An Evening With Bill Nye "The Science Guy"
May 2, 2024 | 7:30 p.m.
Mary W. Sommervold Hall
The Washington Pavilion will host one of the world's most famous science gurus on May 2, 2024. Best known as the host of the PBS children’s show, Bill Nye “The Science Guy” will present an engaging and educational 45-minute presentation in the Mary W. Sommervold Hall. The event will also include an exclusive 45-minute question-and-answer session. Audience members can look forward to an inspiring conversation centered around a variety of science topics.
Engineer, comedian, author, inventor—audiences revere this good-natured Renaissance Man's infectious blend of humor, intellectual curiosity and devotion to solving some of the world's most complex challenges through science. Best known for his Emmy-winning run as "Bill Nye the Science Guy," he brings his love of science and flair for comedy to every appearance—deftly translating complex issues to help inspire audiences to engage with and improve our world. Nye speaks on a variety of topics during his presentation, many of which are mirrored in his books—including space and planetary science, climate change, environmental issues, current events in science and his extensive background in television and education. He has a relevant and inspiring message for people to be good stewards of our planet and science-engaged in today's world.
This event is recommended for ages 10 and up and in conjunction with the Washington Pavilion's 25th anniversary celebration. Celebrate with us during a variety of events through June!
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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. Perhaps best known as Bill Nye the Science Guy, Bill’s wit and enthusiasm garnered 18 Emmy awards. Bill is also an author and frequent speaker on topics of global importance including climate change, evolution, population, space exploration and STEM education. He is a steadfast champion of the
unwavering value of critical thinking, science and reason. In 2016, Netflix announced that Nye would appear in a new series, Bill Nye
Saves the World, which premiered on April 21, 2017. Its third and final season was released on May 11, 2018.
His next series, The End Is Nye, was ordered by Peacock in March 2021. Teaming with Seth MacFarlane and Brannon Braga, the series has Nye exploring natural and unnatural disasters, explaining them scientifically to detail surviving, mitigating and preventing them. It premiered on August 25, 2022.
Nye was the subject of the documentary film Bill Nye: Science Guy. This behind-the-scenes portrait of Nye follows him as he takes off his “Science Guy” lab coat and takes on those who would deny climate change, evolution and a science-based worldview. His 2014 debate with a creationist who believes the earth is only 6,000 years old has been viewed nearly 6.5 million times on YouTube. After that experience, Bill wrote his first book for a general audience, "Undeniable: Evolution and the Science of Creation," which went on to become a New York Times best-seller. He is also the author of seven children’s books, including his most recent best-selling fiction series, "Jack and the Geniuses."
Nye also serves as CEO of the Planetary Society, the world’s largest space interest group. And, as an inventor, he holds a number of unusual patents, including an improved toe shoe for ballerinas, a device to help people learn to throw a baseball better, a magnifier made of water and an abacus that does arithmetic like a computer—with only binary numbers. Nye graduated with a mechanical engineering degree from Cornell University and returned there as a visiting professor from 2001-2005. In 2010, Bill joined the ranks of his astronomy professor Carl Sagan when he was elected the American Humanist Association’s “Humanist of the Year.” Through all of his work, Bill hopes to inspire people everywhere to change the world.
Tickets are available at accessible price points thanks to a generous gift from the Dick and Kathy Sweetman family. Thank you also to MarketBeat and Promising Futures Fund, which are providing scholarships for tickets.