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Friday, 3 November, 2006 9:47 PM

Bill Nye inspires students to "Change the World!"

PHOTO BY JASON RZUCIDLO / AMERICAJR.com

Bill Nye speaks at the Michigan Youth Engineering and Science (YES!) Expo at Ford Field in downtown Detroit.
by Jason Rzucidlo
americajr@americajr.com

Bill Nye spoke at the Michigan Youth Engineering and Science (YES!) expo inside Detroit's Ford Field. His goal was to encourage middle and high school students to go into the field of technology while in college. The expo included 60 companies, 25 colleges and university and more than 15,000 Metro Detroit students.

Nye is the popular scientist in the education videos "Bill Nye the Science Guy." He teaches students how to have fun and enjoy science while in the classroom. He is also an author and host of two current TV series; on the Science Channel, Nye hosts "The 100 Greatest Discoveries" and "The Eyes of Nye" on the PBS network.

Several local area students were selected to ask Bill Nye a question. The first question was Why did you decide to host "Bill Nye The Science Guy?" Nye replied, "It occurred to me how cool it was to see things on film."

Another student wanted to know about hurricanes and how we can stay safe from them. Bill Nye answered, "I am a taxpayer. Can't we make the roof strong enough? Engineers can make the roofs stronger. Seminole Indians have lived in Florida for thousands of years. They didn't get blown away." His general answer centered around improving the architecture of buildings.

There is no way to prevent an earthquake, but it is possible to prevent damage from them. Nye said, "There are about 1,000 earthquakes a year. Earthquakes don't kill people. Buildings kill people. If you make a building flexible, it doesn't kill people." Thousands of people were injured or killed in Turkey because buildings are not strong enough to withstand the power and intensity of an earthquake there. In Hawaii, there was an earthquake about a week ago and nobody was injured.

A student wanted to know "What are the advantages and disadvantages of working in the field of technology?" Bill Nye replied, "I do not know any disadvantages. The advantages are: it's fun. You get to make stuff. When you're an engineer or scientist, you make things. Even if you guys decide not to be scientists or engineers, at least stick with it all the way through college so you'll understand it." Nye said that his attorney gets to make documents while he gets to invent new things.

The next question was regarding oxygen and how to get it from a source other than trees. Bill Nye said, "I don't know of any other source. There are ecosystems on the ocean floor. Half of the oxygen that most of us breathe comes from the ocean. The tiny plants in the ocean. If we mess up the ocean, it will be hard for us to make a living. We have to take care of the world." Marine biologists are the types of scientists that study and work in this field.

Bill Nye also touched on the fact that farming is also an important field. He said there are huge opportunities in agriculture especially here within the state of Michigan. Many improvements can be made to farms including making them more environmentally-friendly, increase food production and use less energy.

More than 60 companies had booths and tables set up with information for students. Their goal was to educate students on some possible careers within their company. They also provided salary information. Of those companies that participated, Dow Chemical Company, 3M, Pfizer, Tyco, Whirlpool, Ford, GM, Toyota, DiamlerChrysler, Compuware, Alcoa and Pulte Homes, among others.

Pamela MacLean is a public relations spokeswoman for DiamlerChrysler. She described the "Walter P. Chrysler: 2007 Closing The Technology Gap in Education" awards. The award program is for teachers who encourage their students to go into the field of science and technology. MacLean said, "We're looking for teachers who get students involved in those subjects so we can hire more people. Awarding teachers for what they already do." The award is open to all Michigan public school teachers. The top ten finalists will be awarded amounts ranging from $500 to $15,000 for the first place winner. The deadline to enter is December 21st. To enter, please click here.

Isha Cogburn is a corporate communications representative for Dow Chemical Company. She said, "Careers in science and technology will help our children become more successful. Science and technology continue to advance our society. We're looking to help the next generation." Cogburn has been employed by Dow for the last six years. In the automotive field, Dow manufactures heat exchange fluids, plastics for dashboards and much more.

Bill Nye closed his show by encouraging students, "Change the World!"

The Youth Engineering & Science Expo was presented by Michigan Technological University and Innovation Emporium, Inc. It was held at Detroit's Ford Field on November 2, 2006. For more information, please visit http://www.yes.mtu.edu/

 

PHOTO BY JASON RZUCIDLO / AMERICAJR.com

Bill Nye has educated millions of children through his "Bill Nye The Science Guy" TV shows in classrooms.

 

PHOTO BY JASON RZUCIDLO / AMERICAJR.com

Over 15,000 middle and high school students attended the YES! expo. Many companies provided information to students who were looking for a job in the science and technology fields.

 

PHOTO BY JASON RZUCIDLO / AMERICAJR.com

This is one of the police cars used by Wayne State University. It is an F-Cell hydrogen car manufactured by DiamlerChrysler.

 

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