If you were a child of the nineties (or a parent of one) you understand the excitement that happens when you hear the chants of “Bill, Bill, Bill, Bill!” Whether you were watching at home or at school, Bill Nye the Science Guy was must-see-TV for a generation. The classic show that ran on PBS from 1993 to 1998 used outrageous experiments and plenty of corny jokes to teach kids all about the scientific method, the speed of light, the Periodic table, craters, dinosaurs, and so much more. And no matter what was the science-based topic, it was always clear that Nye was having a great time teaching kids to ask questions about the world around them.
So it’s no surprise that now, 20 years after the program originally aired, when speaking with 57-year-old Nye about anything — from his new brand-new science app for kids to his day job as CEO of the Planetary Society — the conversation eventually finds him passionately expounding on something he wants you to learn: From South Africa’s new space program to how the dinosaurs likely died (a ginormous crater!), Nye will talk at length about how it’s all interconnected, and how there is so much more to discover. His excitement is still contagious, so it’s encouraging that a brand-new self-titled free app will help a whole new generation of kids do things like try some do-it-yourself experiments or check out a sun dial. “All the kids are doing it with their electric computer machines,” he explains with a laugh about why the time was now to create an app. “They’re fun. It’s a way to engage people and include people in a way beyond the 22-minutes they spend watching [a] show. Bring it on!” READ FULL STORY