Friday, April 28, 2017

Bill Nye Saves the World: Thoughts from Two Science Teachers

As I was perusing Netflix I realized there is a new series released called Bill Nye Saves the World. Being that my husband and I are both high school science teachers, we kind of had to watch it. I apologize to my past grade nine students for getting the introduction song stuck in their heads as he's a quirky guy but he does have a lot of important lessons to share in a visual manner. His newest series is directed towards adults and older students (recommended for ages 14+) and takes a more serious tone. He is opinionated and tackles issues like climate change, alternative medicine, vaccines and genetically modified organisms. 

Bill Nye Saves the World
Screen Shot of Bill Nye Saves the World

He is still annoying (sorry, Bill) but Gary and I both appreciated the demonstrations and the information provided. If it was solely a mature discussion with experiments it would be more enjoyable but I am able to look past the silly quips. Along with the demonstrations he has panels, correspondents and guests in front of a live studio audience. We have only watched episodes one and two but in episode four he does a DNA extraction which you can do at home by following the instructions here.

Be warned that Nye's tone is not empathetic and he is opionated and somewhat harsh–he may be too much for some people. I would appreciate it if this series contained even more information in the episodes in the place of the "silly skits". There are 13 episodes in all and we will be checking out the rest...although maybe not Episode 9: The Sexual Spectrum as the reviews I've seen have not recommended it.

If you don't remember watching Bill Nye growing up, there's also the Magic School Bus on Netflix which is definitely great and safe for the younger audience!

Happy Netflixing this weekend, friends.


PS In case you forgot...

Bill Nye the Science Guy
Bill Nye the Science Guy
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Bill Nye the Science Guy
(Science rules)
Bill Nye the Science Guy
(Inertia is a property of matter)
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Bill Nye the Science Guy
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Bill Nye, the Science Guy

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