There are some moments in life – in fact, according to Steve Martin, the funniest moments in life – when it becomes nearly impossible to share the experience with someone who wasn’t there. They wouldn’t get how funny the moment was, and therefore, you say, “You had to be there.”
What does this have to do with science education? According to Bill Nye, aka, “the Science Guy,” teaching science needs to be a hands-on experience in order for it to be really effective. You had to be there.
Today, we would like to wish Bill Nye a happy birthday, and also share this video in which we ask the Nye how science education is like comedy – a question he says he has never been asked before. Really? Is he joking?
Richard Feynman was struggling with an existential crisis only a member of the Manhattan Project could truly experience: “Put another way, what is the value of the science I had dedicated myself to–the thing I loved–when I saw what terrible things it could do? It was a question I had to answer.”