: 

Science Doesn't Have to be Confusing

I know, we didn't believe it at first either! One of Bill's greatest strengths is in taking big, complex scientific explanations and breaking them down into easy-to-understand bites. He made science accessible by using examples that were relevant to our lives. Making the abstract concrete was what he did best, and we thank him for it. 

Just watch him explain the vastness of space using everyday objects:

Science is Actually Pretty Cool

Bill taught us that science isn't boring. How could it be when it's literally energy and life itself? 

Okay so maybe it was mainly the amazing 90's transitions and animations, but Bill had a way of capturing our attention and sense of wonder like no one else could. In one of our favourite clips, he explains magnetism and aurora borealis while floating in front of a green screen like a boss. 

Good work, Bill. 

Can't get enough Bill?

Get your dose of Bill Nye the Science Guy nostalgia by seeing Bill at the Dark Sky Festival this October! You can get your tickets here.

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