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Bill Nye the Science Guy

Facts

Aired: Fall 1994
Network: PBS (Some commercial stations ran syndicated episodes as early as a year before.)
Target Audience: Fourth graders, especially minorities and girls around age 9*

Review

In the words of Bill Nye, "Science Rules!" Bill Nye IS The Science Guy, and he wants everyone to love science as much as he does. He tries to make science seem fun by doing crazy demonstrations of scientific principles. For example, one show when he talked about weather, he had snow, water, wind, and sand blown on him in a matter of about four seconds. The show also includes well known pop or rock song that have had the words rewritten to speak about science. They usually have an almost satiric twist on the actual name of the song and artist.

One potential problem with his show is that with all his enthusiastic energy, he moves through lessons quite fast cramming a ton of information into each show. It could be quite difficult for some children to keep up and remember everything he says.

Point of Interest: Bill Nye isn’t an actor. He is a real scientist! He graduated from Cornell University with a degree in mechanical engineering. He also worked at Boeing before he started the show. (Stu Borman. "Science series for kids to appear on public TV". Chemical & Engineering News; May 9,1994, v72, n19, p6) Boeing is a company in the aerospace and defense industry.

Bill Nye Online
http://nyelabs.kcts.org/flash_go.html
WARNING!! If you want to come back to K i d s E D T V , don’t visit Bill Nye right now. His site has an annoying glitch in it that might not let you use the BACK button. However, it is a site worth checking out. It’s bight, has a great energetic song playing, and has a lot of places to go.

 

*Cheryl Heuton. "Bill Nye is Disney’s guy". Media Week; May 16 1994, v4, n20, p14.

 

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by Amber Renee Ford, University of Florida College of Journalism and Mass Communications
project for MMC 5015 Electronic Publishing, Fall 1998, Professor David Carlson
page last updated 12/03/98
E-mail Amber at arford@ufl.edu