Unless it involves sucking carbon waste from deep underground, Oklahomans aren’t known for their scientific prowess. For example, in a biology course I took in college, my professor told a room full of students that evolution and climate change may just be “another crackpot theory by crackpot scientists.”
In a land where oil overrules common sense and global warming is thought of as a far away idea, many are left wondering what else is out there. It’s times like these that we look to scientists for the answers. Luckily, Oklahomans will have the chance to meet one of the modern (televised media) giants of science.
Bill Nye the Science Guy and The Planetary Society are coming to Science Museum Oklahoma next month!
The museum is hosting a series of events with Nye and The Planetary Society, including a recording of Planetary Radio Live, a VIP evening experience and numerous family activities to benefit the museum’s recently launched planetarium campaign and to promote astronomy education.
Nye, best known as the host of the 90’s children’s science show “Bill Nye the Science Guy,” currently serves as the CEO of The Planetary Society.
Bill! Bill! Bill! Bill Nye the Science Guy!
That’s right, one of the scientific nerd kings is coming to the red dirt state next month. If you grew up in the early 90’s or 2000’s, Bill Nye was your guide through the world of innovation and an excuse to watch television in boring classrooms. Though he is coming to promote astronomy education, I would hope that he could take time to explain the very concepts of science which seems to allude many among us.
My other hope would be for ole Sen. Jim Inhofe would stop by. Who knows, perhaps he’ll debate Nye with a melting snowball in his hand.
The organization is the world’s largest nonprofit space interest group with members in 130 countries. The organization’s mission is to “empower the world’s citizens to advance space science and exploration.”
The events will be held on May 8-9 at Science Museum Oklahoma in Oklahoma City.
I’m happy to see Oklahoma at least making the effort to take a step in the right direction. Then again, I can’t tell if the interest in space exploration is just an excuse to make a plan B for when the Earth inevitably runs out of nonrenewable resources.
Either way, Bill Nye coming to Oklahoma City is a unique opportunity to embrace a scientific legend as he propels the science museum into a planetary campaign; or it’s a fun excuse for Flat Earthers to argue with Bill Nye the Science Guy. Only time will tell.