Bill Nye’s opening subject was his parents: who they are and what they did. It was no surprise that they were intelligent beings that decoded encrypted messages during the war or created nifty sundials as hobbies. Bill Nye’s love and excitement we are so used to seeing when he talks science was felt as he spoke of his parents. He transitioned into the topics of Mars and global climate change just as the presentation came to an abrupt halt due to technical issues.
This didn’t stop the Bill Nye the entertainer!
He continually had the crowd laughing and continued on with his talk, without the use of his power point. The audience shouted words of encouragement to the A/V technician (Chris) that came on stage repeatedly to assist in the issue. Unfortunately, the problem was never solved, but the show went on.
The floor became open for questions and the audience did not hold back. From questions ranging from “why don’t we see air?” to “how would you have updated The Universe of Energy ride at EPCOT?” were cleverly answered on the spot. Listening to him explain “why?” questions to children was like watching exclusive episodes of Bill Nye the Science Guy. Simple questions with complex answers were explained in a way for everyone to understand.
When a 9 year old asked a question regarding white dwarfs and black holes, Bill Nye decided to phone a friend to answer the question. Neil deGrasse Tyson answered the call and was placed on speakerphone for the audience to hear the cosmos explained. The audience was elated to get the chance of being there with a bonus guest of honor on the phone to speak about the mysteries of the universe.
Once two hours have passed, Bill Nye challenged us to consider the following:
The Earth’s population is increasing and we are not helping it to accommodate us. We need to do what we can NOW in order to preserve life for the future before it’s too late.