Bill Nye the Science Guy

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Bill Nye the Science Guy is a high energy, inquiry-based educational television program presenting science content directed at fourth grade students. This nationally syndicated series is funded by NSF and Disney. Our 1996 evaluation investigated the learning outcomes of school age viewers. In 1998, we profiled student and adult viewers and assessed the impact of various outreach efforts.

Selected Findings
- Viewers provide more complete and more complex explanations of science concepts.
- Viewers use facts learned from the series to support explanations of science concepts.
- Reduction in the gap between boys and girls and between minority and majority children for science knowledge, understanding, and performance.

Client KCTS, Seattle
Funding Agency National Science Foundation (NSF)
Timeline 1996 - 1998
Project Topic Instructional Materials/Programs, Informal Learning, TV/Radio
Project Category Evaluation and Research



Bill Nye Family Fun Calendar of Science 1999 Evaluation
Executive Summary (pdf) | Full Report (pdf)

A Study of Bill Nye the Science Guy Outreach and Image (1998)
Executive Summary (pdf)

Evaluation of the Bill Nye The Science Guy Television Series and Outreach (July 1996)
Executive Summary (pdf) | Full Report (pdf)



Bill Nye The Science Guy

NSF Presentation (1999) (pdf)

AERA (American Educational Research Association) Presentation Paper (1997) (pdf)