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Bill Nye Teaches Much More than Science through Dancing With The Stars Debut

Bill Nye may be best known for making science entertaining and accessible through his TV show in the 1990s, but the Science Guy may have taught us a larger lesson through his recent endeavor on the hit TV show, Dancing with the Stars.

Nye, also an engineer, comedian, author, and inventor, demonstrated commitment and perseverance as he danced his way through a painful injury during his last performance on the show. DWTS has featured many celebrity contestants over 17 seasons, several of whom have acting or singing careers that offer the dancing foundation that Nye lacked.

His courage should not come as a surprise.

Nye was always a man with a mission: to help foster a scientifically literate society, and to help people everywhere understand and appreciate the science that makes our world work. He continues to spread the word of science through “The 100 Greatest Discoveries” on the Science Channel, and “The Eyes of Nye” on PBS stations. His website is another great resource for science activities, printable worksheets, and more.

In spite of his injurious exit from ballroom dancing, he showed the world, one step at a time, that you can do whatever you put your mind to. Although his stint on the show lasted only three weeks before he was voted off, Bill said ‘he still feels like a champion.’

We sure think he is.

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Brittany Marklin

Brittany Marklin is a contributing writer for Learning Liftoff and a community manager for K12. She coordinates all K12 student contests and connects with families who pursue online education. She attended George Mason University, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in marketing, with a minor in tourism and events management. Brittany spent her first five years at K12 on the social media team where she aided with content and strategy for multiple channels, and helped construct K12’s user-generated content site, “What’s Your Story?” When she’s not working, Brittany loves spending time with her husband and daughter in North Carolina.

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