Bill Nye the Science Guy. Saying that combination of four words in that order probably sends you into a haze of 90’s nostalgia. At least it does for me. The man is, quite simply, the sole reason I grew up excited to take as many science classes as I could during my school years.
In case you didn’t grow up during the 90’s, I’ll break it down for you. In a time where cartoons were exploring clever ways of being inappropriate enough to shock adults yet were vague enough to air on Nickelodeon, Bill Nye hit the airwaves in an attempt to educate the youth of America. Each week, you could tune in and learn about such topics as gravity, the solar system, and tectonic plates. The genius part of the show was that not only were you learning while watching Bill Nye, you were having a damn good time doing it. The show turned class lessons into cool experiments, hilariously bad raps, and all the groovy facts you could take in. Needless to say, the show was at the right place at the right time.
So that is Bill Nye the show. Bill Nye the man is the talent behind the show, the man who has since then spent his entire life promoting the sciences and education. He is a true hero. Please look him up. He’s done some amazing debates. Also, if you have Netflix (who doesn’t), you can catch the first season of Bill Nye.
So at this point, you’re probably saying to yourself, “Yea, dude I know Bill Nye. What’s it gotta do with Fund It Friday?!?” To which I would say, “Whoa, buddy, we don’t need two question marks up in this, I’m getting to the point.” And I am.
The point is, a pretty rad documentary team has embarked upon a Kickstarter campaign to follow Billy Nye around and document him as he tours the globe advocating for a better space policy. So this week we get the double whammy of a famous scientist from our past who’s actively trying to better our future. I would count this as a hell of a project to back, but that’s just me. Why not take a look at this video, and you’ll understand how much passion this man has, and I’m sure you will want to back him as well.
As I am writing this, the team as raised $138,117 of their $650,000 goal to go towards travel and filming expenses. Every dollar helps, and there are some incredible rewards by backing anywhere from $5 (a Twitter shoutout) to $10000 (a meeting with the man himself!). $75 dollars nets you a blu-ray copy of the film, which is a bit pricey, but hey, it’s in the name of science! Check out the Kickstarter campaign video below and then head over and back this project!