Meet engineer Bill Nye in this video profile from NOVA’s “The Secret Life of Scientists & Engineers.” Growing up, Bill loved bikes and airplanes. When he learned that there was a profession dedicated to designing both—mechanical engineering—he leapt on it. While working as an engineer at Boeing, he participated in a Steve Martin look-alike competition and won. After that, he began to create his own material because, according to him, once you get laughs on stage, it’s addictive. He began writing comedy for a show called Almost Live! One night, he was asked to fill in for six minutes to talk about science. From there, he became known as “Bill Nye the Science Guy,” a now iconic science educator. This resource is part of the NOVA: Secret Life of Scientists & Engineers Collection.
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